So, about a month ago I created a group on DA, #Creature-Commons, and a matching Tumblr group, and approached a few artists about the idea.
It's largely been sitting here doing nothing because real life has gotten in the way. I just moved to a new apartment, work is picking up a bit, student loan payoffs start soon for me, and I needed to replace my car this weekend.
Unfortunately real life bumps these things a bit, particularly that of writing this journal post and figuring out how to aptly word my thoughts.
The current community surrounding werewolf art and similar types of fantasy-creature-art seems somewhat fragmented and increasingly stagnant. There are many small, similarly themed groups, some much more popular than others, often without much interaction. This doesn't make it a very dynamic community, no matter how many monthly-theme contests a single group runs.
It also does not promote much variance from the popular art tropes, nor does it showcase much that doesn't fit a mold or the bias of similarly-minded group moderators, even if it is of very admirable quality.
My idea was to start a hub-group of sorts for Werewolf and similar "fantasy creature" art, and the many groups associated with this. It's been difficult to pinpoint the specific aim there, as the goal is not "all fantasy art in general", but is not quite so limited to just anthro art. I'm not sure there's a word for it... I'll just go with "were-ish creature art" for now. But, as the larger aim is to spark a bit more of a community around the genre, this would be up for debate later.
The hope here would be to have involved groups vote and showcase art in this group, as well as promoting the individual groups in a setting where each has a say as to what is done and shown in this central place This way, there is some mutual benefit to groups participating, some exchange of different artistic ideas, and perhaps a wider audience for the high quality art of each group.
I'm not sure at all what to expect out of this journal post, as I do not have a very large viewership. But, to anyone inclined to agree with my idea, getting this off the ground requires some help and planning.