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Adoptables and YCH (Your Character Here) commissions are kind of weird to me and it took me a while to really get what each of them are. (I still kind of feel like I don't really understand the adoptables especially but I kinda get it.)

I was curious what other people's thoughts are. Is there an appeal to purchasing another artist's character designs to use as your own? Have you ever purchased an adoptable before or wanted to? If you wanted to see me throw out a bunch of random character designs, what type or from which series would you like to see from me?

And what about the YCH commissions? This is where artists put out a kind of template for a pose of one or more characters and your commission will be characters of your choosing in that pose. I can see the appeal from an artist's standpoint as it makes it easier to toss out cheap commissions at a fast pace. But then those who are asking for the commissions don't get a very original picture. Though some people are okay with that and I am not judging.

I'm not saying I'm going to do either at the moment, but I am curious for opinions. I like hearing what you guys think. Tell me your thoughts.
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LordVaderNihilus Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
As a seller i think they are good, you get to help people by giving them a character that they are gonna work on and make it big, its just great not to mention they are also good for the point economy of D.A
BelovedShadow Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know I'm super late at commenting but I would like to bring up my own opinions. I have bought adoptables from another artist here and they were Tranformers chibis that I adore than words can image! I have never draw robots myself (I'm super self-conscious about my own art) but for me is like listening to my favorite singer or watching my favorite actor at the movies. If I really really enjoy it, then I am willing to pay to own a piece of it. Now that I own two very adorable adoptables I would love to be able to draw them in my style one of these days (not anytime soon).
I absolutely LUVE YCH commissions! I actually have two in the process from other artists and one from another artist. I love them and I like seeing other artists' different art styles. The end results may not be original, but seeing how the person is paying for it, they can picture the situation and character they want to have their OC be interacting with. And a lot of prices I have seen have been worth it :)
I have always enjoyed your artwork and seeing that you're doing commissions, I would love to buy something from you! I still remember the kittens you used to draw and I adore them to bits! So the fact that you want to take one something like this, all I can say is go for it and have fun. And if you make a little bit of extra cash on the side, sweet! ;)
Ty-Chou Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries with being "late". I still read them and I appreciate the feedback. I have been thinking of doing some of these mostly out of curiosity just to see what would happen or if anyone cared.
BelovedShadow Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh u hav a very large fanbase, I think it would be very successful on ur part :)
Ty-Chou Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really isn't as large as it used to be. I've been around for a while. I think most the people who used to watch me are all adults and don't play around on DA anymore.
CuriousCucumber Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
I think adoptables are great - artists can get rid of designs they don't need to benefit people who like them and perhaps don't have clear enough vision themselves to commission anyone. 
Ty-Chou Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been tempted just to pound out a bunch of character designs just for practice and then see if anyone wants them.
CuriousCucumber Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
I for one have some old designs I've been meaning to make adopts since I don't need them but the time...
however I say go for it :3 you can only win
KyoukiSumeragi Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Adoptables, I can never get the ones I instantly fall in love with fast enough before someone else buys them. But it really depends on how much I like the character. It makes it so I don't have to try and describe the character to an artist and have it maybe not turn out like I'd envisioned. A lot of commission artists don't like just words they want pictures so this makes it easier.

YCH I've started looking into after I've seen some with really cute poses and it would make it so I have a better idea from the onslaught what the end result will be. Still haven't gotten any of these either.
Nuwame Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018
Most of my characters in my anthro world are adoptables that I have gotten from various artists, as for YCH I have never really gotten into those.  In answer to your random designs question my answer would be anything fantasy related just my two cents.
bunniesfortea Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018
I enjoy them for three reasons:

1) I'm pretty lazy and uncreative when it comes to visual art. It's just not where my talents lie. So adoptables make it accessible for me to use cleverly conceived, aesthetically interesting characters in the worlds that I mentally build out.

2) Nice way to support artists, not unlike Patreon.

3) Nice way to satisfy my urge to collect things without amassing a bunch more stuff.
0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I appreciate the versions that promote creativity and help out artists in need, but I think it's gotten pretty copy-paste in a lot of ways. I mean, it's one thing when an artist has a design and realizes they either don't like it much any more or don't have a use for it, but they don't want to just drop it like a hot turd, so they decide to turn it over to someone who might continue to appreciate it without completely losing all the history and development attached to it. It's another when you get an artist that churns out adoptable after adoptable, copy pasting and chop-shopping 'new' content just for monetary gain rather than actually creating something new and interesting and becoming a better artist through the process.
Ones that especially bother me are ones based off of fandom creations, like MLP and gemsonas. I mean, it's ones thing to design a character or creature based off those series, but it's another entirely to risk copyright infringement and endanger your work as an individual plying to a mass of followers who have proven time and again to be INCREDIBLY toxic to each other and anyone who sees fault in their fandom.

I get why adoptables became a thing, but it still bothers me seeing how unimaginative so many of them are and how badly they cripple the creativity of artists desperate for cash.
NewArtist19 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018
It’s a great idea to help artists that need that extra boost
Gatekat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I like adopts. For me they're a great way to get images for secondary characters cheap and (more importantly) without the stress of a commission. With the number of stories I write I have dozens of repeat background characters that it's nice to have images of but aren't worth the time, stress or cost of a commission.

I buy YCH less often but I do like them. Since most of my commission ideas aren't more complex than 'X in an action pose' or 'X flying' or even just 'something of X' they often make commissions a lot less stressful because we both know the layout and poses so all I have to give is a character ref. That said most YCH commissions I see offered are as original as any from-scratch commission and often get better results because it's a scene the artist wants to draw. They aren't cheap either. I've only seen a few where the artist did more than one variant for more than one person.

I save regular commission for when I'm willing to spend the hours it takes me to prep/review the images and the stress of telling someone I want changes to their hard work.
Owlhana Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018
Dude same here fir the adopts! I have a ton of stories qnd characters so i like to get some extra; its good too so i dont repeat designs and diversify too
I honestly NEVER thought I would buy a Adopt. Mainly because I come up with so many characters. But there was this one Adopt that I just randomly saw and after confirming with the artist on what I could do with him if I purchased him, I bought him. 

I would had never bought the character if I was not permitted to use in my own comics and stories. But I was given permission to do so and that character was probably my first and last Adopt I will ever buy.

i have drawn adopts to sell. Just to test the waters and I felt they were hard to sale. It was kinda like pulling teeth to get attention drawn to them. I don’t think I’m good with making adopts. 

I have ave been plotting a couple of YCH’s.... just to test the waters and see how that goes. 

Another art phenomenon that is odd is Blind Character commissions. And those actually did well for me.
AriaBuraun Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I do both . Maybe impulsively. But oh well.

Adopts appeal to me because its hard for me to fall in love with anything i draw. I perfer others works, but it all usually goes with an idea i already , but i just didnt know how to do it justice. OR i just fall in love with what I see <3

Ychs are cool. Like you said their quick fast and easy. I buy just too see my character in that pose. I dont care if 50 people got it. Mine will still look the best in my opinion because thats my child .^.
SonicGal390 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Well for being one who has done bought such I think it's interesting and depends on the design of the adopts there are times if I see a character that seems interesting I come up with a amazing story for 'em and YCH depends on the pose and such I can think of which character would fit in such deal which they are cool things ^^
Toni-Technaclaw Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there fine. its the competition that can be toxic
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