Moved to Artwork because "being tl;dr" should not be a factor when placing a thread within its correct board. This thread strongly pertains to artistic customs held among members of this fandom, hence it goes in the Artwork board. As for how I received a reference sheet, I'll follow up on that in this paragraph. I didn't receive any artwork of my character until I was lucky enough to receive a request from Hale Laocon
. I think most members of the fandom usually get a a sketch of their character before they get a full-blown reference sheet. After I had received that sketch, I then subsequently received a couple of reference sheets from a user by the name of Sparrow/Mango Paws when she offered me one as a request
and the second as gift-art
. Essentially, I was highly fortunate to receive free-artwork from such kind people and I still greatly appreciate the artwork to this very day.
However, I should warn you that very few artists will be willing to draw reference sheets for free and some may not want to give you free-artwork at all. Reference sheets in particular take a lot of effort and far less artists will be willing to do them for free. That isn't really that much of a problem because a basic sketch or even a well-detailed description is still usually enough for an artist to decide how to ideally draw your character. If you are unable to use Paypal to pay for artwork, you could always look out for a thread offering requests in this board. That is how I received most of the artwork when I was relatively newer to the fandom. However, I must remind you that if you are offered the opportunity to receive a request, you must always act politely and gratefully towards the artist who was kind enough to spend their time drawing your character for free.
Regarding your issues at school, you shouldn't openly antagonize your school's administration. You don't have to like their decision, but impolitely arguing about it with them will not get you anywhere. The best thing I can advice you to is attempt to improve your grades or just wait until you finish your sophomore year. Just keep in mind that you shouldn't have too long to wait until you are able to get a PayPal account and buy all of the Furry artwork you desire. Sorry if I have said anything within this section which appears incorrect, I'm not wholly familiar with the US' education system because I live in Britain - I know even less about how that correlates with economics and user-restrictions with PayPal.