Tips on: How to make an original species?I got asked by a few people but I wrote out this response to jasper-chan's ask on my tumblr. since it's all written out I feel like it'd be at least somewhat appreciated to those who are curious of what I keep in mind while making an original species
WARNING it's a little messy but if you are confused then feel free to ask me questions I'll do my best to answer properly
In general I’d suggest to think "what physical characteristics should be involved with my species? and how can i make it unique?"
for a species to be a species (especially closed species) there should be at least some distinctive physical trait that they're born with.
imo it’s not a very good species if they can take off what would make them a species. for example, a group of kemonomimis that likes to wear a specific fashion is more of a culture than a species. I wouldn’t add their fashion into their main descrip
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 Guide1 year 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
On Original SpeciesNow I want to make it clear that I'm none of these statements are aggressive, I'm simply trying to explain things how I see them, I am NOT angry and I'm not attacking anyone. The tone of this journal should be read in a calm voice, not an angry one.On Original Species1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Why do OS owners get so protective of their species designs?
Okay so tell me, have you ever tried to make a cohesive, unique original species? It's not the easiest thing in the world to make a species design that stands out from the rest, it IS a difficult thing to accomplish, and more often then not if the person is taking time to draw and develop a species, it's something they're attached to, proud of, it's a product of their hard work. It is utterly devastating when you spend that much time and effort on something and care about it so much, and someone who admires your work and wants to do something similar uses your design as a step-stool so that they don't have to do as much work. Now I know it's not always th
The art of improvement5/4/2015 UPDATE: Added preface at the beginning and Inspiration at the end! added some thoughts on some other things I wanted to share.The art of improvement2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Alright, so this is a comment and question I've been receiving a lot from people!
How did you improve so fast?
Firstly, I want to say I do not think of myself as a professional artist, teacher or someone who "knows the secret to becoming a master artist". These are just things that I have picked up over the years, and noticed so I thought I might as well share my experience with improvement in effort to help others find their own paths of improvement and learning as artists. There are still many things I have to learn, and wish to improve about my own art! The path of an artist is never ending, in my opinion!
I consider the beginning of my journey when I withdrew from college. I had decided to take a year off from school, to explore myself more as a person, gain confidence and rethink my path that I wanted to take in school. Of course,
Pricing Commissions - Updating Opinion GuideMore points are added when needed, and many of those points come from readers who comment below!Pricing Commissions - Updating Opinion Guide10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Please share this if you like it by posting a journal or a poll linking to this. Spread the word and the awareness to both buyers and sellers!
I've been asked a couple times already about how I price my commissions. Often, I think it's because I tend to price my work higher than a lot of other artists, yet people are still willing to buy. I think this journal will sum things up quite nicely (from my personal viewpoints.)
A Brief Econ Class
So how do I price, then?Frequent Concerns
My philosophy for pricing art is actually best illustrated by the opening page of this chapter of AKB49 (a manga based off of popular idol group AKB48).
So what does this mean? "Because... it really is delicious" represents the idea that something can be sold for a higher price because demand is high. Time for a quick economics class!
WHEN NAMING YOUR ORIGINAL (closed) SPECIESPLEASE PLEASE PLEASEWHEN NAMING YOUR ORIGINAL (closed) SPECIES1 year ago in Personal More Like This
REFRAIN FROM CALLING IT 'object-animal'.
BECAUSE EVEN IF IT IS THE COMBINATION OF THOSE TWO THINGS, NAMING IT SUCH A BROAD NAME MAKES YOU COME FAR TOO CLOSE TO MAKING IT A CLOSED FEATURE
(What's a closed FEATURE? read this for better clarification ;v; http://fav.me/d7iorsm )
But what else am I supposed to name it?
GIVE IT IT'S OWN NAME. MAKE IT IT'S OWN THING.
I could have taken my Illumicutum species and called them Solar-turtles. Now anyone who creates a turtle mixed with a solar fixture will get hated on because they 'copied' what I did, even if it had been done before.
Instead of doing that, I called them Illumicutum, and I took their species further than just a solar panel combined with a turtle. I made it so at night they radiate patterns from their solar shells they collected during the day. I made them nocturnal. I made them sleep outside during the day sunbathing, and made it
How to start getting commissionsBecause under pricing is the wrong way to go about it, and maybe instead of telling people that under pricing is bad/wrong, I think it would be FAR more useful to give them ways to help them get commissions.How to start getting commissions1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I don't know everything, but I've learned quite a lot about it over the years, if you have more tips PLEASE do comment and so I can add to the list/guide. Also, it would be super nice if you find this helpful, that you would share to help other artists out there. c:
Also note, that this won't make you a commissioning madman within a few days, things take time, and no one can tell how much time it will take you to do so.
But first off, the order this journal goes in:
+ Getting a commissioning audience
+ Starting off small
+ Things to help you get even more commissions
Getting a Commissioning Audience
The thing it seems most people ignore when it comes to getting commissions, just because you have a lot of watches (let's say you have around 300) doesn't mean y
Does talent exist?I know many people have different opinions about this. And here's what i think of it and why. I'll just answer the journal question up front, I think talent does not exist. And here's why:Does talent exist?10 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Let's start with he question, what is talent? It's this magical thing that makes some people learn faster and develop faster than others in different fields. Let's take art for example, there are 2 different artists, both start at the same time to learn a concept and one learns faster than the other. But few people have stopped to ask themselves why that is? Is it talent, or is it something else?
Let me tell you a story about a guy who started an experiment to see if talent exists. He posted an add where he stated he's looking for a wife that will agree to marry him and let him test their children in this experiment. And they made 3 girls. The guy taught them all how to lay chess from a very early age, and lo and behold all of them became grandmasters in chess. This story is real, the guy is
Text Guide for Fox Creator 1.2 Official Now it's official, our guide has been approved by dear Twai it has been linked on the game description so you can find it easily thank you so much for playing and using this guide. Have a wonderful day fellas!Text Guide for Fox Creator 1.2 Official2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Hey guys, it's me AngieART93. Today I will bring you a text guide to unlock all achievements in your game. Are you ready? Let's go!
Recomendation: When use the game make sure to download the game with the download button: http://sta.sh/02d79tbtnlux It will appear into a new tab in your browser. Make sure to save that tab in your browser favourites to use it all the times you want.
Do not, I repeat; DO NOT lose the tab or other wise you'll have to start all over again your achievements going to twai's profile. Remember that.
A cool App! Earn points to earn money!!Update: I got 5 USD from using this App~!!A cool App! Earn points to earn money!!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Hey guys! I'm advertising this app since you can get some cash using it!
This is 1000% legit.
Test out free apps to receive points, and you can redeem them to money using the rewards section!!
(There's also gifts cards for Starbucks, Google Play, Steam, etc.)
The cash is the Paypal USD Funds.
Play with the offered app(tutorials, etc.) for about a minute, and you can receive points.
You can uninstall the offered app after if you wish!
It's really easy!
Download the app here: http://featurepoints.com/web/
You need a referral code to start, so you can use mine!
You'll also be receiving 50 points!
The more friends, the more points♡
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New Program: MischiefSo there's this program called Mischief that I feel like not a lot of people may know about right now. I only know about it thanks to my tumblr dashboard.New Program: Mischief2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hmm, to talk about it would be easier in bullet points so let's get to that.
Infinite canvas, resolution, and dimension. It's all specialized textured vector so no matter how small you draw you can export it to a .psd or .jpg of ANY RESOLUTION AND ANY DIMENSION which is pretty fucking amazing and helps those people who can't handle heavy programs or preset resolutions like in SAI or Photoshop.
It's like drawing on paper. Like to me it's really forgiving paper. The select tool is pretty much like a canvas cropping device-- you select and then you can export the selected area as the cropped image. Otherwise it doesn't do nice things like resize, scale, or rotate. (Just yet anyway, I think they're still developing.) So it's a good practice tool.
It's really smooth and pleasant to draw
How do snipe guards work? / What are snipe guards?Hi, I'm just writing this journal so I can make it a clickable link for people new to auctioning in my future adopts! :icondignitylaughplz:How do snipe guards work? / What are snipe guards?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
A snipe guard basically means the auction will be extended by x amount of time until the bidding stops; for example, an auction could end at 10:00pm and the snipe guard is 1 hour. So anyone bidding in the last few minutes of 10:00 pm would have to hold the highest bid for an entire hour, and if no one bids during that hour the adopt is theirs. They can place the bid at 9:59pm and the auction won't close until 10:59pm. Of course, if no one bids last minute, the auction ends as usual at 10:00pm.
If someone bids during that extended hour, they must add on another hour. (a bid placed at 10:10 would extend the auction until 11:10; so basically bid as high as you want the first time so you don't have to drag it out till late at night)
Snipe guards are a chance for anyone who has been stalking an adopt to be "guarded" fro
my plz accounts :D:iconmeangryplz:my plz accounts :D3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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.Creating Original Species3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
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
Pixel Commissions Shop [CLOSED] COMMISSION TERMS AND CONDITIONSPixel Commissions Shop [CLOSED]6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Closed until I finish all my current ones, waitlist people will be contacted first!
Paypal conversion 100 = 1USD
CHUBBY CHEEB ICON: 500 [blinking included]
Reference: [link least 1 fullbody, coloured picture of character]
KOKESHI DOLL ICON: 300 [non-animated] + 100 for custom version
customized version =>
Reference: [link least 1 fullbody, coloured picture of character]
(include this below if you want a custom version)
Programming...My girlfriend loves sun-bathing.Programming...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
She's on a vacation now, and every other day she wakes up before me and goes on our terrace/balcony, trying to get that perfect bronze tan.
I work late, so she usually lets me sleep an hour or two longer. Today was not that day.
- "Hey love, there's a puddle of water on the balcony. It seems that AC is leaking."
New quest available: Fix the leaking AC.
Identifying the problem.
For those of you not familiar with this type of air conditioner, it's a 4x3x1' box, hanging about 7 feet above the floor, with a hose going from it to the roof drain to remove excess condensate. I went to the terrace, looked at the puddle of water, briefly inspected the AC box, and saw that the hose fitting on the box was a bit lose and that it was probably the cause for the leakage. I've decided that it's not a huge issue, and that it can be fixed with some duct tape.
On to get some duct tape.
I know I had some. Somewhere.
Here? Nope, not here.
Adoptables, Original Species Confusion(What follows is my own, personal opinion and is not to be considered a rule in any way, shape or form.)Adoptables, Original Species Confusion1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Lately many people have asked me an opinion about their new Original Species, or about Original Species in general, so I decided to do a Journal about it. Hopefully it will clear up some things for you.
First of all no Original Species is truly original.
To some, this might come as a surprise because why call something original if it's not? It's not truly original because, like it or not, inspiration has to come from somewhere. The 'magic' about OS is that, if an artist is careful enough, you don't notice the inspiration, you only have a vague tickling in the back of your head that tells you that that is familiar but you can't place it.
Mixing all your inspirations is quite important to avoid one of the most common mistakes in the adoptables world, creating a chimera and treating it like an OS.
Before all of you surge at me, yelling and screamin
Okay [species rant]I feel like I should just warn people about somethingOkay [species rant]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Original species can be a super fun thing to get into! The very creative ones especially, I am very fond of
Now, I personally don't give two shits if you want to take a dog, give it a theme and put things on it, and call it a closed species, I honestly don't, as long as you aren't attacking people for having similar ideas on such a basic concept, this goes for any 'raw/basic' species design. I've said something about this in the past here.
However I feel like you guys should know, you should really stray away from raw/basic species designs because lately some people are getting very irritated by them and if you have one, you will likely be judged as 'oh another person with those uncreative species' and people may even get violent. I do not want people to fight over something so silly.
As always I encourage you guys to
Want more commissions?This journal is for artists who want to get more commissions, or want to open commissions and never had so they don't know how best to present their art, or even for those artists who took commissions before but would appreciate some more tipsWant more commissions?10 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
There are a few pretty important things to consider before publicly announcing you're opening commissions:
1. payment method. The deviantart commission widget takes 20% of your profit, but then again more deviants have points so you're likely to get 20% more customers like that. But don't forget there are people who have paypal and don't feel like dealing with points so if you decide to open commissions through deviantart, don't let that be the ONLY payment method.
Paypal is the most common payment method used online and i strongly recommend it. Make a paypal account, connect it to a card and you're ready. But don't forget paypal has a limit of $3000 per year withdrawal. So if you're serious about drawing art for a living and you
So you wanna make an adoptable speciesDisclaimer: Everything written here is opinion. I get a lot of people asking for advice, for critique, and I just want a post I can easily link to.So you wanna make an adoptable species4 months ago in Personal More Like This
There is no "right way" to make a species. There are TONS of variables that might affect your success (in sales). Nothing here should be taken literally. It's only my opinion & personal methods!
Not in it for Money
I DO NOT recommend people make an OS for the specific reason that they want to make money.
It's fine to want a little bit of spending money or something in the mindset of a little side-project. But if you go into this market with the expectation of making a living & supporting yourself off of this?
You're very likely to be disappointed, cause yourself unnecessary stress, and possibly make yourself feel like a failure, when you absolutely are not.
A decent part of
Cherubun Species Info and Q+AThis is for official information regarding this species. Whether or not you'd like to keep this information true to your adopt is up to you.Cherubun Species Info and Q+A1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Cherubuns are a closed species. I am not claiming I own angelic themes, animal ears and tails, or crystals but this is my version of an angel inspired species. Meaning I don't want to see an exact replica around.
Cherubuns are a fantastical species with fur that resembles angelic wings. They possess arcane crystals on their bodies that are blessings that develop during early childhood. Most have arcane crystals on their ears and tail, giving them talent in sensitive hearing and speed. Some develop rather specific talents-- a crystal on the chest may result in having a beautiful voice for example. However, they must protect their gift: if their crystals were to be completely shattered, their talents will be rescinded.
Simply put they are creatures that are blessed with crystals that enhance a specif
PIXEL SUMMARY 20112014+FAQSFeel free to ask questions below.PIXEL SUMMARY 20112014+FAQS1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Do you do trades? Not anymore really!
CAN YOU DRAW ME SOMETHING?? No sorry! Time is money
commissions? check my journals or the link on my profile.
How long have I been pixeling?
-Since late 2011.
How do you achive such soft looking shading on your pixels? Do you stick only to the pencil/fill tools, or do you utilize brushes?
Or do you just use enough colors to make it blend nicely?
-OPACITY there I spilled the beans countless times now.. opacity with the pencil tool. It just helps me finish pixels faster and keeps me in touch with my painterly-side lol.
I DONT USE THE DAMN BRUSH TOOL. JUST LEARN TO USE THE PENCIL TOOL'S OPACITY SETTINGS. ITS AMAZING...
smooths everything out. but leaves it pixelated. If you use the brush tool. im pretty sure its gonna look blurry
What program do you use?
-photoshop cs3, I suggest you learn photoshop cuz I love it/plus its free lol
What inspires you to make pixel art/ how did you get into pixel art?
closed species![wish keepers]+updated!edit: changed their names to wish keepers since there was already a species called wishlings!///w\\\\closed species![wish keepers]+updated!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Wish keepers are creatures born out of a wishing star and their only purpose is to deliver the wish that was made upon that star. It is said that a wish keeper is born from the soul of a human that have died but still wishes to live on, and if that wish is strong enough they will be given a second chance but the catch is in order to make their wish come true they have to make other peoples wish come true first.
in order to get reincarnated a wish keeper need to deliver 5 wishes to people that have made a wish on a star. Each time they complete a mission a star will appear on their tail indicating the missions completion. Every wish keeper starts off with 1 star mark on its tail (which indicates their own wish). they can have a maximum of 6 star marks on their tail. Once they've gotten the 6th mark the wish keeper will be asked whether it still wa
The Adoptable Starting GuideAll answers answered by: SugarBooty (:iconsweetbootyThe Adoptable Starting Guide10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Also, please comment if you find this journal helpful!
How do you come up with designs?
Thinking of designs can be very difficult, especially since almost everything has been done before. However, there are still plenty of waves to get your brain-juice flowing for new ideas! The thing is, most artists get inspiration from the following sources:
Google Images (and Pintrest): You might be surprised but it is always a good idea to search up a simple key word you would like your adopt to be based on like, "Panda Hat. " You will get thousands of different types of panda hats. Once your eyes and brain see the possibilities, you will quickly start developing ideas. However, if you dont get any ideas, just search up "Kawaii clothes". There are so many cute things on that web search, its overwhelming. Now, I am not saying copy anything, this is just for inspiration. ONLY INSPIRATION.