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How did you become a furry?
I always had a great interest in animals of all sorts, fictional or not. I remember drawing animals instead of people since I was a kid and I drew anthropomorphic creatures before knowing it was a thing. I used to ask friends “If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you like to be?” and then I would draw an anthro version of the animal they chose.I loved pokemon as well and one of my childhood hobbies was to create fakemons (again, before knowing it was a thing haha). I named one of them “Furry” and, when typing that on Google Images once I got access to the internet, I saw tons of drawings that looked like mine and was enchanted to discover a whole fandom dedicated to it.Then I found forums, started to talk with other furries, created a FurAffinity and DeviantART account, made a lot of friends, got my first client and now I’m here! Working with commissions for the fandom and with a bunch of friends who are furries as well, including my partner. The furry fandom became a very important thing in my life.
One of the creatures I created for a college project called Pangea. This drawing is one of the concept art I did for that project. I will post a new one every day for the next week :3
How did you decide what species your fursona would be?
During that fakemon phase, I created what I thought should be an evolution for Charizard. I named it “Flametower” (Flam for short) and used it as a personal character when playing make-believe with other kids. Once I got access to the internet, I started to use him as my alter-ego and in a few months I separated things: Flam (the character) and Flam (me). The only thing this character and my ‘sona share nowadays is the fact that both are red dragons, because they don’t look alike at all.I like all animals, but dragons, dinosaurs and reptiles always had a special place in my heart, with felines as a close second. So it was just a matter of time until I mixed the red dragon with a big cat to create what I consider my ‘sona nowadays.
Digital painting commission for Alyx, of himself and his partner in a cuddly scene =)
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Todd Lockwood has been my inspiration since the first time I saw a D&D book (the 3rd edition). His dragons looked so real, so plausible! It showed me that you can create believable creatures.Once I got in the furry fandom, the inspirations became endless: Caraid, Rah-Bop, Nambroth, Skysealer and many others marvelous artists still inspire me up to this day, be it for their messages, life lessons or skills. They’re not only great artists, they’re awesome people as well.
What’s your favorite part of what you do in furry?
Bring other people’s characters to life. I love working with character design and seeing other people happy with their own characters! It makes me really happy to see other artists drawing a character that I helped create.Another thing that I’ve been loving to work with are Telegram stickers. The fact that they’re art that can be used by anyone in numerous occasions pleases me. Seeing the stuff I made being used by others brings me joy!
Sort of character redesign for Kalemendrax. He already had the shape done and just wanted to change the color scheme/patterns of his gryphon character, with the permission of the previous artist who designed her =)
What advice would you give someone who wants to create in the furry fandom?
Study human anatomy, even though you’re going to draw animals. And study all sorts of animals from photos, it helps a lot. Also, don’t worry about personal style, it will come with time. Just have fun while practicing!
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