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Discussion in 'General Hobbies and Interests' started by axelthefox, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. AnonymousForNow

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    Just a little update--I have been trying to schedule some appointment with a Christian counselor so I can finally get some sort of resolution to this whole ordeal. Only problem is, many haven't returned yet. I've been under a lot of emotional and mental stress recently, and nights like tonight don't help it, so I think it's about time that I get honest, weight-carrying answers. On another note: I have started back up drawing animals and anthros, since what I'm drawing is completely innocent and fine in every way, shape or form.

    Wayfaring, Axel, LaBelle--once again, I can't thank you enough for the support you've given me and continue to give me. It has given me a lot of hope, and I don't want you guys to underestimate just how much your guidance has meant to me...
     
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    Ey, no problemo! I hope the counseling stuff works out!
    Good to hear you're drawing again. I draw digitally too (though I've got a bad procrastination habit). I've been trying to work out some character designs lately, while also sharpening up on some fundamentals.

    Woah, that's really cool. It looks like he can stick his fingers out from his gloves, so it's probably not too much harder than usual. I don't know if it'd be possible with normal fursuit gloves.

    It's interesting how a fursuit (or costumes in general tbh) can heighten the cool factor of a performance. It not only adds a visual flair, but the added difficulty of wearing a costume makes the performance itself seem more impressive.
     
  4. AnonymousForNow

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    I play drums and I asked my best friend if I could borrow his fursuit for a moment. Let me tell you--trying to grip sticks with paws is very hard... Not impossible, but man was it one of the hardest things I've ever done. The worship team I'm on has done some silly things, but nothing that made playing as hard as that. (PS: If I ever did own a suit, one of the things I might do would be playing drum covers while in my suit. That way people wouldn't have to see my "drummer faces"--haha...! Nah, it would just be plain fun though.)
     
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    Hmmm, makes me wonder if there's a market for fursuit gloves that have more grip or something, like "tactical paw gloves".

    Playing drums is cool, though I've never heard the term "drummer face" before. Is it a funny face that drummers make while drumming?

    Nice avatar btw! ^^
     
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    Thanks Wayfaring--made that like, 8 months ago or so, it's "okay"... And yes, you're right on the money about the "drummer face" thing--just Google it and you'll see. I don't really do them that often, but when I'm playing an exhausting worship song-set, when I'm gasping for air, it can happen... If you look at that guitarist that Axel sent's paws, you can see that they're designed so that he can still touch the strings with his fingers--it'd be impossible to play a guitar correctly with a regular bulky paw--you'd just muffle the strings. I've played drums with weight-lifting gloves before, but those wouldn't go too well with a fursuit.

    ...Out of curiosity--for both Axel and yourself--why is it that you chose the animals that you did for your avatars (or "fursonas," if that's what they are to you)? Do you share similar traits to that animal...? Do you just think it's cool or cute...? Everyone has their own reasons, just curious as to what you two's are.
     
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    Ahh, cool cool.

    I don't consider it a "fursona" per se, but I chose a coyote 'cause I like coyotes, and it meshes well with the idea of a wayfarer. Hbu?
     
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    My profile picture is just a fox I made one evening--it was kind of a "first go" at drawing an anthropomorphic animal and it's not great, but it's also not terrible.

    Recently I asked multiple people who I had known a question, just out of curiosity: "If I were a kind of animal to you, what animal would I be?" I had no idea what the response I'd get would be, but every single person I asked it to shot back with the exact same answer: "Definitely a wolf." Honestly when I heard that, I was a bit concerned as to why they were saying as aggressive of an animal as a wolf--but, when they said why, some of their reasons warmed my heart, like them saying that I'm "loyal," "defend others," "am a natural leader," and "just love others." My best friend, after I asked that, stopped me and said "Look--me and others kinda see you as this 'Alpha' guy, but not because we think you're mean or something--it's because you put others first and look out for us." I never thought such a silly question would come back to brighten my day like that--for someone like me who struggles with giving myself self-worth, that brought me on the verge of tears.

    Because of that whole ordeal, I'm actually currently making what I guess you could call my quote-unquote "fursona"--which is, of course, a wolf. Hope to have it done by this week, I'll post it in here if y'all want me to once it's done.
     
  9. WayfaringCoyote

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    Honestly for a "first go" it's pretty lit. Much better than my first attempts at anthropomorphic animals. ^^"

    It sounds like you've got some good friends and are a good friend in return, so wolf makes sense in that regard. It's interesting to hear the kinds of traits people assign to certain animals. I haven't asked that question myself, but knowing who I know, I'd probably get assigned to some kind of bird.

    I'd be down with seeing your fursona once it's done. :ok:
     
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    I really don't know how good of a person I am, but I'm fortunate to have some very kind people close to me. Also, thanks for what you said about my profile drawing... I agree that it's interesting to hear how different people see the same animal, and that's why for my JROTC unit I'm leading this year, I did an icebreaker asking them "What's your favorite animal and why?" Multiple gave the same answers, but their reasons varied. If somebody says that someone is "wolf-like," that can be interpreted in two primary ways. Some people affiliate wolves with roughness, harm, deception, lust, and sexual aggression; some people affiliate wolves with softness, bravery, sincerity, love, and attractiveness. There's just no telling until you ask.

    I don't know you well enough to really say what kind of animal I think you'd be, but you're a very fun and outgoing kinda guy--I like you. I mean--unless you were some kind of cheery, playful kind of bird, I don't think I'd see you as one. (PS: I'll post the drawing once I'm done with it--especially since you guys would actually 'like' to see it.)
     
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    It's been on my heart to tell y'all this, so... Thank you for being so accepting and caring towards me. I can't say a lot of the things I have said and asked on here where I live, because anytime I have tried, I've been shot down, name-called, shamed, and rejected. I'm a stranger to whom you have no obligation or reason to be this kind and attentive to, but, you don't judge and just let me be myself--that alone means more to me than you could ever know. Out in the world, I live in constant fear of harm and rejection--but when I'm here, I can be at-ease and get things off my chest without a worry in the world. When I first considered being a Furry, I did so because I wanted to run away and hide from myself--today, I want to be one because it will help me be "more" like myself, and if it weren't for your encouragement then I don't know how secure I'd be in who Christ has made me. So, from the bottom of my heart--thank you, I love you guys, and I wish I could squeeze you with all the thanks that is in me... :heartpulse:
     
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    Aw, thanks! It's nice to hear that I'm fun, though admittedly I'm not as outgoing IRL. I'm more socially awkward.

    Eyyy, I'm glad we could help! I wish things were better where you were at, but I'm glad you were able to talk about things here. We're Christians, oi? We're supposed to love one another unconditionally, so it's all good. ^^
     
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    I'm an extrovert for sure--I need to be around people otherwise I just kinda don't know what to do--but when I'm not in the best mood, I can turn timid, just hanging around people without really saying a word. Plus, what does being nice and loving and fun to be around have to do with being socially awkward...? Most shy people are very sweet and caring, they're just not ones to really talk much.

    I wish more people would learn to love and accept. Before I even thought about being a Furry, I just kinda treated them like everyone else, because they're people too--I quickly realized that how I carried myself around them wasn't how most people do... Fellow Christians: If you feel the need to say "I love everybody, BUT--" then you need to have your heart checked.

    I don't use the word "love" lightly--but I don't discriminate in using it. I still love the people in mental asylums, the people who have hurt myself and others--I love Furries, no matter the choices they make, because they are by no means unworthy of my love and affection (plus they are amazing love-givers themselves). Even though I struggle most days with loving myself, I swear on my heart that I try with all my life to love everyone who comes into contact with me--and I don't understand why it is so hard for others to at least 'try' to do the same...
     
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    Oh, I didn't mean to infer anything about social awkwardness, I just meant that I'm not very outgoing IRL, and may come off as more outgoing in text than I would in person.

    I agree, I wish people would be quicker to love than to hate. I think it's just very easy to fall into fear and/or hate, and to draw lines and see things in terms of "us versus them." It can be hard to love people sometimes, but whether we do or not is always a choice.

    I feel you there with the struggle to love oneself though. I do love myself, but it's surprisingly easy to put myself down. I don't let it keep me down though, so it's all good.
     
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    Until recently, I haven't even cared about myself at all. It was only when I realized that I hardly knew what I liked, who I was, and what I wanted to do with my life that I longed to start making me, well, "me." I had been so caught up in leadership and JROTC that I both acted and felt like a robot--I convinced myself that I just didn't have time for friends or for myself. I will always put others before myself, but now that things are quiet (with quarantine and cancelations), it's time to focus on me. That's why I've been so emotional about this Furry thing--it's one of few things that I just know is "me," and I know is something that I find joy in. :relaxed:

    I've absolutely filled the chat with personal stuff since I joined a bit ago--so, I want to step away from that because, well, this is a Furry forum--let's talk about all things Furry. I want to know how you all are doing and what's going on in your lives. So--my personal dilemmas aside--let's talk about the one thing we have in common: A love for things Furry. :pawprints:
     
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    All right! I've decided to do Inktober this year, so that's something I'll be up to this October. I've got the first prompt done and included a Yoshi, 'cause Yoshi are cool.

    As for furry things, what's your guys' favorite movie(s) with anthropomorphic characters?
     
  17. AnonymousForNow

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    Oh cool...! And wow, you sound like me--"Why draw that?" "Because it's cool." Haha...!

    Favorite movie with anthros... I know it's stereotypical, but I've gotta say Zootopia. That movie had grown men crying in laughter, and no matter how many times I watch it, I always see or hear something new and laugh every time...

    Have two parts left on my 'sona and then I've gotta color him up. I feel like if I try to perfect him, I'll never finish--so, he could end up like my profile picture where he has a paw with five fingers--bet ya can't unsee that now. :wink:
     
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    It's the rule of the cool!:ok:

    Zootopia is pretty great, though I've only seen it in its entirety once. Nick and Judy's character dynamic was awesome.

    Nice! I had to look really close to notice the five-digits, but I see it now. Though y'know, you aren't wrong to put five digits on a hand-paw. The front-paws of foxes and wolves have five digits: four digits that touch the ground and a dew claw higher up on the foot.
     
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    The Nick and Judy relationship was great--and it was a story where the guy and girl protagonists DON'T end up together at the end--THANK YOU, Disney...! (Like, they'd make a cute couple, but thanks differing from the mainstream.)

    Unfortunately though, the Nick and Judy relationship is another one of those Furry things that people tried to sexualize--seriously, most fan art stories have some sort of "intimate" element in them, and it's why I refuse to watch them. Their choice, but people shouldn't assume that everyone who likes anthros must like that too--that's like saying every Star Wars fan must like the prequels (have fun with that...).

    PS: True about the dewclaw...! That is considered part of the foot and not the paw, though--so close... Didn't know you knew so much about animals--haven't really had someone to talk about them with in a long time.
     
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    Alright, I need y'alls opinion on something. Got a few color palettes for my fursona (and future anthros) here and I want to know which you like best, because I'm an indecisive guy and I don't want to choose something that looks good in the moment. I don't know if him being a wolf changes your mind about some of these choices, but in-case it does, he is a wolf. ;)
     

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