A furry artist or anthro artist is a person who creates artistic works with the furry fandom in mind as the target audience, or who creates anthropomorphic art of interest to the fandom. The works of a furry artist are called furry art.
Generally, the term is restricted to visual artists who create drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, and other types of visual works traditionally thought of as "art." Those who write furry stories are usually called furry writers.
A large number of online galleries exist that are exclusively furry art or are friendly to furry artists. This list includes only some of them.
The connection to furry fandom
Most furry artists have an active connection to furry fandom. Many attend furry conventions and furmeets, and some even organize specialized artist furmeets. Furry MUCKs, Internet forums, and IRC chats are as popular amongst furry artists as with the rest of the furry community. Typically, a furry artist utilizes these avenues not only as social tools but as a means of advertising his or her work.
However, a small portion of furry artists have little or no involvement in furry fandom. They may avoid fan social activities out of lack of interest, discomfort with the public reputation of furry fandom, dislike of the furry social community, or other personal reasons. This lack of personal involvement does not necessarily prevent such artists from selling their artwork to furry fans.
Making money as a furry artist
While some furry artists are able to make a living from their furry artwork, most do not. In general commissions, prints, and other art sales make a significant income only for very popular and well-known furry artists. Artists with a smaller fanbase may make a small amount of money from their furry art; this is predominantly through commissions (rather than prints or original non-custom works).
A large majority of furry artists create their artwork for the enjoyment of the subject matter. They share it on online art galleries without any expectation of sales.
There are sometimes rumors of a bias against hiring furry artists by art project directors. This is meant to be due to the pornographic nature of some furry art - however, according to one, the truth is that it's just hard to get furry artists to draw anything but furries.