I would just like to point out that the economy has *never* been prime for artists.
Yes, that's why I wrote, "In today's economy, or even when it wasn't so difficult out there
, artists are having a very hard time making a living out of their crafts."
Also, to point out, a lot of very wealthy artists around today are not particularly talented or skilled.
Yes, which is why I also wrote, "Even if they're incredibly talented
But, most importantly, coming from a young adult, who went to school for art (and relatively sustains themselves off said art), please do not encourage or push them going into something just to make money.
YOU are very lucky, then. But to the OP, I have this to say: By all means, spare his feelings (if you really think he's overly sensitive and would be offended at your voicing your concerns for his welfare even when you make a point to recognize what is probably very real talent) at the very probable chance that he won't have enough money to care for himself. Unless you're fine with always financially supporting him or having the tax payers do it.