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 Species2 years 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
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
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)1 year 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 (even if what people want is something that falls into their subjective idea of 'unique') 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 stre
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
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,
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 species8 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
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
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 Guide1 year 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!
The Secret to Never Being AngryFull Title: "The Secret to Never Being Angry Again" or "Getting Over Anger"The Secret to Never Being Angry3 months ago in Personal More Like This
I've always been considered an angry child. I come from no less than five generations of short-tempered folks on both sides of my family. So I've always assumed anger and indignation was just the natural way to react when things don't go my way. But then one day I started to question if all this anger was worth it, if this was really the correct way to live? Is all this anger worth my time, energy, and a billion little battles? Why is it that I get angered so easily, and other people seem to never get bothered at all? Isn't there some way of managing my anger better ( than letting it go rampant, unchallenged ) and some better way of getting what I want and finding happiness in life?
I guess you can say the following revelation is the "common sense" the more even tempered children have had the privilege of absorbing naturally from their parents. Or how othe
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 Official5 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.
Side Note: Yes, you can have all achievements in one day by only refreshing a lot. In case that you don't like to wait :'D yay!
Resources for adoptable artistsThought about it for a moment and figured I should probably elaborate more on the last poll I did - So here's a list of specific things from me you can use as templates.Resources for adoptable artists8 months ago in Personal More Like This
My auction layouts:
Feel free to copy/paste my artist's comments/descriptions and use them as templates.
My custom form:
*Up to ____ rarity permitted*
Colors (can be a palette, description or picture):
Desired traits, if specific:
Other (specific markings, eye color, etc):
Also check out my adoptable resources!
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
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 Confusion2 years 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
So you want to sell at an Artist Alley (part 1)OK, honestly there is a lot of information regarding artist alley stuff, so I figured I would break it into a couple parts, so you don't have to read one big massive post LOLSo you want to sell at an Artist Alley (part 1)7 months ago in Personal More Like This
ALSO DISCLAIMER; I have only been tabling for about 3 years, I am by no means a professional, or claim to know everything about tabling, or that my way of tabling is the only way. This is more of just to guide people who have never tabled before, or other people who table who would like to try different things!
PART ONE - APPLYING, PORTFOLIOS, AND PREPARATIONS
Alright! The first step of any artist who plans to sell is deciding to sell! Once you have chosen you would like to pursue tabling at a con, whether for fun, for profit, or both (lets hope for both!!), there are several steps you must take even before applying.
BEFORE YOU APPLY...
Have your website organized! Whether it is tumblr, deviantart, or your own website, have your art easy t
A Guide to Picarto and XsplitSo someone asked me how I got Xsplit to work with Picarto, and that reminded me of the very tough time I had trying to find the answer to my own questions about how to get the two to work together. SO! In light of that, here's a handy-dandy short guide for streamers.A Guide to Picarto and Xsplit1 year ago in Software Reviews More Like This
First of all, some background. For those who don't know, Xsplit Broadcaster is exclusively a PC program that will allow you to stream multiple kinds of media (screen capture, video, webcam, skype video, games, etc etc) to a broadcasting site of your choice. It's high definition (at the least it will stream 1280x720 HDTV 16:9 for free users and 1920x1080 HDTV 16:9 for subscription users) and generally, I've found, a useful tool that doesn't require you to do too much to get everything set up for streams every time you start one. It's a great tool, it's free and you should check it out if you want to find out more infromation.
Picarto, for those who don't know, is a .tv website geared exclusivel
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
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?2 years 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
10 ARTIST TIPS from yours truly.10 DETAILED ARTIST TIPS - From my own view (related to deviantART):10 ARTIST TIPS from yours truly.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I am too lazy to write a "long" version so I'll throw out tips from time to time. I have been asked for advice many times so here's some advice now! Follow my facebook to get more info!
1. Once you have a "very good" customer base, try putting into your commission agreement that you do not accept rushed ordered and can take as long as you'd like.
This is risky because you're not making promises to your commissioners. In order to "keep" my customer base, while still not putting pressure on myself, I "reward" patient commissioners by simply doing detailed coloring. The secret to having this agreement be successful is making your final drawing "worth the wait", however long that may be for you is your decision.
2. Time management & pricing. This is just something I do, I spent around 5-10 minutes roughing sketching a comm. I do not spend
my plz accounts :D:iconmeangryplz:my plz accounts :D3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Star's compendium of Sai Tips and Tricks [updated]EDIT: Feel free to post these to your art-blog or art tumblr!Star's compendium of Sai Tips and Tricks [updated]10 months ago in Personal More Like This
I will update this with more tricks as we go on! I've been using SAI for several years and continue to find new shortcuts. Also it bugs me when artists don't use shortcuts, so the time they spend searching for the right button is time wasted and not improving B(
Hold CTRL and click to jump to layer:
- Hold CTRL and drag to move whatever's on that layer!
- Hold CTRL and click and you will automatically jump to that layer! (Some versions of SAI uses ctrl+ shift, try it out!)
- Hold CTRL over a colored area and a little tag will appear next to your cursor that shows the name of that layer!
Go to View> New for a little viewfinder
- If you want to see what your artwork looks like, at 100% or whatever zoom you like (other than from the little navigator which is very tiny), you can set your canvas to windows