Because sometimes you have a job (or jobs) that you need to do to pay the bills that don’t fulfill you, and you need an outlet of FUN.
Art for work can be enjoyable and fulfilling, but it can also be frustrating (dumbass client, tight deadlines that don’t allow for corrections, not being paid enough,…).
Even original work can be like that, because eventually your public is kind of your client, and if you don’t meet your deadlines, WOOPS, NO MONEH.
Art for fun SHOULD be fun, and if your heart wants to draw Joel McHale 100 times, you should do it as long as it’s fun, stop when it stops being fun, and move on to whatever else your heart desires.
Don’t let jelly h8rs make you feel like less of an artist because “you only draw fanart to get an audience.” They’re bitches who don’t know you and why you draw what you draw (and if you do it for attention? Big deal, marketing yourself is a very valuable skill).
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: The important thing is to draw if it makes you happy.
And shit, as an art teacher, I feel like screaming that every single day: I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU DRAW, BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, JUST DO IT!!!
Don’t let people who think you’re less of an artist because of what you choose to draw in your spare time make you feel like you’re not worthy of respect.