Advice For A New Illustrator by Shaun Tan
Firstly, a good thing to keep in mind:
"That’s the first thing to be aware of, especially when either giving or receiving specific advice – every artist’s experience and circumstance is different."
So take this advice how you will.
I'm amazed at the way Shaun can create light with just a pencil.
"Enjoy what you do, to the extent that it is a pleasure to go beyond the call of duty."
"It’s very important to pursue personally challenging work, and small jobs can be just as significant as high profile ones for that reason."
"Most people who do get published are very pleased, but not terribly surprised as if winning a lottery, because they've already done their homework and understand their surroundings. They have put themselves to some extent in an editor's shoes."
And if you're interested, you can see Shaun's website here: