The allure of Anthro Art is obvious to anyone who ever “owned” and loved a pet. (Only those who have never loved and shared lives with a pet speak of pet “ownership”!) Once a bond has been formed between a human and an animal the rigid distinctions between what is human and what is animal begin to fracture.
The definition of “being” becomes suddenly far more expansive. And soon the bonded human begins feeling spiritual affinities with the “animal” that are undeniably powerful and as “real” as any felt with other humans. The desire to leave all the lies and hypocrisies of human society behind and join in with a simpler and somehow more “honest” society of different beings in nature can become palpable and intense. “The grass is always greener…” and, oh!, to scamper across it on four liberating paws!
From Mickey Mouse cartoons to “Avatar”, the whimsical longing to combine the best of what it is to be human with the best of what it is to be dog, cat, fox, wolf, bear or other brother being is one that continues to produce some of the most imaginative stories and most compelling art with which we seek to satisfy our “dream” consciousness. Some dream of getting bit by a radioactive rodent and waking up with X-man-ish superpowers. But others look no further than the woods and dream of a bewitchment that infuses them only with some attributes of their favorite furry spiritual doppelganger. Art attempts to define for us what it is to be human. Sometimes it can provide as well a much needed escape from being human.
- simple warrior by nightrhino
- Zande hunter by Qzurr
- Last of their Kind by Nimrais
- Canyonlands by Rayndancer
- After the Rain by TysonTan
- Forest Werewolf by Atan
- Shadow Kahn by darknatasha
- Latent Bloom by balaa
- Fox Guy by Wildweasel339
- Bringer Of Light and Stars by KovoWolf
Anthropomorphism is what Furry is. People think Anthro is another way of saying Furry. It's not. Anthro is human.
Anthropomorphism is adding human qualities to something non-human. This is what Furries are.
It holds no significance of being human and ordinary, but instead gives one the opportunity to be unique and different. There has always been the question of what would you do if you were a dog or a cat, what life would you lead? In movies such as Cats Don't Dance or the Lion King, it takes animals and creates humanistic problems that we face. I think it is great to be somebody else or pretend to be something other than yourself. Everyone wonders what it would be like to have wings or spit fire or see in the dark. To be able to act as an animal yet retain your human likeness to me is remarkable...
The ones that do, however, I agree. Reality's a pretty big thing to ignore.
Who knows guys, maybe there's a furry race on another planet, so go build that new Warp Drive instead of that Fursuit. Lol. Jk.
2. Um, where did this question come from? Anthro is a concept, nothing more. Of course people can attach a spiritual meaning to it, but that can be said about anything.
3. (This question makes the most sense.) I personally prefer a more fantastic setting (both to write and read about) because it gives my imagination more freedom. Many more things are possible in a fantastic setting then our current day one, simply because we know our own rules very well. Plus, there's the "could be happening" effect. (Or, at least that's what I call it.) To really invest in a story some part of me has to believe it's real. If fantasy creatures hit the news or something happens that would affect a lot of people a part of me disconnects because, well, that isn't happening.
1. Is the dream desire to have superhero powers more or less as healthy as the dream desire to be an anthropological hybrid being – or is any preferred escapist fantasy only healthy or is any preferred escapist fantasy healthy?
My Answer: I believe it's healthy to have such escapist dreams so long as one does not forget what is around them. Now, i'd by lying if I said I had my feet totally grounded in reality and haven't let my anthro self take over my mentality, but I've set clear boarders in that, online, I am an anthro, off line I am human. I define both clearly and while it's not perfect (I have 'felt' the phantom weight of a tail or clawed feet at times) I believe that such interesting distortions of personal reality make life interesting, so long as one is not lost completely to it.
2. If you are connected with your own personal animal spirit, how do you describe this state-of-being to those uninitiated in this phenomenon? Have you had knowledge of this connection from childhood, or was there a specific moment of epiphany?
My Answer: I can't lie, I don't personally believe I have an animal spirit, despite being 1/8th Native American. Not that i don't believe such things exist, but I personally have never made such a discovery. Besides, I choose to be a dragon online, and while I find it questionable that dragon spirits exist in the world (not saying they don't, mind you) I've never personally felt like I had one. My basic desire to be an anthro stems from the thought that everywhere around me, every single day, all i see are people. Humans with the same physical limitations as everyone else. But online, the only limit is the stretch of imagination and the talent as a story teller.
3. Do you prefer anthro narratives that feature fantastical animal characters in unique fantasy settings, or do you like human shapeshifter characters in more or less natural contemporary settings?
My answer: I prefer anthros. As stated above, I like to think that online there is no true limit that can be reached as long as one has a fantastic imagination. Shape shifters are interesting, and pose some unique set ups for hiding amongst normal humans, but, when all is said and done, I think non-human creatures are just more fascinating to follow. Different cultures, different laws, different social activities... it makes for a more interesting and unique experience.
Anthropology is just a unique way of showing that wanting of being able to be closer to our more wild and beastly side. I think that's what it is, the wanting of being able to go back to our natural state of mind, to be an animal.
2) I don't feel that I have an animal spirit. To me, anthro-animals are cool fantasy fiction concepts and, in some cases, part of our classical mythology and nothing more.
3) I definitely prefer the anthro-animal that is a critter in its own right to the lycanthrope human that transforms into an animal-human hybid. Lycanthropes are usually wild critters that attack people, while the "normal" anthro-animals can be "monsters" or civilised beings. I think the anthro-animals have a lot more flexibilty.
And I definitely prefer to see a fantasy society where the anthro-animals are a "normal" part of nature. I like fairly standard fantasy worlds where anthro-animal races are part of the background alongside elves and dwarves. Dragonlance has a good thing going on with minotaurs. Forgotten Realms has an interesting thing with saurials. Spelljammer (which is my favourite fantasy setting) has giff and lizardfolk along with a number of less high profile anthro-animals.
I'm currently looking around deviantArt for Spelljammer art and I'd love to find more pictures with the fantasy anthro-races.
2. mah spirit animal, really who I wish to be, but am not, is Aurafur, If you want to know what she looks like, look at my profile, im sure you will get a idea, yeah I have allways wanted to be a winged cat! to those uninitated(sp) um, I pull out all the stops and read out my entire flying cat beastairy and explanation!
3. I like them all, as long as its written well!
2: I have remained open to the 'power animal' concept but I have found no personal connection or parallel to a specific kind of animal other than the kind that I am. I have a perception that there is an extreme misunderstanding of people who have this kind of spiritual connection. I find this to be especially true for artists, because of the prevalence on the internet of pornographic material with anthropomorphic animal subjects. It is hard to take someone seriously when they take their 'anthro-ego' so seriously... but this is a closed minded opinion that I do not have.
3: I feel that in my speculative fiction, I don't have a preference over whether it is sci-fi, modern, or fantasy themed. I prefer a blurring of the lines in the question of setting...
Artists will never have a short supply of subjects to blend together. I feel that with many subjects and concepts that can be grouped and labeled, it is impossible to be 100% creative (I feel this is true with ANYTHING). The unfortunate thing that I see is a vast 'sameness' with Anthro-art and every other kind of speculative fiction... that's just how it is.
I never liked the idea of animals with any kind of human features o structures at all. Even when I was little I thought werewolves were stupid. Feral or nothing. I'd rather not tarnish the elegant natural beauty that is the animal by adding the corrupt image of humanity to it. Please don't give me crap that animals kill and rape too, because although it is true, they don't have the same brain types as us, and therefore cannot think hard enough about their actions to decipher what is right or wrong, which is why I find them more appealing than people in the sense of beauty in how they operate.
I'm not sexually attracted to them though. I like human men, thank you very much.
Well, I wouldn't say like, because I'm a little sexist to be honest, and for good reason. I wish I didn't like men, but you know, I can't help it.
If people want to draw furries/anthros/lycans and whatever else, whether for fun or sexual urges, as long as they don't go out and hump foxes, I don't care what they do and am willing to become friends if they're cool.
I've nothing against 'furries', just don't try to label me as one because even if I am in a very technical sense, I'm still going to deny it.
As far as how to explain this I'll tell how I discovered my fetish for anthromorphic dogs. When I was no more than 5 my dad never let me go outside due to allergies, so due to being curious I sneaked out of the house. While I was outside I saw what looked like huge huskies playing around in the forest of my backyard. As you can imagine a limited little kid watch these wild and free animals was a thrilling experience. Even though I never saw them again I knew that's what I wanted to be. Unfortunately that's not how life worked so I began to draw animals.
I always was drawn to fantasy beings, it was just one step closer to reality for me rather than shape shifters. I'm not saying I didn't like them just preferred the ones that where more believable.
As far as the questions asked...
I believe that yes, if taken a bit too far this can be unhealthy. I've seen some individuals in the community that really should not be given internet access so they can... well.. "Furry Detox". Spending far too much time diving into the fantasy, and giving no time to reality is not healthy.
For the second topic... I don't necessarily feel connected with a character or animal, just slightly drawn to fantasy creatures as a group. Dragons especially... something just mysterious about these scaly beast things that exist in legends all over the world, but don't actually exist today. Intrigue, more than a connection to, if you will.
For the third bit, I suppose either or will do. It's the variety between the two that keeps things interesting in the media put out through the anthro community. Seeing how shapeshifters, be it voluntary or not, deal with the society in which they are placed is interesting to me. The question always comes up in the community: "If you were given the chance to become your character, or whomever you use as a character, would you?"
I like to think of the implications of that. Social influences, driving, government, hunters around here... all the way down to the little details. It might be a fun, but short life after that. Or it might go well. My own answer would be a resounding NO, unless several others also had the same opportunity.
Also I'd like to offer a congratulations to you, Deviantart. I've not had the want to post anything on this site that wasn't correcting other users in a long time. Interesting topic to think about.
Also I quite envy furrys. and I think they look more beautiful then humans...
Being a furry myself, I WOULD say that... heh.
2 I dont quite get the question, but if its what animal I would describe my self as, wolf (AND no Im not some stalker fangirl werewolf... welll you know)
3 I like both
It's strange O.O;
2. I do feel an affinity for felines and for bats. I like dozing in warmth, am usually calm, curious, and like the night and the day like all sorts of cats, and like the tiger I love being in water. I also feel an affinity for the fruitbat, namely the flying fox because I love sweet things, am meek, and have an appreciation for warm climates. I've always love animals and my drawings always depict them as having sentience because (as my mother said) I SEE them as such.
3. I like both anthropomorphized animals that live like humans, and shapeshifters that live as both. I like fantastic and realistic.