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Is it okay to profit off of the furry community?

Fruitythebeetle

Goes by kappapeachie now
....so, i have a confession to make...the reason i came back to the furry community was mostly so...that i get more commissions...so i can afford certain things like a cintiq or photoshop...my only real issue is that i suck at drawing animals and i haven't drawn furries (bug people don't count) in years.. and i hate drawing nsfw stuff. like i can do inflation or transformation but i don't wanna draw people having sex. so...maybe that's why i never managed to have someone asked me "hey, i wanna commission you.."


maybe i should get a real job...
 
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Deleted member 82554

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If you provide a legal service others are willing to pay for, why not.
 

quoting_mungo

Well-Known Member
I mean, having a "real job" first and letting art gradually grow from a side hustle to a thing that can support you is generally the financially most viable/wise thing to do. But that doesn't mean art is not a real job, it just means it's one that generally comes with a long growth period and a lot of self-promotion before it's a workable single source of income for most people.

But making money doing furry art is IMO only unethical if you turn around and mock/deride your customers/customer base/the furry community. Like, I don't give any fucks if the artist whose style I like considers themselves furry, but I sure as hell care if I find out they turned around and posted my commission description to a cringe board, yanno?
 

Fruitythebeetle

Goes by kappapeachie now
i generally like furries and i wanna draw them more often. I heard alot of good experiences when deal with furry consumers and maybe i might have more luck there....the only real issues is i don't want my irl job bosses to find out i draw porn...
 

Kit H. Ruppell

Exterminieren! Exterminieren!
It's a more meaningful and better-appreciated job than flipping burgers, if you can keep up with production.
 

Dragoneer

Site Developer
Site Director
Administrator
....so, i have a confession to make...the reason i came back to the furry community was mostly so...that i get more commissions...so i can afford certain things like a cintiq or photoshop...my only real issue is that i suck at drawing animals and i haven't drawn furries (bug people don't count) in years.. and i hate drawing nsfw stuff. like i can do inflation or transformation but i don't wanna draw people having sex. so...maybe that's why i never managed to have someone asked me "hey, i wanna commission you.."

maybe i should get a real job...
As long as you're offering a legitimate product that people want... uh, why not? You don't even have to be a furry to cater to the market, just have a product (art, writing, music, suiting, costumes, etc) that people want to purchase.

And if you're not great at drawing animals? Hey, no worries. Art and creation takes time and practice. If you're not there yet, give it time, effort, and you will be.
It's a more meaningful and better-appreciated job than flipping burgers, if you can keep up with production.
Any job is appreciable so long as the people working the job put effort into it. While a line cook may not be the most glamorous job in the world, but those "burger flippers" are responsible for turning companies like McDonald's into billion dollar industries. Just wish they got paid better for their hard work.
 
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ManicTherapsid

Guest
Yes. Rule of Acquisition # 16 "A deal is a deal"

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Overfix8

Active Member
There's nothing immoral or illegal about it. People want art, they buy art.

Your IRL bosses are probably not gonna go on furry sites if they're not personally interested in furry art. :U
 

Skychickens

Late Healer Ferret
Yes. If you’re offering a service that doesn’t hurt anyone it’s fine. I used it pretty solidly while I was unemployed to pay my little bills. Now I use it to get a little spare spending money and build a portfolio and try to make a business off it. My bosses now know but I just tell them I needed a day off for church and to do my art commissions. They think it’s cool I can make money off artwork and ask me to show them pictures sometimes. It’s pretty cool.
 

SLCMedia

Business Consulting for Fandom Artists
It's a perfectly legitimate thing to do. You're making money serving customers with products they want to buy. Simple as that.

Only way I'd see it as unethical is if you had no respect for the subculture while doing it, and people who operate that way generally don't last very long anyway.
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
Its fine. It's not like you're an amoral megacorp. People have to eat, including you. Honestly, thats why I came back to the furry community too, but I started here REALLY young, drawing anthromorphic animals because I was really into creative ways of bending anatomy/creature creation.

I get a little annoyed with the community sometimes because everything is a variation of a dog or a cat (or a fox). And the designs that are "popular" aren't even that interesting to me.
But I do need to get money coming in. I am working for myself full time as well, so having a hobby that pays for itself is satisfying.
 

Keefur

aka Cutter Cat
I do lots of business within the Furry community. If I didn't do it, others (non-Furries) would probably get that money. Would you rather money stay within the Furry community or go outside it? Also, who says you have to draw porn? Yes, porn is easier to sell, but there are many artists within the Fandom that do quite well without it.
 

Fruitythebeetle

Goes by kappapeachie now
Its fine. It's not like you're an amoral megacorp. People have to eat, including you. Honestly, thats why I came back to the furry community too, but I started here REALLY young, drawing anthromorphic animals because I was really into creative ways of bending anatomy/creature creation.

I get a little annoyed with the community sometimes because everything is a variation of a dog or a cat (or a fox). And the designs that are "popular" aren't even that interesting to me.
But I do need to get money coming in. I am working for myself full time as well, so having a hobby that pays for itself is satisfying.



I agree with the Fox and wolf thing. I think one of the reasons I kinda left was that Maybe I wouldn't fit in due to my love of monsters, aliens, robots, bugs, and anything non mammalian...I guess I was super wrong but you still need to dig deep enough. I guess the main reasoning is the listed things not being : fluffy or cute.

Like don't get me wrong, I like cute things...but I much prefer more cool stuff honestly.
 

Overfix8

Active Member
You can very well find a niche within the furry community. There's definitely monster love in the fandom, and those not into mammals as much are probably starving for content. :U

Insects that actually look like insects are especially rare imo
 

Doodle Bunny

Definitely a rabbit... 100%...
I agree with the Fox and wolf thing. I think one of the reasons I kinda left was that Maybe I wouldn't fit in due to my love of monsters, aliens, robots, bugs, and anything non mammalian...I guess I was super wrong but you still need to dig deep enough. I guess the main reasoning is the listed things not being : fluffy or cute.

Like don't get me wrong, I like cute things...but I much prefer more cool stuff honestly.
Monster lovers do exist in the fandom.

*Cough* ME
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*Cough*

So, there’s no need to fret there. I accepted it as my niche even if I wander outside it a lot. I would love another monster drawing buddy, honestly!

As for getting a job, I would do it to secure yourself financially and get that commission side-hustle once you’re up to it. It will be a hard grind if you choose this path. Commissions will not be consistent at all when you start up. I myself get about 1-2 a month average. And that can be frustrating especially if you’re in a job that’s ill-fitted for you (also me).

And you don’t need to make porn to be a successful/popular commissioned artist. It might be a little harder, but there is demand for SFW art.

The only way you’re going to know is plunge into it.
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
I agree with the Fox and wolf thing. I think one of the reasons I kinda left was that Maybe I wouldn't fit in due to my love of monsters, aliens, robots, bugs, and anything non mammalian...I guess I was super wrong but you still need to dig deep enough. I guess the main reasoning is the listed things not being : fluffy or cute.

Like don't get me wrong, I like cute things...but I much prefer more cool stuff honestly.
Thats okay, we can just be friends =u=//
I just like creative designs myself. My FA is all like... monster designs and uncommon anthro renderings. I follow this person whos really good at chimera designs?
You don't have to be a mainstream fur~.
 

PercyD

Lover of Beasty Baes
Monster lovers do exist in the fandom.

*Cough* ME
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*Cough*

So, there’s no need to fret there. I accepted it as my niche even if I wander outside it a lot. I would love another monster drawing buddy, honestly!

As for getting a job, I would do it to secure yourself financially and get that commission side-hustle once you’re up to it. It will be a hard grind if you choose this path. Commissions will not be consistent at all when you start up. I myself get about 1-2 a month average. And that can be frustrating especially if you’re in a job that’s ill-fitted for you (also me).

And you don’t need to make porn to be a successful/popular commissioned artist. It might be a little harder, but there is demand for SFW art.

The only way you’re going to know is plunge into it.
Tbh, we can also be friends-

But yea, to add to that. There is also a demand for good designs. You just need to find your niche and work with that. Thats a better business strategy any way. Don't waste your time trying to sell to people who aren't buying.
 

Xolani

Member
Well yes of course it's fine to profit off of the furry fandom. People aren't going to produce high quality art, fursuits, etc. for free, are they?

If you're worried about your day job finding out then just ensure you keep your online persona as far detached from it as possible. But so long as your day job are half-way reasonable they shouldn't be peering at your life outside of work, unless it's associated with that job (eg. you're talking about being their employee on YouTube or something).
 

Skittlesthehusky

#1 forum dweller, fear me if you see me.
Of course! i don't see anything wrong with it. i really don't.
hustle all you want as long as its done safely!
 
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