The greatest success is creating whatever you want without conditions. I don't do commissions unless I really want to, because it's like having a job.
There are very few people who do what I do.
I never had a job. I bought my first house within a year of getting out of school, and I built a custom one four and a half years later. The Art Center didn't teach much about business, but I learned a lot from the Fortune 500 companies that were my clients.
I was tired of illustration. You'd work so hard on a commission and it would go in to a magazine, and you'd turn the page and it was gone.
I don't do commissions and I like the freedom to create what my heart or mind tells me to.