Creating Original SpeciesSo, hello and welcome, once again, to one of my long-as-longcat text tutorials. This one here is going to be on the creation of original species. Unlike my other tutorials, this one is going to be better organized and hopefully make more sense, although, like all my other tutorials, it's going to be more a guide, than anything else. After all, you might not like, or even have to follow, everything I do, though I hope I can at least lay down a good path for you to follow, least you decide you want to follow it at all.
For this tutorial here, I will be using one of my own, nearly-original species, my biological vampires. These are simple characters, more humanoid than anything, and a very good springboard for showing one what developing an original species can do for you, your story, or anything else you plan on using these species on. Along the way, though, I will also be stating things that might apply outside my vampire species, and might apply to your species. Whether you use them or
Species Design GuideDESCRIBE THE ENVIRONMENTSpecies Design Guide5 years ago in Writing More Like This
What is the weather like?
Is it mountainous, more like a plain? Describe the landscape and be as detailed as possible.
What is it rich in? And lacking in?
Anything else you want to add?
How do they get water? How often and how much of it do they need? This has to do with evolution of the species. (if your species does not require water to survive, explain)
What is their food source? How do they gather, harvest, or hunt it? Establishing their diet is important in shaping their lifestyle, so be thoughtful with your response.
Are they nesters, building a home in a permanent place, or are they nomadic? If nesters, in what sort of home do they dwell? How are they built or prepared? Where, geographically, do they choose to place their housing? If nomadic, what keeps them on the move? Are they following something or avoiding something? How do they find shelter when they stop to rest?
Are there other species they compete with for survival? (such as for resourc
The most important thing (original species tips)Above all else, you need to be enjoying yourself. You don't want to be doing something that's going to cause stress or even drama, when it's not even something you're having fun doing, what would be the point of it then?The most important thing (original species tips)7 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'll explain a thing. When it comes to original species, the most appeal (for me at least, and I know I'm not alone) comes from how much of the creators have been put into the design. YOU are unique: the way you think, the things you like, the way you were raised, your inspirations, your fears, your values, and THAT is what makes a species 'original', it's you. So with this in mind, when you make a species focusing purely on what everyone else wants can drain that you-ness out of the design, they feel so hallow. They can sometimes be saved through developing them more, putting more of yourself into them. However, sometimes that process is too stressful and takes the fun out of things, and some people will just give up completely. It's a sad situation that can be avoide
Ultimate Species ProfileI tried to cover everything possible, but there were so many questions that fit into more than one profile sheet. This was ultimately designed for developing a creature of your own (that is not a real animal or well known fantasy creature) to the point where it has its own civilisation. If your creature was intended to be just an animal in your world, then ignore all the complex civilisation questions. I intend to make a profile for societies and world/planets later on.Ultimate Species Profile5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Age (how long has the species existed?):
Defence Mechanisms/Strategies (how do they protect themselves against predators?):
Locomotion (how do they move? Eg. humans walk, snakes slither):
Herbivore, Carnivore or Omnivore?:
Diet (specifically what they eat):
Illnesses (any unique diseases that the species is vulnerable to?):
Problems (any p
Creating A Species: A guide and helpful tips.IntroductionCreating A Species: A guide and helpful tips.6 months ago in Writing More Like This
Creating a species isn't the easiest thing to do, and I know. I've made multiple species before. You may not know it, but design isn't the only thing that matters in creating a species. Just like humans, and fairies, and dragons: there's a lot more to a them than what they look like. What they eat, and maybe even what they believe in plays a big role on the species' life style. This guide/tutorial here is for fantasy creatures, but I guess this guide/tutorial can help you out anyway. I hope this guide/tutorial can help you out on creating a species!
Making the species.
Now, I have to say, this is the hardest part of creating a species. I'm not going to get too much in detail with this, but it's rare that I use random letters, or well, to an extent at least. It's nice to have a name that "rolls off the tongue", or sounds nice when one says it. Which means that it wouldn't be good to have somethi
Making an Orig. Species - FAQ and GuideOkay, so I have gotten numerous notes and comments asking me for critiques and suggestions on their up-n-coming original species'.Making an Orig. Species - FAQ and Guide9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Now, a lot of you guys out there are probably saying,
"Ugh what's she trying to say her dogs are just fat with swirl tailz!11"
Well, that may be, but if they were really as plain as a fat, swirly tailed anthro, they probably wouldn't sell as well nor be renowned for the traits that set them apart from the rest, which I'll delve into later.
So, here are some tips to creating something fun, successful (if you put in the work), and original!
For starters, pick an animal or creature to base your species off of.
Pick an animal you don't see used too often, OR pick something you KNOW you can give original traits.
What I mean by the above statement, is that if you pick a common animal, like a dog or cat, and basing them off of drinks or biomes (desert, forest, beaches), ec
Creature-Race creation sheetSpeciesCreature-Race creation sheet3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
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More original species talkUpdating to put this back out there. Guys, a species can be incredibly important to a person, this journal explains why. You may think that it's strange or selfish to lay claim to an entire species, but at least try to understand where a OS creator is coming from with how important these creations are to them. If you can't understand it, at least have the decency to not harass them for it, you're better then that.More original species talk3 months ago in Personal More Like This
You are completely unique.
Who you are includes everything: how you were raised, your sex, your gender, WHO raised you, who you grew up around, what specific events happened in your lifetime, how you reacted to things, what sort of things you retained in your memory and learned from, what sort of things you didn't, what sort of things you watch, what things you play, your interests, ECT ECT IT JUST GOES ON. There is no one that is exactly right you right now and there never will be, because in order for them to experience everything exac
Closed Species are not Closed FeaturesThis journal is simply my opinion, meant to encourage and hopefully help others.Closed Species are not Closed Features3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Comments will be hidden that are abusive, contain mature language, or incite drama.
I won't respond to any debate or long-winded comments. It's not that I don't care, but I need to use my time working on art instead.
I've only been on dA for a little over a year now, but I've seen so much drama and hurtful comments on closed species. Here are a few topics that effect me the most.
Closed Species are not Closed Features
This seems to be one of the biggest issues non-closed species owners have. Let's say you came up with a new species called Muffin Cats. They're simply muffins with kitty features, but you love them and want to keep them closed so you can make sure they stay to your original vision. Then someone comes along and berates you for it. They say, "you can't claim such a basic idea! Anyone cou
Ultimate Character ProfileGeneral Profile Info:Ultimate Character Profile5 years ago in Other More Like This
Nickname(s) (if any):
Occupation (how do they feel about their job?):
Economic Status (now and in the past):
Environment (how has it affected them now and in the past):
Religious Beliefs (how important is it to them?):
Body Type (endomorphic, ectomorphic or mezomorphic):
Hair (colour and style):
Accessories/Weapons (if any):
Powers (if any):
Magic and Powers:
Does this character know magic (spells, etc)?:
Does this character possess any kind of superpower?:
What are the limitations of this magic or power?:
What are the weaknesses of this magic or powe