Illustration has a client. The client may have an idea or a specific need. And the client is taking on all of the risk, doing all of the promotion. Of course, if it doesn’t become a home run, the client isn’t entitled to a refund.
The artist, on the other hand, works for the muse. She’s responsible for the execution, sure, but also the content, the market fit and the magic of what happens next. The artist is free to wander, and free to own the consequences.
Illustration is a bit like copywriting, corporate music, industrial photography–anything where you’re doing your work for commerce, for a client, under direction.
These words make me want to be an artist more than a designer or illustrator…
Being free to wander is more attractive right?