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Astina by jayelleanderson Astina by jayelleanderson

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.

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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014   Filmographer
Very beautiful. :)
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weaselwoman Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
This is super pretty. :) I want those exact roses for my garden.
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Starkitten191 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
could you do a drawing for me? I need a good drawing of 3 of my OC's if you'd be willing to do them for me
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:iconjayelleanderson:
jayelleanderson Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't take requests or commissions, sorry.
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Starkitten191 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok thanks anyway
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sabrewild Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, I love drawing anthros/fantasy but feel like I can't anymore because of the stigma attached to them. This is a beautiful drawing though, gorgeous lighting. Keep on doing what you love :heart:
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jayelleanderson Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's unfortunate how much television and media has influenced the way people think about a diverse group of people. Just draw what you want and what you love. You don't have to be a part of the fandom, but you don't have to listen to the negative people on the outside, either. 
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jackmcslay Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013   General Artist
I always question: Is it anthro artists who need to grow out of drawing animal people or people who only draw humans who need to grow out of drawing the same things over and over again?
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jayelleanderson Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha! I agree.
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Aelius24 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful!  I love how serene she appears.  The lighting is nice, too ^_^
I'm glad you're drawing what you love, no matter what others say.  For what it's worth, you'll always have a fan in me!
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