Do you have a sona/character you own that you identify with? Or multiple? Feel free to show them and talk about how you connect to them, or why (not). If you have multiple, are there differences in the way you connect to each of them?
196 deviants saidYes! (feel free to show them and talk about them in the comments!)
20 deviants saidI don't know (feel free to talk about your experiences either way!)
13 deviants saidNo! (why not? Did you have one at some point? Are there other ways you express yourself in art?)
Lime! pretty much a mascot for me/my art ! been with me since the start of here and a bit earlier dont really think i would ever give her up or retire her as a character & cant see her not still being my mascot in years to come
Ack, I think I really missed the party on this one. Oh well, i'll still comment even if i'm a bit late.
SpottedLove is my fursona. I made her when I was like, 6 or so. Originally, she was exactly like me, or exactly how I imagined myself. I made her smart, (which I wasn't,) I made her kind, (which I wasn't, like, seriously, I was a rude person when I was like 8), I made her have anger issues (I didn't have them, I thought I did but I just got angry over nothing and I was being an idiot.)
However, when I was like 8 again, I began writing a story called In The Mist (renamed The Red Mist) and SpottedLove was the main character. However, since humans are constantly changing, our personalities and stances are changing, especially in developmental years, I was changing. So SpottedLove's personality was changing.
Since I had not written the story yet fully (I was only a couple pages in, hahaha.) I figured i'd be rewriting the beginning again. However, if SpottedLove's personality is constantly changing, it could pose some problems in the story. I don't mean like character development, I mean like inconsistency.
Anyway, I decided to give her a defined character and personality. She became nearly constantly cheerful, kind of dumb, optimistic, VERY extroverted, creative, and she has a strong drive for justice.
But then I had some internal conflict, because I wanted SpottedLove's personality to reflect mine, but at the same time that would kind of require taking her out of the story, or making a new fursona. I didn't want to do either. I tried making a different version of SpottedLove but that failed pretty quick.
At this point, she's still my fursona. She represents me, she's the main character I use, I use SpottedLove as a character but I also kind of use her as myself. She is a big cutie who isn't exactly me but I don't love her any less for it.
I do want to make a new fursona tho, and i'm trying out designs, so hopefully that'll be a thing that happens soon!
I mean, my reply here is even later (please forgive me there are so many long comments and it's hard to reply) but here we gO
That is such a ypung age to start making fursonas, but it's neat that you've had her for this long!
Also, that's one reason why I feel using fursonas as story characters doesn't work out, because there's going to be a conflict with the character as a story protagonust and yourself as a person. It helps to have two different "versions" of a character, but that gets confusing too. I just prefer to separate the two, and not give my fursona a story. It works better for me that way.
Good luck designing your new fursona too, I hope it works out well!
And well pretty much all of them in some small way though i don't have one who is really a sona. Tried once with Roxy but that fell apart fast
This guy who i revamped while in the throws of some serious mental health problems I wanted to create a character who at the time was a positive role model to me, who could cope and deal with what life had thrown at him without being pulled down by it. He was sort of a character i strived to be like a year or two ago. I can connect with with the fact that he knows what its like not to be in control of whats happening inside his own mind and at the mercy of what ever manifests day to day.
He also treats everyone with respect and tries to be fun and joyful, not to mention his room is 100% glow in the dark stars.
Robert because we share similar life experiences. He loves tea , is sensitive to peoples hostility (EG: Bullying and threats), sleeps with plush animals , Can't drink water without cordial XD and hates being around strangers/ being touched by people who he doesn't know extremely well. Though he's a lot more functional and into life (sorta like me when i was 18). Chronic migraines and sound problems are hell on earth *twitches*
Paul! because of his twisted seance of humor. Like stealing flowers from the graveyard to give to his girlfriend XD You wouldn't do it in real life but having a character who is shameless in his humor and can do anything you think up is really fun haha Not really a sona but more like a character who is your humor.
Then Characters like Yacni and spanaster. They're characters that you once could connect to so much but can no longer "see through their eyes" so to say. spanaster is so naive and happy, he loves being with friends, he sees the world as a wonderful place and is lost in his imagination 24 7. And Yacni, the way the world looks to him, how everything has feeling and this unspeakable beauty He also loves the ocean <3 and is fascinated by Jellyfish
so yeah I try to keep characters as separate people with their own thoughts and feelings but you always need something to help connect with them. It actually gets hard if one starts becoming too close and your like..... very....... uncomfortable........ with......... this
It was an interesting read! So sorry for the late response, these poll answers have been sitting in my inbox for ages That is super interesting! It's nice to read how they relate to you, and what parts of you they have in them. They all seem like very fleshed out characters! Yacni and Spanaster are such good old characters, I still love them! But yes, sometimes it's uncomfortable when it's too close
Aaa I'm working on a third sona currently but for now I just have these two :,D
Cynthia is actually based on my first fursona who I didn't make :,) I had a fursona contest and I connected with a blue merle Aussie with teal (like Cynthia's paw pads, actually) markings that I hated only because they made me lose motivation to color him cuz I wanted him to be simpler. I was teased about being short (I'm not, I'm average height) by some friends which is why I made her a corgi and her name comes from a human OC that was made to be... somewhat like me? Anyway, she slowly became "happy me" for some reason... so I had to make another fursona who was more suited to sad things for vent. Also, fun fact: Even though I have a bunch of cat fursonas, I identify with dogs more.
Then there's this girl She was an impulse buy; @/StudioFelidae was making adoptables and I saw her and just... fell in love with her for some reason?? Like, her colors are just beautiful to me. Around the time I bought her I was trying to make a catsona anyway, so she just popped up at the right time. I use her for vent (unfortunately for her) but I love her a lot. She feels more genuine to my personality than Cynthia even though they're both just different sides of me.
uhh I said I only have two fursonas (for now) but I technically have one more?? I don't really consider her a fursona but she's special to me and she's... based on me a lot since I made her from a meme that takes your birthday and stuff and... ANYWAY here she is.
The next planned 'sona is gonna be a ghost cat who, when visible, looks kinda like a cloud of smoke? but she usually likes to form a body for herself out of ice (because at work one time I was getting a drink and I was super tired so I looked at the ice from the machine and said, and I quote, "I wish I was literally frozen water.") I like water and I like the cold, so this wasn't a weird conclusion to draw if you know me, but it was pretty hilarious anyway, especially given that I was mostly jealous of the ice because it didn't have to work like I was. I'm not sure how I'm going to accomplish her design yet which is why she isn't done.
First of all, very sorry for the late reply, these have been in my inbox for ages! I love Cynthia, blue merle dogs are so pretty! Birchripple is really nice too, I like her colours! They all look really good.
The idea of a ghost cat is really interesting, I love that! "I was mostly jealous of the ice because it didn't have to work like I was" That is the best explanation I have ever heard. Wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing
I have 6 fursonas lol but they each are special in a different way
Chi is my newest but one of my two main fursonas. he's sort of a "special snowflake" in terms of species but it represents me in different ways. the deer parts of him are delicate but also strong, and a little silly like me. I've always connected to canines which is why he has the front body of a canine. I love his design because its so natural and I love the warm browns and how versatile the design is. he can be soft or edgy or goofy, which is how I am
Fynn is my oldest and my other main. he recently got a redesign as well! I think the reason why I like fynn so much is because he really looks like me. from the hair and clothing choices all the way down to the Fox species! he represents me perfectly. his original design was actually female but when I came out as trans, Fynn was born so I like that he really has changed with me. he also shares my name!
Kana is sort of the "edgy" part of me. hes tough and confident and loves adventure, sort of the confident person I wish I was. his design was by beanieboys and I love it aa
Clover is for the softer, gentler part of me. hes a Shiba inu/fox which I think really reflects his personality. hes wild and loves nature but also soft and needs the comfort of a stable home. his design is by princerini/toycvbs
the final of my gang is caramel whos my sunshine child. I love his design so much, it just radiates positivity! hes by altpnk
I have a lot of fursonas but I wouldn't trade them for the world! theyre all so "me" and I love them
Basically all my characters represent some part of me in an extreme form. An example would be my character, Dipper who's the social bubbly me blown out of proportions. However one that just represents all of me is my character, Olivia.
Ti is technically my fursona but I have kinda fallen out of love with them I rarely draw them and generally lack much of an attachment with them now. Which is sad because they are one of the few designs I still love years after designing them. I think a lot of my issue is mostly that Ti feels like the person I was before I came out and accepted my gender. Yes on their ref sheet they have my pronouns and gender, but I cant help but continue to conflate them with my assigned gender at birth and it just feels so wrong?? Like it reminds me of all those years I hated myself and thought I was broken or wrong for not relating to my socialized gender. idk I wish I could connect to them but I just struggle immensely which really sucks :,T Now Rudy is one of my newest oc and probably the closest thing I have to a sona. I just connect with him more and just generally feel stronger about his personality and character. He def feels like a more "me" oc, having the same likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies. I dont feel bogged down when I draw him and feel more open to drawing him however I want to, including screwing with his anatomy to be more shapeshifter like than Ti ever was. He def feels more like me that Ti does so I may make him my main sona now idk Honourable mention. Darakay is my oldest oc and the only one who has undergone a single design change in that time. He has helped me get through a lot and helped me vent and actualize a lot of emotions I've exerienced. I dont draw him much anymore which really makes me guilty so I am trying very hard to get back into keeping him alive haha! He is my boy and I appreciate him very much even if he is incredibly simple in design. (I am thinking of redesigning him and giving him more interesting shapes
They all have nice designs! Sometimes you fall out of love with characters, it happens. But it's good you have one that takes over the role Ti had! Sorry for the late reply also, repying to these has been a little hard with how many coments there were
I used to think I only had one character that represented me, my fursona Ash. -> Ash Reference Sheet 2018. <- She wears the same clothes I do, she has the same hair style, and she's basically me in anthro form. She's like a summary of myself, and she's the one I draw when I vent most of the time. I definitely draw her the most. I discovered very recently though that some of my other anthro characters also represent me, but in different ways.
Bandit Ref Bandit represents kinda who I aspire to be. If he was a real person, I would look up to him and see him as a mentor. He's a manifestation of my buried confidence and talent that shows itself when I'm super invested in something. He's also the quiet side of me that pipes up to make jokes sometimes, but mostly stays quiet.
Nova Ref Nova is basically the friend I wish I had. She represents my inner frustration at the world, and the softness inside that not very many people see. To those that don't know her, Nova seems angry and tired with the world, but when you break through that outer shell, she's really funny and amazing to be around. She is very good at listening to others speak, while not overly sharing her own opinions.
Alica Ref Alica is my goofy outgoing side! She is very unpredictable and hyper, and is always moving. She represents how I am around those that I am very comfortable with. I become a child, full of fun and happiness. Only a few people cause me to truly be like that. I like how drawing Alica can allow me to channel that loud side of me that I don't share often.
Aspen Aspen is literally my quiet side. He doesn't say much, but wishes he could. When someone makes a joke, he would rather hide the fact that he thinks that it's funny than laugh. He's my shyness all funneled into one character.
Copper Ref Copper is my awkward, oblivious, and musical side. Sometimes I am a pure disaster, and Copper is just that. He trips on everything, stutters, and can't make eye contact, just like me in a lot of situations. Copper is also a musical kid though, and band is one of the only things that allows him to be himself without being judged. That's how I felt in high school, so I feel like he fills that part of me well. He also is very good at listening, and is a super good friend to anyone that gives him a chance.
So yeah! All of those characters represent parts of me that I either aspire to have or that I already have. Btw, this was super neat to write out, as it's all just been in my head up to this point.
First of all, I'm so sorry for the late reply! These have been in my inbox for so long, it's been hard to reply to everything and sit down to read everything people wrote. But I did enjoy reading about them, they're all really interesting and I like the different aspects of you that they represent! Thank you so much for sharing!
My name is Kodak Wolf and im a furtographer and like horrible memes because im a horrible person im an artic wolf who built up an immunity to choclate and lots of other poisonous things but I hate mushrooms
I actually have plenty of fursonas. I use my main sona ( Feketeszem, translated: Blackeye ) since 2009 and she grew up with me. She got her own personality later on but it's mostly same as mine irl. ( Shy, cowardly, affectional and so on ) sta.sh/219wws1n03u3 Because of certain events in my life, and getting to know myself better, I needed to separate some "rare used but important" parts of myself from her. Especially my persistence and steadfast nature ( these represented by Petunia - she is absolutely my willpower and libido ), my cynicism and 100% logical approach ( represented by Shade - he is the only male fursona I have, and I regard him as an "inner voice of reason" or some kind of subconscious). I use them since 2011.
Then in 2013 I had fallen in love, and I started dating with my mate, so my brain was suffocating because of the pink clouds. XD I totally changed a lot because of that, so I needed a new fursona ( Titania - who's a fox, because I wanted to be similar to Erexis. ) She's totally kind, naive, helpful, optimistic, and so on. I still keep her, because she's a part of me, even represents a whole chapter of my life.And actually I have some of her personality traits, but they kinda work like "reflexes" to real life events, and I don't really like these. sta.sh/2tcqj1b7708
In 2016 I have fallen to an extremely deep emotional hole, I got mood swings, depression and anxiety, therefore I needed to make a new fursona, who represented these negative feelings. For now I have two different "sad" fursona. One for my depression, and one for my anxiety. Since I always had anxiety in my entire life ( only depression strengthened it now ), I made this fursona similar to Blackeye, I only changed her colors.And for the depression I made a raccoon, because I really like these animals, and I guess I'm a bit similar to them, but I actually I hate these similarities on myself ( e.g. weight, some body part, destructive habits and that I have a really short attention span. ) Anx: sta.sh/2mho0thqb95 Dep: sta.sh/21p7prn1hn6f
Since I created them I've learnt a lot about myself, and I really love them, and actually glad I have all of them with me!
I am so sorry for the very late reply, these have been in my inbox for forever That is really interesting! They all have really interesting fleshed out aspects, and the choice for animals related to their traits are really nice, too. I like that you drew them all lined up as well! Thank you so much for sharing
wow this one is so unexpected! EagleThor is represents me irl or well... the good parts of me altough not my main sona but he is my main sona that i have revealed and if not for EagleThor i would not be who i am to day, im way more friendly kind and its also way easier to aproatch me irl now
and Spectral Eye who is my revealed sonas hes my 3rd main Spectral Eye represents the how playfull and goofy i tend to be around friends and also represents how mysterious i can be as well as representing how much a lot of my irl friends trust me, i have been trusted with some of they're deepest and most private secrets because they know they can trust me with them
First of all I have Kasai! I first designed her in June 2011 when I was 13 and she's not really changed much since, she's continued to grow and develop with me! Although she's my main fursona, she represents more of an ideal me (ie the kind of person I want to be) and so is more bubbly and outgoing than me. She's also still the one I tend to get commissions of, usually with my partner's sona if I can afford it
Then a few years ago I decided I wanted a natural (specifically brown) coloured secondary fursona, and originally had a male wolverine X British pine marten (gorgeous animals), and actual me would sit somewhere between him and Kas. Buuut I just couldn't connect with him so that's how Wren came along! She's meant to literally represent me, and so is shyer and more aloof and reserved than Kas. I wasn't sure about her design at first since I don't agree with the actual cat breed, but she's a cute digital sausage and I love her a lot so hey ho, and I need to draw her more
oh I guess I'm the odd one out here. I don't really have one that I identify with right now. I sort of used to though?
I play a game called Toontown where you play as an anthro animal character and I made a rabbit with the same name as me. I ended up turning her into an OC, and for a while I kind of thought of her as "me" mostly because she was kind of my "stand in" for fandom stuff, but over time I tweaked her and made her more exaggerated. I've tried adjusting her to match my own identity and personality before but I never really got into it. Nowadays I don't really think of her as me and I don't have any kind of emotional or personal connection to her beyond the fact that she's "mine". This is her:
And the character that I usually call my fursona is more of a mascot. I'm fine with considering her a stand-in for myself for the animal art/fury community but I don't actually identify with her.
I have trouble connecting to characters (and people I guess) and I don't express myself in my art very much so my lack of identification with my OCs is kind of an offshoot of that I think? I just want to draw things that I like the look of. They're also all very shallow, have some vague backstories or personality traits that I threw together mostly because I felt like I had to, but really the visuals are all I care about.
They started out to represent me but slowly transformed into their own character. Like I drew them before to represent my out-going, extroverted self or the "me" that I wanted because I'm not that out-going or extroverted...Very socially awkward and self-conscious. But the more I drew them, the more they slowly turned into their own character, doing stuff I wouldn't do because it seemed more like them. I still draw Zero to represent me from time to time but most of the time, I draw Zero to represent themselves.