People often express their desires not to draw certain things on this forum because of their dislike, or they are at odds with what they do "artistically" as a job for someone else because it's not a expressive outlet.
These people are confusing two forms of art in their thinking.
This should clear things up.
"In the world of art there are two worthy points of view about making pictures. One is to render service to people by finding their needs and satisfying them. This is the general course of commercial art. The other is to stimulate and to enrich people by showing them a new set of experiences and values. This is the pioneer work of the so-called "fine artist" who may give a little or no heed to the financial returns. Both of these are necessary forms of art, and society needs both of them. The commercial artist is one who is paid to solve a specific problem. he/she is expected to use all his/her knowledge, imagination, artistry, and technical skill and yet stay within the boundaries set by the client who is paying him/her. He must also solve the picture problem within a limited time.
Think of a good commercial artist in terms of a good doctor with a general practice who mustbe prepared to solve all kinds of medical and health problems when the need arises. When the doctor's phone rings, he/she doesn't know if he is being called to deliver a baby, set a broken leg or treat a case of measles Whatever and whenever the call, the doctor must find a solution to the problem and find it in time. The deadlie for giving a routine physical examination may not be so urgent, but a baby must be delivvered at the right time and cannot be put off to suit the doctor's convenience.
So it is with the commercial artist. When the phone rings he doesn't know which client is calling, what kind of picture problem he will be asked to solve of how much time he ill be given to solve it. Maybe a department store phoning for suggestions for next year's catalog, or an agency is in need of a rush drawing to appear in tomorrow morning's newspaper. In the latter case the drawing will have to be completed within the next few hours. The deadline for a Christmas catalog, which won't appear for six or eight months, is not so pressing.
To be a successful commercial artist, you must be versatile, and able to produce good work on short notice. You can't wait until you are in the right mood. In commercial art there is no more excuse for tempermental acts than there is in everyday living. You must meet all your commitments fully and on schedule.
The fine arts painter selects his own subject matter, creates his own effects, and then offers the painting to the public, hoping someone will agree with his personal interpretation and buy it. The legitimate function of his pictures is the aesthetic satisfaction the observer gets from looking at them, regardless of their practical effect. This function is not always widely recognized or financially well rewarded, but it is a very worthwhile kind of art, especially for the artist. It gives him a psychological release, an emotional outlet for his feelings and opinions. To be done with intergrity, this type of picture must be created for the personal satisfaction of the artist without regard for cash rewards.
Before you decide to devote your life to art, you should consider the two points of view and not confuse them. Each can produce great art. That which you create for your own personal satisfaction, however, cannot be converted into cash unless you are fortunate enough to be able to sense in advance the desires of the people who are the potential buyers of your pictures." -QUOTED FROM THE BOOK RECEIVED WITH MY ASSIGNMENTS FROM THE FAMOUS ARTISTS SCHOOL-
Some of the fine points are in bold that is most applicable.
I desire to be a commercial illustrator and this fits my definition.