I've been part of this community for long enough now to have seen people make the same tired and reductive argument that "captions and/or poser art is not art." Their rationale have always been the same, basically that if not enough creative energy goes into creating the art then it can't be art. As if such a thing could be quantified into neat volumes.
When people say "poser comics aren't art," I can't help but sigh loudly. The people who promote this kind of bunk make way too reductive statements about what art is allowed to be, and this argument is totally anathema towards creativity. If you make exclusionary definitions for things like art, then you must also surrender a big part of the freedom people need and want in order to create in the first place.
And this applies to captions too. I don't think "captions aren't/can't be art." I'm 100% on the field that they totally are art. And the people who write captions deserve all kinds of love and support for putting their energy into making things for the their own and other people's "entertainment"
Let me tell you a brief story from my own life.
In college I had the "pleasure" of talking to a few compulsory school classes for various college reasons. These kids were between ten and thirteen years old. And sometimes they wanted to see the art I had created for college. This was over four years ago and my art wasn't quite as good as it is today, but it was decent. Most of the times, the kids were impressed. But there was always this ONE boy in each class that asked if I had drawn it with Photoshop.
Of course I answered yes. To which these kids, whom I remind you were ten years younger than me, scoffed and harrumphed like Victorian-era gentlemen. Followed by a claim like "Photoshop? Haha, you don't need talent or skill to do anything in Photoshop, you just click a few buttons and the computer does it for you! What a hack!"
Everytime I see someone in the TF/TG community claim that "captions and/or poser comics aren't art," I can't help but see those snot-nosed little preteen boys mask their insecurities in undeserved cynicism to feign worldliness again.
See, Photoshop is a tool. It's akin to having a pot of brushes and hundreds of tubes of colour waiting for your hands to use them. Of course, Photoshop is a way more powerful tool than a room full of brushes, pencils and colour tubes. Just look at Bendzzz's really cool work at automating colouring. I think it's really cool, even though I like drawing and painting too much to ever substitute my own process for automating it.
Regardless, Poser and DAZ are also just tools. Even if the artists behind it didn't literally model and texture the meshes in the programs, it's not really about how involved their process is. It's about how they use their tools. How they compose the shots, how they tell the story, how they write the character.
Same for captions. It's not really about the medium, it's really about how these artists use it.
That being said, I really think that captioneers have a responsibility to challenge themselves and their medium. I understand fully the erotic nature of captions. But sexy isn't just a pair of F-cups in your face. Sexy is a state of mind.
I will always defend captions as an art form, but it's not hard for me to sympathize with the detractors when so much of the caption scene is the same deal. So much is just "guy becomes conventionally attractive girl -> gets horny -> possible continuation of horniness."
Like I said, sexy is a state of mind. It's the nervous laughter between two platonic friends who've drunk one too many beers. It's the lighting of the moon, gently caressing a discarded bra. It's that cute smile of a guy who usually frowns everyday when standing in the coffee line.
I always think the sexiest part of a transformation isn't the transformation but the transformative effects in the aftermath. Like when a girl-turned-guy first sports a boner out of his house and how he now has to adapt to that change. Or when a guy-turned-girl finally figures out how a bra is supposed to be put on. (By the way, you're supposed to put it on backwards, hook it together, turn it around and then put your arms through the straps.)
The caption scene has so many creative minds in it that you really should have no excuse but to experiment as much as you can. Write captions about other things than just sex. Write about how elated "Christina" is after she finally got her muscle mass back to bench as much as she did before she was turned into a girl. Write about sad stuff, fun stuff, exciting action stuff. You know?
Challenge yourselves and have fun with it. Just because you're writing erotica doesn't mean that it all has to be boobs, butts and bumping uglies.
And geez, this got to be really long... sorry
More mom stuff, TF art and secrets coming.