Commission work is always a great thing. You take your existing skills and interests in certain styles and you apply them to someone else's request. I was asked to use a thickly applied, expressionist painting style with drips and blobs. An impression of the dogs was more important than a realistic representation.
Here's a bit of a selection of little critters that have now since made their way into peoples homes. A hippo on a bean bag eating pizza and drinking coke, a cat grinning creepily, two dogs fighting over a bone and a baby vulture wondering when mum is coming home with some grubs