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A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby Chameleonette on Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:51 pm

Alright, so, I have been asked, commission-wise, if I do anthros. The truth is, I haven't drawn anthros in 10+ years, so I didn't put them onto my absolute WILL DO for commissions.

My main question is simple: How many of you are really interested in anthros? Is that a make or break deal for you with commissions?

And one more question. I showed a couple old pictures to a friend I was talking to online last night---two pictures of anthro characters I had in the past (these are from 2004):

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Do you think they look 'anthro' enough, or too human-ish? I don't really know the standard for anthros nowadays. I'm generally not that good at drawing animals, which is why I shy away from a lot of them. But if people are interested in specifically anthro-related commissions, I want to know if my work would be acceptable 'anthro' material or not.

I'd really like a bit of feedback on these questions, if possible. I'd be very grateful. Depending on the feedback, I may edit my commission info to put anthro characters into "Will do" instead of the "Maybe".
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Re: A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby 4ofSwords on Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:04 pm

I'm not in the commission market as a buyer, so I don't know if my advice is helpful, but I -do- think whether or not you offer anthros will affect who will commission you. I also think those look just fine for anthros! You see all kinds over on places like fur-affinity. Or here. Some just have a tail and ears. Some are barely human. There's a lot of range, and if you have a particular way you do it, people will commission you that like that style, and ones that don't, won't. :)
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Re: A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby SLR on Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:36 pm

Personally I've never been interested in anthros/furry art, but I know a lot of people are. I would assume that logically it is bound to affect your potential client base, because it is such a prominent sub-fetish within the vore community. Ultimately whether or not you offer it as an option in commissions, and whether anyone actually commissions you to draw one, is down to you and the person making the commission. The best advice is the usual really, do what's right for you. And if you do decide to offer it, then continue to develop your own style instead of forcing one. As 4ofswords says, there's a lot of variety in art styles here. Whatever you produce will appeal to some people and not to others.

I would suggest adding one or two new anthro themed artworks to your public gallery. It'd provide you with room to practise and develop techniques without the pressure of money or another person's expectations behind it, and it would show people who are thinking of commissioning you exactly what you can do, so they can't then get butt-hurt and claim to have expected something else.

Good luck.
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Re: A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby Indighost on Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:19 pm

Are you trying to do this commission thing as a real business? I think that's the questino you should answer for yourself first. Are you trying to build a buiness and become popular, or are you trying to have fun and enjoy yourself?

If you're going the business route, then yes, flexibility is key.

In terms of style, my experience is that there's plenty of leeway among furry art styles. Some do anime style, some do cartoony style, some do realistic style, cutesy style, sexy style, anything, various degrees of humanity. You'll have your furry fans, those who like your art style, if you choose to support their interests.
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Re: A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby Chameleonette on Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:12 am

Thanks for the input, guys. I figured that furry/anthro was a pretty big thing here and elsewhere, so it would be good to expand my horizons a bit to be all-inclusive, even if I'm a bit out of touch with drawing anthros.

And of course I'm taking this seriously as a business. Not for the sake of becoming popular, but because I'm in a tight financial situation and I intend to work to make money alongside my job that I'm getting crappy hours at. I still take an amount of fun and enjoyment in drawing in general, but I'm very serious about pleasing my clients and have every intention of putting out what I am capable of doing to fill commission requests.

Hence why I asked the questions that I did. And thanks a lot for feedback on that, all three of you. I'll practice anthros a lot more so I can get a feel for them, too. And I'll likewise take that suggestion of adding a few of them to my gallery here, so people can see what my anthro style is like.

Much appreciated, guys!
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Re: A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby MagicianXV on Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:03 pm

I agree with Indighost: Flexibility is key. If people see that you CAN draw anthros (which you obviously can, and quite well) then you'll be opening yourself up to an entirely new group of potential customers. Having a gallery full of nothing but one thing or the other limits your demographic. For people merely catering to their own tastes, or just drawing for fun, that's isn't much of an issue. For someone like you, who is interested in trying to make some money from your artwork, diversifying will absolutely be useful.
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Re: A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby Chameleonette on Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:24 am

That's true, thank you. I'll work on my anthro stuff to try to get the swing of how to draw them more naturally again. I want to be as flexible as possible in commissions, since you never know what people might be looking for. And I don't want to have an unintentional roadblock up toward a large group of potential customers.
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Re: A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby Imrhys on Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:29 pm

For those of us that like nekos, kitsune "foxwoman" form, human looking nagas, harpies, wolfmen, etc., the samples you gave even if older are great. When I can dredge up money, I have a kitsune in need of more artwork and a new wolfsune (wolf version of a kitsune and very new for me, still hashing out details) male alt in need of artwork, and your style of ears, light fur, would go perfect for my preferences.
"Mmmm," Purple eyes stare enviously at a young woman's chest. "I might have to borrow that..."

A bit later as whimpers of despair fade, Im'Rhys admires her newest bewb job, "Ooooh, these look so much better on me."
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Re: A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby Chameleonette on Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:50 pm

Imrhys wrote:For those of us that like nekos, kitsune "foxwoman" form, human looking nagas, harpies, wolfmen, etc., the samples you gave even if older are great. When I can dredge up money, I have a kitsune in need of more artwork and a new wolfsune (wolf version of a kitsune and very new for me, still hashing out details) male alt in need of artwork, and your style of ears, light fur, would go perfect for my preferences.


Thanks for the input!

I honestly need to get back into the swing of drawing anthros. It's been a long time. I need to find whether or not they've changed a bit with the way my style is after 9-10 years.

I'd be happy to do something for you in the future if my style still meets your preferences/expectations then. : )
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Re: A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby randyman123 on Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:13 pm

Personally I attempt to avoid anything nonhuman, even in video games, because I am attracted to the smooth look of humans.

However if the antro is very humanlike, rather than animallike, I might still look at the art.

I come on ekas to appreciate art more than anything else now and I'd be lying if I said I could ever appreciate antro art fully.

Dickbagish as it is, I dont look at antro art, and I dont care who does.
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Re: A simple question about anthros.

Permanent Linkby Chameleonette on Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:04 pm

randyman123 wrote:Personally I attempt to avoid anything nonhuman, even in video games, because I am attracted to the smooth look of humans.

However if the antro is very humanlike, rather than animallike, I might still look at the art.

I come on ekas to appreciate art more than anything else now and I'd be lying if I said I could ever appreciate antro art fully.

Dickbagish as it is, I dont look at antro art, and I dont care who does.


That's fine and totally understandable. Everyone has their preferences.

I just want to keep my options more open, commission-wise, as that'll be beneficial to me.
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