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    Is racy art a problem in professional industry?

    I've been suggested to do some adult themed commissions because apparently there's good money in it. I'm not really much of an anthro person but anyway. If I made another account and haven't officially linked myself to it would it be a problem with potential employers if they found out?

    Or is it not an issue at all?

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    Well lets see if what you say is true, I get 1300 dollars for an 8 x 10 landscape painting, which takes me about 20 minutes to paint, I sell a couple of those a month. I think that is pretty good money, if furry porn is paying you that kind of money then go for it, otherwise no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    Well lets see if what you say is true, I get 1300 dollars for an 8 x 10 landscape painting, which takes me about 20 minutes to paint, I sell a couple of those a month. I think that is pretty good money, if furry porn is paying you that kind of money then go for it, otherwise no.
    Yeah but not all of us here are able to make that much money off of what is essentially a sketch... I haven't made any money off of my art at all, let alone sketches. And I don't think I'm that horrible.

    I have to disagree with the OP in saying there is a lot of money in the porn niche; from my understanding there is a demand for art regardless of skill level, but pay is pretty bad from what I hear. So if you need a bit of cash, aren't at a high level of skill yet, and don't mind painting that type of stuff, then I say go for it if you want. To make the kind of money that dpaint is talking about though you'll need either a crazy work ethic or need to be REALLY good.

    And yeah, it would probably be a good idea to get a pseudonym to keep things separate from your regular work as you never know how it may affect your career down the road if that's what you're associated with. You don't have to, but if you have a bit of concern, then I say err on the side of caution and don't use your real name. It really isn't tough to make up a name and get a new email and paypal and stuff for this type of thing... and I don't think there is much in ways of connecting your two identities other than if you flat out say it or have a super distinctive style (which, looking through your DA, you don't).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sythgara View Post
    ...would it be a problem with potential employers if they found out?
    Maybe. Depends.

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    Anything particular? I know one guy from gnomon who does some odd naked humanoid monsters for industry but also uses another name to do less mature themed work. I don't know how far Chris Sanders goes but I've seen some things of his that aren't exactly Disney material either.

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    Yeah, are you talking about Cheesecake, Furry Porn, Nude Studies, people having sex, anything specifically?? Do you just want to draw/paint naked pics for the hell of it? Like Elwell says, it depends.
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    Here's the thing...if you do something someone wants, and they want what you do bad enough, they could care less. Look at Giger. I dare you.
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    Well like others have said. It depends. Some people have an open mind and if you can do the quality of work they need they won't care I imagine. Others might find whatever your doing sick or gross (if it's something humanoid having sex like a furry or just in general sex, some people are prudes).

    My non-professional opinion: If your not going to put it all in your portfolio why lump it altogether. I doubt if you were applying for a concept art position you'd show them porn/sexual themes or if you were trying to get a commission for porn/sexual themes would you show them how well you can draw neat guns.
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    I'm just curious. If someone were to get popular with one type of artwork that's clean, maybe go on to make few movies and then people find out he or she also drew porn commissions, to give a better example. What the reaction would be.

    Maintaining a good name is something I'd be worried about is what I'm saying.
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    I dunno. You might lose some jobs if the people hiring you find that stuff distasteful.

    But really, how difficult is it to make another identity on the Internet? Not very. Sign up for a Google account with a fake name, use that to create all other accounts and you're in business. The only difficulty is with banking and I'm pretty sure you can get around that by incorporating and then using your business name for everything. If anybody really cares to dig deep into your business they'll find your real name, but why would an Art Director look at your portfolio as Sythgara and think "what I want to know is if this guy is behind the Big Furry Dicks Corporation"? If they even know to ask the question, chances are that they're into that side of your art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Here's the thing...if you do something someone wants, and they want what you do bad enough, they could care less. Look at Giger. I dare you.
    Of course, Giger is not exactly targeting, say, the children's book market... So it all depends.

    Then again, you do get people like Tomi Ungerer who did both childrens books AND the "Eroticon" (which is everything the name implies...) THEN AGAIN, that was the '70s. So it depends.

    And Doctor Seuss did racy stuff before getting famous for childrens books... But I guess if you're Doctor Seuss, anything goes.

    As long as you keep things fairly separate you're probably okay. How separate they should be depends on how racy is racy and what exactly your non-racy market is, and how famous you are.
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    What I'm saying is people don't, and won't care. If they want your work they'll use you regardless, if they don't want your work they'll find any reason they can not to use you. Be smart about what you put in your portfolio of course but this is really a non-issue.
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    Oh, definitely. I wouldn't put that with my actual work. Thanks
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