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Are you still considered a hobby artist if you take commissions? 

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733 deviants said As long as you don't use your art as your main source of income.
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273 deviants said Yes
9%
106 deviants said If you use your art for any profit, you are no longer a hobby artist.
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32 deviants said Other (comment)

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Lyme-Pretz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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survivorwolf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i really do not know
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Fawnflight Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As long as you're still drawing art for yourself, you could still be considered a hobby artist.
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xKirameku-Lunaix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm good question i guess not unless its just for support/motivation for the artist or something.
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TheStripedKit Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
:shrug:... Art is a hobby to me when I'm drawing for myself, but I plan to make it a job too so I think it's okay to say it goes both ways.
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vengeofthestars Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it depends on how much you are making and your state laws.
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Tylar-I Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
well its a obby in the side that makes a little cash, so yea
its not like you LIVE off of it, if its just for spending money i think it's still a hobby
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Shoe-Demon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think you're still a hobby artist if you take POINT commissions but if you take money and use it as your main source I don't think your a hobby artist.
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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I consider myself a hobby artist, even though I occasionally sell pictures to my classmates for a few dollars.
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Jo-san Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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LilithCorthaine Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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Felidire Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you use your art/commissions as your primary source of income, then it becomes more than just a hobby.

(Usually when that happens, the commission prices go from the common $10-30, up into the $45-$150+ range.) x3
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KalineReine Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Writer
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. :D 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. :XD:

I try to think of it as... A hobby sometimes and a job when it needs to be.
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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aAshleyB Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Idk
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Dead-ShdwWolf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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 ^^
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kakashi9119 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
i think that as long as you put a side time just to draw for yourself just for fun it will always be a hobby <3
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Eevie-chu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
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.
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whitepup Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
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.
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Captain-Point Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
'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.
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viralremix Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
You're a hobbyist if you don't make profit off your art three years out of five xD
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Elfuun Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
As long as one doesn't use their art as a primary source of income, it shouldn't matter what is done with it after the fact.
One can also draw for themself, sell it, and so on?
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ArcheryFiend Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
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.
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HeliacWolf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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.
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ghostlystar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally think you're a hobby artist until you actually pursue art as your career
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Teirra-Misaki Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
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
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YukamiUchu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist 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^
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DragonLilies Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you do it for fun and experience, even if you're getting paid, it's still your hobby. Still a hobby artist. :)
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AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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)
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Miss-Nessa Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm not a hobbyist, I'm a student artist. but I do need money for college. I don't think you would want to commission me
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The-Lunar-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well yeah, I think so.

:bulletblue: all commissions are is asking people for new stuff to draw and in turn getting some money (or points) off of it.
:bulletblue:if you didn't enjoy the artwork then you wouldn't still be doing it ;w;
:bulletblue:plus you still do your own personal work every once in a while.
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Rikiwi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
taking commissions doesnt determine if your a hobby artist or not.

hobby rtist do commissions all the time to earn extra personal cash and points.

It doesnt make you anything more or less if you did commissions :/
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RoyallyPurple Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist
I'd guess it depends on your own opinion of it? If you draw and make money from it but also draw or make things in your free time for fun then I'd guess you could still be a hobby artist?
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CavySpirit Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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~
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ronmart12 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Well, does coloring count as art?
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Kurai-Frei Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is also something an artist made which is basically just a bunch of cables lying around in a mess. So basically I guess, EVERY SHIT can be considered art!
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MischievousPooka Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
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.
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ArcheryFiend Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Gluing spoons together in weird ways can be called 'art.'

I think it's safe to say that coloring is an art form, yes.
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ronmart12 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, but what was that about gluing spoons?
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ArcheryFiend Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Just an example of an oddity that can be considered art. Sort of a "if this is art, this is art" scenario!
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ronmart12 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I see
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EmoKrolik Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well.... i dont really know... mabe
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Boltonartist Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If not, what type of artist would you be "labelled"? xD
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