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Quick edit: It just came to me that you can make a very creative and original story from a fan-made character (not that all of them are) And the traits/personality can also be interesting and creative. But the design of the character itself is not really original because of the fact of how similar of a wire-frame your using. End edit

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Just a quick edit (submission day): It just came to me that this might be saying to accept a Sonic fan made character or like Sonic due to how insane the fandom gets. No I am not saying you have to like Sonic-fan made characters, just know what the difference is between a FC and a recolor.
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Oh boy the recolor topic. Never thought I'd dabble into this one again and I'm probably going to get some disagreement on this one.

This does not go against anybody who is trying to prevent art theft on our site. This is more against the people who keep saying "Do something more original, recolors aren't original" or something among those lines.

Before actually saying that a FC is a recolor, actually know what a recolor is. A recolor is when you take any screenshot, manipulate and color over it, and say it's your own work. However, let's say if you took the Sonic model. You make him a different color (let's just say deep purple) you take no screenshots and simply draw him from a scratch. You give him another name and background story. Guess what? That doesn't violate any rules and that is what is considered a fan-made character. And it's just as unoriginal as giving a Yoshi hair to make your own Mario character which I'm not saying it's a bad thing but it's just the difference between a fan-character and an original-character.

I'm not trying to defend poorly developed characters. Let's say just making a character named Zonic, having a back story the same as shadow, and having the powers of Sonic and Knuckles combined. If it was made from scratch it's still not a recolor but I would hate more on the fact that it's a Mary-sue (even in the Sonic universe) and just something that was pulled out of someone's ass.

I also hate recolors who try to defend themselves all the time by trying to hide the fact that their character is a recolor by adding other features to the screenshot that's already stolen. "Oh look at me, I gave Sonic longer quills, it's not a recolor," it's still stolen artwork dumbass. If it derives from a screenshot, it's traced or edited without permission, then it's a recolor no matter you do to try and change it.

But somebody can make a Sonic FC if they really want to. Why? Because they enjoy it. As long as they aren't claiming it to be original or stealing another person's work. But I do hate the negativity around this topic begging recolors to have originality instead of just encouraging them to just stop art theft. Every Sonic character was built off a similar wire-frame so of course your going to see a resemblance to another character when you see a Sonic FC, but it just doesn't make it a recolor.

This is where I'm trying to get at
Recolor = Art theft (hate it for that)
Fan-character = unoriginal but acceptable (I don't mean to use unoriginal negatively, but it's just the truth. But it doesn't mean you can't have fun making work out of it.)

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Chris-Musume-The-WW's avatar
Chris-Musume-The-WW|Professional Digital Artist
My sonic OC XYZ's first design was kinda a recolor,but I gave him a redesign
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stephiekitty2004's avatar
stephiekitty2004|Hobbyist Digital Artist
luna the pirate fox was a tails recolor but i drew her my way and she looks ok in my style
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RilesThePirate| Traditional Artist
Riley (one of my OCs) USED to look like an Amy recolor, but I changed her design. People still say she's an Amy recolor wtf
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MarielKeybash96's avatar
I'm sure Firela a friend's Sonic FC is not a recolor.

But not every Sonic FC is a Recolor.
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Neko-Noskire's avatar
i assume that in order to be original you have to not use the styling of sonic characters? you might think that it's considerate to say that they aren't recolors but you still pretty much condemning anyone attempting to make an original character using the sonic style as being unoriginal.
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my rebuttal to this: neko-noskire.deviantart.com/ar…

overall my interpretation of what you have written is that you accuse characters of being unoriginal simply because they were drawn in a particular style. this will not do
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Dumuzink's avatar
None of my OCs are recolours, I draw them in either Paint or GIMP.

Also Zonic? As in the Zone Cop? XD
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Neko-Noskire's avatar
i use 3d models in secondlife
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GoliathDoesFlash66|Hobbyist Digital Artist
true.
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MarchanMoon|Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably the same reason I barely (Mostly never) submit art "Sonic FCs" on DA, they are pretty fun to draw and I love to design my very own. And I've had many FCs just for RP. But drawing them is a risk especially a lot of people claim they are recolors. There are many artists in the world who work hard on these character and try their best to make a believable character. 

Kudos to you for making this stamp. 
~Hollow
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Hot-coco-princess|Student Digital Artist
This is the one reason why i redesigned my character Sonya over 20 times. Her first designs was constantly getting comments like "oh is that a female sonic?" or "Sonya's a good name for the female version of sonic" like seriously!It's tiring for a character that someone worked hard on and drew by hand to be a called a recolor or the genderbend version of an offical character from anything.

But Sonya before i turned 12 was a mary sue  at the time,so it took me a while to resdesign her compelety
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same here too! i had an original character that i decided to convert into a sonic furry. and had to immediately redesign her to not be a recolor of amy rose. and then redesign again since every sonic style rabbit in existence is a recolor of cream or bunny rabbot. how the hell is the use of 3d models in second life constitute a recolor
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Hot-coco-princess|Student Digital Artist
i have no idea DX 

What is second life by the way? im just wondering
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Neko-Noskire's avatar
a social network mmo sort of thing using 3d models. best way to describe it is something like garry's mod but alot older
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NinjahGamer|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg same!! Like I have to keep designing my FC cause people claim it as a recover... I recently just redesigned my FC.
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Hot-coco-princess|Student Digital Artist
I luckily don't get that problem anymore with Sonya, but I still have to redesign other characters of mine
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NinjahGamer|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh... and btw I just realized I spelled recolor wrong XD
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RoseOfTheNight4444|Hobbyist General Artist
I created in my head a character combining the genes of the three sonic heroes, but obviously,this was an experiment by egghead. I did It for the fun of it, and while I had someone draw it for me, I, keyword,I, came up with it. I didn't ask the artist to draw over something, but this character is a plot device for a fic of mine. It's not a recolor, and people are stupid If they think that my, er, Robuttniks, creation is one. Taiklenic, as I named him, dies in the end anyway, as he isn't a main character. So yeah.
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Cucumba1|Hobbyist Writer
Well, to me, when it comes to making a Sonic FC you're so limited on what kind of animals you can do.

I don't really know, I could be wrong or not. But sometimes it's just so limited. 
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RoseOfTheNight4444|Hobbyist General Artist
That's where creativity comes Into play. Use any animal. They did that in thecomics. It shouldn't be limited if It's worth while
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RakuPorcupine|Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah like look at mine my fan Character is not a recolor, most recolor haters think some fan characters are recolors 
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Darkzack-Flame|Hobbyist General Artist
I made mine from scratch! I am a dummy! 
I don't like it when people bash me for liking Sonic though... :nuu: 
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RakuPorcupine|Hobbyist General Artist
Me too 
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