Art Trades and the ingratitude of Furrys

Sorry I have been a bit on the quiet side lately. It’s mostly because I have been focusing my attention and time on drawing various things.

I took on a fair amount of art trades from various places on the internet. DeviantArt, Furaffinity and FA Forums mostly. And for the most part they have been pretty fun and I’ve had a blast drawing for people. I have noticed a trend though.

There is no real enthusiasm from people. Just a quick and cheap ‘Thanks’ and then move on. I don’t think that this is a reflection on my own art, as when I’ve looked at other pieces of artwork that have been given to the same person the reaction is the same.

And then there is always the unavoidable drama that comes with drawing for furrys!

I did an art trade with Jahpan on deviantArt and asked to draw their character, Hikari. This is the reference picture I was given:


We agreed on a bust trade, because I am not so hot at drawing Feral characters. And this was what I gave them.


I was told that what I gave them was unacceptable as I didn’t draw the character correctly. There was no asking if I could correct the image. Just that there were some flaws and it was unacceptable.


Do people not have manners these days? When partaking in an art trade, no other artist will draw your character 100% correctly. There will be some changes – I for one was a little worried about the tone of my colours, because they are a bit stronger than in the reference picture.
But to state that the picture is so far removed from their character that they can’t accept it… to me it speaks more like they’re fishing for free artwork, but there we go.

So, seeing as the artwork I produced clearly isn’t their character – I mean, these parts of that I got wrong of the character are essential parts of her design that my artwork is a misrepresentation.


I decided I’d keep the character that I drew (Not her one, because as stated, I drew another character) for myself. With a few obvious edits to make her not of someones own original species.

So there we have it.

Ungrateful furrys make me so angry! I don’t know what’s happened to people in the fandom, but they seem to have gotten worse – as if that was actually possible.

I feel like I should add here another reason why I feel justified keep the character. I have done my half of this particular trade and got nothing in return. I’ve not been given anything in return for what I have drawn. Seeing as Jahpan has blocked me now, I cannot say this to her. Needless to say, after this drama, I won’t be getting anything either! Despite the fact that I’ve spent my limited time on the artwork – I get nothing. And that’s not fair.

9 responses to “Art Trades and the ingratitude of Furrys”

  1. Some people are soooo picky. They don’t deserve to have a talented artist do anything for them, especially if they can’t even give something in return. If they wanted a picture so perfect its best if the stick to doing it themselves

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    • Agreed, and I have a feeling that this person was only trying to get free art and had no intention of doing their part of the trade from the start. I got this feeling because of how they start one of their comments saying ‘This is beautiful’ but then going onto say they cant accept it, making me think they only id it to get free art.

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  4. I know this is old but I had to read it again and wow. This girl really is an ungrateful brat. Looking at her comments its kind of confusing because she first says ‘This is beautiful’ before going on to say she cant accept it. Makes me think she only did it for the free art and had no intention of making a trade. And even if it didn’t look exactly like hers, whats the problem? I don’t mind at all if people draw my characters in their style because everyone has ther own style and its always interesting for me to see other artists styles.

    I think this person does this a lot though, because I checked her profile once and some similar stuff was going on again with someone else. Sad that such people have friends. 😦


    • Yeah, I think she is just pretty picky when it comes to her characters. I thought she might have changed a bit, because since this post she has (recently) apologised for her behaviour towards me, but has been hounding someone I know on dA about some art their owed.
      People tend not to change and since finding that out I reblocked her.
      Maybe her apology was a way for this post to get taken down, I don’t know?

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  5. oh wow, I didn’t even realise she apologised! :O Was it in the past few months? And like you, id be sceptical about whether or not it was a genuine apology or just so that youd take this down (especially since she’s still continuing pulling the same shit) – still, I wonder how she found your blog, especially the part about her, makes me think she must google herself all the time. Or it could be because people behaved similarly to her like she did to you, or because of Firestar standing up to her. What did you say when she apologised, and did she apologise in a comment or note on da?


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