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Fantasy Races: [1/4] Humans by Dyemelikeasunset Fantasy Races: [1/4] Humans by Dyemelikeasunset
WOW THIS TOOK LIKE TWO WEEKS? Well maybe more like 4 days overall, since I only worked on them over the weekends.
BUT YO, REMEMBER THE FANTASY CHARACTERS I POSTED A WHILE AGO

I'll probably be making more (as well as environments and creatures), but first I wanted to explore the races I had in mind for the world me and *Ai-Bee are building for this.
This project is currently unnamed, but it's something I've wanted to do ever since I was in middle school.

A lot of High Fantasy is very overdone and all the designs are inbred, so as a kid I wanted to see a fantasy world that was more diverse, but used a lot of familiar things from the genre.
I realize I'm taking a lot of liberties with the typical interpretations of High Fantasy...but it's fucking fantasy, dude.
What's fantasy without imagination? I always thought the "rules" some people ascribe to were bullshit anyway.
(sorry any Tolkien/D&D-die-hards, this project probably isn't for you)





Disclaimers:
I reference a lot of cultures and plan to mix them with more typical fantasy elements, but if anyone who belongs to the cultures that inspired me, by all means please let me know if I've done anything seriously wrong or offensive and I will look into it and fix it as best as I can. And yes, I know where the names I'm using came from.

No body shaming will be tolerated. (ʘ‿ʘ✿)

So without any further ado, here is some thought-vomit on each of the races and sub-races!
    Humans

    Nomads: Well known for their singing, archery, and animals, the Nomads are a collection of family tribes that occupy the Northeast sector of the world. Their culture values experience above anything, so the oldest members of each respective family typically lead their tribe, regardless of occupation, gender, or physical prowess. From a young age, they are raised alongside the animals they keep, and usually develop a strong bond with their future mount. The death of a mount is mourned just as much as the death of a family member. While their relations with the other Northern races are good, they typically keep out of politics, preferring trade as their only source of interaction.
    Inspirations and notes: traditional Mongolian culture. Typically bigger, stout body types. Central-to-North Asian features.

    Myrmidons: Also called the Myr, the Western Humans are an ambitious, young nation with a powerful army and steam-powered technology. Working under a prominent royal family, they are a positive and nationalistic kingdom. Though not overtly militaristic themselves, they've been involved in many turf wars through their allies, the West Elven Naiads. Many races consider them the overbearing "little brother nation" to the Naiads, though the Myr view themselves as helpful and loyal, honoring their kingdom and creed above all. They're currently developing a railroad system in hopes of bridging the Western and Eastern sectors to increase good relations and trade.
    Inspirations and notes: Victorian era British culture and steampunk. Strong, athletic bodies. Black-American features.

    Garuda: Economically poor but culturally rich, the Garuda are a demure and hard-working people famous for their theater, clothing dyes, tropical food, and floating market. They range from artists to traders, weavers, entertainers, and stock-herders, though normally farmers. It's common to find large farming villages because much of their food is sold to the Eastern Elves who live in the trees above them. A very spiritual group, the only leaders in their society are religious figureheads. Traveling monks and nuns who perform religious services and medicinal miracles are also well-known and seen as signs of good luck.
    Inspirations and notes: traditional Thai culture. Thin, androgynous bodies, swapped gender expression. Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander features.

    Giants: The most distinguished race of humans, the Giants (or Titans) are a powerful and rich nation that lord over the South with a stern but gentle hand. Their royal family is chosen through creed and a series of tests; the elected king and queen rule together with even responsibilities and are typically not married, having personal lives outside of their political sphere. Known for cultivating the best education and scholars, they are a disciplined and sophisticated people that are sometimes faulted for their lack of humor and arrogance. Despite being a political and militaristic powerhouse, the recent technological developments in the West have been causing some tension.
    Inspirations and notes: Ancient Egyptian culture. Tallest race, thick, statue-esque bodies. Central to North African and Middle Eastern features.


The other races:
Fantasy Races: [2/4] Elves by TysheaFantasy Races: [3/4] Halflings by TysheaFantasy Races: [4/4] Orcs by Tyshea

To see more of this world, please visit this gallery!
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peaachi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
I noticed you hid a lot of comments,  totally understandable being that this may trigger some bigoted Tolkien fans, but I wish you left them so we could see their ignorance on display and address them
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oof, tbh it's because it's bad for my stress levels. I don't like discussions happening on my art if I can help it ^^;
Thank you for your support though!
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BellBlitzKing Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So happy you included people of Color in your fantasy world art!

In games like World of Warcraft and even Lord of the Rings, Black people barely exist, East Asians barely exist, North Indians barely exist.
We can have dragons, sorcerers & all else but not people of color.

In real life, 71% of the world's population are people of color, with only 24% being strictly of European/White original.
Genetically-speaking we should see so much more variety in humanity in these fantasy worlds given real-world proportions of how humans evolved to be vibrant range of people & tones & cultures.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, glad you agree!! I would really like to help change that if I can, especially as a person of color myself, I want to give us a voice in these genres
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El-Jorro Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018
I like this!
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I like the chubby girl on the left. :)
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wellmore Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so cool!
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconpineappledrawer:
Dude I love these so much! I want to write my own stories, could I please use some of these race ideas as inspirations for those in my stories?

Edit: I promise I won't copy them straight from what you've made or anything
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, sorry for the late reply but of course you can! If you're not copying then inspiration is totally cool. If you end up posting your work or writing anywhere online, all I ask is that you link back to me, thank you! :D
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PineappleDrawer Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Thanks! :) I'm not copying them, but I am using a similar thing of each race being broken into separate distinct cultures, with some inspiration from the variety of cultures you have when I get stuck :P
thanks :)
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NintendoPonyAddict Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
Do you think you'll make a Korean-Eqsque race?
I was thinking elves or humans.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Fantasy Races: [2/4] Elves by Dyemelikeasunset
My Eastern Elves are a mix of Chinese and Korean :)
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NintendoPonyAddict Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
ok.
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terrento Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen all of the races and they're really well made while having their own beauty! I can imagine a MMORPG game with these characters. You're very talented, dude!
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
MMORPGs were a huge influence on me, thank you so much!! And thanks for looking through all of them, I really appreciate that :) 
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DRAWganman Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Garuda is my country's symbol!!!
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Darkshadowolf Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018
I love all of the different body types! Very very nice!~!!!!
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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PutYaGunsOn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2018
It's awesome to see Asiatic humans in a fantasy setting. Most settings will have Asian weapons like katanas but not Asian PEOPLE (looking at you, Elder Scrolls).
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
hell yeah, I feel you!! Especially with western media's samurai and ninja fetish haha
Thank you!
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NintendoPonyAddict Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
I'd like to see an adaptation of a tolkien film were the High Elves have Chinese Culture, and Mirkwood is based on Japan.
Tauriel would be a ninja, maybe an outfit with the left breast exposed (like Japanese Archers) for Legolas.
Also, Japanese people drink a lot so it fits Mirkwood. XD
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OlivMalkavian Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018
because in Elder Scrolls those asians who brougth katanas to Tamriel during 2nd Era were on another continent - Akavir. 
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Shadow-Hyder Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Student Writer
I'll admit what caught my eye as I was scrolling down through DA was the fact the bodies actually look realistic and have a good amount of diversity!
Too often things are made with idealism, not realism like these races, so major applause to you! :clap:
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I appreciate that :D
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Shadow-Hyder Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Student Writer
No problem! :la:
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DinnaTuhami Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
woow i cant explain who impresed im...ono You are great
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate that, thanks!
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LaszloEde Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Student General Artist
Hey, I really like the colors and the figures, good work! ;)
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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WanniTe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018
This is the shit!
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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DrafgonII Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Student Digital Artist
The fists on that giant are huge! imagine getting punched in the face by a giant, you'd be shot into next year! 
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space-latte Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
i really like the depth of the character design and all the thought that has been put into it. i love it!! absolutely beautiful artwork ^^ 
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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AquaOshawott01 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I love how diverse you are with everyone!! 
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much!!
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s-equals-k-log-w Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
I like that the giants aren't insanely bigger than the other human types. That's more believable and compelling character design.
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Dyemelikeasunset Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you think so too, it's just too hard for me to work with ridiculously huge size gaps haha
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