It’s funny, honestly the biggest thing that strikes me about furry art comes down to a personal preference of mine, namely that I kinda dislike when an animal character has very human hair, as modeled by Shirley Duck here:
I’m not really a fan of anthropomorphic/furry art that does this, mostly because it feels a little out of place to me? I find it a bit distracting, as it makes me feel as though the character is wearing a wig, which is fine if that’s intentional but I usually find that that isn’t the intention of the artist.
I think it’s usually done more for female characters than male, it’s sorta like people are afraid that a character won’t read as female without long luscious hair? I like seeing the designer find ways to incorporate an animals actual features to suggest stuff like hair in a way that makes sense to the animal they’re drawing. Fowlmouth in the picture above is a good example, they emphasize his rooster crown in a way that it resembles hair, and as a result it feels a bit more natural to me than Shirley’s design.
Angelique from Rango has a bit of the wig-hair thing going, but she also has this nice bit with her tail coming up to rest on her shoulder, resembling a feather boa. I’d like to see more artists do stuff like this, I think it’s a fun way to really hammer home that this isn’t an animalish human, it’s a humanish animal.
Now obviously this depends pretty heavily on the level of anthropomorphism the designer is going for, in some cases the wig-hair works very well for the character! I just think that it shouldn’t be used as a go-to, and I’d like to see more artists stretch their wings a bit and try not to rely on it too much.
I should note too, I’m not sure how prevalent the human hair thing is in a legit furry community, but from my lurkings on deviantart it seems like it’s not too uncommon? But maybe that’s just the deviantart crowd.
Also as a random aside, I actually made a friend in University once because of anthro art. I was doodling a character of mine (A weird fish man) and another student in my class noticed. He thought I was a furry, and being a furry himself, he sat down and struck up a conversation about my art and we ended up becoming friends. If I remember I believe his fursona was an otter, I’m not sure if that’s still the case anymore, I’ll have to catch up with him sometime and ask him if his has changed over the years.