Given the importance attributed to artwork within the fandom and the popularity of art/artist websites within the community,🐾 we wanted to know what percentage of furries considered themselves to be artists and writers. We asked participants to indicate, on a 7-point scale, the extent to which they considered themselves to be an artist and a writer (1 = absolutely not to 7 = very much.)🐾 The table below shows that about 35% of the fandom does not identify as either artists or writers, while another 25% or so strongly identify as artists or writers.

6-1 artist and writer identification

To test whether these rates of content creators in the furry fandom differed from other fandoms, we asked the same questions to convention-going (A-Kon) and online anime fans, as well as fantasy sport fans (see figures below). Given that the furry fandom is a predominantly visual art fandom, and given that the fandom’s content centers on independent artists (as opposed to large studios), it is unsurprising that furries were the group most strongly self-identifying as artists, a distinction that seems to be unique to visual art, as furries were not the fandom most likely to self-identify as writers🐾

6-1 identification of artist by sample
6-1 identification of writer by sample

References

  • 🐾 Please see Fandom Participation: Sections Fandom Participation: Fandom Activities (2.3), Popular Websites/Artists (2.4), Furry Media Owned (2.5) (2.3-2.4-2.5)


  • 🐾 2014 3-Fandom Survey (Furries, Anime Fans, Fantasy Sport Fans) (link) (F3)


  • 🐾 International Furry Survey: Summer 2011 (link) (S11)