I've been rolling this question around in my head for a long time, and a brief scan of recent forum topics didn't show any results for this particular point of interest. Unless I didn't look hard enough? If'n that be the case, feel free to lock a redundant thread and send me on my way where this is already being discussed. Otherwise, onward!
So what is it exactly that makes someone "furry"? Where is the line drawn when someone else thinks you're a furry, but you don't think you are?
Is it a certain mentality, maybe one thinks they should have been born in an animal body? a misplaced spirit?
Is it that they role play an animal-person?
I know it can't be summed up in one simple thing, that "being a furry" is generally more complex than just one thing they do to be qualified... which is why I'd like it discussed, see what people consider themselves and on what grounds.
It HAS to be more than just drawing furries...
I for one, have Always preferred drawing animal-people rather than human-people. I've always believed humans are pretty much a bad idea. Four legs good, two legs bad, all that. I would prefer to have been born something of the feline persuasion, perhaps, but I don't act it out in real life. And with my art.. Until recently (and even now I hesitate to call it "furry art") I always just called my work Fantasy art.
And this all applies to long before I found any such furry community. This is how I felt before I realized there's a whole Bunch of people who draw like me and have similar beliefs.
In my mind, I'm nothing more than a fantasy artist with a preference to animals. Animal and furry smut doesn't turn me on, I draw it because other people like the content, and it helps me continue to evolve as an artist with a captive audience.
So, would others consider me a furry?
In short, I suppose all I want to know, is what is the furry mentality that makes someone "furry"?