Artists develop specialized skill sets just like any other career that involves acquiring technical knowledge for a career or vocation. Despite that, there’s a culture that does not recognize the work that goes into creating “art”, whether it’s literature, an illustration, or an idea.
More on artist exploitation: http://mayersononanimation.blogspot.ca/2012/11/more-artist-exploitation.html
Artists, just like any other profession do need money to make a living. So please, whenever you can, support artists by purchasing their products, services or donating so that they can continue to create and make “art.”