Friday, August 22, 2008

Anthropomorphicism

I'm back from Michigan now, after 13 and a half hours of driving and a couple days of catching up on sleep. So I'm gonna start off today with a couple sketchbook pages from my stay in Detroit.
Dachshunds run in the family.
This was my contribution to the Anthro Sketch Exchange on LiveJournal for this month.
And this is a commission I just finished. Definitely not the sort of thing I'd draw just for kicks, but it does feel good to get paid to draw.
And here's my sketch for my next commission, which will be much more elaborate, time-consuming, and expensive. So hooray.
Ya know, contrary to popular belief, I've never considered myself "an anthro artist." Apparently, the majority of my followers online seem to think otherwise, since all the requests and commissions I've ever gotten over the internet have been for animal people. I've always thought the whole concept of anthros was weird, and still do. I enjoy drawing humanized cartoon animals, like the kind you see in Dreamworks movies and such, and werewolves are always an interesting artistic subject, but realistic furry people with animal heads on them have always been a little freaky in my book. But wouldn't ya know, I do one all-out anthro piece in a fit of angst about a year ago, and the fan base goes wild. Now it seems the online community has discovered that I have some talent in blending human and animal qualities and has dubbed me an official member of the anthropomorphic community. I'm still not sure how I feel about that.

9 comments:

Laura said...

You anthropist, you.

I don't even know if that's a word.

I really like that sketch for your next commission. Purdy. But I agree on the creepiness factor of humanimals they're a little weird.

Kricket's Korner said...

Well, not to contirdict you or anything, but I'm sure being apart of an anthro sketch exchange doesn't really help you in the "I'm not an anthro artist" debate. Personaly, I wouldn't mind seeing some more human action.

Chelsea Stebar said...

Yeah, I know the sketch exchange sure hasn't helped at all, but it's fun. Besides, I didn't go seek it out or anything, I was invited to join.

Rachel Bingham said...

Severing ties has always been one of my favorites...

When are you coming back to Utah?

White Shadow said...

FURRIES!!! ew....yeah anthro stuff isn't my favorite either. I always feel weird drawing it...I dunno it comes with a weird stigma attached. I love your normal animal drawings. Agnes, queen of the wild. HA HA. Great stuff Chelsea.

Jake Wyatt said...

DUDE. DUDETTE, rather. I just put you on my rss feed 'cause I jus' cant keep up with all the drawing you do.

That lion character design you did a few posts back? The one you colored? That's INHUMANLY beautiful. H to the O T. I mean it. So all you need to do is draw beautiful yet savage nude figures next to languorous big cats all day, and you're the next Claire Wendling.

Jake Wyatt said...

PS- Don't let the anthro thing bug you. People can call you and your art whatever they want. It's what YOU do and the work you create that'll really define you and endure.

Plus, we all know you like to draw that anthro stuff. C'mon. Admit it.

Rachel B said...

I never thought of myself as an "anthro" artist either... of course by the most common definition there's no denying it, but I still view my characters as "animals" even when they wear clothes and smack stuff with swords. Maybe because I don't believe in adding a human body with fur when you can blend the two species so much more awesomely ...and it looks kinda creepy when almost no blending is going on.

Um and I don't want to spam by commenting separately, so I'll just agree that the cougar-in-progress above is indeed going to kick all kinds of awesome. Why can't I draw cats for money? 8|

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