I so like the water and mer-creatures and webbed paws. If I had canonical shapeshifting powers, I'd take this as a morph.
@firstname.lastname@example.org is someone I liked back in FurryMuck's glory days, and amazed me by remembering me when we got back in touch. (I usually assume people forget me the moment I'm out of sight, whatever our past relationship was.)
I started playing clay-elemental Austin on FurToonia Muck. It's a great variation, letting me play with transmuting and malleability.
I haven't succeeded in bringing the clay-elemental form to a new roleplay environment but do keep thinking it's a great idea.
Making a mer-creature of a nonanthro is a challenge and I like that this still reads as a fish, not a mer-humanoid.
I always like water creatures (see https://blimps.xyz/@Austin_Dern/102050016541268241 ) and the lionfish half cleverly adapts my tailrings.
It may not come through, but there's this little tongue blep coming from me to lick BunnyHugger's cheek. It's such a good little bit of business.
If you do recognize the artist's signature I'd love to know as people who know the coati muzzle deserve the praise.
I don't do enough with my arboreal-creature nature and it's great that many artists do think to.
If it seems we're always snuggling in pictures it's because Garabedian and other artists represent well how we like simply being together.
For #CoatiMonday more of me snuggling dear @bunnydoe, done by fa/Matuska at Furfright 2012, just ahead of Superstorm Sandy.
My hindpaws clutching BunnyHugger is a thing I do in real life and that's maybe more wonderful even than Matsuka's graceful head shapes.
But also, all those toes and claws are gorgeously rendered. Just look at them.
Another snuggling couples #CoatiMonday! My love BunnyHugger's Morphicon 2010 commission from Gravewalker, with me blepped.
I love the pose, and BunnyHugger sprawling so neatly across me. The markings are all also fantastic. Many pictures have poses that don't show off her markings and this is one of the rare ones you can see her spotting.
And one ore cuddling #CoatiMonday! Done by CoconutMilkyWay at FCN2012 with maybe BunnyHugger's cutest face ever. It's particularly wonderful for @bunnydoe's face, smiling and eyes just barely peeking open. And there's this solidity to the shapes that stands out.
I don't think any artist has ever rendered us more fuzzy or with more liquid-looking eyes, or with her headfur looking more lush. And the ever-challenging coati paws come out great. Plus my tail gets to look nice, long, and slender.
I had (on SpinDizzy) silver fur then, after the first Shiny Day. And BunnyHugger draws and digitally paints with such lovely touches.
We were about a month from meeting in person when she drew this.
She draws me to look young, but she makes me feel young. Also I like how blobby and liquid and three-dimensional the silver looks.
The head scruff is more stylish than I usually think I have, but it makes for good cartoon logic; keeps my head from being too boring up top.
It's one of the few color pictures of Austin done in physical media, or that show how raccoon-like the coati body is.
It's also the (not actually) rare picture where I'm just a coati, not silver or melting or a crystal or something peculiar like that.
Moon imagery comes to us from Krazy Kat, and muck rooms (on a private place and then SpinDizzy) inspired by Apollo 17's landing site, places where we came to know each other and then turned from friends to lovers.
She was immortalizing the brief while on SpinDizzy Muck that she was a balloon (someone had called to his spouse --- the moon Spengo --- which drew near to visit, causing floods, and since she couldn't swim well but did know where the balloon-tf device was, she used that in the emergency), and we enjoyed the novelty.
Obviously I need to play up my clay side more, not least because it encourages people to do stuff like this. Also, coati and dragon blend surprisingly well.
For #CoatiMonday, my regrets for missing the Get Out The Float inflatables convention. A pooltoy virus commission from FA/JacFox that I'm not sure has published before.
The texture and puffiness is fantastic, and I really love how prominent the inner ring is, as that's unique to this kind of toy form.
My preference in TF is for novel textures that preserve the coati form, so this was very right.
A brand-new illustration for #CoatiMonday! It's a seadragon-itis commission from FA/JacFox that's a great moment of complex transformation. Again I love the sense of texture and puffiness, and that it picks up the moment that has to be peak awkward-body.
CoatiMonday, melting, may look like cooking
A frightening #CoatiMonday as I melt! ZukaroTravon offered this YCH and that's how we met. He's been softening me up since. I really love strange and novel textures, and hadn't really played up how I like softening and melting (and, for that matter, crystallizing) before this. I apologize to those upset. We weren't cooked, just softened. After the picture we all resolidified just fine and were glad to meet one another.
Happy Halloween! FA/-Hornbuckle- sketched Berkeley Moreland, crab-eating raccoon and proprietor of SpinDizzy muck's Off-Brand Candy Shop! Yes, that's a Meh Henry candy bar he's offering; good luck enjoying!
Crab-eating raccoons are, somehow, a procyonid species even more obscure than coatis, and only *look* like I made them up as the transporter-acccident merger between a coati and a marten.
And happy #CoatiMonday. FA/Akaji_Yui just weeks ago did this commission with maybe the cutest face mask I've ever sported. As a bonus, the left picture hints at how adorable and weird coati teeth can get.
I don't have a canonical set of markings, or color, but I love all the little ruffles given the edges of my white here. Standing on hindpaws as on the right is something coatis will do, yes, briefly or while running off with lunch.
Happy #CoatiMonday! Today a pleasant black-and-white icon from FA/techno. (warning: gallery includes robot gore) and the rare showing off of my teeth!
The rare #CoatiMonday picture of me doing something! FA/Turnsky charcoal-style picture of me eating.
I have the problem of not really having a basic schtick, so it's hard for artists to have any idea what I could be doing. Eating is a reliable and realistic thing, but I've always been bored by people, mostly on mucks, who toss me food; there's not much fun to be had playing eating. More fun cadging food off someone, but that's a complicated commission.
On April 4, 1998, my friends learned I hadn't been making coatis up all along (many people did not realize!), as Mystery Science Theather 3000 episode The Puma Man did a sketch with Mike as Coatimundi Man!
There's a bunch of not-quite-right candies in the shop (Snarkers Bars, Fresh-Water Taffy) but the Meh, Henry brand really captures people's imaginations.
Happy #CoatiMonday! FA/TailsMilesPrower8 was doing chibi-plush YCH art, so this gets me in a more toy mood.
The nose may seem a bit small, but this is consistent with real coati plush that don't go for photorealism. The colors being so strongly red panda matches what I'd expect from a real toy, too.
I should get more plush art; I like the seams aesthetic and, of course, any sort of transmutation into a different material is so good for me.
Happy #CoatiMonday! Years ago montypuffs on birdsite offered quickie little sketches so here's me running off with Roofus_roo's magic wand. I have curiously few running gags, considering how long I've been around. Helping Roofus_roo learn to share her shiny magic accessories is one of the handful I have, and a good one since anyone can understand and get in on it. I should get more art along this theme.
#CoatiMonday today is an icon by Candy Dewalt, @bitesizedewalt@birdsite, whom I've known since FurryMuck was young. https://twitter.com/bitesizedewalt/status/1207563025206525953
The rarely-seen armband's a Krazy Kat reference that every artist, me included, forgets and Fitzroy's the first to include it.
While the FA title for the picture is 'I Ain't No Raccoon', and I like not being a raccoon, the truth is like most coatis I'll caucus with the raccoons; our platforms are so similar it'd be foolish to split.
For #CoatiMonday today the rarest of all pictures: the one that uses Weasyl! Pooltoy me from @/ArtingMartini
This picture paid *so* many dividends. While it was drawn folks in-stream were trying to guess my species, and one person offered 'gay otter'. Every time I remember this I smile.
Plus this picture got a comment from @ceralor that reconnected me with an old friend and that was a happy event.
The Burrow fanzine's all the rage lately, so let me put it back in #CoatiMonday! Here's HillBluffer's illustration of me from that zine.
HillBluffer was a bear, one of the big regulars of the Burrow; he'd marry Bilali, another Burrow regular, an Albertan bush baby.
Oh, I'm inexplicably absent from #CoatiMonday today but here's dashing superhero Cosmic Coati (II) drawn by ZenFetcher (https://www.zenfetcher.com or https://www.furaffinity.net/gallery/zenfetcher/ ) instead!
I'd talked with Zen about how fun transmutation is; he thought that'd make a good super'sona for ... someone ... and is right.
I still don't do enough with transmutation, but there's always hope.
The (II) is there because it turns out few superlatives alliterate with 'coati' and someone else did something too.
#CoatiMonday today is hot off the presses: a flag commission from KingTrashPossum@birdsite, or FA/DrVirus:
I don't have enough art where I'm doing something specific and, happily, yoinking eggs is quite a comfortable thing for me to do. Plus it gives good reason to show off our really quite good paws.
Happy #CoatiMonday! On SpinDizzy I spent a while as pooltoy. This little picture from FA/Mekh illustrates one little distinctive moment of that, the strange moment when you first step onto water and stay on the surface.
@Austin_Dern Here's me at fairly gay ottery of a mongoose, BTW. Does happen to us all.
Also my tail's migrated upwards along my back. Not sure if that's the gay or the otter.
@Chiaroscuro Oh, yes, I can see where someone might read otter from that.
Tails do tend to wander around some. I've never gotten a picture highlighting my rear end but can imagine a lot of curious possibilities there.
@Austin_Dern General Herpestid/Mustelid confusion is expected. I get mis-identified most as a weasel, skunk (due to color patterns), and otter in that order.
@Chiaroscuro Which all makes sense. I usually get red panda (coloration), then raccoon, then lemur (long ringed tail). Otter and mongoose are idiosyncratic guesses.
@Austin_Dern Raccoon is a close one, that's quite fair. If I got called a Meerkat I'd be content!
I'm a fictitious mongoose species anyway, no one really guesses among mongoose species. (I've settled after years that Yellow Mongoose is really close.)
@Chiaroscuro Oh yeah, has anyone worked out the wordplay in your species without being prompted yet?
@Austin_Dern There's been one or two people over the years getting it. And there's people that call me 'moongoose' just to be silly, and I never correct them, I quite like it.
(Even more magical is when some folks individually arrive on 'Chio' as a shortening of name, which I adore but never suggest. (It's a little complex)).
@Chiaroscuro I am curious about 'Chio' and will ask next time I catch you on Furry or such.
@Austin_Dern To be fair, in an alternate universe, you probably do make a superb gay otter. ^_^
And, yeah, if I weren't in a happy relationship, I'd ... well, probably fit in as bi-asexual, which would pass for gay-but-not-dating.
So, if you went back to 1995 and re-rolled the dice, 'gay otter' would be a decent bet.
@Austin_Dern I think I have a copy of that in one of my furry comic boxes.
@Nikon Wouldn't be surprised! I should have a copy in the basement myself, though I'm not sure in what box.
@Austin_Dern How's Hillbluffer doing lately?
@BalooUriza I'm afraid I don't know. I haven't seen him in ages.
Apparently he's connected as recently as ... May, but I don't know just where to catch him.
@Austin_Dern Good to hear he's probably still alive.
@BalooUriza Yeah, happy about that. I don't think anyone of the Burrow crowd has died since Mavra.
@Austin_Dern I forget how she walked on, just remember that there was a few times were I'd log in and be like, "Ooh, I bet Mavra would love this link!" and wait like, an hour before I'd ask when Mavra was gonna log in and get re-reminded that she's no longer here.
@BalooUriza Yeah; I still get that myself sometimes. Her death really hit Loqu hard, too.
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