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A professional artist is... 

42%
14 deviants said Someone who does art for a living.
30%
10 deviants said Someone who just can draw very well.
24%
8 deviants said Someone who learned it over years in a special school / studied the subject "art".
3%
1 deviant said Someone who took a hand full of courses.

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oOFairiesOo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017   General Artist
professional artist? Of course they drawing good but they will have these too

- calm
-serious
-friendly
- who ready tell tips or try to expalin to people how he/she does one art
- not acting like super star
- don't care numbers of fans and don't need fame
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LogicalConclusions Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Student General Artist
I voted for 'does art for a living' but I believe that
gaining the necessary qualifications is also what defines a processional artist 
especially if one is considering a career in the film and games industry. 
I feel professional is a title given to those who are masters in the field they are in 
or have a paying job.
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Lumen-Terra Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
I agree. What about here on DA? Anyone can call themselves professional here if they think they are good enough.
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LogicalConclusions Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Student General Artist
That being said some people prefer to stay anonymous and for good reason too.
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LogicalConclusions Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Student General Artist
I know, personally I wish they would submit evidence that they have achieved such a status like a certificate or a photo of them in their black robe and square hat, that's what I would do. Though people never cease being students because we are learning all the time, even the masters.
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SquishyAutobot Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in my own opinion? I do think people who can draw very well as example: alex milne  ;;w;;
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Lumen-Terra Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
I think Milne went to a special school for comic artists but don't count me on that. He's awesome no doubt!! *o*
He also earns his money by working for IDW under contract so yeah I guess he counts as professional. 

I'm annoyed by those self proclaimed professionals here on deviantart. Yes, we all do commissions from time to time, yes we all can draw but what enables you to call yourself rightfully a professional artist? 

Man I'm overthinking this again. It's just rubbing me the wrong way when they parade around all high and mighty and most can't even answer a simple question about colors and design. :/
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