Yeah... not a mile after all
...and I, a great admirer of "crossover" artists (being one myself), joined the WC forums too late to participate in that thread. I put NR in that same rare niche as Maxfield Parrish, whose successful career and lifetime contribution reconciles any supposed barriers between fine art and illustration. According to their own accounts both these artists understood the distinction well, and openly admitted the difficulties of satisfying both worlds.
We all know the difference, too; but it's an elitist of either persuasion who purports the two disciplines to be irrevocably mutually exclusive. This is only the case with respect to artists who are not equal to the demands of both disciplines.
Certainly, I brought more from my fine art experience into my illustration and design career than the other way 'round, but I did
derive a valuable habit of self-discipline from dealing with the deadlines and client expectations intrinsic to commercial art. I have no problem setting to work and I never
suffer from so-called "artist's block."
There, I've managed to have my say anyway! Now the normie thread is just shy of a yard.