Hello everyone, I'm finakiyomo
and I am a guest writer for the projecteducate
In today's guide, I will give you some general hints and tips on purchasing your first adoptable design based on my own personal experiences. I really hope that this guide will make it easier for those of you who are new to the world of adoptables, and even maybe refresh your memory if you happen to be an experienced adopt consumer!
Choosing a Design
Okay, so let's say you are a newbie when it comes to adoptables (also called "adopts" for short), but on DeviantArt, there are so many designs being uploaded on a daily basis. How do you know which one to choose?
Well, the answer to that is simple, really. The character you buy is usually based on your preferences, as in, what kind of color palettes you like, what kind of creatures you love, and you might even decide that they're going to match your personality. They could be your mascot, or perhaps maybe be your persona or Original Character (OC).
Your Own Preferences
So take me for example. I like humanoid-type characters (characters that somewhat resemble the human figure, but have the characteristics of another creature, a demon girl, for instance. She would look mostly like a human, but perhaps she would have some non-human features, such as devil horns and a tail, some wings, maybe even have a reddish tint to the skin, have little fangs, and an abnormal eye color, etc...)
I also love cute things. And I love the color red. So if I wanted to buy an adoptable, it would match the things I like.
So I would choose a cute devil girl design, with a red color palette.
Setting a Budget
You must also take your budget and payment options into consideration. For instance, let's say that you have around 800 points, but you'd like to save at least 150 points in order to have some left over. So you decide to save 250 points which leaves you with 550 points to spend on your new adoptable design.
The same applies to your budget using real currency. (Some people prefer payment by PayPal over points, so it would involve real money transfers). You should round your points allowance to USD. 80 DA points = $1. So you have a budget of $6.88 or round that up to about $7.
Browsing DA for Designs
Now you need to browse DA to see what designs have been uploaded. You'll need to use the adoptables category, which you can access by clicking on the big DeviantArt logo on the top left-hand corner, clicking on DeviantArt Related > Devious Fun > Adoptables and going to the "Newest" section. There you will find all the recently uploaded designs. If you can't find any you like there, try browsing by Popular 8 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week, up to 1 month. If all else fails, you can search the abundance of adopt groups by hovering over the "MORE" button, located just to the left of the green "SUBMIT" button, and you'll see a drop down menu, and from there, you go to the first option which should be "Groups". There are so many adopt groups that you can't possibly go wrong, you're bound to find the right one for you.
(If you're buying an adopt, but you do not have any preferences of what you like, then just browse and see what catches your eye.)
Don't Give Up!
You want to look for the words "Open" in the title, so you know it's still up for grabs. If you see one that catches your eye, click on it and read the description. If it's over your price range, which will happen a lot, don't give up. Keep looking. If it's an auction, and the AB is 500 points or lower, then go bid on it. You may be outbid, but if you are, don't panic. If you find that every design is above your price range, or is already sold, then, of course there is always another way. You could commission someone to make a custom for you, but do make sure you tell them what it is you're specifically looking for, (Like the example above, I'm looking for a cute demon girl design, she has horns, wings, a tail, and a pair of fangs, etc...) You should also tell them your ideal color palette you're looking for as well. Make sure the person you're commissioning has prices that suit your budget too.
If that fails, then you can always try designing the character yourself. After that, why not go to the DAMuro Forum, and ask people to draw the character for you? This usually costs nothing at all, not even a penny, although you more than likely will get people who will try and ask you to pay them to do it for you.
And that's all there is to it, really. And here I conclude on this guide for buying your first adoptable, if you have any other questions, please do let me know and I'll do my very best to answer them for you! I hope you found this guide to be at least some bit useful, and I wish you all the best of luck choosing your new designs in the future. This could be the start of something beautiful... Fanart of your brand new character!
Thanks for reading, I hope to share more guides with you again sometime!
Oh and before I go, I am going to just to leave a few thumbnails to guides made by the community, that have more info, should you like to learn more about adoptables!
A guide to adoptables Last updated: August 25, 2018
Changes made: Fixed some grammar errors and typos, changed/removed some phrases, changed some of the adopt batch samples, added two new topics - marked with
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I decided to do it after helping a friend getting started in their adopts account. This will follow the same system as my guide to commissions, meaning it will be updated whenever I get more to add.
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Though this journal is mostly based off of my own knowledge, I also used Karijn-s-Basement's adoptable journals as a guide to a good part of this TT, so make sure to check them out here! Other sources and features will be listed throughout or at the end of the journal.
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Anyway, this is more of a few things I have noticed after watching adoptables sell for a few years. I don't sell them often, so I cant tell you how to design them, but I will give you tips on what I see selling.
What are Adoptables?
Generally, adoptables are designs that people make for others to use in whatever they please.
Are they free?
Sometimes. Mostly no, but sometimes yes! Some people give them away, some are cheap (like 10 cents cheap) and some are really expensive in the hundreds.
WOW. Who would BUY that?!
Anyone with money, I suppose! It's their art, let them price what they want. What's it to you if they don't make a sale?
Besides, if someone LIKES their art, and WANTS to pay that, then why bother questioning?
If it makes both of the artist and customer happy, let them do it.
Adoptables are dumb.
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