A guide on how to make your first fursona!
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EDIT 2017: Thank you so much for the wonderful support! This post has gotten over 190 favorites which is just absolutely amazing. I wrote this when I was 15/16 and although my advice is the same, I feel like I can add more info for people who are using this guide. Because of this, I am going to tweak this post to be more informative, I hope you enjoy!

 
Before I begin:
What is a furry?
"Someone who says they are furry is generally expressing an interest in anthropomorphic animals and/or creatures (and perhaps some affiliation to furry fandom). They may express that that interest in a variety of ways - through art and stories through to roleplay and performance. How deep or meaningful an interest in Furry is varies greatly from person to person." - Wikifur

What is a fursona?
"A fursona (pl. fursonas, rarely furson/fursonae), derived from the terms furry and persona, is someones avatar or identity in the furry community." - Wikifur

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Hello everyone, and welcome to Ruffimutt’s official fursona guide! A lot of people have trouble making a fursona! So, I decided I might as well help!

 Although it’s called a 'fursona' you can have any sort of organism as your fursona! Ranging from an ant to a dragon, and even hybrids!

 

First thing you gotta do is pick an animal! I recommend picking an animal that matches your personality! here is just some examples:

 

bubbly, always happy - toy breed dog, panda or bird

 shy and sweet - any animal that is a pet, and sloth

 Nice unless threatened; very loyal - bear, bee, wolf, cat, and guard dog.

 Jokester- fox, pug or ape/monkey.

 Always angry - chimp, Tasmanian devil, cat and badger.

Feel free to pick ones that are not on the list!

Very common fursona species: Dragon, Fox, and Dogs.

 

Next thing is the most important; design! First pick out some colors, maybe your favorites, colors you wear or colors that represent you! Try to avoid a plain fursona, there might be a fursona that already looks like yours! Don't make it too flashy however!

 Cliché color patterns: Red and Black, white and red, etc.

 
Design Tips:

*If you put rainbow(s) on your fursona, only make a maximum of 3 parts rainbow, avoid using a all rainbow body.

*Add accessories to your fursona! This includes: headphones, glasses, scarf, hat, etc! Not too many though!

*Do not make a fursona that is a commercial species! Like a pokemon, or a ottsel. That's a OC, not a fursona. However things like pokesona's and such also exist!

*Do not make your fursona OP (Over-Powered) meaning that they are the most special and amazing fursona ever and are better than anyone else.

* It is ok to include your disability or quirks into your fursona! If you are missing an arm, it is ok to make a one-armed fursona! You can also add quirks just for fun, but if you add some very unique quirks it's best if the rest of the design is conservative.

* You can add wings or other unrealistic things to your sona, it's up to you!

 

For furries under the age of 18: Although the stereotypes of the fandom are generally incorrect, you should still avoid making your fursona sexually appealing (aka big boobs, abs, etc) as this can attract the perverts of the fandom. I recommend using the same body type as your own.

Try not to make your fursona have powers its species wouldn't normally have. You can, however, choose your fursona to have unnatural colors, markings, which was stated in the design section of this journal.

If you are a minor, your first sona is likely to change over the years just like you do! If you feel like your sona is no longer like you, you can redesign it or simply make a new one!


Third thing you have to do, is decide who is your fursona? Is it just like you or different? Whats its sexuality? What gender is it? What does it like and dislike? Write down any differences you might need to remember!

 

Fourth thing is if you haven't already, decide what you're using your fursona for! If you are using it for art, like most people in the furry fandom, you should draw out a reference of your character! You should take your time with your characters reference, it should at least take you a hour to make, even if you use a base!

 Also tell people what they can and can't do with your fursona! You don't want some pervert eyeing your fursona! For example, I allow people to draw my fursona as long as they credit and the art is SFW!

 

Now the last step is to name your fursona! It doesn't really matter what name you pick!

Try to give it a name that related to its personality or design! If you have trouble picking a name, pick an adjective that represents your personality and looks through the thesaurus to choose your favorite!

 

**please note your fursona DOESNT have to be like this, this is just something to help!

 

FAQ

Can I make a fursona that is more like who I want to be or the polar opposite of me?
Absolutely! Just remember that the basis of a fursona is something that represents you.


Can I make a fursona that is an unrealistic hybrid?
Of course! Thats the fun of making a sona, the possibilities are endless!

What if I can not draw, is it ok to use a base?
If you can not draw your fursona, you can use a F2U (free to use) base, just search on deviantart free (insert species here) bases!

Can I use a Mythical animal as my fursona?
Yes! There are no limits to what your fursona can be!

Can I make my own species and have it as my fursona?
Yes, although making a species requires a lot of additional information. You can also use someones open species to make your fursona, or ask to use a closed species! Personally, I prefer when fursona's are not original species but it's up to you!

Can I make more than one fursona?
Yes, in fact most furries actually have more than one! However, most furs have one that they use the most, similar to their own mascot of sorts. any fursona that is based on you but you barely use it, that is a secondary sona!


RESOURCES
species list: Pick a species and browse to find your spirit animal!
Wild Dog species: tinyurl.com/yady5rql
Dog Breeds: dogtime.com/dog-breeds/profile…
Small Wild Cat species: tinyurl.com/y9kb7w5j
Big cat species: tinyurl.com/y9kb7w5j
Cat Breeds: www.petmd.com/cat/breeds

Bird lists: www.birdphotography.com/index.…
Moths and Butterflies: www.britannica.com/topic/list-…
Mythical Creatures: www.lizaphoenix.com/encycloped…
Bear species: www.bioexpedition.com/bear/typ…
Snake species: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_…

OC info: helpful info involving OC
Example of a bad OC: tinyurl.com/yao5yyka
Bases: www.deviantart.com/darelated/d…

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stupidmiku's avatar
bee fursona
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RuffiMutt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Barry Benson is my fursona
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Magmakrallethewaca|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is this ok? 
New Profile Picture by Magmakrallethewaca
It's a mix between a wolf, fox, deer, bear and a dragon
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AnyPoopInAWorld| Interface Designer
But what if your oc is a wilder one? Like its a otter but it from the wild. Is it okay you to put no clothes and no accessories?
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RuffiMutt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah!
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AnyPoopInAWorld| Interface Designer
thank you for the info XD its cause almost all mary sues i saw were naked!
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Smartgirl1112|Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not really a furry but I want an OC that's more... a mix of old me (cheery, polite, sensible) and now me (anxious, stressed, somewhat a loner but wants to have her justice when she needs it). 

My Fursona would most likely be a wolf or an owl, it would be very poor-sighted, have glasses, a black scarf and some pale blue earphones, and its fur would most likely be purple, red and yellow with blue eyes.
It might have owl wings if it's a wolf anyway, and would be used like any of my OCs.
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HowlingEclypse|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you this helps a lot! I've sorta been wanting to create my fursona for 7 years or more but sorta been hiding because of all the other people who say its only about sex stuff...

I am happy to see this post and that there are people out there that like it the same way I do! I will be joining the site once my fursona is made :D (p.s I will also be making a digitigrade furry costume for a convention coming up too)
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CheyenneThePony|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I already have a fursona but I'm wondering if I should update her.. Help? Do you think she's good the way she is?.. 


new Kiomi ref (edited) by CheyenneThePony
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Shape Shifter by shadowdroid677  

This helps a lot :) I decided on a shapeshifter for my own since I see her as more ambivalent to things people do, as well as a bit mischievous in her acts. But I really like making them go for forms that are more bizarre or nonrealistic compared to normal looking animals. Their horns stay no matter what though, allowing them to be distinguished from whatever they look like.

Thank you for this!! :D
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My fursona is a deer named Tricky! She is purple with dragon wings and blue eyes. She is very jumpy and introverted but she finds her passion in making illusions! I might post her soon!
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I don't know others do it, but i look at someones fursona and then at them it's so similar.
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40b0d91f-ae69-4f11-978e-ef1f464c9438 by VNNeko96
This is mine :D
Although now I am modifying it (body marks, clothes, etc)
I love rabbits a lot, especially those that have fallen ears.

His name is Kelly, because that was going to be MY name, but my parents opted to put me another hahaha

I know that it may look like Jack Savage (from Zootopia) because I was attracted to his design, but now I am looking for more details of it :D
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RuffiMutt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think she is cute! Just the right amount of uniqueness with her stripes. Makes her identifiable but not stand out !
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VNNeko96|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Today finish your definitive reference, that previous drawing was your initial concept.
Thank you for your previous opinion :D
This is the new one, to see its physical part. I'm doing the clothes apart :0

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RuffiMutt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
she is so pretty~
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Would you count my character as a furry/fursona character? I made him up as a personal, multi-purpose character based almost exclusively on the Japanese tanunki mythology.
Tobin the Tanuki (Circle of Shepherds) by adorablush  
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RuffiMutt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is definitely a furry character, but as to whether he is a fursona, thats more up too you! If he represents a part of you, I would say so!
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C-E-T-U-S--X|Hobbyist Digital Artist
How about Cetus X?

not mine, fursuit sheet made by Karka903 (sorry or tags)
Zyoom by Karka903

he's 13 (like me), scorpio (also like me AAA), blue which is my favorite color, he's a gay (im straight oh god), he's an it,but he likes the pronouns she,hers, him, his, them, and it. (im a gal so)

he's creative, crazy, odd, extrovert, and caring.
he likes cats, astrology, snow, the night, cold, the evening, aesthetics, rain, and dank memes.
he hates dogs, sodas, anime, fnaf, normies, and the bright day.

how is he?
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yo yo mi g mi g i cant draw for shit fam wtf do i do mi dude sus sus help, mandem wont help me, wasteman call me a "fur fag" and say "kill yourself blud!" and im like "come den blud" and i battered him out ya get me fam. but yo in all seriousness ye mandem cant draw for shit what does man do?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!Ivara [Warframe]  
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RuffiMutt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
noice meme
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 Ayyy! But all jokes aside for a minute I honestly have no clue how to draw (which understandably you probably cant help me with) or what programs to use. Art GCSE hasn't really done much for me in terms of my overall drawing skill, only really on my contextual knowledge of art history and artists that are really hard to find information on. Anyhow I'm likely to get a drawing pad (mainly for CAD work) for Christmas although I'm not guaranteed to get one seeing as my parents just spent £300 on various computer components for my rig (as you can probably tell I'm more into engineering than art. But hey I can hope. Oh dear I appear to have rambled on a little bit you basically know my life story at this point (all that's missing is my very boring and generic childhood) long story short do you have any tips for budget drawing software and any tips in general (budget in mind) its okay if you don't, don't feel obliged to go hunting all over the web to find the perfect cheap drawing software but if you had any tips that would be great. Thanks!
Ivara [Warframe]  
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RuffiMutt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
tbh I have a pirated version of Sai but I draw using Medibang on my Ipad. You can use Gimp, its free
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Hey I was wondering : What do you think about my selfsona ? =)
SelfSona Ref Sheet : Rory by Kitsu0kami
I've red you entry and it's very interesting =)
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