This is so totally late in terms of posting. I really need to get better at this.
Story time: Waaaaay way way way back in about 2004/2005 I was browsing in the local newsagents and saw Issue 5 of ImagineFX, picking it up was my first introduction to good fantasy art, and the medium of Digital Art. At the time I could barely think in a straight line, let alone draw one, so it didn't get much further on than that.
Shooting forward to the academic year of 2009/2010, I actually bought my first Wacom - the one I'm still faithfully using! - and, in an attempt to better myself, I subscribed to ImagineFX - to give me access to tutorials, walkthroughs, brushes, and so on. Once I got into Uni, actually got my arse into gear and discovered the potential importance of being a published illustrator, the monthly portfolio section of IFX suddenly became a shining beacon of hope, and a couple of consecutive new years resolutions - to be featured in the magazine - really spurned my discipline forward.
Well, this month it has actually happened! Woo! Issue #102, 97 issues on from when I was a bright, blue eyed, optimistic pre-pubescent schoolchild, I'm at the stage where I may well be having my work seen by some other kid who is silly enough to consider chasing after a career in art.
So yes! It can be done. Takes a lot of willpower, discipline, and dauntless application of academic principles and imagination, but one can hope it will all pay off, and it can lead to a life of super fun work painting dragons and half naked barbarians!