When Being Human Just Isn't Enough
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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.














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Some Questions for the Community














  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?
  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?
  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?







































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Eleonoirelarenard's avatar

Awesome

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awsomecat13Student General Artist
amazing,. just amazing.
Cupric20's avatar
I really liked it! Also, great art.
KCStudiosCA's avatar
KCStudiosCAHobbyist Traditional Artist
Great Article.
Pereyga's avatar
PereygaHobbyist General Artist
very interesting article =D
sabytheblackcat's avatar
You just never feel completely human...you desire to have that beautiful furry body, the magical eyes of the animals...
Ragenomics's avatar
RagenomicsHobbyist Traditional Artist
I usually don't like when others think Anthro and Furry are the same thing. Its a bad thing.
Chiorro's avatar
ChiorroStudent Digital Artist
But Anthro and Furry is the same thing.

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.
Sir-Reaper's avatar
Sir-ReaperHobbyist Digital Artist
I truely believe that being human is defined as being "normal" or "regular"

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...
masterkitsune's avatar
masterkitsuneStudent General Artist
hey, is there a contest where you have to draw your self as an anthro? if there isn't, there should be!
Alejandro-Mirabal's avatar
Alejandro-MirabalProfessional Digital Artist
guys... whats an anthro or a furry? i see people saying they are one... please enlight me
sneebazoo's avatar
sneebazooHobbyist General Artist
Furry: Furries range from being harmless fans fascinated by anthropomorphic characters and animals, to immensely withdrawn or self-abosrbed persons who actually believe, or want to believe, they're eagle-winged fox-like versions of themselves with giant gentalia who wouldn't dare be anything else that could be considered mundane. urban dictionary, but actually a very decent description.
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RagenomicsHobbyist Traditional Artist
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Alejandro-Mirabal's avatar
Alejandro-MirabalProfessional Digital Artist
good good. I got it, thanks
inkatt's avatar
inkattStudent
dunno what a furry is, but an anthro is a human with physical animal traits/characteristics. Like a person with a beak and bird wings, a person with a cat head, or has a tail, et ceterea
Chiorro's avatar
ChiorroStudent Digital Artist
Thats not what an anthro is.

That, for one, is Zoomorphic or Zoomorphism.

Anthro means human. Nothing added. Just human.
inkatt's avatar
inkattStudent
ah gotcha
inkatt's avatar
inkattStudent
oh, you probably found that out already =/
ModernGrendel's avatar
ModernGrendelStudent Traditional Artist
I think most anthros and furries take escapism too far. The ocasional wistful thought of "Oh I wish I could fly to work" harms no one, but most furries and anthros structure their lives around these fantasies. They spend all their time on the internet pretending, and they spend their life eating the same things as their animal selves or pining to be an animal or anthro. They live their lives perpetually unhappy with themselves because they are not what they want to be: inhuman. They reject humanity and are often socially inept people who become loners because they are so "off" that society in general ceases to wish to interact with them. And more often than not it's not the childhood fantasy of being like superman, but the lifelong longing to be something other long into adulthood. Furries and anthros are often obsessed and spend many hours on building fursonas or role playing (pretending to be an animal). Some even cease to function because they act out their delusions about being an animal in public and in the real world. Escapism is escaping from reality, and furries need to be more stolidly grounded in reality.
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A-Sleepy-DragonHobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know, I would never go that far, and I consider myself a furry. A few might, but not the majority, I think.

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.
Alejandro-Mirabal's avatar
Alejandro-MirabalProfessional Digital Artist
i think I just found out what anthro means. I wasn't aware of this!
ModernGrendel's avatar
ModernGrendelStudent Traditional Artist
It's all true.
Alejandro-Mirabal's avatar
Alejandro-MirabalProfessional Digital Artist
I see... I guess is all about how intense this thing is.
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