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Art Pet Peeves - 1 - Furries by jackmcslay Art Pet Peeves - 1 - Furries by jackmcslay
I'm still trying to get myself together to do art regularly again. So I figured I'd try helping myself by getting things off my mind, therefore I'll be making a series of helpers pointing out common mistakes in art, made sometimes by otherwise high level artists even.

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Nelires Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hehe, yes. I totally agree with all of these. Tail positioning is a big one for me too. So many cat girls with their tails in the middle of their back and not actually coming out of their tailbone. ^^
The fangs vary by species, but for the most part it's true the upper ones do get payed way more attention to so it ends up wrong.
Carbon-Vanilla Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I've got a bone to pick with this tutorial you've made... first of all, there is no right or wrong way to create anthro's for any given person; everyone has styles that are different. However, there's nothing wrong with a little direction. Although being too realistic can lead to primal character designs and the sense of personalization and self-expression especially for an artist is lost in the process. Creating characters that are cartoony means that some realistic traits for anthro's can be ignored resulting in quick, repetitive work. 

Also it really helps if people go to their local book stores to read or buy books on human and animal anatomy. While reading the material it's best to practice what you've learned. Copying the anatomical structure from the book isn't going to help you improve at all... there's no magic to becoming a better artist, it's practice, practice, practice, everyday, all year long. :meow:
jackmcslay Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   General Artist
Art style isn't a very good excuse. Just because someone has an art style of his/her own that doesn't mean said style is a good one. A good art style is made by understanding how the subject should look like in real life and then figuring out how to exaggerate parts of the anatomy in order to enhance the type of illustration you want to portray. Drawing something a certain way just because the artist wants to doesn't make for a good art style. Besides, I've seen some of these mistakes on primal-looking photorealistic anthro paintings as well.
razorREO Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yes, there's a thick line to be drawn between style and error. If someone simply accepts their current inability to draw something correctly (according to realism), then that is not style, it's just accepting error.
People do often try to keep their art as realistic as possible, though some would prefer to do things differently simply because they aren't willing to try to learn the correct way.
I think for every artist it's really just a choice. Do you want what you draw to be taken seriously or not?
cantbreath45 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Useful, thanks!
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