Well, I've always been quite a self-learner with everything. I usually learn things by myself first and then take classes if needed and still want to do so and have time. But I have never taken any classes on digital art. My first touch with digital art was when I was about 12 years old an joined into an chat RPG where they played a wolf fantasy game and it was a common practice that people drew their own characters and characters for the other people as well, most of them by computer. So I started to do so as well.
I first started with a trial version of Photoshop CS2 and used mouse as I didn't have a tablet that time. I got my first tablet about three years ago when my dad bought me Wacom Intuos 3 although I had saved the money myself as well. But back in the old days I used the CS2 trial and when it ended, I changed into GIMP. I practiced by myself and looked up some tutorials from deviantART, most of them made by Sadir89 who is still one of my favourite artists.
Nowadays I haven't taken a look at so many tutorials as I'm too lazy to read the texts of them. I just look at the pictures and think by myself how I could end up in the same results. So I'm pretty much self-taught in this thing as well, among the other things. I've always liked to learn by practicing and failing and trying again and then succeeding. It has been the most rewarding thing for me to learn that way, but there's a lot of different learners.
The dreams are just another reality.