Furry Problems
Hey guys!

So I know I don’t really come on here much anymore, which I apologize to all of you and Vyxx.. i dont have a computer anymore but im trying to do my best on my tablet/phone but mobile isnt the most user-friendly if you’ve ever used it.

What I’m leading up to here is that if any of you guys have a question thats been bugging you a long time that you just CAN’T wait for in the ask box, there are other means of contacting me. I have a Snapchat, Facebook, Kik, Vine, Skype, (Email???) essentially everything aside from Twitter. And you can also use these just to message me for fun or if you need advice for whatever. I LOVE hearing from you all so add me/message me!

Snapchat: Lauren_Sta
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Kik: Metalli_kitten
Vine: Metallikitten
Skype: (ask)

I've been looking at the furry fandom for a while now and it seems so cool and interesting and I have started drawing anthro stuff but if I want to be a furry does that mean I have to be into the sexual stuff??? thanks ^^ love your blog btw
Anonymous

You know. I went back and fourth on how i was going to answer this one.. Part of me wanted to be really sarcastic and the other part of me wanted to be nice and helpful.

I’ll go with nice and helpful:

Nope. You can keep looking at clean art and still be a furry.

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Aysling

Can I re-draw your icon for you? :0 I really love this blog and I also love art!

O-oh! I guess, so! If you have a fur affinity I’ll even send a watch at ya.

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Aysling

I really enjoy furry art and I'm sort of afraid of how my friends would react if they knew. I've asked them about their views on furries, and they don't really care one way or the other. I'm afraid of how they would react if I started reblogging or posting or talking about any clean furry art. Suggestions?
Anonymous

Just… do.. it..?

Come up with a tag for it so they can block it if you’re that worried about it.. but.. it’s nothing to get so worked up about.

It’s just cute (and sometimes badass) cartoon animals?

Plus, you mentioned that they said they don’t care, so, just take them at their word.

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Aysling

I know this isn’t a furry problem, but I feel like this is a related blog and maybe you’re interested in taking a look. It would be fun to see more confessions on there X3

I want to make a fursona but I cant draw at all how should I go about making one?
Anonymous

You don’t need a “physical” representation of your fursona. If you can visualize it without a picture, then just describe your character really well. That’s what furs used to do back in the day of MUCKS.

Though, if you need a “physical” representation of your fursona.. play with doll makers. Seriously. The only downside is you’re pretty limited to what you can do with them. But, I think they can be a good starting off point. :)

Have some links:

Foxes
x x x(built in with dog and wolf options)

Wolvesx x(good for sparkledogs!) x

Dragons
x x

Owl

Dove

Anthro Male/Female

Rat

Gryphon

Horses:
x x

Cats (both house and big varieties)
x(bright and demon-y) x x x x

Bunny

Dog

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Go ahead and google it!

Otherwise, find a free ref sheet base through an image search and print it out and play with markings. Just… for the love of the gods do not claim the art as your own.

Have fun and be all kinds of creative :)

I'm kinda scared, that my family won't accept my choice of my fursona. Because they are all cats. And I chose to be a wolf.
Anonymous

I.. do not understand this question.. I’m sure they’ll be fine with it?

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Aysling

Alright! Inbox is cleared. If your stuff isn’t on the blog, we never got it. Sorry about that!

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Aysling

Hello to you ^^ I hope you're having a wonderful day/evening/night and I do have a question for you both if you don't mind. I've been playing with the idea about making a fursona myself & perhaps breaking into the Furrie fandom - however I'm not quite sure where to start, how to decide on a species & the like. Do you have any advice and perhaps I could hear how you two decided on your 'sonas? I appreciate any answer (and I'm sorry if I missed this in your previous posts!)
Anonymous

I don’t know how long this question has been sitting here, sorry about that!

For me, I did a lot of soul-searching. It was all i thought about for an entire week. Nothing felt right until I thought about a fox. Granted, after a few years of having the same colours, I have done a complete transformation of my character.. but, I think that happens sometimes. Sometimes a character you make in highschool doesn’t fit with you later. My fursona is like an extension of myself, some characteristics are played up a bit more (like being flirty, outgoing, and confidant), but they are still basically me.

I say, give it some thought. Give it a bit more. And then finally a bit more. You’ll get there. And if you ever want someone to brainstorm with, c’mon off anon, message my personal blog, and I’ll try my best to help. :)

Also, if you haven’t read Steel the Warrior’s post on this topic, you might want to.

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Aysling

Trying to come up with a name for my character sucks. I've already ordered and paid for a suit, yet I cant think of anything better than "Giant Pink Dog"
Anonymous

That’s good enough for a name, anon!

Some characters do have names like that, and it’s tottally fine. This fandom is based around being creative, naming doesn’t necessarily fall under that. :P

You know what? That name seems to fit anyway. Cuss, people might end up calling you GPD for sort or something. I say name the character that and stop stressing about it, allright?

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Aysling

I'm rather new to the fandom, but I finally have enough money to start on a suit. A friend of mine is saying i should wait, cuz most furries dont get a suit until theyve been in the fandom for 3+ years. My sibling says i should do what i wanna do, but they dont want me to spend all of my money on it. I really like the character Ive developed, and id love to go fursuiting. [Im trans so hiding my face and being a character that looks male kinda helps me.] I hope that makes sense. Thanks you! ^.=.^
Anonymous

You do not have to wait to get a fursuit. There is not some “standard waiting time.” That’s silly. If you want a suit for any reason then do it.

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Aysling

What goes into picking a furry character? I want to get into the fandom, but, I don't know how to do it.
Anonymous

furrypsychology:

A LOT goes into picking a character for yourself, most popularly known as your “Fursona”.  One doesn’t -need- to make one, to be a Furry, as Furry has been defined as being a fan of anthropomorphism, and not necessarily meaning that you have to make a character for yourself.  I know several Furs whom don’t have Fursonas that they identify with, nor do they have characters that they roleplay with, etc.  This is a rarity, of course, but it deserves to be said, none-the-less.

Now, most Furries tend to pick their Fursona after a period of introspection: Searching deep within themselves to see which animals they believe that they most associate with, for whatever reasons they believe.  Because of this, it is important to remember not to generalize too much, because much like dream interpretation, everything about it is completely based off of the creators perception!

This means that the person could’ve chosen a wolf as their Fursona, because they view themselves as a loner, which is an interesting archetype, despite the fact that wolves -actually- prefer to stay in packs most of their lives.  Also, take myself, for example:  my Fursona is a mouse, and so most people would sooner assume that I’m a small, meek and easily-spooked creature, because those are all basic stereotypes we’ve come to associate with mousedom.  Alas, for me, I chose mouse not only because of the hint of Redwall influence in my life at the time, but moreso because mice are -extremely- social and communicative creatures, whom are also extremely clever.  See the contrast?  It’s all in the eye of the beholder!

Now, not everyone takes Fursona/character creation that seriously (much to many Furs’ dismay), and instead of having it be something of a introspective or even spiritual journey of self-understanding, many Furs pick something that they deem is “Cool” or “Powerful” or of the like…  Something they idolize, and wish they could be, themselves.  This is, not surprisingly, very popular amongst many Furries who pick Fantasy-based creatures, such a Dragons, Unicorns, Kitsune, Gryphons and the like.

With this type of choice though, comes a stigma: Many people feel that those Furries who chose fantasy-type creatures to be their Fursonas are trying to compensate for some insecurities within themselves, seeing as things like dragons are the pen-ultimate, omni-powerful creatures of strength, magic, destruction and all of that, it would be easy to come to that conclusion.  And with such stigma, people tend to be wary of wanting to roleplay or even communicate with them altogether, seeing as they are deemed as, “Ovar 9000!”-type characters to begin with, and people don’t enjoy roleplaying with characters that are, in essence, giant Mary Sues (popular term for perfect characters that everyone loves, and is amazing at everything, for those whom weren’t aware)

However you come to your decision, Anon, I urge you to try your best to take it seriously, and contemplate.  Your Fursona is a reflection of yourself, and is often the face of the first impression that people form of you.  More importantly, there is also a bit of a stigma that surrounds people whom change their fursona (and it gets worse the more often one does it), as being unsure of themselves, or flightly, or impulsive, because “If they’re changing Fursonas now, that means they didn’t take it seriously the first time, or they don’t understand themselves” which is a common ideal.

Most importantly, social ideals and behaviorisms aside, you need to pick a Fursona that makes YOU happy.  If you aren’t happy with it, then it simply isn’t the right one, and if you’re not happy, then there really is no point to having it in the first place!  Don’t worry about the social stigmas too much, as Furries are quite understanding of those whom are new to the Fandom, and are just beginning their journey of self-exploration, and are almost always very accepting and accommodating for those whom would like some help from a guide, or a teacher!

I sure hope that helped, Anon!  I know my answers are often long and winded, but I feel that every question deserves an informative, logical, thorough and even-sided answer!