For those who don't know what it's like to be an artist, I'd like to talk about practice and what really goes into a finished painting or drawing.
Artists are driven individuals. They hold a passion for creating and in order to improve their skill, they must constantly draw, sketch or paint. Keeping up the level of technical skill in order to create their finished pieces. Many artists have a level of talent but it is nothing without hard work and consistency. The creative mind must be honed, sharpened. It is a way of seeing and translating what they see to what they create with their medium of choice and this is something that takes practice. It's all about milage. The more you do the better you become as with any skill.
The key is loving what you do and enjoying the journey.