Guest Post – Why do you draw?

Why did I start drawing?

The simple answer is due to an online friend at the time, Sy Swift. He made up a furry/sonic character called Trixie Furr and while I was never really into Sonic myself, we did play Phantasy Star Online together and were in a guild called The Syphid Corporation; which was basically us lot just having a lot of fun writing dodgy ‘fan-fiction’ and drawing. It was all a lot of fun and it encouraged me to start drawing.


Trixie Furr by Sy Swift

At this time I was also at The College of West Anglia, studying Animal Management, thus I couldn’t really avoid animals! Then one day, randomly my real life friend Kat introduced me to the artwork of Twira and Twiztid – two very awesome goth aesthetic anthro artists who I totally worshiped and found a lot of inspiration in.

I think, unlike a lot of more ‘famous’ artists out there I find inspiration in enthusiasm; so the people I look up to, are those who love what they’re doing and can spread joy through their art and this is certainly the feeling I got from a lot of the ‘old school’ artists on DeviantArt and it’s because of them I continued to draw. Enthusiasm and passion is infectious and it certainly got into my bones. Then, a lot of these shining stars left deviantArt for various reasons or another – art theft, life moved on, they forgot; etc.

But rather than fade away myself, I’d gotten into this habit of drawing so I just carried on. I had other interests of course and after I’d decided not to pursue a career in Animal Care, I lipped to photography; enjoying the technical side of photo development and black and white film; while working full-time in a super-market. All the while, sketching here and there – to the point I almost got fired from one job because I doodled instead of working – then I started University a major in ‘Contemporary Lens Media’ at Lincoln; which was a huge mistake really. I enjoyed drawing more than photography but it took a friend to point it out too me. I then took the very big and brave step to change my University degree to Illustration; the interviews were the scariest! I was told I’d be having ‘An informal chat’ with the tutors; which turned out to be a portfolio review to see if I could change onto the course, at that point, everything I had done was self taught and I didn’t even know what ‘wet medium’ was! Yet, somehow, I got onto the course. For better or worse.

You see, I still look back onto the early days as ‘the best’, sure my art style has improved; but I don’t feel as connected to everything as I once did. I can’t say (unfortunately) that there is a particular artist or group I feel a rush of excitement to see when they upload anymore – and I feel bad saying that because it sounds so mean!


Early TragicFangirl Artwork

I think because of this I have tried to find other avenues of creativity to see if I can ‘feel’ something akin to what I used too; such as abstract art and watercolours. I have felt lost at times with my art and that’s a horrible feeling seeing as it is something that I have had in my life since 2003

I think at this point, I continue to draw for my own enjoyment – I have recently come across the realisation that I am best at drawing Pin-Up style artwork and while I know it doesn’t technically suit all of my arty interests, I am finding a great deal of enjoyment in it. I’ve learned to be my own ‘beacon’ of passion and enthusiasm; but it does help to have some wonderful friends to drag along for the ride with me.

This post was written as a Guest Post for The Psychedelic Scrapbookin bubblegum Mama


Categories: Art, Furry

3 replies »

  1. A very insightful and fun read, finding out how you got inspired to draw and stuff that inspired you 🙂 I’m glad you changed your degree to illustration, and so happy you didn’t give up on DA like you say so many people have-or else I never would have gotten to know you and your art! 😀 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • I’m glad you enjoyed reading it hun.
      I am as well, but even if I hadn’t I’d still be drawing, I think it’s one of those things that’ll never completely leave me~
      It’s been great to get to know you too hun.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow The Tragic life and thoughts of a Fangirl on


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,774 other followers

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,774 other followers

Posts I Like

%d bloggers like this: