I'm not here to give reams of advice about being an artist because the only real advice is: do the work. Get busy with drawing, painting, creating those images. Those things that are you. Don't even think about it too much. One thing leads to another. You will find out what to do as you do it.
I think back to art school and the joy of creating an exciting new image. It was world changing. Ahhh, to be so sweetly full of curiosity and excitement and bluster. I loved, loved, loved painting so much. The colours, making new marks, inventing characters and worlds. The potential of everything. The magic of fresh revelations, new ideas.
And now, 34 years later, I am still making new pictures every day. I estimate that I have created somewhere in the region of 12,000 images. It's quite a quantity. It's not so much practice makes perfect - it's more 'practice is perfect' - cause there really is no destination. Being an artist is it's own reward. To be able to absorb the world, savour it's myriad flavours and re-express it in your own unique style is rather glorious.