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Anthro Art - Different Genres - Anthro vs Furry

The unique thing about Anthro art is that it can take different shapes, sizes, and forms. The only limitation is your imagination. One of the most common misconceptions for Anthro art is that people generally associate it with "Furry" art because most of Anthro art is enveloped around furry animals that look like humans ( Below the very talented Katmomma has written up a quick guide to the differences between "Furry" and "Anthro"). Lions, Tigers, Bears and WereWolves. But contrary to popular belief, Anthro art can range from animals to toasters that doesn't involve fur at all! In my previous post about Anthro art, I explained what Anthropomorphic was. Anthro art is based on the very definition below:

Anthropomorphic: Ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, especially to a deity.

There is no "right" or "wrong" way to draw or portray Anthro art because like fantasy art, they do not exist so there is nothing to "reference" them off from. Only our imagination. So with that, there is a wide variety of different styles and unique ways that Anthro artists display them. 

What Is Anthro? by Pixel-Spotlight

Anthro Vs Furry

Defined by Katmomma |  Related Article - Anthro Vs Furry: Semantics Problem
    "People continue to debate this topic because very few people look at it objectively or choose to only view one opinion on the matter. After investigating both the communities of deviantART and Furaffinity, the question is not about a comparison. There is a difference between furry and a furry. "Furry" is an adjective and "a furry" is a noun. "Anthro" or Anthropomorphism is a philosophy of conceptual design. " A Furry" is a person with specific state of mind "Furry" is an adjective to describe a specific quality of anthropomorphic art. (and it is also an adjective that describes anything extensively covered with fur lol) Anthro is the conceptual philosophy involving the projection of human physical or behavioral traits onto anything that is not human. (also known in literature as personification). "A Furry" is a term invented by a group of people who have many levels of interest in the personification of animals. If the anthropomorhised thing happens to be an animal that has fur....people of this state of mind assume it is "a furry." People who say they are "a furry" associate with what is called the furry fandom. THEREFORE: Not all "anthro" is "furry" (a talking toilet is anthro..... but does not have fur) Not all "furry" is anthro (a drawing of a feral wolf is furry....but is not anthropomorphic) Someone who draws anthropomorphic art IS NOT ALWAYS "a furry" Someone who draws anthropomorphic art CAN BE "a furry"

Objects & Things

Yes! objects can be turned into "Anthropomorphic" art. As the definition implies,  putting 'human' attributes to a being or thing not human. Below are some examples.
CacTUS by marespro13Elsabeth, Muriel + the Toaster by linzi:thumb163317618:Nissan Car-toon crazy by Silverfox5213


This type of Anthro art depicts more "animal" subjects with "human" characteristics.
sea otter mums have tender hearts by PsithyrusFox On Stilts by IdessMorning Cup by darknatasha

Human with Anthro features

Sometimes the type of Anthro work can resembled more "human" traits with animal characteristics.
:thumb274125981:Werewolf 3 by aaronsimscompanyCernunnos by oioneCheetara by DaveRapoza

Common Anthro Art

This is most common in the Anthro Community. Ascribing human attributes to an animal, creature, fantasy, etc.
Hunter by KajitoWen Long by Silverfox5213:thumb150480787:A Proper Octopod by rimorobCourage and Endurance by o0Andraste0oThe Nest by samantharobinsonGaruda_Knight_02 by Jessada-ArtReptile by Morriperkelea Crocodile on a Scooter by pangketepangAlien Parenthood by AbiogenisisCeremonial Repose by balaaAcross Thin Ice - Cover by screwbald


Advice From Fellow Anthro Artists

Sometimes there are tips and tricks that others have learned through their experience in the art world. Below are some Anthro Artists who have offered some insight on Anthro art.

:iconbalaa: balaa

  • "Words of advice I could give are...keep going. Don't compare yourself to
    artist whose skill level surpasses your current one. It is ok to want
    to improve to their level, to have artists you look up to, just don't
    compare to the point you feel there is no way you can get to where they
    are. I used to and if I am to be honest still feel that way a great deal
    of the time. there are always new artists who far surpass you but
    instead of doing a direct comparison against their work I pick out the
    things they do well that I aspire to do well and use those points in
    practice. What it comes down to is a hunger to improve, don't lose it,
    no matter how 'good' you get...don't lose the hunger and even the sky is
    not the limit!

    Beyond that, study life. If you are standing
    around waiting for a bus and bored, watch the shadows on the ground, see
    how the color of the sky impacts the shadows, watch them move and
    change shape. Sketch people on the bus bench or walking outside. If you
    want to improve your color, choose photos you like and try to paint
    them. Avoid using the color picker, pick the colors using your own
    instincts and afterwards pick colors in the original photo and your
    piece and see how close you got. You will surprise yourself and you will
    also train your eye to instinctively pick colors. You will also learn
    how different colors interact and what colors compliment or contrast
    each other. Trust yourself more. Also don't worry about succeeding when
    you practice. Use practice sessions as fun times and don't plan on
    having something finished to show for your time spent. If you worry too
    much about having a final product you will fail more often than you
    succeed because you have expectations. Lose them and let yourself go
    into the work..don't plan..just start painting and see where it takes
    you. And if something does turn out, it will be a pleasant surprise!
    Most pieces I start for myself end up failing, and it's ok! The failures
    can actually teach you more than the successes!

    Be careful about
    using tutorials you find online, even from artists you admire. You may
    well learn a great deal from them and they are certainly invaluable
    learning tools but keep in mind that while you can learn things the
    artist does well you can also learn their mistakes and use them in your
    own art. By mistakes I mean things like bad anatomy or color advice.
    This is what I always advise when someone asks if they can use my art to
    learn from. I welcome them to but I warn them to be careful because I
    make a lot of mistakes in my work that I don't want them to pick up in
    their own. Trained mistakes can be a hard habit to break if it becomes a
    part of your process. So the best advice I can give is just be
    careful..don't take tutorials as the final word on things. Study other
    tutorials..and is the best tutorial there is!

    Don't paint with that goal in mind. IE don't sit down and think "I want
    to paint a wolf...but I want to do something that someone hasn't done
    before". In doing so you actually end up thinking more inside the box
    than outside, because your goal is not the feel of the art...or what you
    want it's soul to look like but standing out of the crowd. It sounds
    cliche but create what you care about and where it may not start off
    original this is more likely to help you develop an image as an artist, a
    style that is uniquely yours. Don't be afraid to be inspired by other
    artists, but also don't try to become them. I do not begrudge emulating
    styles to learn but I warn against letting them hold you back. You can
    learn a lot by emulating, but you are also a unique individual and will
    never be exactly like someone else. Let all the things you learn along
    the way shape how you create and you will find you become an individual.
    But don't let being an individual be your end all goal.

    Along the lines of what I said above, you other artists out there who
    have been creating for a long time and have developed a style all your
    own, don't fixate on your style. Don't get angry when someone copies
    your style..this is inevitable to happen if many people like what you
    are doing. It happens in both professional and amateur circles (look how
    many video games styles resemble other video games very closely as an
    example). It can also bring about new ideas and new artistic movements.
    Many historical art movements built upon what previous art movements
    did, as an example expressionism was very closely related to
    impressionism and arguably arose out of impressionism. Also if you look
    through history, different periods of art have many overlapping
    similarities, be it in the color palettes use, the preferred
    compositions or even the style the subjects themselves were depicted in.
    People always emulate, it isn't exclusively a bad thing.

    you are a dynamic changing artist who is always growing so regardless
    of how well someone copies your style now..chances are they will always
    be a step behind you and you will always be moving ahead and new
    additions and polish comes into your evolving style. I especially hazard
    against picking on young artists who are just starting out. We all
    traced and copied at some point in our young artistic careers. It is in
    our nature to learn by emulating.. I would say know when to be flattered
    by it! Of course it does no harm to lightly warn people copying styles
    too closely that it can stunt their artistic growth, but oftentimes
    people use styles as learning steps. I realize this is a touchy subject
    and we are all bound to feel hurt if we see an artist we may have helped
    along the way start selling art that closely resembles what we do...but
    frankly...there's nothing you can do about it but hope they find their
    own way. No matter how hard we try to combat this, it is an instead of focusing on what 'they' are doing...try
    instead to focus your energy on what you are doing.

    artists specifically, keep at it. I think this is a genre of art that
    has so much untapped potential. And where many professional artists
    advice against putting 'anthro' art in your professional portfolio I do
    not share that mindset. Be who you are in your work and create what you
    care is more likely to end up taking you places than following
    the mainstream. That's how new ideas became mainstream..when someone
    sticks with their convictions and brings a vision to the world that may
    at first meet with hostility...but eventually change something in the
    mainstream. This doesn't just apply to art either. Besides chasing the
    mainstream because it is already accepted, well you are less likely to
    discover the roads less traveled and new ideas that may take you to bold

:iconsarahfinnigan: sarahfinnigan
  • "Practice your butt off. Look at art that isn't furry, get inspiration from things outside the community."

:iconashalind: Ashalind

  • Practice drawing humans! Anthrōpos) = man, therefore be familiar with human anatomy. It is also very handy to learn the names of muscles and bones in the human body, something that I need to study more myself.

What do you want to learn most about making Anthro Art? 

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ElleMaxwell Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
Thank you for clearing this up. I generally associated Furry with Anthro, but your right; Anthropomorphic can be used for anything that has human characteristics.

Even a talking skateboard...:confusedjontron: 
KovoWolf Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
No worries! :)
DemiurArts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Student Artist
i am inspired
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
awesome : )
Witkowsky Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm glad I read this, thank you :3
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Of course!
aedan122 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
typical of furries ,block people who rightly argues,Atlasfield. FOR YOU Atlasfield. explain It would be a miracle with your mind, your own text already Showed her mental insufficiency BOTH to understand and to play stalker or at least know something.Please Don't Hurt Me!!! (Anti-Bullying Chat Icon) using  the term, gringo confirms what I say.emotihal U R stupid Applaud fella (Reactions) 
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
You've totally lost me
aedan122 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
what?It is not for you the text, but for a fool than instead to  continuing discussion he me block ,is a loser he
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
I see, well I would appreciate it if you didn't have your blockwar on the journal posts here ;)
aedan122 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
It was more for him to see, i will not  continue.
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
jarokn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think this is a very informative article. Thanks for sharing.
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
my pleasure :)
ChilloHaus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
aha, too many uninformed people in the comments speaking out about things they know NOTHING about~ facepalm 

Anthro: anthropomorphic (noun) attributing human characteristics to non-human things (plants, animals, machine, etc.)

Furry: (noun/adjective) a fandom (not fetish) created and celebrated by people who have a special appreciation for anthropomorphic animals
Atlasfield Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What at stupid definition of anthro and furry. Nothing makes sense, all are animals, that´s all. :roll:
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Anthro is the type of art. Furry is a state of mind more or less but can also be used to describe a 'particular' piece of art. Not really an 'art' form if you will but more of an identification for one's self. Instead of saying Anthro, they use Furry. If that makes sense? ;3
Atlasfield Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No, because the definition of anthro is ambiguous, because anthro is anthropomorphous, and is anything has a human form, the furry enter in this definition, however, the name "furry" comes from a subculture but for me are the same because we are tlaking about animals with human qualities, is like say "car", all are the same, but when we say "ferrari" only change the model, color, etc, but in fact is the same machine, is a vehicle for personal transport. :lonely:

Define furry or anthro only divide opinnions and is not correct... well for me, whatever, because we talk about unfictional animals expressing feelings and emotions of the artist.
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes I know Anthro is just short for anthropomorphic.  As I mentioned "Furry" is both a term to define someone socially and as well an art form will in essence encompassing the same 'meaning'.
Atlasfield Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed. :lonely:
aedan122 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
ie anthro is a drawing of a humanoid with some definition,  animals, vegetable object,etcs.
furry is a person who has tendencies to want to be an anthro, think, act, so buying clothes of anthro,I see so mutants hunt as in game STALKER.
Atlasfield Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Not exactly is a draw, is ANYTHING has humanoid form.

Furrys is a pseudo urban tribe were the people only draw for sell porn and pervert traumas. And Stalker sucks, I have enough with zombies and stupid stereotypical ideas of the end of the worlds. :XD:
aedan122 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
stalker is not crap but a challenge, which I believe is not to your level, as you say a "tribe" which to me is just a few mentally ill, which includes perveção wishes with dark tags and desire to believe that is one anthro, has seen a difference, now nothing better than using a stalker game to represent the heartbreak furry  for the final are even human mutants.Atomic Zombie 
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AnnaKlava Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this article, very insightful and I absolutely agree with :iconbalaa:'s advice.
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
yubbi45 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i saw anthro as anything with human features/personality/likeness whatever that wasn't human
most things in disney and childrens cartoons fit here

and furry was animals made to be people, and the people who get turned on by that

so like, all furries are anthro, but not all anthro things are furries
the littlest toaster vs, girls dressing up like slutty cats for halloween
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
I appreciate your feedback, thank you so much! :heart:
yubbi45 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome for my opinion
Daroga1 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love this explanation :3
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
Sarahp87 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I like the article, but I still cannot stand the shortening of anthropomorphic to anthro. It will never make any sense to me.
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I try to use the full abbreviation of "Anthro" when I can :)
RonMaximilian Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could Fav:star: this more than once.
Zalcoti Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   Digital Artist
I really don't like the definition of "feral". It implies the animal was domesticated at one point, which it was not in most cases in the drawings.
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
But to be feral is to be "wild".

fe·ral  adjective
1. existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild.
2. having reverted to the wild state
3. of or characteristic of wild animals; ferocious; brutal.
Zalcoti Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012   Digital Artist
It just sounds "wrong" to me.
Obversa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Writer

Just read through the first page of comments. Mind boggling....then again, I am typing this with a raging sinus headache...

Not really a furry or anthro person myself, just reading about this for information.
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry about your sinus headache :(
Obversa Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Writer
It's fine...dealing with it a day at a time...sigh...popping pills every day isn't fun :(

Thank you :hug:
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ech, no it isn't :( *hug*
pica-ae Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I think it's also kinda funny, when you realize most Disney movies showcase "Anthro" characters :D Most famous are probably "Beauty and the Beast" and "Lion King". Of course, there is also "Cars" :XD:

And before I joined dA I had no idea there was a name for it :)
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yup! :)
KrisiChiki Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Wonderful article Kovo! I'm looking forward the next articles :la:
I'd also like to ask you if it's ok to submit this blog on my group as well, Modern-Anthro. If not then I'll just write a separate blog on the group and link here :giggle:
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :) I appreciate your warm words!
SeitoAkai Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very good article, provides some needed clarification. I tend to group anthropomorphic creatures under categories of fantasy or science fiction, where they can mix freely with humans and aliens and robots and whatnot. I love anthro-animal characters, but not exclusively, and that is where I have a problem with the "Furry" label. "Furry" is such a limiting term, and it has such a nasty stigma attached to it. Really no use for it at all.
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
*nods* Outside of its category and gallery, yes it is fan fiction and fantasy :) to me, the "Furry" label really just describes a group of people. I feel its a personal 'slang' or 'title' for social reasons. Something someone came up with for that particular group of people who demonstrate certain aspects, characteristics and traits.
TheLionessesDen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for making this knowledge known.
It's actually in some cases that even fursuiters that make them aren't considered furries, and no artist that draw them can now have a distinction to go by here.
Thanks >w<
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
No problem at all :)
TheLionessesDen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I actually meant new, but I'm glad you got the point >w<
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup: great!
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