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Origin Prompts:  Create your Esk's story

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Origin Prompts are provided to encourage players to create a backstory and sense of purpose for their characters. You can only submit artwork and writing for Origin Prompts for esk that you own; you are not allowed to do them for other players' characters, unless you are commissioned or are collaborating. You can respond to these prompts as many times as you like, but you will only earn the bonus once per prompt per character. If you received an esk in an ownership transfer that previously had Origin Prompts made for it you are allowed to have a "clean slate" and start fresh with them. 

Requirements:

Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Artwork must be in color with full-body character and a simple to full background that shows a clear environment unless otherwise specified.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Writing must be 800 words or longer unless otherwise specified.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Comics, crafts, animations, and other mediums are all acceptable but may need scoring assistance from the TWWM team. Please send us a group note and we will help you out! 
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Finished Origin Prompt entries must be submitted to the Origin Prompts folder. 

Commissions and collaborations are now accepted! 
Only the owner of the esk whose story is being told will collect the Origin Prompt AP bonus. If you collaborate you do not get to split the Origin Prompt bonus, and you cannot combine your character's Origin Prompts into one submission — you still have to do one submission per character per prompt to apply the bonus.

Some Origin Prompts have new, unique requirements! 
We hope to encourage unique approaches to these prompts, have fun with the revised prompts!

New Growth ButtonInterpret these prompts in your own way
The esk lore and prompts are intended to provide a starting point for your stories and are always open to personal interpretation. Not all esk are the same and not all esk have the same types of transformation stories, so feel free to build on these prompts in the way that best suits your character. Sometimes the prompts here need to be modified in order to fit a narrative or match the lore — for example, if your esk was created by the Seventh they might have no recollection of the event or realized what was going on because of how the Seventh does its transformations, so you may want to make some unique interpretations of the prompts below like "Meeting the Esk" and "The Transformation."
You are also allowed to leave your esk's creator a mystery if they are unknown in your story. You can depict them as a mysterious force, shadowy figure, unusual presence, or other indirect way. 

Sprite Rip: Sprout Origin Prompts for First Transformations

1. Original Form
Show us who your esk was before they were transformed.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Were they human or animal? Or were they a plant, object, mineral, or other unusual form?What were they like and where did they live?
New Growth ButtonLime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Reference sheets will be accepted. Score as a batch upload and then apply the Origin Prompt bonuses to batch as a whole. 
New Growth ButtonLime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Backgrounds are not required for this prompt.

2. Losing Their Way
Show us how they went missing.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Did they physically go missing or did they get lost mentally, emotionally or spiritually? What location were they in? If they were not a human or animal, how did the other esk find the object and why did they decide to transform them?
New Growth ButtonLime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Poetry will be accepted. This prompt has a 250 word minimum (applies to poetry only), bundles will be accepted.

3. Meeting the Esk
Show us their encounter with the esk that transformed them.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! If the character is a Transformation or Story MYO then you must use the esk character that was used to create the MYO in this prompt. If you have a Starter, premade or custom you are allowed to partner up with another player to use their esk in your backstory.

4. The Transformation
Show us what happened when they were transformed.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! What did it look and feel like? Where did it take place?
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! You can show the moments just before, during, or just after the Transformation.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! If the character is a Transformation or Story MYO then you must use the esk character that was used to create the MYO in this prompt. If you have a Starter, premade or custom you are allowed to partner up with another player to use their esk in your backstory.

5. The Other
Create a depiction of the esk that transformed them.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Give us a closer look at the esk they encountered. What kind of esk is it? What effect did it have on your character?
New Growth ButtonLime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Backgrounds are not required for this prompt. It should still be full body.
New Growth ButtonLime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Poetry will be accepted. This prompt has a 250 word minimum (applies to poetry only), bundles accepted. 

6. Their Purpose
Show us how they feel about being transformed into an esk.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! What is their sense of purpose like in their new life? Did they become a Traveler or a Trespasser?

7. The Threshold
Show us the edges of their boundary.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! What did your esk find as they explored the limits of their new home? How did they perceive the change in energy as they left the source of their power? 

8. Their Haunt
Show us the area of their boundary where they feel most at home.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Where do they spend most of their time when they are in their boundary? Do they have any possessions or favorite locations?

9. Shaping their environment
Show us one way your esk has impacted their boundary.
 Have they taken on a role of guardian and done good deeds? Are they more like a haunting ghost or causing mischief? What sort of effect are they having on the habitat or residents there?

   10. First time outside their Boundary
   Show your esk exploring beyond their home.
   Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Where might they want to roam to?
   Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! If they left their biome, how did that feel to them and how was their form or appearance affected?


Sprite Rip: Sprout Origin Prompts for second transformations

11. Previous Form
Show us who they were before they became an Abnormal.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! What did they look like before they were retransformed?
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Reference sheets will be accepted. Score as a batch upload and then apply the Origin Prompt bonuses to batch as a whole. Background not required.

12. Changing Their Path
Show us the turning point that led them to become Abnormal.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Why did they want to be transformed again?

13. The Other
Create a portrait of the esk that transformed them.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U!Who was it that gave your esk their Abnormal transformation? 
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Backgrounds are not required for this prompt. 
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Poetry will be accepted. This prompt has a 50 word minimum, bundles accepted.

14. The Invitation
Show us how your esk went about getting their transformation.
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! Did they invite the other esk to give them the transformation? Or did the other esk approach first and made an offer? Did the other esk intervene?

15. Abnormal Transformation
What did their re-transformation look like?
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! What did it look and feel like? Where did it take place?
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! You can show the moments just before, during, or just after the Transformation.

16. Their purpose
Show us how they now feel being re-transformed
Lime Green Dot Bullet - F2U! What is this esk's purpose going forward? What is important to them now that they have a new form? How do they feel about being transformed?


Sprite Rip: Small Sprout If you have a premade, custom esk, or an esk with no determined creator, such as a nursery or event myo esk, you can use another player's character to be the one who transformed your esk. 

If another player's esk is featured as the creator of your character they will receive a crystal or mineral feature! You can read more about Transformation rewards in the Transformations page. 
Comment here with a link to your prompt submission and a tag of the esk's owner so they can receive their reward!

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Sprite Rip: Small Sprout Continuity and collaboration in your narratives is strongly encouraged!

Please help us keep the game mechanics integrated into the storytelling by using them as a springboard for your stories. If you have a MYO created by Transformation or a Story MYO from the Greenhouse please use the esk character that created the MYO as their creator in the backstory. If another player created your esk with a Transformation we recommend collaborating on your story concepts.
Using the MYO's creator in the story helps us maintain continuity in the esk narrative we are all building together and allows the game mechanics to be a meaningful part of the storytelling. This is especially valuable when it comes to Story MYOs.

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Sprite Rip: Small Sprout Ownership changes:

If characters in the origin stories (owned by you or other players) change in ownership you are welcome to adjust or rewrite backstories to accommodate these changes. Please continue to retain the original MYO's creator in any rewrites. If the esk was not created by an existing esk character (Starter, premade, custom, etc) you are allowed to select a different creator than the previous owner or you may keep it the same — since the creator is not officially logged in the masterlist you are allowed to change it after ownership transfers. The masterlist logs the MYO's creator by linking to the comment threads where they were created (Transformations, Story MYOs, etc). 
Remember: if an esk is transferred to another player you get a clean slate with the Origin Prompts which allows you to rewrite their story, complete all the prompts, and claim the bonuses even if the previous owner did beforehand.


Monthly Prompts: A day in the life

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Monthly Prompts are provided on the 1st of each month to help provide inspiration for casual artwork and writing. These prompts are not as story-oriented as Origin Prompts and do not have any minimum art or word count requirements — just have fun with them! You can do them as many times as you like in any way you like, but they cannot be combined with each other or with other game activities.
Remember to submit your Monthly Prompt artwork and writing to the Monthly Prompt folder!

Sprite Rip: Sprout Active Monthly Prompts

January 2018
New Years Prompt
Practive a medium or technique you would like to get better at! Subject matter must be TWWM related.

February 2018
Friends and companions
How does your esk express affection? Have they made any new friends?

March 2018
Esk's treasured object
Maybe it brings them luck? Or ties them to something or someone meaningful. It's up to you how that object is treasured!


April 2018
Draw or write a depiction of an esk's enchantment
What does it do? How does it present itself when being used?

May 2018
Weather
What is your esk's favorite weather? How does it affect them?

June 2018
Exploring dangerous areas
Has your esk explored a dangerous part of their boundary? Did they feel fearful even though they are a ghost? What were their emotions?


July 2018
A day at the beach
What would your esk look like at the beach? What would they be doing? Would they meet our newest NPC?

August 2018
Shelter
Does your esk have a place they go to take shelter from the elements or interactions? What does their shelter look like? Is going to this shelter a habit that haunts them from their past life, or a newly developed habit?

September 2018
Tell 000 a story
000 awaits in the Conservatory to listen to your esks tales. Will you tell her about your esks journey through the biomes, or about the friends they have made along the way? Struggles and victories? Or maybe how your esk has changed? Is this the first time your esk meets 000?

October 2017
Esk at sunset
What is the sunset like in the esk's boundary? What does the esk like to do at the end of the day?

November 2017
Fears
What is the esk afraid of? Is there a scary part of their boundary? Do they have residual fears from their past life?

December 2017
Winter Solstice
Are they out enjoying the long night and winter weather? Does the solstice have an effect on their magical abilities or mood?

Sprite Rip: Small Sprout You have 1 year to complete each Monthly Prompt, they do not have to be finished within the month when they are posted. You can do them as many times as you like within that time period.

Once the prompt is replaced for the following year it will expire. For example: the December 2017 prompt will expire December 1st 2018 when the new December prompt is posted.
New Growth Button by dualsceptersPrevious prompts can be found in the prompts archive!

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Samansu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If we have upgraded our Nursery MYO at the Energy Exchange, do we still need to use the original design in the Origin prompts or can we use the new design?
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witherlings Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018
You are encouraged to follow the continuity of gameplay by having Energy Exchange modifications take place over time in their story, but we are flexible about it and it is not a prompt requirement. You can use the original design or the modified design in prompts.
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Samansu Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah great! I was thinking I could show them slowly getting their trait changes from prompts 7-10 ^-^ That way it can show time going by. :heart:
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witherlings Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018
sounds cool :>
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witherlings Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
approved!
please report to the masterlist - ty!
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witherlings Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
approved!
please report to the masterlist - ty!

Sorry for the delay, this notification did not seem to get picked up by anyone x_x glad I did a sweep of the pages today!
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rayxray Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I’ll tag people next time!
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witherlings Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018
approved!
please report to the masterlist - ty!
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Asuna21500 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GAAAAHHHH! I can't wait for Bella to be  added to the masterlist!
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Asuna21500 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GAAAAHHHH! I can't wait for Bella to be  added to the masterlist!
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JeeperXJ95 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question: 

I do not have an Esk yet. Would I be able to write/draw the backstory of the Esk I will be getting from the nursery before actually obtaining it, and therefore using that AP to grab my first Esk? The first two prompts still show them in their previous form, and thus would be 100 AP together. 

Are we allowed to use NPCs in our backstory for nursery myos? 
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nybird Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018
Esk must be uploaded to the masterlist before you can score artwork of them. You cannot complete origin prompts for an esk that is yet to be official and claim points for it. It is also against the group rules:

"Submitting artwork of an esk MYO that has not yet been approved (via Transformation or otherwise) or with unapproved modifications is not part of fair gameplay and these submissions will be removed and do not receive points. The MYOs you earn in the game should be used within the game framework and should not be modified or created without earning them in the game — without this limitation the game will not function effectively for everyone."

You may still plan out your esk's backstory, we just ask that you refrain from posting it before your claim as you won't be able to go back and add scoring to it after it has been submitted either.

The best way to get your first 100AP is to draw some giftart or take some requests!

And yes, you can use NPCs for your nursery backstories.

Let me know if I can help with anything else!
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LadyLestroodle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I just had a question about collaborating with another player for a transformation:

Does the player that transformed an esk need to be of a certain level/gp in order to be used in a backstory? Or is that only the case if they want to create their own myo slots?

Sorry if this was answered elsewhere, or is an obvious question... I was unsure.
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nybird Featured By Owner Edited Jun 12, 2018
Players can be any level for their esk to be used in a backstory, the AP and GP requirement is only relevant when creating your own MYO slot via a transformation yeah. If you want to use someones esk as the creator of your nursery or premade esk, there is no AP or GP requirement and it will not use up any transformation slots. :>

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LadyLestroodle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thanks! This was really helpful :)
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mothsighs Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
it states in the journal that we have 1 year to complete prompts. Does that imply 12 months? Or would a December 2017 prompt expire on January 1, 2018, for example? Sorry if it's a dumb question! I'm interested in some of the 2017 prompts and just want to be sure. (:
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witherlings Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
Once the prompt is replaced it will expire, so the December 2017 prompt will expire December 1st 2018 when the new December prompt is posted.
I'll add this to the page so it's more clear - ty!
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mothsighs Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
oh tysm!! 💖 ty for clarifying (:
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IBX3 Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
Quick question~! Dose the esk that transformed them have to be an official esk or NPC or can it be one you just made up on the spot and then never used again? Like a quick random NPC with no official in game presence? Just wanna be sure! 
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witherlings Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
We do not allow players to design new esk or NPC for their origin stories because it makes things a little confusing as far as what is and isn't official goes.
If you are not interested in using an existing esk from the masterlist or existing NPC for your origin story, you still have some options.

"You are also allowed to leave your esk's creator a mystery if they are unknown in your story. You can depict them as a mysterious force, shadowy figure, unusual presence, or other indirect way." — from this page
• You can have the esk be unknown and illustrate/write about them in an oblique way.

"Basically you get to go through the prompts but you are not required to use a specific esk character, you can focus on the feelings of an encounter, sense of mystery, curiosity, describe a shadow, it's pretty open to interpretation." — from conversation I had with another player
• You can have the esk felt/shown more as a phenomenon or experience.

Or if your concern is that you don't have an appropriate NPC because the biome NPC you need hasn't been released yet, you can let me know what biome you are waiting on — I will try to prioritize NPC that have the highest demand. We have a new NPC coming out in the next 1-2 weeks, and overall I am trying to speed up their releases so we will have the complete set soon!
Overall we recommend reaching out to others in the game to collaborate on stories so the esk character interconnect, but I know this isn't for everyone so it's important to me that the prompts remain flexible with the options I mentioned above. Let me know if there's anything more I can do to help,
-W
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Colourval Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do the origin prompts have to be followed in order?
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nybird Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018
You can do the prompts in whatever order you like!
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Colourval Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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aracollie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it ok something like this idea to make only the first origin prompt? Or theres any limit?
1st Origin Prompt - WIP1 /Concept
1357 words in spanish (I will translate to english all (I know its not necesary but I want to)) + 6 full images (not sure if colored sketches / flat colors or shaded, I'll see)
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nybird Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018
You can go into as much detail as you like for any of the origin prompts, as long as you're meeting the base requirements! You can only claim the bonus once per prompt though. This looks amazingly detailed, I look forward to reading the translated version!
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witherlings Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
approved!
please report to the masterlist - ty!
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val-ravn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Done! ^^
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witherlings Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018
Yes, what crystal would you like to claim?
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val-ravn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I take rose quartz as crystal (would something like aura rose quartz be allowed?) c:
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witherlings Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018
yes that's fine, which one would you like?
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val-ravn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, aura rose quartz then please! ^^
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Caliki Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Question! If I were to make a comic that features both, how my esk lost her way and how she met the esk that transformed her, would that be elligible to collect both prompt bonuses or would I only be able to collect either or?
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nybird Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018
As long as each prompt has it's own separate panel (and meets the prompt's requirements) you can collect the bonus for both.
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Caliki Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet, I guess I'll check in with an admin then to make sure it works~
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sage-rose-witch Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
For the March prompt, could the object be a little plushie of them? 
Why:
A little girl was going for a walk with her mom, and her mom took a picture of her (which just so happened to be in Brie's boundary) and she, by some chance, showed up in the picture. When the little girl saw it, she asked her mom to let her have it, and she did. The girl, with her basic sewing skills, make a basic Brie plush and walked back there with it, "accidentally" dropped. it
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nybird Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
I think this is a lovely concept! I don't see anything wrong with this :>
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sage-rose-witch Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I came up with this idea a while back, and seeing the March prompt, it seemed perfect!
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hitodama89 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Am I imagining things or was there one more origin prompt before than there is now? Called "the transformation" or something like that. =0 If it did exist has it delibirately been removed at some point?
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witherlings Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018
I can't believe we didn't notice that
it's supposed to be there — just added it back in!!! thanks for your keen eye ;]
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sage-rose-witch Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it okay if #4 is as seen by the Esk-to-be? So, full body, but in different body parts?
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witherlings Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018
I'm not sure I understand the question, can you be more specific?
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sage-rose-witch Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
For a spirit renewal, can I change her ML entry from  702 by Esk-Masterlist  to  Brie Redes possible by sage-rose-witch ? (The tail bit is supposed to be blended) 
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witherlings Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
I sent this over to Outreach and a team member will be in touch with you shortly :] ty!
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sage-rose-witch Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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W001F Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Hello! 
The change of the tail seems fine, but the new image looks like they're missing their nature features and the toes?
Nature features are allowed to go through changes, but they must be visible at all times ^^!

Here's a quick quote for acceptable changes from our website c: 
  • Changing with the seasons, like changing foliage based on time of year.
  • Showing different stages of growth, like going from bud to bloom to wilting or growing fruit.
  • Changing color in a way that is naturally occurring for that plant, like how a single hydrangea plant can have flowers in green, blue, purple, and pink or a species that changes color as it matures.
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sage-rose-witch Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That was just a "maybe it will look like this", not a "here ya go, it's done!"
The nature feature changes each season, so this might take a while. Sorry for not making that clear.
Also, I skipped the toes, both because I had less than an hour.
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