I know that a person can do anything in design programs such as good old Photoshop, but that are tons of fantastic traditional artists that don't come even close to these programs, and make beautiful art.
My point is that if new artists got an eye for "virtual" art, I think it would be for the best if they started offline... in traditional surfaces such as a linen canvas. I'm not saying that digital artists are not as good as traditional artists, but they might really not get to experience that mix of feelings when a person paints... the smell of the inks, the touch of the brush, etc. Erik Jones is a traditional artist who makes great illustrations... You should really check out his portfolio for more of his pieces. Also, if you're a solely digital artist, I recommend you to get dirty with the real thing. It might be a great new experience for you. Cheers! ;)