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Lately I've been missing a searchable website to write personal musings and notes about inspirational stuff... it seems a good time to reboot my blog:
animalshapes.blogspot.com/

The blog is market NSFW now. I haven't deleted the old posts but for the most part they were just WIPs with technical notes and everything is tagged consistently so I'll let them be. I've already made a few new posts in the past weeks and I plan on updating at least once a weel. From now on the main topic is going to be erotic art, especially animals and animal symbols in erotic art, but also other furry related topics, ispirations, books, and anything else relevant to my art. I hope you will find it relevant to your interests too. :-)

Here's a reminder of other places I'm active at:
- www.furaffinity.net/user/scale…
- rangifer.tumblr.com/ - updated infrequently, I post some WIPs there
- beta.furrynetwork.com/scale/ - updated infrequently for now
- www.behance.net/scalerandi6404 - online portfolio
- www.gigarte.com/scalerandi - online portfolio in Italian
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RadosBadger Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
I love the deep take you treat our genre with and the research you put in it. Over all, I agree with all your views, though as anthro anatomy is strictly hypothetical and as such its functional form forever open for arguments.
I have been pondering the same thing - Will anthro ever become a full-fledged art style or not? It has been around for a while now. Other fledgling art styles of the past often didn't need so long to get recognized, but anthro has a long time coming to that point, if it ever gets there.
One thing I must ask you directly, concerning old symbolisms and clichés: Working in movie industry we often use streotypes to introduce our audience to situations they are then quick to pick up. Charm of anthro art is that it doesn't necessarily need to work with personifications - Owls can be dumb, cats can be fat and cumbersome, hippos can be acrobatic,... Do you see dissent against our own instincts in animal symbolisms in larger audience as an easy or troublesome subject to navigate?
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Alessio-Scalerandi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016   Traditional Artist
If I understand the question correctly, I'd say it's troublesome because most people don't even realize to which extent they are indoctrinated to distance themselves from animals and despise any animalistic side of human nature. Signs of this cultural rejection and spite of nature are everywhere in everyday life, from the fashion (which I'd rather call mania) of removing our body hair to the way most dog breeds are ugly and deformed to the point nobody in their right mind could call them beautiful or desirable by any criteria.

The estabilished symbolism can be subverted even for a mainstream audience - the fat cheetah in Zootopia is an example of that. But subverting traditional symbolism still acknowledges it and depends upon it. Ignoring it altogether, that is using an animals character to say something entirely different from what is expected, is difficult. If we show a sexy anthro tigress to a general audience they won't immediately understand we're paying homage to the beauty and imaginative appeal of the real animal, because they are used to see tigers as symbols of ferocity and nude art as sociopolitical commentary.

So it's hard for a general public to understand anthro art and I don't expect our way of doing things to achieve an outstanding success anytime soon. Yet I think the best way to dissent from the mainstream tendency to look down on animals and rely on old clichès is to insist on doing thing our own way, looking up to animals and giving our own meaning to the anthro art we make. If that's the way of portraying animals we believe in we need to follow it with conviction and try to get the best out of it. That's how progress is made in art I think.

And I do believe we are indeed playing a role in moving culture away from the idea that humans should reject their animal nature. Science has been proving since Darwin that we are just animals with certain unusual traits, but art as a whole is lagging in that respect, or even moving backwards and desperately clinging to outdated humanistic ideals which placed humans at the center of the universe and the pinnacle of perfection. Our role as anthro artist may be small but it is part of a greater process of cultural progress towards destroying the idea of a hard divide and rivalry between humans and the rest of nature. I hope one day that idea will be regarded the same way as slavery and sacrifices are today: a primitive way of thinking that humans clinged to because they hadn't figured out anything better.
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