I've enjoyed some of the furry art I've seen on the Net, and I've been thinking for a while about creating a fursona. I'm curious about whether the options I'm considering have connotations in the furry community that I'm not aware of.
One of the species I'm considering is a penguin. Here are some reasons a penguin might be a good fursona for me:
- They're extraordinarily patient.
- They're gentle (except of course to fish).
- Though I'm not fat, I do have a long torso and a pointy nose.
- Penguins move awkwardly on land, but they're graceful and powerful in their element.
- There are famous, real-life examples of gay penguins.
- They look fun to draw. I might even be able to draw one myself!
- Unlike most other birds (with legs in the middle of the body), it should be fairly easy to draw a penguin in a diaper.
I get the sense that avian fursonas are rare. I'm curious about whether birds in general or penguins in particular have any stereotypes or associations in the furry community. I also wonder whether it's a good thing or a bad thing to choose a species that's outside the norm.
I'm also considering either a black bear or a panda fursona. The reasons:
- Bears of all species are intelligent.
- Bears of all species spend a lot of time alone.
- Pandas and black bears are unaggressive, except when threatened. (Pandas are gentle vegetarians. Black bears eat plants, fish, bugs, and honey).
- Black bears can be active both during the day and during the night.
My worry about using a bear fursona is that it might carry the connotation that I'm a bear in the sense used in the gay community. That wouldn't be accurate.
If I had to go with one of the more standard fursona species, I'd go for something in the cat family. I've been told that I move like a cat. But I don't like the idea of being an obligatory carnivore. It might also be weird to choose a fursona of a species I'm allergic to.
Any thoughts or advice?