I once knew a guy who pretended to be a furry on the web solely to fuck with people. He was actually a pretty nice guy. I learned a good bit about web design, digital painting, and being relaxed about life from him.
Sauti-AlamisiFeatured By OwnerDec 29, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't really want to be a furry, because of all of the stereotypes. Even though I draw Anthros and Furries, I hate to be called one because most people this all Furries practice porn art and stuff like that, and I don't really do that. So, I stay out of the fandom so people will not call me a porn faggot.
I'm not a fan of furries.... especially anthro-furry :/ they may be a little bit annoying to the eyes but some person in a mascot/furry outfit or costume is totally kidding me... (I really don't like sparkledogs to be honest)
but I don't hate them furries (especially if they are only in their plain animal form to the fact that I like foxes and cats).
I don't hate furries, but I don't see the fandom's appeal either. I like my animals better as, well, animals instead of humans with animal heads. The idea that animals must anatomically and psychologically resemble humans in order to appeal to us is if anything anthropocentric and defeats the whole point of appreciating life's diversity.
angelxxuanFeatured By OwnerDec 27, 2012Student General Artist
their choice, I'm not into it or anything, but I have to admit I have met a lot of people who have some wonderful creative ideas into their fursuits. imaginations like these can lead to something else further. besides these fursuit individuals could get work with companies as well. I don't hate them, I congratulate them on being an individual, for being what they want to be. so many closet people these days. now if you're a closet mass murderer please stay in the closet, but if you like things, don't be afraid to come out and the likes.
I've never had any trouble out of furries myself, they have been quite nice and fun to be around. but society is going to fear/hate something rather it being just a few or quite a lot. that is how it has always been and probably always will be. who knows, the person who saves your life someday could also be a furry
I cliked your forum because I suspected a troll, but then I read your responses and you make some intelligent points, so here's my response.
I'm a furry. I'm a therian. And now you've tagged me as mentally unstable. (I may be, but in ways that don't relate to art.)
To be a furry is to name yourself as a fan of anthropomorphic art. There are many, MANY fans of antho art that do not lable themselves as furry, most probably have no idea what a furry is. The really sad part about the furry fandom is that there are a few very vocal, public people, and events, and TV shows that give all furries a bad name. The fans of anthro art who choose not to lable themselves as furry often choose that because of the bad name that furry has. Anthro fans, in general (excluding the few) dislike sparkle dogs and "fan extremists" and yiffers (including those drawing fetish porn). Those are the people who give the whole group a bad name, like the weeaboos in the anime fandom. Every fandom has it's extremes, from the causual observer to the full on obsessed. And in every fandom there's a curve associated with how many people are at which point in fan behaviour. There are always less on the obsessed end than people think there are.
As for the people who draw poorly and then get angry when someone tries to critique, well, everyone starts off as a crap artist. No one wakes up one morning and is suddenly able to create a masterpiece, these things take time and practice. A lot of people, especially younger people, dislike being critiqued, in anything. What's wrong with that? Practice and persistance will make the artist better. Time will usually age them out of the crazy obsessive end of the fandoms they belong to (usually, but look at Star Trek...).
Therianthropy has very little to do with being furry, in fact, their biggest, only, connection is anthropomorphism. Therianthropy is a belief set that is older than most belief sets, religions that are at the forefront of our minds today. It is the belief in the inner animal, or the animal spirit, or even the spirit guide. Most indiginous peoples who still follow their old beliefs will tell you that they believe in some form of therianthropy. There are a huge number of people who are therians without knowing that name, calling it something else.
It's not surprising that there's a relatively large following of anthropomorphism and therianthropy, when you look at it. Historically, there has always been a desire to understand and connect with nature and our surroundings.
I don't see any real need to hate a specific group of people just because they're obsessive and immature and poor artists. I do, however, dislike the people who seem to go out of their way to give a bad name to a fandom, who don't know where to draw the line and behave properly in social situations. Those are the people I dislike.
It kinda kills me that you've admitted yourself to being an otherkin. Meanwhile, I get your points and I'll raise you this:
Anyone can like anthropomorphic art and cartoons, in fact there are a lot that do- but it's because of the content of those cartoons and art and not the fact that "HORY SHEIT, dey're talkin' animals!". The LOONY TOONS are a GRAND example of that. What makes the FURRY is the FANTARD LEVELS OF OBSESSION and BEHAVIORS that grant it so. So anyone that cares whether or not if somethings is furry or not, is pretty much a furry. Otherwise anyone could be called a furry just from liking a wacky, Chuck Jones directed Tom and Jerry episode.
Now I know that everyone sucks when they start out, but it should be KNOWN that some 70% of this site contains post-beginners that DON'T IMPROVE ON THEIR WORK AT ALL. They just keep on scribbling away the same redundant shit over and over again. On top of it all, they believe it's the apex of their 'artistic' abilities and that they should be praised for it. It's rubbish! It's retarded! It's something that art doesn't stand for.
Anyway, I guess we know our areas and our points of view.
The claim to belong to a fandom is up to the individual. So if someone's a huge fan of the Loony Toons and Pixar animations, they can choose to call themselves a furry, but that's their choice. I agree that fantard levels of obsession and behavior are not cool, even to the point of being socially wrong. It's theses people who don't know how to draw the line and behave socially accetable. They're also the people who give anthro and furry a bad name. It's because of these people that the avid anthro fans, with fursonas, and who RP with their fursonas, and some who even wear fursuits, refuse to call themselves furries, because they refuse to associate with those who gave them a bad name. The same bad name that you don't like.
Everyone's allowed to chose when they "stop" practicing to improve. By the same token, by merely continuing to create art, they are practicing and improving, even if they refuse to take advice of others. A lot of people like art and appreciate art and like to create art, but don't want to do art as a carreer and so actively seeking to improve is not their top priority and getting that advice can seem annoying to them.
In terms of "otherkin" I have one clarity point I'd like to make. An otherkin does believe in therianthropy, but a therian is not necessarily an otherkin. Otherkin is the belief that your soul/spirit guide/etc is something fantastic (unicorn, dragon, werewolf, that sort of thing). Therians are typically something real (eagle, wolf, dolfin, etc). So while an otherkin is a therian, a therian is not neccessarily an otherkin. And no, I am not an otherkin, I am a therian.
Yeah...Even if I do a lot of anthro art I don't really considerate myself a "furry", I guess the fun part is that you have a loooooot of diversity, you can't really be bored of drawing the "same" thing
The furry fandom ruined so much anthro art, it makes me feel a little bit ashamed of drawing anthro...
There's no such thing as a "gothic/emo" aritst or a "space" artist, because it implies that the artist's skill set is narrowed down to just those things and in a sense- Art isn't surrounded by their genres, but by their media/mediums.
So you're just an artist, a parodist. A little anthro in your art here and there or for a certain reason or idea is not bad at all- but it shouldn't be the only thing that you'd draw.
Yeah I don't show my real drawings here because of their very poor quality, but if I don't do anthro art or something like that well I like to draw things like: [link] or [link] or even (for fun) [link] ...Yeah I really need to improve ^^' But yeah I kinda agree with what you say, mediums/media are very important for a piece...But I think the main subjet, the atmosphere of the piece must have an importance too, well that's my opinion But I"m quite unsure about what a "space" artist is? Can you explain to me? If you want to
It bothers me too, but that's no reason to hate someone. We all have our own tastes and opinions, and we don't have to like everyone else's, but hating someone for their tastes is an unfair judgement. Dislike the taste, not the person.
There's a mini-lesson in cultural sensitivity for you.