Today I went to a children's book store for a booksigning and heard a talk from Chris Van Allsburg. His speech was inspiring and definitely motivated me to get my stuff done for the rest of the semester. He said that he is self taught and his advice to young artist's was to just keep going at it. Do what you want to do and do it all the time. He enjoys what he does and loves having control of what he draws, which is why he writes his own books as well.