** “Can’t Touch This…” by: Shewulf7 **
Furry (Fursona) name: Shewulf
Hobbies: Video-games, drawing, sampling new types of food, detailing vehicles, cleaning in general.
FurAffinity LINK: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/shewulf7
DeviantArt LINK: http://shewulf7.deviantart.com/
When did you come to the Furry Fandom?
I was made aware of the term ‘furry’ and the fandom when I was 20 years old [8 years ago]. I was introduced to it by my Younger Brother who had discovered it via the internet and had already become part of the fandom himself.
What inspired your character?
The species chose because I always had a fascination with lycanthropy. I always had a thing for werewolves and it was the closest thing to the furry fandom that I had known previously, so that followed me over to the Furry fandom. So, I decided to make my character as natural looking as possible. However the orange sleeves and muzzle etc was inspired by my Brother already having a fox character. Showed we were related and etc.
Is your character like you or did you give them a different personality?
My character is me.
Has your character made you a better person in any way or changed your life at all?
My character inspires me to be stronger and to continue…despite how much strife I may come upon. Reminding myself the raw fierce character that is within myself has gotten me through many situations of my life. And making it through those situations has molded me into the adult that I am today.
If you could meet your character in real life what would you tell her (if anything)?
It would be a conversation with myself…so, that could be anything…literally.
Do you own a fursuit?
Any plans of getting a suit in the future? Why/ Why not?
I plan to get a partial fursuit in the future. I always wondered what it would be like to wear one, and it just seems like a fun thing to do.
What are some common misconceptions you have heard about furries and the fandom?
The classic “If you’re a furry, you like to have sex with animals.” or that you are a person that indefinitely owns or wears a fursuit. Also that the majority of the art for the furry fandom is pornographic.
Has anyone ever insulted you personally for being a Furry?
I was verbally attacked through XBOX LIVE on more than one occasion because my gamertag contains my character’s name. I was dubbed a “furry fag” and that I should go “yiff in hell”, and automatically because I was a furry, I was gay.
Have any of these insults made you want to quit the fandom?
Are there any issues that you have witnessed inside of the Furry Fandom?
I see people being too critical of others…and even harassing people simply because one’s character does not fit to another individual’s criteria. It defeats the whole purpose of making a character if one character has been made over several years and then gets ridiculed and disgraced over social media. If the whole reason is to find an outer shell to express yourself and then have someone tell you it’s wrong (because it’s a mixed species or has weird colors etc).
I feel that no one has the fucking right to say that about anyone’s outer skin. To me it’s the same as being racist. It’s only been made okay because there are rules being added. I have been told my wolf is too plain or it’s boring, it’s unoriginal, it’s not well developed…but I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks about my Fursona because it’s me. It’s no more exciting or dull as myself. And others shouldn’t care what others say about their character either. It’s like someone insulting you on the street saying you look plain or your eyes or messed up or something like that. That kind of bigotry within the Furry fandom defeats the whole purpose of it being a community.
As a Furry Artist do you have difficulty showing non-furries your artwork?
Yes I do.
Even before I was a furry, any self-portrait I did, I did as a wolf or a lycanthrope. I can not draw people. I do not have the capability to put true expression on paper with a human being. I feel that the body language or the simple presence of my character as a wolf as something that is raw and natural shows my true emotions behind any drawing that I do. But whether people judge me or not, I’m mostly indifferent to their opinions.
What is your view on NSFW artwork? Do you draw NSFW?
Well, like anyone else I have my preferences for different types of NSFW art. I’m not offended by one category over the other. If it’s someone’s way of expression or means of making money through commissions is fine by me. I do not draw it because I do not have the skills necessary for doing NSFW artwork.
What is your view on art theft?
Selling another person’s art without permission or recognition is always wrong. However someone tracing something for themselves should not be so heavily frowned upon. It’s a way of development for some, even if most people do not think so…and I think it’s a way for some people to become a better artist. However, claiming someone’s art as your own and trying to sell someone’s work that is not your own is always wrong.
Do you sell your artwork? Why/Why not?
I do not sell artwork.
My skill is not at the level for me to actually ask people for money. I also do not have the time because my job. I would not be able to get art out to people on a timely fashion. I still have a lot of development in trying to draw other species other than what I comfortable with.
**Art being showcased by: Shewulf7, Thelostcause86, and Squiddybum**
That’s it for the first “Furry Highlights”!
I got a bit of a late start, but many thanks to Shewulf for helping me “test drive” the interview…
She was really patient with me and helped me develop questions to ask other people. Not all Furry highlights will be the same. I hope to ask different people, different questions based off of their interests, their characters, and etc. The goal of “Furry Highlights” is to showcase all furries from all over whether popular or near invisible to other people. Artists, fursuiters, writers, or watchers…it does not matter.
So, if you would like to participate in future interviews for “Furry highlights”, please leave a comment down below. But for now, that’s all we have, so, I will see you all in the next blog 😉