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Random Artsy Thoughts

With gaming done for 2010 and conventions bearing down on me (including, have I mentioned, Confuzzled, nudge-nudge wink-wink?), it's time to start doing some heavy duty thinking about art (as opposed to just cranking out comics, which is what I was doing before November went all pear-shaped).

Honestly, I can't say I'm happy with the current state of furry art; the always-tenuous community seems to fragmenting more than ever, and certainly the fun-and-happy-but-not-X-rated toony art that I prefer has receded further into the background. I could expound all sorts of theories about why, but without any real info to go on they'd amount to little more than "Those ding-dang furries keep liking the wrong stuff!" ... which isn't useful.

I am particularly disappointed with the current situation at ArtSpots, which recently had a makeover I didn't care for and now seems to be having a traumatic identity crisis, at least going by its forums. Again, I could expound all sorts of theories, but I don't have any real useful thoughts as to what to do about it — at least not that are likely to be embraced by the folks in charge over there. They have a vision and they're trying to pursue it, which I can't fault them for, even if I think there are some fundamental flaws in that vision.

I won't rant about FurAffinity; I've done that enough. I will say that for all the wrong ways it rubs me, it is where the users are, and what good is a website without users? But it also has so much friggin' baggage. I don't feel comfortable just sending anybody over to look at my FA page, for fear of what they might click on while they're there and then associate with me. What I want, what I've always wanted, was a place to share my art with like-minded folks in a community atmosphere, that I didn't mind also sharing with mixed company.

Feh. It's frustrating. I'm not prepared to throw my own hat in the ring with yet another furry art site attempt, but the idea is tempting. I can't tell if a worst-case scenario would be chirping crickets, or having to spend all of my free time attempting to wrangle a bunch of neurotic and demanding furries instead of actually being able to enjoy the website. I'm also not sure that if you take out all the pr0n and refrigerator art, furry actually has enough going for it to sustain itself.

-The Gneech



Dec. 22nd, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm not sure we're entirely agreed on what we're referring to by "happy toony art," either. When you say "one-off fun things," are you talking about sketches, or finished pieces? Brian Reynolds can slap together a 'toon that any industry professional would be happy to have his work next to — but most of us aren't Brian Reynolds!

There seems to be a fundamental contradiction in your stated goals that either hasn't been resolved or I'm just not parsing. "Happy fun toons is srs bizness" doesn't compute. Mind you, I'm only barely a professional myself, but if I were in the market, I wouldn't want to be trying to impress potential clients or otherwise showing off surrounded by a bunch of WIPs or refrigerator art, regardless of genre. Are you looking at a model where the pros put their showoff stuff on a gallery somewhere else and then toss everything else onto ArtSpots? Or do you just want a giant G-PG art jam? 'cos if you want a giant art jam, why have such a Madison Avenue art design?

Do you see my confusion?


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