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I've kicked off a discussion over at Reddit about furry photomorphs and whether or not it's possible to avoid the uncanny valley. I encourage people to join in either over at Reddit, or right here in the comments section.

I've noticed a generally cold reception towards photomorphs within the Furry/Anthro communities. The general consensus is that they fall into the depths of the uncanny valley. My preferred medium is photomanipulation, so I'm trying to figure out whether it's at all possible to avoid the uncanny valley.

To provide some background, I believe the base of my images really dictates how I categorise my work, and I always start off with a human model with the aim to make them more animalistic. The result is that I see my work and thus every other photomanip that starts off with a human base, as being zoomorphic (humans with animal characteristics) instead of being anthropomorphic (animals with human characteristics). Perhaps this fundamental difference in preference immediately starts me off on the wrong foot in terms of appealing to the traditional anthro and furry communities.

I don't know if it's the realism that makes it creepy or whether its just a difference in preference of appearance and/or anatomy (striking the right balance between being more animalistic or more human). Determining the right balance of anatomy and appearance is subjective and differs from one person to the next. Should there be human hair? Should the eyes be human or animal? Should the muzzle be present? Are human hands acceptable, etc.

Regarding balance, where does the uncanny valley begin and end? Any insights into what factors make certain photomorphs uncanny rather than at what point a photomorph becomes uncanny would be greatly appreciated!

-- Animal end of the scale --

-- Human end of the scale --

Further to the above, do you think that realistic drawn or painted art suffers from the same levels of uncanniness, if not, why do you think that is?

A question for my watchers - how did you come across my artwork? 

21 deviants said Someone else's favourites
15 deviants said Transformation Group on dA
14 deviants said Furry/Anthro Group on dA
12 deviants said Digital Art / Photomanipulation section of dA
11 deviants said Other
10 deviants said 'More Like This' function
10 deviants said Stumbled across it on dA front page, etc
5 deviants said Anthro section of dA
4 deviants said Transformation Social Media (FB/Tumblr/Reddit/etc)
2 deviants said Furry/Anthro Social Media (FB/Tumblr/Reddit/etc)


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SpaceShipEarth Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014

Welcome to :iconadultanonymous:

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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
Greetings' ! :iconfemaleexcellence: has a great honor and pleasure to announce you that your art was selected in the "# 22 Monthly Art Promoting Contest [07.10.2014]"

Congratulation ! :D, you can check it here ->…

PS: Feel free to submit your great art to us and join us if did not yet have the chance :la:
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G61 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Very nice manipulations, good work ;)
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blutooth58 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Oh, I forgot to mention: Your stuff is less uncanny valley than some of the other ones manips I've seen on here.

I guess it's just an inherent part of seeing animal people realistically...
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blutooth58 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
While I admit your gallery is a bit creepy to me... (I'm not used to seeing animal humans look so realistic!) I must congratulate you on how good your manips are! The fur looks so natural and wraps around the bodies perfectly. You're really good at this.

But it's still creeping me out... lol... But ignore me, keep up the good work!! ; )  Just watch out for the uncanny valley. Cheers. 
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