sugarpoultry was a new deviant to me a year or so ago and I haven't stopped admiring her work sense. She brings a fresh coat of paint to a new canvas with how she portrays her anthro work. From her snarly werewolves to her anthro costumes she delivers such a great atmosphere and variety to her gallery. She is ready and willing to help and provide what she can for her fellow deviants. Like providing various resources such as her fantastic line art that you can download and color in for your enjoyment!
I am always eager to see what sugarpoultry will upload next! Each piece is as unique and amazing as she. Not to mention reading her latest published novel Wolf Legend!
So it is my pleasure to bring to you my Anthro artist feature and interview with sugarpoultry!
Who is your biggest inspiration for Anthro/Fantasy Art? How did you first come across their work?
I think it started back in college when I role-played with friends online. I was introduced to anthro and werewolf art via darknatasha and Goldenwolf. I had never animalistic creatures like that before until then. Even though I didn't start drawing it seriously yet, save a few doodles here and there, I had become a total fan of the art style and began collecting pictures and telling myself, "One day I hope I can draw like that."
Where do you get your inspiration for your pieces? Do you listen to music? Do you like to have silence?
Well, aside from browsing the amazing talent here on deviantArt, I think most of my ideas just come to me randomly. Some of them have been from dreams, others, just popped in my head.
Where do you ultimately want to be with your art? Published? Freelance? Hobby? Professional?
Well, I have a werewolf novel, Wolf Legend, that I started back in 2001-2002 that I'm just wrapping up to publish. That for sure I want to be successful. As far as my artwork goes, I enjoy doing freelance work from home. I always strive to improve and be as professional as I can running an online business, but my #1 priority is my family.
If you where to give advice to someone who is just starting out with Anthro art what sort of advice would you give them?
The thing that REALLY helped my anthro artwork take off was studying human anatomy. I really took the time to reference everything--poses, how the muscles work, how the bones move--all those nitty gritty things really helped improve rather quickly. Seriously, take the time to study. There are lots of anatomy books online and in bookstores to find.
Of course, whatever animal you choose to make anthro, you must study that animal just as well. For instance, I draw anthro wolves and werewolves the most, so obviously studying wolf anatomy was essential.
And of course, practice, practice, practice. This doesn't happen over night. It has taken me 3 years to get to where I am now. It might sound overwhelming, but if you really want to improve, you gotta motivate yourself to do your best and never give up!
What is your favorite piece of artwork from your own gallery? Why?
I'd say to date, probably this one:
Why? Because I can't recreate this style! I've tried! Haha! Everything turned out right (at least on the wolf itself); the hair, the fur, the coloring, and the pose. I'm always trying to push myself to do different things with my anthros and this was, at least for me, a peak of skill. Also, native/primitive/tribal anthros aren't anything unique, but I don't care, I still love 'em!
What are some of the challenges you face with Anthro art?
I know I sorta mentioned this already, but being unique is hard. It seems like everything that can be done with anthro art has already been done. You draw something, and instantly someone compares it to another art style/piece/artist, etc.. To be 100% unique is the hardest challenge for an anthro artist, at least, in my opinion.