Didn't want to derail the Wacom thread any further. I know this isn't hardware related at the moment but many freelance illustrators / designers have to provide their own equipment so in a way, it is. Anyhow - an ex student posted on a photography thread I hosted with this comment. She works for a magazine, commissioning work as part of her job. I know the comment relates to photography but it also relates to freelance art / illustration too. The British National Union of Journalists actually has a campaign to support freelance photographers called #useitpayforit Haven't heard anything similar for illustration (yet!) work.