It's been grating on my mind for a while now...
Why are so many furries drawn in the "toon-ish" style of WB/Disney anthro? Or at least, why are so many furries drawn with only four fingers?
Or rather, why are there so few anime drawings of furries?
Maybe it's because furries originate in America and their influenced by our culture. (If Americans can be considered to have a culture.)
Or... Do people actually prefer that style over anime to such the majority that everyone needs to draw in it, to the point where a lot of furry art looks nearly the same?
Honestly, every time I look at the Latest pages, or on the pages of other art sites, I have to ask myself if it's generally agreed on for most furries to draw in this style, or rather, if it's actually looked down on to draw anime.
The sad thing about it is, I really hate that toony style. It doesn't look very cute to me, honestly, and I think anime does a better job at looking cute.
What's more frustrating is that every time I go looking for cub art, it seems like it's all drawn in this WB-ish style, instead of anime. And that might seem a strange complaint, but look at shota and loli, two clearly Japanese forms of pornography, so why doesn't a lot of cub art resemble that?
That didn't make much sense to me either, but my line of thinking is that this kind of porn is more encouraged in Japan than America. America barely even has a defined style of porn for this sect of fetish outside of "It's child porn, go to jail", so where is it that someone draws the conclusion of toony WB style characters to cub porn? Wouldn't it be more logical to adapt something like shota to cub porn? Things like Tiny Toons weren't perverted in any way (Unless you like BDSM) so why is this style favored over anime?
It saddens me to think of how much of a minority I am in a fandom I thought I had general agreement with. My thinking when I joined it was "People who like the idea of anthro", now my thinking is "People who like the idea of WB/Disney style Toon-ish anthro" and being that I absolutely hate that toonish style, I can't help but feel alienated.
I don't fault the artists for drawing what they like, but there's just so much of it... And there isn't a whole lot of what I like. All of my characters have always been anime-inspired, my fursona came from anime inspiration, but sometimes I have to wonder if I'm the only person, or at least the only American that has done something like this. Everyone else seems interested in only making their characters "Toony".
At the very least, I wish people would draw their characters with five fingers instead of four. I understand that most animals have four digits but those animals are also missing a thumb and I find something confounding about adapting one of those digits to be a thumb instead of its intended purpose. Why don't people draw their characters with five fingers anyway? Don't you have five fingers? People are taught to type with five digits, you play the flute with five digits (coming from someone who knows how to play the flute), along with several other instruments. Anthro is often depicted in a human world and in a human world, everything is suited for five digits, not four. And the only reason animators draw their characters with four fingers instead of five is because it's cheaper.
I understand that it's easier to draw five fingers instead of four but doesn't settling for what feels easiest make anyone feel lazy?
I know some people do it because they prefer the look of paws which seems like a conscious design choice to me, I guess, but that doesn't stop it from confounding me why so many people choose only four digits. Where that idea came from is beyond me.
I'd love to ask every individual artist why they do it but I get the feeling some people might take offense to that.
This feeling comes out of bad personal experience.
I asked someone, a long time ago, why they drew in that style on dA. I guess they took one look at my avatar and decided to start railing on anime and praising Disney/WB for not looking so samey all the time (Which isn't true, by the way), and I really don't feel like reliving that.
This incident repeated itself in varied ways. It's made me wonder how many furries have a bad attitude toward anime.
7 years, 11 months ago
16 Apr 2011 23:19 CEST