First, thank you so much for your kind message and seeing me as a source of inspiration. It’s always awesome to receive this kind of feedbacks ♥
Second, you opened the Pandora’s Box with your "10 most important pieces of advice". I wanted to answer quickly but as people often ask me about this, this post will become my super big definitive resource to the question "P-m, any advice?" alongside this one. It’s long, it’s just MY two cents on the topic (YMMV, if you ask another artist, the answer will maybe be different) but I hope it will help. (Just remember that I am French, so sorry in advance about the Frenglish). Let’s go!
1- My NUMBER ONE ADVICE, sponsored by Captain Obvious: PRACTICE. I will never repeat it enough! There’s no magic recipe or spell. I tend to find sayings boring but "Practice makes perfect" is (unfortunately) true. You have this post floating around that shows the evolution of some fan artists’ works through the years. These artists didn’t reach this result because they drank a magic potion or something but because they worked their asses off so practice, practice, practice. Never stops.
2- Follow tutorials (because practicing is good but you have to practice in the right direction). We are in 2014, you have TONS of resources online (you little spoiled brat!), on websites like Deviant Art, YouTube or even on Amazon if you prefer/can afford books. If you start directly on a piece of paper without knowing any basic rules, you’ll end up drawing a guy that vaguely looks Mister Magoo whereas you wanted to draw Dean Winchester in a sexy pose. And YES, there are rules (anatomy, perspective, colors, etc..) and YES, knowing them is important. It’s like driving a car. You learn about the Highway Code and how the brakes and the clutch pedal work before hitting the road. If you jump behind the wheel without any knowledge of all these things, you are gonna end up straight into the first wall in front of you.