It's only a hobby if the artist says it is. That being said, I believe it is only a hobby if you would do it for fun. If you're only doing it for the money, or you wouldn't just do it in your free time for the fun of it, it is definitely not a hobby, so you really never know if it's a hobby or not unless the artist says it is, because you will never get inside their head for the real reason they draw.
I'd say, amateur ... commission ... artist? My father has sold paintings but he's not particularly well-known ... I never sold art in my life but I don't feel that selling a work or two would mean much in means of accomplishment. So far I've drawn for myself and I'd do commissions if I felt like it.
I think it would all depend on how the artist who is doing commissions looks at it. A lot of artist who do commissions regularly, I would consider no longer a hobby-artist. I still consider myself a hobby-artist even though I do commissions cause of the sole fact that I am not as good as a professional.
Well I think it depends on your exact situation. I don't consider myself a "professional" by any means, but by technical definition since I take commissions and that is my main/only source of income anymore...
But I also do it as a hobby as well. So I kind of count it as both. Or I just really love my job. Lol. Since I still draw for myself when I'm not too busy with commissions, I consider it as well... both.
I try to think of it as... A hobby sometimes and a job when it needs to be.
What about a "Professional Hobby Artist"? o3o haha But I think they classify you as a "Professional" when you: a) Do it for a living/main income or b) Work for an agency/company.
Also, some say if you enjoy it, it's still only your hobby but...if I enjoy any job, would that also classify as "hobby"? I don't think so. I think you can enjoy your job as much as your hobby. Your hobby can be your job and you can be a Professional who does his/her hobby for a living/as their job.
Other: I think it's kind of like option C, but not that whether or not it's your main source of income but whether or not that is the ONLY reason you still draw. If you still doodle your emotions, do fun lil' derpy arts, or even beautiful detailed pictures for yourself or family & friends for free - I think that is still considered a hobby ^^
Of course! Anything can and always will be a hobby as long as it is as defined (from Wikipedia) as such: "A hobby is a regular activity or interest that is undertaken for pleasure, typically done during one's leisure time".
So whether you do it professionally or amateurly or simply when you're bored... as long as you enjoy it, it is a hobby.
The definition of a hobby is an "activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation".
So if you take commissions and it is not your main income or what you support yourself on, it is still a hobby. However, if it IS your main source of income, it is no longer considered a hobby even if you do it for pleasure/interest.
'Commissions' is kind've a bit too broad. I wouldn't say someone is a proper freelancer if they're just getting a side income from drawing your average deviants' OCs, taking a few slots every so often to afford a nice hoodie. But if you're doing actual serious commission work for things like indie games then yeah, I'd say you stop being a hobby artist, even if you're not relying on that income. Just because it's not your main line of work doesn't mean you're not a serious artist, you're just doing other things at the same time imo. c: It has it's pros and cons just as being soley an artist does.
I voted that you could be considered professional if your art is your only income, but that's assuming you fit the bill of 'professionalism.' Being a professional is far more than simply having art as a main source of income, it comes with acting the part of a professional. You know, client upkeep and all that jazz. A degree is just a degree, although it does plant your foundation into the art world a little more strongly than someone without one.
I believe you're considered "professional" and not "hobby" artist once you get a degree in art. I might be wrong, but I think that being a professional artist has nothing to do with your skill-level or the fact that you're making some money from selling commissions. Actually I think that commissions are..kinda like side-income. Doing them is not even considered as 'freelancing'. Yet again, it's just my personal opinion.
i think so i believe youre no longer a hobbyist when art is your main occupation, such as painters/photographers/sculpters/whatever that actually own a shop for their art or work for a company that requires it. like dreamworks and disney and square enix
YukamiUchuFeatured By OwnerDec 3, 2012Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe so, yes. Because there are people who clearly love your art and style and the fact that they commish you just means you get money for your hard work for the person who you don't know, I think that is fair and it's still your hobby either way. I mean I would get bored drawing the same thing and drawing someone else characters for that person is so fun and it makes them happy ^u^
Everyone has different tastes in art, so i guess it depends, for example i have done art works for people who have either requested it as a gift (my brothers always wants me to do painting for him ect) and i have also done commissions in the past for people i have met (and i mean where the person actually physically gets the painting to keep and not a digital copy of it) I consider myself a hobby artist but will still do commissions for people who like my art (be it physical or digital-copy)
all commissions are is asking people for new stuff to draw and in turn getting some money (or points) off of it. if you didn't enjoy the artwork then you wouldn't still be doing it ;w; plus you still do your own personal work every once in a while.
I'd say neh c: There are people who breed and sell animals for hobby(I dream of being a parrot breeder some day) but it's still considered a hobby. If someone pays you for a drawing it's still a hobby cuz you don't have to follow specifics or certain deadlines like an animator would have to in a career. Still a hobby to me if you make up the rules and do everything on your own will~
Yes it does. There are professional colorist that work in the comic business since a lot of studios brake art down into penciller, inker, and colorist. Most colorist now color digitally but there are some that still color traditionally.