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What's the most important thing for a FA artist? 

92%
674 deviants said How well they draw characters in terms of actual ability (how fat they draw is negligible)
8%
61 deviants said How fat they draw characters (actual ability is negligible)

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oggggo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
I wouldn't call either one negligible for me. Maybe a 20/80 split.
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DiamondbangerWulf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Definitely how well someone draws. No one starts out good (practice makes perfect after all) and sorry if I sound like a dick for saying this but if a drawing is just two blobby circles with a face and boobs I can't fap to it. That's not to say all blob art is bad, as I've seen plenty that I've enjoyed but I do find that much of it is poorly drawn smut that only those with the least amount of standards could wank off to.

And just to clarify in case I accidentally upset anyone, simplistic=/=bad. A drawing doesn't have to be extravagantly drawn to be good, it just has to be...good.

Of coarse this is coming from someone who can't draw for shit. =P (Razz) 
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dablueguy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't vote because frankly to me the ideal artist is someone who just makes good work, doesn't matter even if the posts are frequent, that's just the bonus. But so long as they produce good work, that's what matters. ~ B
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ssantos88 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Certainly wouldn't want you (or any FA artist) to sacrifice quality just to draw a character fatter. It isn't worth it.
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FierceDeityFox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this seems like a pretty straight forward answer
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themonkeydude5 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
I think that the idea behind this poll (and so many others that phrase questions like this) is fundamentally flawed.  The problem, as I see it, is that each factor is important and you cannot say one is necessary without the other.  That is to say if someone draws a really fat character but lacks a large amount of skill, the picture might be hard to enjoy.  Same with the inverse; if someone draws really well  but the character is barely chubby would not great either.

This would mean that the question shouldn't be "Which is the most important?" but "Where is the right balance?".  Proof that this is true is that there are plenty of artists that are not the absolute greatest or draw the fattest characters, yet still produce decent and enjoyable pictures.

In the end, an increase in either fatness or skill level will naturally also increase enjoyability, but both are needed for the greatest amount of it.
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weeb-lord Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I strongly agree with this. I think it's T-F's way of asking whether people agree with his recent "no blobs" rule, but it's couched in loaded language with regards to ability. Anyone can draw extremely fat characters, a circle with a head and stick legs/arms can be huge and take about 15 seconds of effort. But you can draw big blobs well, it's not like they're mutually exclusive. I don't much enjoy his recent content (personal preference, I like really big ones) but that hardly means I don't enjoy characters drawn well.
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Sekkaasun Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Skill is def more important. honestly the fat thing for me is so minor that if it doesnt look good it repels me. Gotta have skills n make 'em look all soft and squishy and adorable and then I like it
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Blitzkrieg-Pariah Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
You need actual skill behind drawing fats if you wanna be able to stay around without a bad rap or stuck in fanless mediocrity if you're not absolute shit.
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Purrine Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
motive
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Tynorg-Six Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, I believe that skill is better. If you're going to draw fats - or anything, for that matter, you better be bloody good at it, or at least intending to get good.
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GenericHSFan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If size was all that mattered, then Saxxon would by far be the best FA artist on DA.
And no offense intended to the man, but that simply isn't true.
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moroki123 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Skill definitely, but knowing what your audience wants is good too. And that is butts. big ones lol.
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Geinto Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015   Digital Artist
Oh gods above, skill, please. It's one of the reasons you're literally my favorite FA artist. You make gorgeous, delightfully squishy looking characters and you do it PERFECTLY. If making characters of a larger size meant that quality and skill went to shit, it wouldn't be even remotely worth it.
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GainLife Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The skill is most important, I believe. If someone just draws a ball and planet earth next to it it's super fat but not really arousing or anything like that.
However, if you are a skilled artist you should definitely use your skills to draw fat women. Yes.
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GAIN-OVER Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
With talent comes versatility, and thus the ability to draw girls at a wider viriety of sizes and shapes (no pun intended lol).
Thing is, you can try drawing bigger girls regardless of your skill level, but you can't draw at a higher skill level regardless of how big the girl is. What I mean is: Quality has a more lasting value over size. At least that's what I think. xD
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Paranoid-Andy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanted to vote both, but the skill is important. ie. my preference is in AxelRosered's style of art, even though they never normally make art portraying immobile blob women.
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PlumpSpiderGwen Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
For me it's the quality of art and the person in question.  I like well executed art and I like nice people.

But, I also try to support less talented artists who show potential of getting better at what they do.  Not everyone starts off great, and some of them get better over time.  Likewise, some people start off great and just keep getting better.

I don't support people who act like jerks or just operate from a template.
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PrinceSpookyCakes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Size should have nothing to do with popularity, and the poll seems to agree with that <w< (except for those few dinkles who say otherwise~ Scrubs I tell ya )
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J-Anne-Bonne Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Pretty much ability. Fat level is negligible. At the same time, I wouldn't say they're mutually exclusive.

I know a few people on FA, and a few on here that go waaaaaay over the boundary, but still manage to make it look good. (Like Blimpy, Satsurou, SaintDraconis, etcetera etcetera)
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KipTeiTei Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Mistystuffer is an exception and he is only popular because he started decades ago, but all the other sub-avarage artists don't really make any popularity. I think thats a good indicator as any.
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Blitzkrieg-Pariah Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Nah, he's cheap and quick and fattening lolicons don't care what is thrown at them, they're the bottom of the barrel in taste.
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LastOfTheAnnunaki Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
I almost voted for size over talent as a joke, but decided against it.

Hopefully, those 13 people who did vote for size also did so as jokes.
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Zero-CZ Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose writing isn't an art form, huh?
XD
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Blitzkrieg-Pariah Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Writers are more of a "Having a story with fats in it vs. Having practically no story with near total focus on the characters gain"
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Alexofthepast Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Actual drawing ability will always be important.  Even if you're drawing huge blobs of fat, you still need to know how draw that properly.
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MaRoid15 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
look good and have shape
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KillerJaykins Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
ok in my opinion, Trinity is what I like to call a "Balanced" artist.
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BIasty Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm that's a tough one where do you get these deep questions dawg
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Butter-Cups Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
This... is gonna be the most one sided poll :v
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Trinity-Fate Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably. But sometimes it feels like the sum of an fa artists ability is boiled down to how fat they're willing to draw by the community.
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HidonRedux Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably why I get commissioned by the FA community despite how rarely I dabble in it anymore.

'Look just tell me how many city blocks you want your animes to be and i'll deposit a huge peach wad in the morning.'
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pixiveo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It surely feels like it, but it's another example of vocal minority vs silent majority, I think.
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KipTeiTei Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Sometimes I feel its "how much ass" they are willing to draw, especially looking at your top 3. (granted butts have a *wider* audience)
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ffdon1012 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
True but doesn't it seem like the most realistic and or most common body shape amongst fat woman?
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KipTeiTei Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Maybe in some countries, definitely not here.
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pixiveo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Butts are cheatcodes!
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VioletZero Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rather disappointing and depressing how FA artists' watchers just want to see how big they can make a person. Part of the reason I don't really have that big of an actual audience myself, but I'd rather be content with what I have now than be salty over what I don't have. After all, sometimes it really isn't as glamorous or wonderful as it may sound.
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Blitzkrieg-Pariah Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
I thought your reason is that you do always do OCs and that your skill level isn't that high.
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VioletZero Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Content should be irrelevant to skill level. Though I will say that perhaps my current skill is a 6/10 or 7/10 at most, it shouldn't have much to do with popularity. I've seen artists with slightly more basic drawing styles garner views by the thousands in a mere day, though it may also be because they produce more art in the meantime. At the same time, there are some artists who produce more advanced artwork and barely manage to garner 100 views in a week.

For me, it's not so much my art or how it looks or even who's included in it; it's just the fact that I produce art so inconsistently that my watchers' attentions are bound to shift to other artists over time. It's something I really need to break myself out of, but often times I find myself with neither the energy nor the inspiration to draw much, and thus my tablet sits upon my computer desk, just collecting dust.

And the reason why I hardly draw outside of commissions, trades, collabs, requests, and other stuff for people is because I have nothing that I want to work on personally. Often times, I'm trying to do something for other people, even doing projects in which others are able to participate, yet never receive that much of a turn-out and usually end up not meeting a quota. That's one of the reasons why many of my past projects have never really took off.

But yeah, it's not a question what or why, it's of how. In my case, it's how often I draw, and I'd have to say not often as I wish.
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Blitzkrieg-Pariah Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
I wasn't talking about your skill level when I was talking about how you only do OCs, I was stating one of the reasons behind you not having much of a following. But it does and should have an effect on popularity. And what do they draw, OCs or Copyrighted? The ones who don't get that many likely don't move around the community leaving posts here and there.

Dude, this is the DA part of the fetish community mostly everybody watches whoever and never separate til the artist starts doing things they don't care for.

I'm not sure why this paragraph is even a thing, didn't even say anything about all that.

As I've said before, that's not the reason, you need to get better, make something to grab peoples attention, and advertise by spreading your presence around. Just hovering around RPing while not having a proper hold on human anatomy isn't gonna get you much of anything beyond a few fans a chunk of request hunters.
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lightronin13 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
I agree
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