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February 10, 2012
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Proud by Eyestrain Proud by Eyestrain
My motivations behind this one are a little complex. I haven't drawn 'anthro' just for the sake of it for a long time, and I usually don't submit such drawings to this site. If I did, I wouldn't submit them to the anthro category; probably digital art ->portraits instead.

For me, any art is compelling not because of what kind of subject is involved, but because it is powerful art, technically impressive, or enjoyable to look at. If that's because of a great style, smart execution of a difficult concept, or plain good idea, I don't think it matters if the subject is a human, a wolf-man, or a chair.

From recent hunting through the galleries of deviants I admire, I think that many 'anthro' works are submitted under other categories (such as surreal or illustration). This has led me to wonder, where is the boundary that defines anthro/not anthro? Unlike manga/anime, which is a style (though diverse, it refers to the style, not the content), or any of the other categories on DA, which refer to medium or purpose, "anthro"'s category seems out of place to me.

Is anthro only for cartoony fox and dog people, like the ones in Disney's Robin Hood? Does anthro also encapsulate mythological creatures, like the minotaur and mermaid? Is an illustration for a children's book with the rabbits and cats in clothing not anthro? What if the 'anthro' in question is an animal with a human face, or a human with animal limbs, ears, tails? Is any combination of animal and human anthro, or is it more strict? Each artist decides for themselves. But whether or not it is anthro, isn't there already a category waiting for it? Or should all of those things be lumped into anthro instead of going to other categories?

I guess, ultimately, I am just perplexed as to why anthro is so singled out.
I know it doesn't seem like this has anything to do with the picture, but it's the reason I drew it, and what I thought about while I did so.
Thanks for reading, apologies if it was a waste of time.
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Given 2012-05-24
Proud by ~Eyestrain is a magnificent illustration and a great contribution to the anthro community. ( Suggested by WhiteRum and Featured by KovoWolf )
tbonegirl28 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student General Artist
This is awesome!! :D I love the textures and colors!
kawaiicherub Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I guess it would really depend how deep one goes into researching Anthropomorphism.:iconthinkingplz:
I think even nonliving things that spring to life, reasoning like humans and have human characteristics, are also considered Anthros.
I'm fuzzy on the subject so I could be wrong.

I also think, on the whole, that it depends solely on what the artist is trying to convey through the image that they put down.
On this particular piece, I would have to say that the digital art ->portraits would be better suited; simply because the focus pays more attention
of portraying a majestic and proud figure (whether it be beast or man) rather than you displaying the Anthro genre.

I say this because one can fancy the thought of this figure being a man that strongly gives off the aura of a proud lion, or is viewed as one by others. Or say, one can imagine that the artist is trying to bring to the viewer's attention the essence and spirit of the lion's proud being, but instead drawing the animal as a four legged beast, so we are treated to a humanoid version and thus feel a greater connection for the animal. I know I'm struck in awe; captivated by the thought that though this lion may have certain human characteristics(be it standing on to legs, thinking, reasoning, laughing, etc.) it is still a wild beast. And a mighty one that is to respected.

Of course, that is to say I'm not under-handing the fact that an artist can't both show an dynamic figure while also striving for the Anthro image. (But keeping in mind I merely focusing on the image presented in front of me.)
Needless to say, these are all just me musing my thoughts aloud so I'm not meaning to sound pompous or that I'm trying to force my own ideology on the subject of the Anthro genre.

Anyways, I've said enough. I enjoyed your thoughts on the subject. :iconlikeasirplz:
(I've also had them myself btw. :aww:)
Eyestrain Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thanks for your kind words and sharing your thoughts.
WeROneWeRall Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! It reminds me a little of Caineghis from Fire Emblem. Which is not a bad thing. Love it!
CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional
Eyestrain Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Thank you!
CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional
you're welcome!
Giottop Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried to reproduce this with pen, it came out a bit different but still felt good to do it.

I haven't uploaded it yet to deviant art. If you dont mind I'd like to put it in my gallery.

I could add a link to this piece so ppl can see your work.

Thanks, keep up the good work.
Eyestrain Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
I'm happy you admire this painting. Thank you very much for asking permission to post it, and I would appreciate the link. :)
Giottop Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there!

Thanks for letting me post it.

Hope you like it.

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