Furry fandom is a subculture of people who like to dress up in animal costumes, also known as fursuits. Among furries, there is a distinction between “fursuiters” and “other furries”. Fursuiters are the furries who wear the costumes. Other furries are furries who don’t wear fursuits, but still are fans of furry art. Some furries even make their own furry art without being fursuiters.
GlobalFurMeet is an example of a large furry convention that allows “other furries” to attend, because not all furries have the money or resources to purchase their own fursuits for conventions. Allowing “other furries” to attend furry conventions helps the fandom grow and develop by bringing in new members of the fandom that might not be able to afford buying a fursuit for themselves.
Furry art comes in many different forms, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, animations and written stories. FurAffinity is an example of a website that hosts furry art. Here you can find all sorts of examples of furry art such as drawing tutorials, artwork and even music made by other furry artists! On this
NAME: Jessica Miller
DESIGNATION: Student, artist, and writer
BIRTHPLACE: Ohio, United States
EDUCATION: I am currently a sophomore at a university in the southeastern United States. I will be majoring in fine arts with a minor in English. I hope to one day work in comic book art.
TALENTS: Art, writing, reading, fursuiting
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: Art, animals (especially cats), science fiction and fantasy literature and films.* * * * * * * *I’ve been interested in drawing and writing for as long as I can remember. My first story was about some runaway kittens that died after falling into a well. After that, my stories improved greatly and my love of drawing also grew. I loved drawing so much that I used to spend all my time doing it and not much else.Then I discovered furry fandom at the age of thirteen. Furry fandom is an international subculture interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.* * * * * * * *I was instantly fascinated by this new world of anthropomorphic animals. It seemed like such an interesting idea! However, when I got into the fandom itself,
Ostensibly, the point of furries is to pretend to be an animal, but in a sense it’s more about playing with the message of being an animal. The animals are usually cutesy, generally friendly, and totally non-threatening. The message is not “I am a lion!” but “I am a cute fuzzy kitty!” It’s similar to dressing up as a cute bunny girl for Halloween, only without the implied sexiness.
As with cosplay, the costumes themselves are expensive and time-consuming to make. In either case, you have this desire to be something more than human: furries want to be animals, and cosplayers want to be anime characters or video game characters or movie characters or whatever. This is where the money comes in: you have to buy the materials if you want a costume that isn’t just a bathrobe with ears sewed on it.
In both cases there’s also an element of comics fandom involved. Cosplay seems like something that would come naturally to those fans who already dress up as their favorite characters; furries likewise seem like something that would come naturally to comics fans who already draw animal characters (to say nothing of other
Furry fandom is a subculture interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Furry fandom is also used to refer to the community of artists, writers, role players and enthusiasts. The Internet is one of the main places where this community congregates, but there are also furry conventions, called “cons”, in many cities.
Some might consider it a fetish or an elaborate form of cosplay, but it’s more than that: it’s a full-blown culture with its own lexicon and values. Perhaps surprising from an art style that might seem childish or whimsical, furry fans are often deep thinkers with a lot on their minds. A casual observer might be surprised by the intensity with which some furries take their art form. Many have created elaborate philosophies about what it means to be an animal or how animals would interact in human society, and they live according to those beliefs.
Taken as a whole, furry fandom is almost anarchic in nature: there are few rules governing what the members can create and consume. As long as they fall within the broad set of rules posted by the site’s operators (more on that later), furries can pretty much do whatever they want on these websites.
Furry fans are also well known