I stopped taking commissions a couple of years ago now, for both art and plushies.
It wasn't that I liked the extra income, so much that once our company really took off my time/ energy went into another type of art - outfit design and sewing.
That too started with commissions, and eventually led to a more steady workload-- until I realized that most everything I loved to do for the sheer enjoyment of it was now a paid endeavour.
I hated it.
Again, not so much publishing things ( yay portfolio!) or making someone happy with my rendition of a characted, but it killed me that I no longer did it simply for the love and delight of it.
I've written for numerous publications over the years ( non-fiction work); last year I stopped, because I realized my novel WIP had STAYED a WIP for several years as I instead churned out book reviews, interviews and opinion pieces. I wanted my muse and my headspace back, and finally, after several months Winterborn is in the last few chapters.
Mine. My baby, wholly for the joy of it -- the NEED of it. Characters sometimes just demand of their creators to let them out properly into the world, and it was high time for mine to at least have a completed tale to live in.
Now I'm happy to say I've found another rather fun outlet for my creativity - quilting!
... yes, you heard me right.
I won't be posting them up on DA as... well, they're less than perfect and to be honest I delight on how personal they are. How selfishly made for me and mine, and not for show or sale.
I know so many of us are stressed these days with bills, and things to handle - deadlines, stresses, possibilities.
I'm trying not to forget the joy of simple creation, now and the sanity it brings me.
My JAPAN photos and prints: