I teach my cre­ative writ­ing stu­dents that the best means of pro­mot­ing their work is to par­tic­i­pate with­in a net­work of dis­tri­b­u­tion that can seem counter-intu­itive. They should give their work away.

The Secret Furry Patrons Keeping Indie Artists Afloat

At an unsteady time to be a pro­fes­sion­al cre­ative, fur­ry com­mis­sions offer sta­ble sup­ple­men­tary income for many artists. Sara Jensen, a 28-year-old artist in Min­neso­ta, esti­mates that she makes around $500 draw­ing ten or so illus­tra­tions per month. “Some peo­ple make a lot more than me, some peo­ple make just, you know, ‘I want to go out tonight, can I take a com­mis­sion so I can go to a movie or what­ev­er.’”