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Why do many furry artists try to appeal to one specific audience?

VGmaster9

Well-Known Member
I notice that there are tons of furry artists (especially ones who makes tons of pinups and porn) who make art that appeals to one certain demographic: Straight/homophobic men. Although I'm a guy that prefers girls over guys, I think that making art that can appeal to both men and women would actually give you more fans. If all you're going to draw is just big breasted female characters then your art will be boring to watch. People like Arctic Sekai and Katsuke (although he mostly draws yaoi nowadays) make pretty damn sexy art, both with male and female characters. Their females have nice different shapes and their males have nice different builds. However, if people make both genders have only a specific body type then that would probably boring as well. Here's two males that have different body types yet are both nice to look at. 1 (NSFW) & 2.

Other body types that could add flavor would include femboys for males, and "fitness model" type forms for females, like having some muscle tone. People can draw what they like, but I think you'll have a wider variety of viewers if you draw other things than just overly proportioned female characters (like RedMageJacob).
 

dialup

wet floop
Honestly I think some people make separate accounts for a specific genre to reel in commissions. I've thought about doing that with MLP shit. Bronies will buy anything.
 

Mr. Sparta

Scale Face
The artist is part of that demographic they sell to, thus the artist will make art to appeal to himself and those like him.
 

Alexxx-Returns

The Sergal that Didn't Vore
Maybe it's where you are looking? You said it yourself, there are plenty of artists who draw other themes such as guy/guy (I don't think I'm qualified enough to say, but to me that does NOT seem homophobic really), but also a lot of artists who prefer to draw female pin-ups.

Maybe it's that, maybe people draw what they enjoy, and gain a following from that.
 
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LizardKing

Guest
I meant to say "straight OR homophobic", didn't mean they're the same.

okay but how would you even try and appeal specifically to homophobes? some dude banging a chick on back of a t-rex firing a machine gun as a guy in a rainbow t-shirt gets beaten up by cops in the background?
 

Zenia

Well-Known Member
My guess is... that is what they like themselves and so their following consists of people that like the same. If they started putting out other stuff... it might not be as good (as the subject matter doesn't appeal to them) or they think it will make the people already watching them stop watching them, not thinking that they would be replaced by new people.

Personally, I try to mix up what I draw... m/m, m/f, f/f, stuff with hermaphrodite characters, different fetishes, etc. Even if I am not into it (like watersports) I am okay with drawing it because some people do like it. If it REALLY doesn't appeal to me (cub, scat) I just won't draw it.
 

Sonlir

the worst
given that a huge percentage, and I'm pulling this out of my ass btw, a huge percent of the furry population is gay anyone could be a gay here you, that guy under you or even me. Sometimes it's hard to keep your bearing straight with so much homosexuality in our midst.
 

DarrylWolf

Banned
Banned
That one specific audience may have more money than all the other groups in the fandom and it would make more sense to appeal to them. If, for instance, babyfurs happened to be more well-heeled than any other form of Furry, then an aspiring artist would have to put aside his personal distaste for babyfurs (or any other group) to make money.
 

Sonlir

the worst
maybe I've been on e621 too long but it seems like there's more than enough gay stuff to sate my hunger for now anyway
 
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Sar

Guest
My opinion goes to that you should only ever draw things you are Interested in drawing, unless it's art slave. I don't have a problem going about drawing diffrent body types or genders over my art. It's not gonna kill anyone. But what tends to be key in creating characters is using it to portray personality. Especially in animation.

I want this thread to go away.
It's a VGmaster thread. They post really interesting topics they discuss about the fandom.
 

Kitsune Cross

**** that **** now! Bitch
okay but how would you even try and appeal specifically to homophobes? some dude banging a chick on back of a t-rex firing a machine gun as a guy in a rainbow t-shirt gets beaten up by cops in the background?

That needs to be done, just for the art of it
 

PastryOfApathy

Well-Known Member
Because pandering to an incessantly creepy, horny-niche = cash money. I mean if your a fan of gay, inflation My Little Pony scat porn, there's not too much fap material for that (as there shouldn't be), which means people are more likely to pay you to make more since you're the only one that makes what they need. Making them dependent on you like a drug dealer or something.

This is like the basis of like half of FA and DA.
 

BRN

WTB Forum Mod Powers
Artists draw what interest them, and the associated audience gathers around them for it.

It's not the other way around. XP
 
Art isn't always just for the viewer or commissioner. Sometimes it's to just get an idea out of ones' head, a suggestion from a friend, or something they saw elsewhere and wanted to create something similar.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
I notice that there are tons of furry artists (especially ones who makes tons of pinups and porn) who make art that appeals to one certain demographic: Straight/homophobic men. Although I'm a guy that prefers girls over guys, I think that making art that can appeal to both men and women would actually give you more fans. If all you're going to draw is just big breasted female characters then your art will be boring to watch. People like Arctic Sekai and Katsuke (although he mostly draws yaoi nowadays) make pretty damn sexy art, both with male and female characters. Their females have nice different shapes and their males have nice different builds. However, if people make both genders have only a specific body type then that would probably boring as well. Here's two males that have different body types yet are both nice to look at. 1 (NSFW) & 2.

Other body types that could add flavor would include femboys for males, and "fitness model" type forms for females, like having some muscle tone. People can draw what they like, but I think you'll have a wider variety of viewers if you draw other things than just overly proportioned female characters (like RedMageJacob).

...I don't think people who like drawing saucy female characters are doing so in order to appeal to homophobes.
This fandom is so full of gay people that suggestions of systematic homophobia are...a bit unrealistic.
 

Volkodav

Dad****er
Why did you put straight/homophobic men?
Straight men aren't necessarily homophobic. Being straight doesn't make you a homophobe lol


To answer your question: Money
 

Connor J. Coyote

¥otie ¥otezer
I notice that there are tons of furry artists (especially ones who makes tons of pinups and porn) who make art that appeals to one certain demographic: Straight/homophobic men.

Wow -- you haven't looked around enough.

As a gay dude -- I can tell you that my pinup/porn hunger is very satisfied -- just about anytime I want it.
 
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