Popular Barnsley artist Ashley Jackson told students about his career in a visit to the town’s college.
He spoke of the challenges he has faced - from sleeping in a minivan in London as a poor student to becoming an international artist – as part of the Inspiring Future Professionals Project.
Other industry professionals to take part include Professor Hilary Chapman, chief nurse from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
Mr Jackson said: “As a country we are losing skills and I think it’s important to inspire students while they are passionate about art.
“My advice is to go on your own as an artist and educate people to like what you do.”