The Dude Abides – The Futa Fascination
Hey guys. I’m The Dude, and I’m a graphic designer for Affect3D. I’ve designed promo sets for Hibbli3D, 3DXArt, Zzomp, and many others, and now I’m getting in on the action myself. This series follows my progress as I develop my skills in an attempt to one day be counted amongst the heavy-hitters of this industry. I’m starting from humble beginnings and little-to-no experience, to hopefully one day achieve excellence. I’m now two months into my journey, and have discovered a truth that even in the porn industry might come as a surprise: people really like dicks.
It’s a hard cock life
Putting a dick on a chick is harder than it looks, but I rose to the challenge. Puns aside, the truth is that I’d almost given up on trying to make a futa character work. I know, I know, I’ve only been at it for a while, and I’d have figured it out eventually, but six, seven weeks ago with only half a month of experience under my belt, it seemed like an insurmountable challenge.
The problem with cocks in 3DX is that there doesn’t exist, as far as I’m aware, a base model for futa characters. This is because, surprise surprise, Victoria and Michael and all other derivatives are primarily designed for non-porn related purposes. Giving them functional genitalia is a gauntlet of trial and error as it stands, let alone trying to do some genderbending.
Thankfully, with the help of image editing and sculpting software, most cosmetic irregularities can be ironed out, and it wasn’t until I learned how to put older skills to new use that the door to futa action opened for me. I’m still not entirely where I want to be, as my ultimate goal is to follow the route of Miro and Doubledirk and sculpt a custom dong, but for the time being I’m kind of set.
But what stood out to me more than the skill I acquired in trying to make a futa character work, was the willingness of the audience to settle for less. That is to say, as an artist you try to strive for the perfect render, but the regular porn consumer is a lot less picky. The most-liked/reblogged image on my blog right now is also the one with the nastiest, most ghastly texture seam. People don’t care.
They want the D.
There used to be a time when I thought that dickgirl/futa porn was a rather specific fetish, and that a chick with a dick was certainly not something that appealed to a wide range of heterosexual men. Like what I assume is true for many others, I felt a bit gay after my first run-ins with futa porn, mostly because I’d been conditioned to base my sexuality around my preference in genitalia. Straight men like pussies, gay men like dicks. Simple sexonomics.
Turned out that the reason I’d been keeping men out of my porn had less to do with their schlongs, and more with what the schlong’s attached to. No two ways about it; men are unattractive creatures, and I can’t get into regular straight porn because their moans remind me of their presence and their flat hairy butts are a constant eyesore. Much more fun to look at a pretty, curvy woman. So what of the person who still wants penis in their porn but can’t stand hit-and-miss shemales? Well, the obvious answer lies in our imagination, and as it just so happens, we live in that curious time where we have nearly unlimited means to turn fantasy into reality.
Of course, none of this is news. This whole line of reasoning is why the futa genre exists in the first place. It’s why, going back as far as the Romans, men have always been strangely fascinated with creating huge-cocked figures or talismans. The Fascinum, for example, was a penis pendant that would be fixed underneath the chariot of a general returning to Rome in celebration, as a way to guard him against evil spirits. It’s where the word ‘fascinate’ ultimately comes from; to bewitch, enchant, or captivate.
Moreover, the suggestion is implicitly made that obsession with penis size is a male thing, in the sense that men, more than women, attach value to size. Granted, there exist size queens, but what if that’s just a natural byproduct of belonging to a gender that has to fuck a cock rather than have one? What if the importance that men place on dick size comes from another source entirely?
After all, while there exists small-dick/realistic futa porn, most of it is in one way or another a gross exaggeration of reality. Look at the most recent poll that Miro did for additional G4E DLC scenes; faced with the choice between giving Sayako an even bigger cock, or a smaller one, the overwhelming majority chose the former option. And she’s already packing a fifteen incher! Try getting a guy to admit to this trend in person, and you’ll be hard pressed to get a similar confession. The privacy of the internet, however, reveals a different truth.
Coming back to the Romans, not only did they adorn their vehicles with Fascinum pendants, they even worshipped large-cocked gods. Priapus was known for his permanent, colossal erection, a virtue equated with fertility and health. Mutunus Tutunus, literally a dick, was a deity seen as a sexual initiation for women; in mythology they were made to ride him to banish the shame they associated with sex and lust. Note how this correlates to the point I made above: it’s men thinking that big dicks are what women need, and bringing them to their deity. It’s not women lining up to bone him.
To say that men like big dicks appears to me to be an understatement. Size is sacred, in a way, and despite centuries of sexual repression, subconsciously we haven’t much changed.
So what about the ladies?
I suspect that if I’d stuck to making only regular, biological females—no matter how pretty—my blog wouldn’t have exploded the way it did. Just a month ago, it counted 60 followers. Now I’m rapidly approaching the 500 mark. Renders with dickgirls in them get shared and liked into the high heavens, renders without much less so. That’s not to say that people like women any less. I’d wager that the vast, vast majority of my followers identify as being interested in women. It’s just that they see 3DX as a means to escape the constraints of the physical world, so why spend your time looking for things you could just as well find in regular porn?
The appetite for dickgirls appears to be much more widespread than I previously suspected, and it stands to reason that if Miro had made G4E a regular boy/girl title he wouldn’t have become such a big player in the 3DX field so quickly. It does beg the question, however: clearly if you want to be seen in this industry, dickgirls are the way to go, but what of those artists who aren’t interested in this kind of material? Do they have to sell out, as it were? Compromise on their own taste? I’d like some feedback from other 3DX artists on this who aren’t interested in producing futa content, or simply haven’t gotten around to it yet.
And, of course, what about female porn consumers? Ladies, do you feel unaccounted for in my assessment of the situation? Am I making a mistake by assuming most of my audience is male? What does futa porn do for you? My assumption is that a straight woman is less interested in a cock attached to a girl, simply because the female body turns her off more than male genitalia turn her on. How do you feel about the popularity of futa porn among men? Does it mean anything?
I’m looking forward to people’s take on this. For now, it’s back to rendering. In the spirit of this article, I’ll try to have a cock sculpt ready to show next month.