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Furry Highlight #10: APPENDAGECHILD

AC facey
**Character and Art belong to Appendagechild**

Hello everyone!
It has been awhile and again I must apologize for such a long hiatus! Between trying to find new content and also working on a very special project for the Furry Community, I have been neglecting this blog, and therefore, have not been producing…well…anything! However, luckily my folders are still filled to the brim with wonderful interviews and I have more interviews still to come. So, it’s good to be back and rolling, and I cannot wait to get back into the swing of things 😀

So…for those that have not sen these before (it has been awhile), these are called my “Furry Highlights”, and they showcase furries from all over whether they are artists, watchers, crafters, and etc.

And so…with that in mind, this is our 10th feature, and today we have “Appendagechild”.

Occasionally you run across those awesome finds in FA’s feed…and then you just HAVE to watch a person. Well, while for me it seems more rare than not, I saw a certain picture in the feed which lead me to Appendagechild and then the $5 sketches that were being offered. These were only colored in one or two colors (different shades of the same color did not count as a separate color) and they had to be slotted with a ‘theme’. The artist had already listed the themes you could choose from…and while I forget what options were left, I decided to make a leap and go with “insect” as the theme. I was very obsessed with the game “Life is Strange” at the time…obsessed with Chloe’s character and Blue Butterflies. So, the theme worked well for me and I paid for the sketch and asked that it be butterfly-themed and somewhat inspired by the game.

Buuuuuut….we can continue this story just as soon as the interview is over! Let’s see what “Appendagechild” had as far as answers to our questions!!! 😀


1. Name: William/Appendagechild

2. Age: 23

3. Gender: Male

4. Location: Massachusetts

5. Hobbies: Drawing, Sculpting, Cooking, Taking walks, Laying around

6.Fursona Name: AC/Acey

7. Species: Chimera (Lion/Ram/Snake)

ARTIST:

FA link here: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/appendagechild/

8. When did you discover/join the Furry Fandom?
When I was a kid on Pokemon forums, people had a pokesona they would RP with and stuff. Eventually I joined DA but later I wanted to do commissions and DA wasn’t a good place for that so I moved to FA.

9. What inspired the creation of your main Fursona?
I like mythological creatures, I was thinking about a manticore or something like that too, but I went with a chimera. Also my zodiac sign is Aries so I wanted to have something with horns either way.

10. In what ways is your Fursona like you and in what ways may they be different?
My fursona is better looking than me aha. He usually seems to be laying around which is a lot like me.

11. What are some common misconceptions you hear about Furries?
That to be a furry you need to have a fursuit.

12. What are some problems you have seen within the Furry Community?
I have some minor annoyances, but I haven’t had any problems in the community.

13. Have you ever been insulted for being a Furry?
I once received an anonymous message like that, but I think it was just my friend messing with me.

14. Have any of these things ever made you consider leaving the fandom? Why/Why not?
I like to take breaks from the FA sometimes, but I haven’t thought of leaving.

15. Has your character (Fursona) changed your life in any way?
Not really, but I like drawing him.

16. If you could meet your Fursona in real life…what might you talk about or what activities might you do together?
I would be really confused… I’m not sure what I would say. I would probably annoy his tail…

17. As an artist, do you have trouble showing non-furries your artwork? Why/Why not?
No, most people just see my art as anime style.

18. What are your views on Art Theft? (Tracing, Heavy referencing, selling colored bases made by others, or flat-out taking artwork, etc).
If the person has permission to repost art or permission to use a base it’s fine. I don’t support art theft.

19. Do you draw SFW or NSFW? If both…which do you prefer and why?
I draw SFW art of furries because I don’t find furries sexy.

20. Do you sell your artwork? Why/ Why not?
I sell my art because I like drawing all kinds of characters, and if people will pay for my art it’s a plus.

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**Art by Appendagechild // characters belong to their respected owners**


Mia by Appendagechild
**Art piece I commissioned from Appendagechild // Mia the winged wolf belongs to me**

Sooo…continuing my story from before:

The sketch I commissioned was actually done relatively quickly. I did not even have to wait a full day for it to be up, and it was stunningly beautiful. It is one of the best pieces I have ever gotten, especially for so cheap. And while the artist and I did not get to chatter much, I liked how they were very direct and to-the-point about things. Answers were either a simple “yes or no”, any questions were answered right away…PayPal was exchanged, money sent, art was done…no worries! 😀

They are very reliable with their work, always getting it done very quickly and in a timely manner. Styles are varied so no two art-pieces are ever the same or even remotely close to one another. But, as the artist has said…most see his works as “anime style”. But sometimes they are lined, sometimes painted. Others are sketchier than smoother works. There’s a good balance between commissions and personal art that flows in, pricing is not expensive. Not to mention, any WIPs can be seen during the streams that are hosted often and are a blast to watch.

It still amazes me what once can do with just a few colors and a reference sheet. I have to say that out of all the art I have seen and all the art I have purchased…art from Appendagechild is definitely some of the more “unique” works I have ever seen…they stand out, they are different, and I think they are all the more amazing because of that.  I do plan on commissioning this artist again in the future but…I’m trying to think of a good theme first because I think this artist does best when his imagination is left to soar.

But there you have it! There’s Appendagechild and his amazing art which I suggest you go and check out. Send him a watch and let him know that Rune the Angel Dragon sent you 😀

But, that’s all I have for today so thank you very much for tuning in! I greatly appreciate it and hope to see you all in the next one 😉

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My Fursonas – (Fursona vs Character)

So…I have been seeing this a lot lately, people asking around in groups about whether or not it is: “Okay to have more than one Fursona”. Not only that, but trying to figure out the difference between a Fursona and a Character. So, today…it’s not only my job to explain these things to you…but also, I figured I would introduce you to my Fursonas!

But first…let’s tackle the questions:


  • Can you have more than one Fursona?

—YES! Yes…you can easily have more than one Fursona. For me, a Fursona is a piece of your soul. Some people make a Fursona that embodies all of them, their entire soul…they make a Fursona that is like them (in soul) in every single way. But, there are then people that make Fursonas with only a section of their soul…they make a Fursona with only certain qualities of themselves. I do this, and because of this, I have three Fursonas, each one being a different set of qualities of mine, and each one just as equally precious to me, each one representing me. So while it not always be common, you can have more than one Fursona and it is completely normal. 🙂


 

  • What’s the difference between a Fursona and a Character?

—As mentioned before, a Fursona is supposed to represent you. A Fursona is a piece of your soul and is your image in the Furry fandom. A character is a little different though. A character is a creature you use for the sake of making stories or maybe you don’t even use them at all but like how they look. A character is something you keep in a folder, occasionally get art of, occasionally use it for RP but, it does not really represent you in any way. A character are like the adopts you impulse buy and then you sell later because you really have no connection with them…or they are old role-playing characters that occasionally you dust off and use, but only your friends know they exist. Samael is a character that runs my smut page…I have demon fox gals, and even a Herm Bunny named Dusty that are all characters and yet, they do not represent me at all in the fandom and half the time, people do not know they are linked to me or even know they are a thing that even exists.


 

So there you have it! You can have multiple Fursonas, you can have multiple characters…it does not really matter! One of the great things about being in the furry fandom is that you can basically do whatever you want so long as it’s not illegal in some way.

Aaaannnnd…since we got that out of the way, let me introduce you to my different Fursonas!!!


Chibi Mia by Squiddybum
***Art by: Squiddybum***

  • Mia the Winged-Wolf:

—Mia has been my main sona since coming to the fandom. Her design may have changed throughout the years, but, she has grown with me, and, as my Fursona she is just…me. When I say that, I mean that she is “outwardly” me. Not how she looks…but how she acts. Her mannerisms, the way she speaks, the way she laughs, her humor, her quirks and just how she reacts to other people around her. That’s what makes Mia me. Not to mention that she wears clothes I like, and wears my favorite hat. My art account on FA (Element02) has her as the face of it…and she is the Fursona that I buy the majority of the art for because she is so much like me, and she is the partner of my mate.

 


By Aimee Element_LOWes
***Art by: Aimee-Lesley-Sim***

  • RUNE the Angel Dragon:

—So here’s a face you all know by now, and that is Rune, my Angel Dragon.
I recently made him back in 2015 because I had started watching the Angel Dragons in 2014, and their designs were so cute that I really wanted to make one for myself. Not to mention that their community seemed so tight-knit and friendly that I wanted to be a part of it. While Rune was actually inspired by a W.o.W. Deathknight, he is actually a representation of child-like innocence in my soul. The parts of me that are optimistic, that just want to laugh and have fun. He is also the part of me that wants so desperately to help and t0 educate others which is why he is the face of my blogs, charity, and soon-to-be YouTube Channel.


Sketches-4-23-RedYeNo5
***Art by: RedDyeNo5***

  • Masika the Leothaun:

—Masika means “Born of the Rain” and she is the newest addition to my Fursona collection. She is a Leothaun which is a species created by my friend (Natalia Hardy //thelostcause86). Masika herself is a Priestess on her home-planet, and she is able to control electricity but what she represents in my soul is actually “Soul-searching”. Masika is often conflicted and wondering if she is meant for something greater in life. She wants more than the day-to-day routine of being a priestess and she longs to be free. Therefore, like me…she is a wandering soul that loves to travel, that fears being stuck, and she is always wondering what her purpose is in life.


 

So, there they are! Those are my three Fursonas and I love them all dearly because they are me in all my different forms. So…news for this week: We are not doing Would-You-Rather-Wednesday again this week. I know that I have been slipping in that regard but, things have been crazy in my life. I know I missed Fursuit Friday last week as well…but that’s because my wife came home from special training and I was otherwise occupied. Anyways, you know the drill! Tell me about your Fursona or multiple sonas! How many do you have? What species? Names? Any special powers? What traits do they share with you if any? As always, thanks so much for tuning in, and, I will see you all in the next one 😉

Furry Highlight #9: Angiewolf

Adidas by AW
***Art by: Angiewolf***

Happy hump-day fuzzbutts! So, since “Would-You-Rather-Wednesday” is not happening again this week, I thought I would do something that we have not done in awhile. Furry Highlights! For those that are new to this…Furry Highlights is a feature where we take regular furries, artists, crafters, and etc. and we give them an interview to kinda show them off in a way…give them a spotlight to show the variety of different people in the fandom 😀

Angiewolf is an artist I have been watching on Furaffinity for awhile…her style is very unique to me, and watching her go from regular commissions to doing comics and etc. I think it’s been a pretty exciting journey thus far. Seeing the different styles and improving quality…it’s always an exciting thing for me (as Watcher) because I always feel like I am personally growing with that person. Not to mention, her Fursona is super cool! But enough chit-chat! Lets get down to the interview!!!

1. Name: Laura//angiewolf

2. Age: 19

3. Gender: female

4. Location: spain

5. Hobbies: eat?, draw of course, films *0* and music

6.Fursona Name: Cotton Candy ;D

7. Species: Fennec fox // demon

ARTIST:

FA link here: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/angiewolf/

DA link here: http://demonsoulk.deviantart.com/?rnrd=152792

Other Gallery links here: https://inkbunny.net/angiewolf // https://e621.net/post?tags=angiewol…..Default=Search

8. When did you discover/join the Furry Fandom?
wow, years ago It was thanks to the interest in learning to draw with graphics tablet

9. What inspired the creation of your main Fursona?
My fursona is constantly changing, like me, I wanted to see me through him

10. In what ways is your Fursona like you and in what ways may they be different?
My fursona is only different in his appearance, otherwise I’m just as sweet and demon as him

11. What are some common misconceptions you hear about Furries?
People see it as something strange, I think it’s just a way to express in a character

12. What are some problems you have seen within the Furry Community?
People judge a lot the prices, even artists have to endure meaningless comparisons and criticism

13. Have you ever been insulted for being a Furry?
Never

14. Have any of these things ever made you consider leaving the fandom? Why/Why not?
If someone criticize me for that, I would say to that person taking care of your life

15. Has your character (Fursona) changed your life in any way?
Is always with me,can show what I can not show, yes him has changed my life

16. If you could meet your Fursona in real life…what might you talk about or what activities might you do together?
That question is very difficult, would talk to myself, and I know all of me

17. As an artist, do you have trouble showing non-furries your artwork? Why/Why not?
Nope! idk, people like my work it seems

18. What are your views on Art Theft? (Tracing, Heavy referencing, selling colored bases made by others, or flat-out taking artwork, etc).
I think that people is s**t

19. Do you draw SFW or NSFW? If both…which do you prefer and why?
Both, I prefer both ’cause is art, is love

20. Do you sell your artwork? Why/ Why not?
Yes, for my future

***Art by: Angiewolf***

So, there you have it folks!

I have found that sometimes, there are deep feelings in a person…opinions just waiting to get out. Some people have had a lot of positive things happen to them while being in the Furry Fandom which they like to express, others have had terrible experiences which pushes them to work harder and to get word of warning out to others that might be facing the same thing. But, then there are people that are actually pretty neutral. They do not get involved with drama…they have had good experiences, and bad, but they let it all pass in their journey moving forward. So, it’s really fascinating to look at all these different artists.

Anyways…that’s all I have for today. So, if you would like to be interviewed for this blog, please leave a comment with a link to where I might reach you (FA/DA/Facebook)—my goal is to interview all different kids of Furries. You do me a favor by answering my questions, and you get showcased for others to see…to gain a better understanding of all the different kinds of people within the fandom.

But…Friday is coming soon and more Furry Highlights are coming.

So, as always, I will see you all in the next one 😉

Furry Highlight #8: Squiddybum!

Squiddy icon

***Art by Squiddybum***

1. Name: Squid Watling
2. Age: 19
3. Gender: Gender Fluid
4. Location: UK
5. Hobbies: Drawing, making crafts, singing, Puppetry, Baking
6.Fursona Name: Squid
7. Species: Mutant

ARTIST:
FA link here: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/squiddybum/
DA link here: http://thesquiddybum.deviantart.com
Other Gallery links here: http://squiddybum.wix.com/squidsfurrystuff

8. When did you discover/join the Furry Fandom?
I kind of merged into it around 10 years ago maybe It was very gradual

 

9. What inspired the creation of your main Fursona?
I first started off with a brown cat and then a dragon, then a fox, then a dragon fox, then what I have now which I would describe as more a mutant cat than anything

 

10. In what ways is your Fursona like you and in what ways may they be different?
My fursona is me in all ways but just more interactive and positive

 

11. What are some common misconceptions you hear about Furries?
I hate when people thing all we do is act like children and draw “Anime” when its obviously a completely different art style and we are more mature than people think

 

12. What are some problems you have seen within the Furry Community?
People who are immature about prices of work and how money works. Asking for free art and asking for a suit to be made for nothing. Its very insulting

 

13. Have you ever been insulted for being a Furry?
Not to my knowledge but I’m very subtle about it, I’m not a very loud fur in public or on personal social media

 

14. Have any of these things ever made you consider leaving the fandom? Why/Why not?
No, I do what I do because it fun and if people have a problem they dont have to pay attention, again I am very subtle and wont be all up in someone’s face about it

 

15. Has your character (Fursona) changed your life in any way?
I feel that my character has helped me figure out who I am and evolved with me and helped me make new friend to then grow from too

 

16. If you could meet your Fursona in real life…what might you talk about or what activities might you do together?
Draw and stay very quiet maybe watch a movie or make something to eat

 

17. As an artist, do you have trouble showing non-furries your artwork? Why/Why not?
A little, I just think they dont quite get why I dont draw people but they dont seem to mind either way. If they like it they like it

 

18. What are your views on Art Theft? (Tracing, Heavy referencing, selling colored bases made by others, or flat-out taking artwork, etc).
It needs to be stopped at all costs. It needs to be clear to everyone that it is not ok to just take something from google and keep it for yourself. Or for people to figure out how to watermark properly…

 

19. Do you draw SFW or NSFW? If both…which do you prefer and why?
A bit of both but mostly SFW as I run an instagram that I like to keep pretty safe. But whatever mood im in Ill draw that. I dont share everything online

 

20. Do you sell your artwork? Why/ Why not?
I do. As I dont have a “IRL” job this is my only way of income, and if I can get paid for doing what I love I’m going to do that

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***Art by Squiddybum***

The first time I ever commissioned Squiddy was when I saw that they were doing the photo edits online…taking real pictures and drawing a Fursona over it. They were priced relatively cheap, the artwork was amazing, and I had just started getting artwork of my characters. I thought it would be amazing to see how my mate and I might be drawn over a photo…and so, I paid to have my fursona and my mate’s drawn over our duck park date (2015).

That picture now hangs in my living room, in a frame, and is one of my favorite commissions to date. I must say that Squiddy is one of the few artists that has ever attempted to draw my Fursona with hair, is one of the few that can get the right color and style, and was the reason that I kept the old sapphire hair on my wolf because it looked that great.

Since then, I have been a follower on instagram…have gotten a free chibi from those giveaways, and just recently commissioned a cute YCH for my mate and I when I saw they were available. Squiddy’s work is always quality and always done in a timely manner. Squiddy is always very polite and will ask questions if there is something that might not seem right with the design…or if there are any particular details that need to be discussed.

I know that I will commission more works in the future. It’s always exciting to wait and see what the final piece will look like once Squiddy starts something. Even when it’s not art specifically for me, any lines or WIP, I always look forward to that finished result because the characters always looks so quirky, the colors are always so bright and fun. 🙂
So this is def someone you might want to check out in the future if you like fun, cartoony styles and bright pictures to add to your collection.

 

***Art by Squiddybum***

Thank you all for sticking with me while I get some things in order. I know I fell behind with the “Furry Highlights” for awhile, but I’m trying to get back in the swing of things, and find my balance between work and my hobby-activities such as blogging.

I will be needing more artists soon for more Furry Highlights, as well as just interviewing general furs. So, if you’re interested in being featured in Furry Highlights or Fursuit Fridays…please drop a link in the comments below to a place where I might reach you via PM… 😀
I will see you all in the next one 😉

Furry Highlight #7: Dragon_Kai

*** Art by: Dragon_Kai ***

1. Name: Dragon Kai
2. Age: 28
3. Gender: male
4. Location: Belgium
5. Hobbies: drawing, gaming, movies, anime and manga, fitness
6.Fursona Name: Kai and Kaya Romero
7. Species: Dragon

ARTIST:
FA link here: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/dragonkai/
DA link here: http://thenekoboi.deviantart.com/
Other Gallery links here: http://www.twindragonscomic.com/
http://www.gamerdragons.com/

8. When did you discover/join the Furry Fandom?
I have always been interested in cute animals and disney had some really good movies about them when I was little. I made an account on FA about one and a half years ago.

 
9. What inspired the creation of your main Fursona?
I got inspired by Rudragon and his little dragon Ru to make my own dragon. Kai was born from this, and he got a twin sister a little later. They grew up to be totally different from Ru, to the point that it would be hard to pinpoint the influences.

 
10. In what ways is your Fursona like you and in what ways may they be different?
Kai and Kaya have their own personalities, I didn’t base them on myself or anyone I know, but they have some traits that I like in a character. Kaya is bubbly, cute, enthusiastic and naive at times, while Kai is more the thinking kind of guy (kid). He is less naive than his sister. He can get a little competitive at times and is overall fun loving like his sister.

 
11. What are some common misconceptions you hear about Furries?
They’re those people that think they’re wolves and howl to the moon at night.
And of course, the porn -_-

 
12. What are some problems you have seen within the Furry Community?
Drama, lots of it at times.

 
13. Have you ever been insulted for being a Furry?
Nope, but not many people consider me furry, I’m just the guy that draws cute dragon kids xD
(heck, I don’t even consider myself furry, I just like the community :p )

 
14. Have any of these things ever made you consider leaving the fandom? Why/Why not?
Nope, just let it go and move on :p
I’ve met some wonderful people due to the community and many people like what I do, so I’m here to stay.

 
15. Has your character (Fursona) changed your life in any way?
Kai and Kaya are known by at least 500 people now, that’s quite something I guess :p

 
16. If you could meet your Fursona in real life…what might you talk about or what activities might you do together?
Go eat some ice cream 😀 (with extra chocolate for Kaya, with sprinkles on top)

 
17. As an artist, do you have trouble showing non-furries your artwork? Why/Why not?
I was a little worried about the reception of it, but people seem to like it. Belgium might just be more open minded about it (or more ignorant so they don’t know about it other than Disney movies, and who hates Disney movies 😀 )

 
18. What are your views on Art Theft? (Tracing, Heavy referencing, selling colored bases made by others, or flat-out taking artwork, etc).
Burn at the stake!
Just kidding, the death penalty never helped anyone, but I’m strongly against art theft. Referencing is one thing, copying someones art almost exactly goes too far though. I only condone that as a form of practice and you should never post the results online and claim it as your own. It just doesn’t show any respect to the artists that put their heart and soul into making the art.

 
19. Do you draw SFW or NSFW? If both…which do you prefer and why?
strictly SFW. I didn’t join the fandom for the porn. In fact, I’d rather have people see the fandom for the SFW side instead of the NSFW side.

 
20. Do you sell your artwork? Why/ Why not?
I would love to do commissions and sell artwork. A man’s gotta earn a living somehow :p
You see people telling artists that if they start asking money for their art, they’re sellouts. I think that’s such backwards thinking it’s painful. How can an artist be free to do what he wants to do, namely make art for himself and for all of you to enjoy, while starving? Almost every artist of name in the history of mankind has sold his works at some point in time. Did they get rich doing it? Most of them didn’t, and the ones that did were aware of how the economy worked at that time. Artists were known to adapt to new methods of creating art to make money. When the etching print method was discovered, almost every artist started making limited prints to sell, so why wouldn’t we be allowed to make some money?

That said, my webcomics are and will always be completely free ^^
I don’t believe in paywalls. I believe in the strength and generosity of the community to support their artists.

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*** Art by: Dragon_Kai ***

I remember seeing “Gamer Dragons” posted on a Furry page on Facebook and then following the link to Furaffinity. I then began reading the comic from the beginning, and then the gaming spin-off comics which always gave me a chuckle. Gaming is one of my passions, and the way that Kai and Kaya work together…reminded me a lot of my mate and I, and how dysfunctional our gaming really must look when we try to play together (since we have 2 VERY different ways of playing a game).

But, these games always make me smile, always give me a chuckle, and it’s always exciting to see what will happen next and/or what new gaming adventure these dragons might have 😀

Awhile back, Dragon_Kai even had a little questionnaire thing that he wanted people to fill out about his art and etc. He wanted feedback, and those that wrote back would receive a doodle in his style. Haha, I was only able to write him something (unfortunately, a video testimonial was not possible at the time), and as a thanks, I was given this hilarious doodle of my wolf, Ula…trying to play a 3DS which I found absolutely adorable!!! ❤

Ula by Dragonkai

*** Art by: Dragon_Kai ***

I like that his stuff is free, and it’s always improving as well. The main comic has a fascinating back-story about hybrids being a genetic mutation, and the gaming side-comics always find a way to relate to gamers of all kinds. So, I highly recommend checking this artist out, giving their page a watch, and giving their comics a fave!

So WOW! We are almost at 10 posts for the Furry-highlights series…and we still have so many more to go! I’m still looking for people to interview…so drop a link in the comment-section down below so that we might arrange that! you do NOT have to be an artist in order to be interviewed. I want to spotlight artists, musicians, art collectors, just your average fur, and fursuiters all the same!!! So, don’t be shy!
Also, it would help me a lot if you share this blog with your friends…the more watchers I get, the more artists and others can get recognized for the amazing things they do!!!

Anyways, I will see you all in the next one 😉

Furry Highlight #6 Aimee-Lesley Sim

Khodi painting P

*** Kodi painting by Aimee-Lesley Sim***

1. Name: Aimee Lesley Sim
2. Age: 21
3. Gender: Female
4. Location: England
5. Hobbies: Model railway, bird nerd, crochet, violin and sculpting,
6.Fursona Name: I do not know which character identifies as me.
7. Species: Canine / dragon.

 

ARTIST:
FA link here:
Commission account: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/aimee-lesley-sim/
Personal Account: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/khodi
DA link here: http://aimee-lesley-sim.deviantart.com/
Other Gallery links here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Art-By-Aimee-Lesley-Sim-654382981301461/?ref=profile
Weasyl: https://www.weasyl.com/profile/aimeesim
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AimeeLesleySim
Tumblr: http://aimee-sim-illustrations.tumblr.com/
Picarto (streaming) https://picarto.tv/AimeesArt

8. When did you discover/join the Furry Fandom?
I can actually also pin point the person who inspired me to draw and help me decide “what I wanted to do when I grow up”. In 2008 I was on a social media website called, BEBO I was introduced by a school friend to role play. From then on, I primarily used it for alternative characters and role-play’s. I then stumbled on an artist, who went by the name of JC (a chow-chow) who drew anthropomorphic character and her character’s story and role-plays. I was so inspired and blown away by her images that I wanted to try it for myself.

I noticed people really started to like my art work. I got (and still do get) excited when people let me know that they like my art. Eventually the same friend who introduced me to BEBO also recommended that I upload my art work to Deviantart. I never knew about this website (keep in mind I was only 13 and I was exploring the internet) and I was much more at home.

All of this happened in the space of 12 months and although I was not as active on DA as I was on BEBO, I did have people asking for requests and art trades. I was so flattered people wanted to trade with me so I said yes. Someone approached me on deviant art asking if I would draw their feral tiger and that was when I made my first big sale of £20 at the age of 16. Looking back on it, I feel a bit silly but it was such an achievement for me. I won’t forget that.

 

 
9. What inspired the creation of your main Fursona?
My first character that I created was Neytiri and she was inspired by a wolf, bird and dinosaur. She has developed a lot over the 8 years of drawing her.

 

 

10. In what ways is your Fursona like you and in what ways may they be different?
All of my character have at least one hobby or personal trait that stems from my own self.
Emma enjoy to garden; it is something I don’t personally do as a hobby but my mother and grandmother use to and enjoy gardening and I help out when I am home.

Loki is a relevantly new character, but he is a blue dragon who I like to see in the Assassins Creed Black Flag/ Rouge universe. I recently have been able to purchase the games and experience playing and I fell in love with the environment, story and art style!

Lucius had a hard upbringing, has a short temper and is more aggressive (that is where we differ) but he does enjoy half a bottle of Whiskey as do I. We’d defiantly have a round of drinks and he’d proceed to hit on me.

Neytiri: She’s my hippie character (minus the drugs), down to earth and spiritual. She probably best represents my physical body type rather than in character.

 

11. What are some common misconceptions you hear about Furries?
All draw porn.
All fuck animals.
All dress up as animals.

 

 

12. What are some problems you have seen within the Furry Community?
Sexually deviant and requiring to put a penis or vagina on everything! I’ve been approached by people wanting to do sexual role-play and to masturbate on skype calls. Single or in a relationship I’ve never been interested in that sort of thing and I’m too class for that nonsense. My boyfriend and I refer to these people as, “husky-butts” regardless of their “fursona’s”. I still get people requesting such sexual favours even though it is clearly stated that I am in a closed relationship.

 

 

13. Have you ever been insulted for being a Furry?
Yes, many times. I try to reason with these type of people and give them a better perspective of the fandom but if that fails I just polity state that it is their opinion- even though a bit close minded on their part.

 

 

14. Have any of these things ever made you consider leaving the fandom? Why/Why not?
Nope because I enjoy sharing my art work and I can make money from doing what I love.

 

 

15. Has your character (Fursona) changed your life in any way?
Yes because drawing for myself and my own creations was one of the main sources of entertainment, coping mechanism (I was badly bullied) and helped me refine my own drawing techniques. I still experiment when I draw for myself, but now that I have a larger audience and appreciation for my work, I often offer experimental freebies to my watchers.

 

 

16. If you could meet your Fursona in real life…what might you talk about or what activities might you do together?
I have a lot of characters and I am unsure to which I should label as my Fursona, so I’ll label a few of my characters
Neytiri; We would talk about how great mangos and apples are and proceed to fight over the last fruit. She’s a dragon, so she would win.
Emma: She would love to enthusiastically talk about gardening and her latest plant baby; I’d probably be interested and inquire if she has any apple trees.
Lucius: “SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS, EVERYBODY!” We’d get drunk on whiskey “HEY, HEY”
Loki: We wouldn’t; he would steal me booty (by which I mean, whatever treasure/ gold that I am wearing) because pirate!

 

 

17. As an artist, do you have trouble showing non-furries your artwork? Why/Why not?
I do not feel shame in showing my art work but over the years, I have become reluctant to. In secondary school and college, I received a lot of comments varying from, “You like fucking animals”, “You draw porn?” (at the time, I had never draw nsfw images) and just all around mean comments from fellow artists. I am now in university studying ba (hons) illustration and even though I do keep what I draw to myself, a few classmates did discover my furry art and it was met with encouragement and enthusiasm. My tutors do not think much of my current style (“unoriginal”) and I believe they look down on what freelance work that I do. I think they are under the impression I get $5 for hours of work. If only they knew.

 

 

18. What are your views on Art Theft? (Tracing, Heavy referencing, selling coloured bases made by others, or flat-out taking artwork, etc).
Whatever has the word “theft” in the name is surely bad, right? I, personally do not mind people using images as a reference but I think it is should be for personal uses only and not having it posted on the internet. I think if people are going to heavily reference an artist/s work, they should ask for permission.

I believe that it is easier for a beginner artist to learn how to copy simple lines of others work firsts, before trying to reference real life. However, I strongly recommend trying to research and observe into the “skeleton” of what they are trying to draw.

 

 
19. Do you draw SFW or NSFW? If both…which do you prefer and why?
I do draw both NSFW and SFW illustrations but I primarily offer SFW art work because I think there is enough pornographic imagery on the internet. I am new to drawing pornographic images and I have recently come to my conclusion that I do not like drawing it commercially.

I do not want to be ladled as a porn artist, but I have been enjoying drawing personal NSFW art for me and my boyfriend. I am not opposed to drawing NSFW images, but sometimes I feel that some artists only draw it because they can get well paid for it. I don’t people should draw porn because they feel that is the only way to make a quick quid (buck $). However, if someone enjoys drawing that type of images and can get well paid for it, then I say good for them! I only enjoy drawing such images for me and Nexooku.

 

 

20. Do you sell your artwork? Why/ Why not?
Yes, I sell my art work. I have been selling my images since I was 16 years old. One of my aspiration is to be able to support myself by solely relying on selling my art work. I am not sure if that is a possibility for me right now but I feel that I am going in the right direction.

 

Additional note:

I’m really flattered by being asked to write something for the blog and I really do like the concept of it. I think we could really make this blog special and we could offer a variety of tips, help and business advice. I am always open to sharing what I have learned over the years and if anyone ever needed help from red lining an image or constructive criticism on their image contact me over on;

https://twitter.com/AimeeLesleySim
skype (aimee.sim1) or
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/aimee-lesley-sim/

I remember how hard it was to start drawing and how frustrating I found it when artists would be rude and not willing to share some general advice. I think we should encourage people to draw and not deter people before they even try. I have my own little techniques that I like to keep to myself because they are style related, but I’d have plenty of advice from where to get software, valuable resources and some useful exercise that I was taught during my time spent studying at university.

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***All art featured in the slideshow by Aimee-Lesley Sim***

For my own note, I would like to add that this was the most extensive interview that was ever submitted to me XD
But seriously, I really do admire Aimee as an artist. Aimee was actually the first person that I ever commissioned for my own character. I had bought artwork for my mate, and, in turn, she gave me money to get art from an artist of my choosing. I saw that Aimee was having a sale, and I had been following her on FA for awhile…so I commissioned her right then and there, sent her my reference sheet, and was lucky enough to watch her draw my character in a stream THAT VERY DAY. ❤
This might sound weird, but, that was a very magical moment for me…having come back into the Furry fandom with such an under-developed character…that was truly something, and, that moment has stuck with me since then.

So, not only is she a trusted artist with great, quality work…I have spoken to Aimee over Skype-call and have been to numerous streams to chat off-and-on while she works. What sets her apart from a lot of artists is that her customers are like her dear friends. She does not treat them as walking wallets (as I have seen other artists do). She cares for everyone in her stream, she jokes with everyone, and never leaves anyone out. Here and there she will set aside whatever she is working on if someone has a particular question on how she might draw something or how she might color something.

For instance…in one stream, I was drawing and could not do the partial side-face for a canine character. She asked me to scan what I had and she would show me some ways I might be able to fix it. Not once did she say my drawing was really wrong or that I had made any real mistakes. She merely gave me suggestions then showed me how she personally drew certain things. She offered real constructive criticism to help me with my drawing even though she had been in the middle of painting something else (view the mosaic below to see my before and after pic from the stream):

***Art/character is by (and belongs to) Amelia Rene Long***

As you can see, I took down notes of what she showed me in the stream and my drawing improved by 100% just with a few tips and tricks. She is not closed off to her fans or her customers, and she is always eager to joke, chat, and help in any way she can. She gives out freebies sometimes in streams and it’s always just a  good time…always just fun 🙂
I think what is also exciting is how I have gotten to see her improve over the course of time. Granted, I only started watching her some time last year…but already I have seen her style and everything else change and improve so much!!! She is always trying to better herself…another reason why I consider her an amazing artist and why I will always recommend her for commission! Also, all the things mentioned above was why it was such an honor to me that she agreed to be interviewed.

Here are the two pieces I have gotten from her thus far (my first-ever commission and then a Valentine’s Freebie piece):

***Art by Aimee-Lesley Sim // Characters belong to Shewulf7 and Element02***

So there we have it, another “Furry Highlight” under our belt.
If you like these blogs, feel free to share them with your friends…the more watchers we have, the more interviews we can do, and the more this blog can grow! If you’re interested in being interviewed (we don’t just interview artists) so that you can appear in Furry Highlights, leave a comment down below with either an e-mail or an FA page where you might be contacted with interview questions!
As always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉 Thank you for tuning in!!!

Furry Highlight #3 KEYLAWOLF

Tag Youre It by KeylaWolf PAINT

*** “Tag You’re It” by: Keylawolf ***

1. Name: Vivi
2. Age: 15
3. Gender: female
4. Location: Germany
5. Hobbies: drawing, swimming, gaming, cuddling :3
6.Fursona Name: Keyla
7. Species: Wolf

ARTIST:
FA link here: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/keylawolf/
DA link here: http://zomvivi.deviantart.com/

8. When did you dicover/join the Furry Fandom?
Well, I guess one and a half years ago.

 

9. What inspired the creation of your main Fursona?
Probably boredom. oh my.

 

10. In what ways is your Fursona like you and in what ways may they be different?
Actually Keyla is a lot like me. She might be a little slimmer than I am (haha) but other
than that…

 

11. Have you ever been insulted for being a Furry?
No, probably because nobody really knows what a furry is in my area. 😛

 

12. Has your character (Fursona) changed your life in any way?
A little. I have a char to draw when I’m bored now 😀

 

13. If you could meet your Fursona in real life…what might you talk about or what activities might you do together?
I guess we’d say likely to nothing. We’re not very talkative, and i guess we know each other pretty well… i think we would just play some video games and chill. And we’d eat A LOT of cookies.

 

14. As an artist, do you have trouble showing non-furries your artwork? Why/Why not?
When I show my artwork to some of my classmates they are equally impressed. It’s art, it doesn’t matter if your character is human or not :3

 

15. What are your views on Art Theft? (Tracing, Heavy referencing, selling colored bases made by others, or flat-out taking artwork, etc).
Ugh. I absolutely hate it. Why don’t you (art theft people) take the time to practice yourself and get popular because of people adoring YOUR artstyle ?

 

16. Do you draw SFW or NSFW? If both…which do you prefer and why?
Only SFW. I’ve been through some rough times and I just… idk, I don’t think it’s necessary… well at least it shouldn’t be…

 

17. Do you sell your artwork? Why/ Why not?
Yes, because I like drawing other people’s characters and i can always use some extra money QwQ

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*** Artwork being featured by: Keylawolf, zimpuppy, and nyogart ***

I actually had the honor of getting art from Keylawolf when she replied to a journal I had written on FA about a dying friend. This friend of mine has a serious infection in the lining of her heart and it had been just recently that she was told she only had 6-9 months left to live unless they could come up with some miracle cure for her (as she had not been responding to other treatments).

Keylawolf reached out to me and even though I could not pay, she said she would do a piece for my friend, consisting of my friend, myself (whom she considers her sis), and my mate (her Bro). A family piece since this friend considers herself a wolf, and my mate and I her pack…so, it was a very sweet gesture, and only one of 2 people that decided that they could help. I had not even been a watcher of her page before that, and her art  turned out to be really well-done, and she has been a favorite on my list ever sense. So, it was a real joy and honor getting her to interview with me so that I might showcase her art.

Here is the piece she presented me last year:

By Keylawolf PAINT

Even now I have it on my wall and it is one of my favorites! 😀
So, many thanks again!

Anyways…this has been our third interview and “Furry Highlight”.
If you are liking what you see, please feel free to follow the blog, share it with your friends, and as always, please give these amazing artists a like and watch! If you would like to be featured in “Furry Highlights”, leave a comment down below with a link to where I might contact you, and you might soon see yourself featured in this blog!
I am going to try and post at least 1-2 highlights per week…

Until the next one 😉

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