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Art can always be your passion, but are you planning to tie your professional life with art? 

761 deviants said Yes, I do but there's still a long way ahead of me.
287 deviants said No, I don't. I'm planning something else!
209 deviants said No, I don't. I don't think it's realistic.
205 deviants said No, I don't but I do take commissions from time to time.
189 deviants said Yes, I do! So far I'm taking commissions from time to time.
49 deviants said Yes, I do! I'm already earning my life through art.

Devious Comments

Matoyak Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
As someone focused on creating Games for a living, there is a lot of art in my life. Art in the code, art in the design, and Spriting, mostly, but I've also done 3D modeling as well. Going to be focused mostly on coding, as I'm a programmer, but Design is where my heart lies.
AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Sort of. I'd like to go into advertising.
Soapy-Lump-Nugget Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Noooooooo way. :XD: Art is more of an obsessive hobby of mine. I doodle a lot and do crafts, but I don't upload to dA very often because I'm not eager to share. :meow:

I actually plan on being an English teacher, whether that means to foreign language-speaking people or writing/grammar/literature/spelling to English speakers.

I am pretty realistic. I do not think I'd ever be able to have a career off of my art. Also, it's not that easy to build your way up to the point of being a professional artist who gets paid enough money to feed however many mouths they have to satisfy. =P

TL;DR : No.
SasukeUchiha22 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yes, and I'm doing it, and I'm very thankful for it. :)
Shaleene1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Me as an artist or writer will never be a realistic goal. Not even commissions. But I do like doing it regardless of how shitty it comes out.
HolyFrap Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to work in a lab... I mainly want to work in Haematology research and junk

fun fun!
superwuffles Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I'm lucky enough to already be able to make a living off art. Currently a rigging artist in the games industry. :) Doesn't require much in terms of "drawing", but it does require the eye at least. :)
WorldHero Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm halfway through my 3rd year of studying to become an animator with an emphasis in Traditional 2D and Character Design. :la:

...And for a hobby, novel-writing. :meow:
purplekyloe Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
hahah that's just what I'm doing!! :giggle: I'm in love with 2D animation ^^
WorldHero Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yay! :iconyaayplz: I've worked in digital animation (Flash, Photoshop, etc.), but it just doesn't feel the same as traditional 2D. :saddummy: I have more fun drawing the whole thing out on paper instead of on the computer...More work, but it's still more fun, instead of worrying about Flash screwing up the work and doing stuff it's not supposed to do. :shrug:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
'Yes, I do but there's still a long way ahead of me.'
Kisha-Rose Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't have an option I can fit with? Well, maybe number one... but I'm going to school to be an art educator/teacher. I have a huge passion for the arts, even if I'm not creating all of the time I'm viewing and enjoying art, or reading history books on works, architecture or artists. I love discussing art with other intellectual art-people as well as teaching about the arts! Being able to share my knowledge with others is so rewarding : ) And being able to share the joys of expression is just amazing~ I hope to inspire many children to enjoy art in some way, shape form or fashion, be it pottery, drawing, painting, weaving, carving, or simple crafts... I just want them to experience the joys of making, of creation and having something that's all your own. I want them to walk away with a better understanding of art and an appreciation of it. Art is my passion, and teaching will become my medium; the students my work. I won't stop creating my own works of course, soon as I learn to balance my time! Student teaching in one more semester! Wish me luck : )
Unleashed-Fear Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Does rapping count?
animallover1990 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
is there a maby section
assemblit Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'm def want to make a living out of this, I've had a passion for art since I was 9. I don't get any commissions aside from one or two family members. I'd love to though just no one is willing I guess :P That's why i picked "long way ahead of me." Anyways have a good day!
lunarwolf16 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So far I do point comms until I can get paypal and I'm doing first year of Animation in college I'd probably like to get into comics/gaming/film animating after (:
Lordfell Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know :( As much as I want to, I have to be realistic: if I do get a job in the digital art community, I certainly won't be drawing what I want to draw, people just tell me what they want and I do it, and it most likely won't be animals but logos and other things.
Altaeyyr Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Of a sort. Games design in the manner of concept art, modelling, texturing and perhaps storylining (?) is what I'm aiming for. Fingers crossed.
akuma-kat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to do something art-related... I tried something else, and it was physically and mentally draining... I felt so much better getting back into an artistic field.
radienttwilight Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
i'd love to, but i don't think i can. i'm not sure i can function at all, nevermind functioning as a professional artist.
Lyrak Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think I'd be able to do it, honestly. But I do take commissions and have an Etsy store, so I make a little every now and then.
Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
High school art teacher. I'll be scraping the rocks for food!
A-Matryoshka Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Game artist. Over the moon I'm able to work as an artist for a career :phew:

If I didn't make it in the gaming industry I would have gone into graphic design.
iwtbaww Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I play music...Does that count?
StormNinjaKapow Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Nay. I hope I will get good enough to do 10$ commissions. With 30 orders per month, I'll easily make more than the average salary in my country.
OakleePoakdee Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   General Artist
Is there an 'I have no fucking idea' button? Because I seriously have no fucking idea.
caligis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I work as a riding instructor / groom. My teaching is incredibly rewarding, but the other side of the job is just too hard to handle emotionally and physically. I have so little time or energy for anything else, and when I do, I'm too tired. I barely get time to do commissions now, let alone personal art. I hope to go into freelance instructing, and then devote the rest of my time to art and illustration :> That would be the life!!
PandaBunnyCake Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I plan to go to college for a degree in animation :3 But if possible id like to do character design.
deaththekid78 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well, in a way, but not really. I plan to write books from time to time, and I'll just be my own illustrator. But what I really want is to get a remote place up in the mountains, raise and sell buffalo or cattle for market, and train dogs to be either police or guide dogs.
soliivagant Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, I would if I could, but my parents have ingrained all my life into my brain that being an artist is absolutely not a stable job to have.
And looking at it and the number of empty artists' galleries we have in my town I don't think it's a good idea to become an artist full-time either. Maybe when I grow up I might take a few commissions but I'm not considering it my major source of income.
As I'm aspiring to be a biologist when I grow up it may be helpful to know how to draw various plant and animal species to help in my job. Then again, I don't even know exactly what I'm going to be when I grow up.
My parents are Asian. When your parents are Asian, it's mandatory that you become either a doctor or a lawyer at risk of disownment. { lol, it's not that extreme but it really sounds like it is }. So the choice to become a biologist or veterinarian really shocked my parents. If I were to become an artist, which is notoriously one of the least reliable sources of payment I think they'd go haywire :P
Understand that much of this decision is my choice as well. It's not all my parents that are controlling what I want to be in the future. When I was a bit younger I did want to be an artist but they told me it wasn't stable. Thus, I chose to do some research on the Internet and really did see that perhaps being an artist wasn't the way to go. I'm not an especially great or outstanding artist anyway and I don't expect to improve much just looking back at the years.
I'm going to bring this rant to a close and just say that it's my first year of high school, and it might seem early but I want to narrow down my choices of jobs for the future. I don't see art as being my one major choice in my future.
Luglyah Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure. I kinda like to , but i think one of my big dreams would be working in a theatre :)
Starcanis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No and no and no. Even if I had the talent, I don't produce any art that companies would "want", and I'm too slow. :D Music is what I really do.
Canis-ferox Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
For several reasons, I don't. For one thing, it's incredibly daunting, but for another I honestly don't know if I'd want it to be my sole means of supporting myself. Personal art is really what I like doing. I do it because it interests me and I can bring my ideas out into some tangible form. I do take commissions when I can get them and I do photography post-processing work, but that's all on my own terms. Also I have other interests I'd like to pursue that can be made into careers, despite being a bit undecided as to which to go with.
Corelia Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student
I'm trying to but I don't know why; I don't even believe in myself. :shrug: It just feels like an unrealistic dream, but I'm so unskilled at everything that pursuing any other career would be equally hopeless.
Ameryln Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm currently preparing a portfolio for applications to my dream school, RISD. I do want to pursue art as a career (particularly illustration), but I guess my deal is that if I don't get into a really good Art School, such as RISD, Pratt, or Carnegie Mellon, then I will probably go to a liberal arts school and double major/minor in art and another subject.
iamPURPLE Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
While I take commissions on the side from time to time (and I don't earn much but less than $100 each time), I still have a very long way to go as far as schooling and independent practices go. I've gotten better, but I need to get better at a faster rate. In the future, I plan to become a Medical Illustrator, so by then, I should have most of anatomy and an accurate technical style down.
Until then, I still very much enjoy the art courses (and biology courses, oh my!) that are gradually getting me there.
Some day!
It's difficult, but I wouldn't say having a career in art is 'unrealistic' (unless you have no strive to do better and just stick around with the same techniques expecting different results); difficult, but still possible if the want and talent and skill are there (a dash of luck helps, too, for connections). But I just hope people are aware of the existing art careers to not just independent freelance, general illustration, and animation. A lot of options, actually, when it comes to art and design. :D
elementjhedren Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't really want to focus on making art to make money, because I feel like that would drag every bit of passion I have for art out into the open and roll over it with a pavement-flattener. Professionally, I don't think that's a way I'll go. Not with drawing, anyway. Over the next few years I'm going to start learning how to work with digital cameras - my brain's focused on passions as well as marketable skills. Maybe I'll end up in the gaming industry. That'd be brilliant.
DL2288 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As much as I enjoy making art, I know it's not the career path for me. I'm currently in Pharmacy school, and it's a decision I'm glad I made.
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Not really sure even though I study it );
DEugenio Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I've taken commissions before and sold at conventions. But my main focus is my Animation/gaming degree in College, which I'm currently in my last year of. Then it's off to the industry.
starlexxy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am currently sceptical over what I want my future career to be. The debate as of right now is between working with animation, graphic designer, or veterinarian. I suppose I have time though, several years x3
SomeGirl14 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes i do..... but my biggest challenge for me now is to be at least noticed.....
Enaxn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell no! Art is a fun hobby that occasionally I can get commissions off of, but if it was my job, I'd be bored and miserable. I have a BS in bio, am currently on my way to being a vet tech, and I eventually want to get an MS/career in Forest Pathology. Why be inside when you could be paid to dance through forests?
Captain-Point Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hoping to do a foundation year in Game Art next year <3
Miynxe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i want to be a concept artist for Pixar in 7 or 8 years<3
I think I'm well on my way
Ligos-Dedalius-Kris Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I fully intend to put my art skills into a career to live off of, hopefully in the gaming industry.
It's really my only passion and interest, I don't have a single thing I'm interested in otherwise that I could go off of for a career.
And I will make it work, goshdarnit, no matter how many people frown and shake their heads!

At the moment, I offer commissions, but not a lot of people are interested. I have gotten a few commissions in the past, but not in a while.
I'm also working really hard to improve, too. Once I get to college, I'm hoping things will go smoother.
Rashirou Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yep, I'm planning to go on either a degree in Digital Illustration (which has both Illustration, 2D works and 3D work) or into Game Art degree course(I might do both at some point actually), right now I'm in my 2nd and last year in College on Art & Design course and next year is Uni for me
blessedarrow Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No.. I'm studying something completely different, that I also love (International Relations) and I think it's better if I can keep art as a hobby to relieve stress from time to time. I practice drawing everytime I can (and when I'm not playing videogames) because I really really want to get better, but that's only for me, I dont really plan on making money (at least not big money) from it.
Catherine-PL Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to be 3d graphist (I'm fascinated by the whole process of developing a game), I could connect art and science, so I'll propaply apply for IT. I like maths and love to paint, but I know I'm not good enough (and rich) to apply for Art Academy. So I choose IT because of money, sadly :( I'm sure I will aways paint and draw, maybe I will take commissions, but I don't feel like I'm good enough now.
VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I went to school to be an animator (3D Pixar). Sadly during my last year at school the industry started to tank and they are only looking for extremely experienced animators right now, so getting into the field is going to take a lot more work and study than initially anticipated. But I'm not gonna give up on it!

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