My character, Astina. She is from a comic project I am working on.
I have to be honest, I love drawing anthropomorphic characters. They are a lot of fun for me because of the extra expression in their tails, ears, and faces. As a comic artist it is just an extra tool to help tell a fun story and show off who the character is.
I’ve gotten a lot of rude comments from even friends, family members, and comic industry professionals that I shouldn’t draw anthros anymore. It had nothing to do with me, but their own close minded world view that didn’t go beyond their own schadenfreude. On the other had, I found no kinship in fandoms.
I gave up drawing what I enjoyed for a long time because I thought I should just “grow up”. It was a bad choice because I basically killed my muse. For what? For other people to like me? To get jobs in the comic industry again? What a joke. Never let being traditionally published be a huge part of your self worth.
I don’t care about either side anymore. “Growing up” isn’t abandoning the things you love to fit in, but not caring what other people think of you.
All I care about is telling my stories and sharing them with the world, even if a few of those stories have dog girls in them.