Has anyone heard of MoCCA Fest?
It's an annual comic art fair put together by the Society of Illustrators to celebrate how comic art can communicate ideas way beyond the copyrighted superhero genre. Mostly it was independent and small press creators looking to sell wares, including some commissioned artists. I managed to speak with one of them to gain information on what goes into good commission work, and I gave her a copy of my "Tales from the Golden Age of Hollywood" mini-fan-comic as a sample of what I can do.
I got very positive feedback from her. Last time I asked about opening commission services, which was right here on DeviantArt, I was informed that my artwork was okay but could use more improvement before I could take it to commissionable levels.
Now I feel pretty confident that I can actually get paid to do art, which ironically is what's in the works with me. I've been commissioned by a writer to provide illustrations for a humor book that she's writing. Can't say much about the project, but from the rough ideas that I showed her, I can tell that her editors are going to be very impressed, and that maybe may lead into more assignments and/or commissioned art. Who knows? Maybe I can get commission requests from DeviantArt users that I've always wanted.