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Creating art that sells

Jax Cottontail

Well-Known Member
I've noticed many artists on this forum and other sites trying to make a living doing artwork for the furry community. However we have had a difficult time trying to identify what kind of furry art people want.

When we do market research we notice that the popular and financially successful furry artsists draw porn, but when we ask the community they say they don't want porn.

So as freelance artists what are we to do?

I think that we have had a hard time because we haven't been asking the right questions. So let me try this one: What kind of art do you want to buy?

What kind of art are you willing to spend your hard earned money on?
 

psychonautic

"It's fun to stay alive"
Personally I'd buy art that is colorful with an interesting style I think my characters would look cool in(if I actually had money to spend anyway).

Porn is the "easy money/get rich quick" thing, which is why most successful artists draw it. "Themed" artwork is probably a close second.
 

Kirkzer

Member
I am not a artist and have never thought about commissioning art until I joined the fandom. I had a profile picture of a character from a game and I was happy with it but I Kept on Coming across Some Art from a artists that was sharing their work on a website. I thought it was amazing and I needed a profile picture so I asked if I can commission them to do a profile picture of my Fursona and they said yes and I paid them more because it was worth more. So what I'm trying to say keep doing what you're passionate about, always try to get better and do it because you like it and people may start to pay you more. If I do commission more art I think it will be of my fursona or some other character with a interesting background like something from a fantasy book.
 
I hoping to eventually be talented enough for my art to sell. Not sure if I would get into NC18 content, but I can see how that would be the money maker.
 

nerdbat

Green butt of reason
I would say go for perfecting a distinct, memorable, inimitable style. Drawing porn is a good way to attract clients, but if your style is easily replaceable (which is a common thing with porn artists), you'll have to drastically bring your prices down anyway. Same works the other way around - there are artists like Heibi and Shenaninganza, who can get away with relatively expensive commissions not because of huge technical proficiency, but because of drawing unique stuff you can't buy anywhere else.
 
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Sergei Sóhomo

Guest
I've noticed many artists on this forum and other sites trying to make a living doing artwork for the furry community. However we have had a difficult time trying to identify what kind of furry art people want.

When we do market research we notice that the popular and financially successful furry artsists draw porn, but when we ask the community they say they don't want porn.

So as freelance artists what are we to do?

I think that we have had a hard time because we haven't been asking the right questions. So let me try this one: What kind of art do you want to buy?

What kind of art are you willing to spend your hard earned money on?

People want porn; plain and simple
 

Jax Cottontail

Well-Known Member
First off I want to thank everyone for their feedback. I really appreciate it. When an artist transitions from doing art as a hobby to doing artwork as a career there is a mental shift in viewing art. It becomes a product, not just a piece of art. I love drawing furry art and I am very passionate about making a living doing what I love. That means I must supply products and services that are in demand. Otherwise, I am just wasting my time. That's why I don't like the question: What kind of art do you like? I don't like it because there is a lot of art that I like, but I won't spend money on it. That's why I ask the question What kind of art are you willing to spend your hard earned money on? It's more direct and gives me the answers I am looking for. As an artist as long as I am working on furry art I am happy; It doesn't matter if its clean, erotica, or porn. I just want to create works that people love and are willing to spend money on.

After looking into the demographics of the furry community, the keywords, and websites that they search for and after analyzing popular freelance artist websites and what they are offering for sale and as rewards, I came to the conclusion that porn is by far the biggest seller along with fan art. Those are all numbers though and my clients mean more to me than just that. That's why I take the time to reach out to the community and let them tell me first hand what they want. The way I see it community feedback is the only way to provide a superior product. A product that people really desire.

From everyone's responses, I learned a few things and a few things were confirmed for me. Porn and erotica are clearly what I am going to have to get into asap. @Rykhoteth thank you for suggesting doing a range of art from clean art to fetish porn. So far I have just done clean, but I should show that I can do a range of subjects. Commercially it's a smart choice. I also haven't been offering fursona portraits or user profile pictures. @Kirkzer thanks for suggesting I offer profile picture commissions. I never thought about offering that till you suggested it. I can confidently say that people want colorful, themed, and above all stylized artwork. So many people have listed those 3 things as factors when looking for an artist to commission, not just on this forum, but others too. I already do those things so I am pretty confident that I am on the right track, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Once again I have written too much >< so I will wrap this up. If you would like to add to this discussion please feel free to chime in. I look forward to your feedback and any help that I receive that helps me to better service the furry community is always appreciated!
 
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Sergei Sóhomo

Guest
First off I want to thank everyone for their feedback. I really appreciate it. When an artist transitions from doing art as a hobby to doing artwork as a career there is a mental shift in viewing art. It becomes a product, not just a piece of art. I love drawing furry art and I am very passionate about making a living doing what I love. That means I must supply products and services that are in demand. Otherwise, I am just wasting my time. That's why I don't like the question: What kind of art do you like? I don't like it because there is a lot of art that I like, but I won't spend money on it. That's why I ask the question What kind of art are you willing to spend your hard earned money on? It's more direct and gives me the answers I am looking for. As an artist as long as I am working on furry art I am happy; It doesn't matter if its clean, erotica, or porn. I just want to create works that people love and are willing to spend money on.

After looking into the demographics of the furry community, the keywords, and websites that they search for and after analyzing popular freelance artist websites and what they are offering for sale and as rewards, I came to the conclusion that porn is by far the biggest seller along with fan art. Those are all numbers though and my clients mean more to me than just that. That's why I take the time to reach out to the community and let them tell me first hand what they want. The way I see it community feedback is the only way to provide a superior product. A product that people really desire.

From everyone's responses, I learned a few things and a few things were confirmed for me. Porn and erotica are clearly what I am going to have to get into asap. @Rykhoteth thank you for suggesting doing a range of art from clean art to fetish porn. So far I have just done clean, but I should show that I can do a range of subjects. Commercially it's a smart choice. I also haven't been offering fursona portraits or user profile pictures. @Kirkzer thanks for suggesting I offer profile picture commissions. I never thought about offering that till you suggested it. I can confidently say that people want colorful, themed, and above all stylized artwork. So many people have listed those 3 things as factors when looking for an artist to commission, not just on this forum, but others too. I already do those things so I am pretty confident that I am on the right track, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Once again I have written too much >< so I will wrap this up. If you would like to add to this discussion please feel free to chime in. I look forward to your feedback and any help that I receive that helps me to better service the furry community is always appreciated!


If you can nail specific fetishes then it's possible you could get a name for yourself

Or if your particular style is very different and pleasing to the eye (Jay Naylor, Scappo) you can also find yourself getting lots of business

Unfortunately in the furry fandom porn is by far the biggest seller, but if you can get it right then you can make a living. I'd also suggest trying a patreon if you do comics and shit
 
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