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That's a Latin phrase meaning "art for art's sake". It's basically the idea that art exists on its own and doesn't need a moral, practical, or popular function. Art can be made simply for its own sake. The artist could have been driven to make the art by a moral, practical or popular motive, but it's not necessary.
And this is where the phrase "Anthro Gratia Artis" comes from. This means "Anthro for art's sake".
This is a group for people that enjoy drawing anthropomorphic art, but don't identify with the "furry fandom" that has cropped up around it. Anthropomorphism has been around almost since the dawn of humankind, certainly well before the 1980s when furries started catching on.
This is a group for people that wouldn't be caught dead in a fursuit. This is for people that grew up with cartoons like DuckTales, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Biker Mice from Mars. This is for people that have read Maus, Usagi Yojimbo or Pogo for its artistic merits, and not because it starred animal characters. This is for people that are annoyed with the rules and standards that other anthro groups on DeviantArt impose, like it's Star Wars fandom.
Though this group is more easygoing about submissions, and embraces anthropomorphism as an artistic construct, there are a few submission guidelines:
No fetish art! Your art should be submitted here if you believe it has artistic or aesthetic merit, not if it's meant to appeal to some kind of furry fetish. There's dozens of other DeviantArt anthro groups for that.
We only accept submissions that achieve a certain degree of anthropomorphism in the work, as in the subject must be identifiably non-human, with human characteristics. If the subject is too animal, or too human (catgirls, normal people with animal ears or an animal nose, etc.), it will not be accepted.
Though fetish art is not allowed, art depicting couples in love or anything similar is fine, straight or otherwise. Just make sure the art has some kind of emotional weight, and isn't just smut.
Mature art is fine, again, if it has artistic or aesthetic merit. Artistic nudity is okay; we don't require you to wear fig leaves around here. All art is welcome, if you believe it has something to say.
Art in any medium will be accepted. Traditional, digital, sculpture, animation, literature, whatever.
"Modern" or "Classic" Anthro are both permitted. There's no regulations on what your anthro "should" or "shouldn't" look like, what clothes he should/shouldn't be wearing, or anything like that.
Mythological anthropomorphic creatures are allowed, such as satyrs, centaurs, mermaids and so on. Modern or modified takes on them are also permitted, as well as folklore creatures such as werewolves, skinwalkers, dragons and the like.
Anthropomorphism isn't limited to just animals. Other kinds of anthros, from plants to objects to anything else, can also be submitted.
Fanart is allowed, but it should be of a character who's already anthropomorphic. A human character that's been "anthropomorphized" might be okay, if there's a legitimate artistic reason for it.
Please only submit fanart if it's of a character from a recognizable intellectual property, like a comic or a movie. Someone else's original characters that you drew for them are still considered "Anthro OCs".
Novice art is allowed, but it will be submitted to a "Novices" folder. Critique of the art in there is encouraged by the group.
If your artwork is turned down, and you feel like it shouldn't have been, feel free to argue your stance. We'll consider if your art should be added to the gallery, even after first denial. Please do not submit artwork repeatedly until we accept it: ask why it was denied first.
Please send your appeal as a note to the group or as a comment on the Deviation Submission Process in your message centre, instead of posting on the main page's comment section. Our comments section should be used to voice opinions about the group and its goals, and not for your personal business with the group. Any comments on the main page appealing against a declined submission will be immediately deleted and will not be answered.
Thanks for stopping by. Anthro forever!