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2010 vs 2020

Posted these on my twit the other day & thought I'd share here, too! Progress is nice.

*incoherant noises*

Remind me to never do a group shot like this again I'm dying........

Redrew some of the art for the soulstone page! Not sure why the regular blue one... Ended up with a 400px res instead of a 800px res when I used the same file as a base for everything, but.......... somehow it did, lmao

Original under cut:

Coniferie are a race of sapient plant-people who inhabit the continent of Furot to the south of Keos Leesa. They have a large variety of dimorphism in their body types; from tiny bushy critters, to woody humanoid trees, to giant hulking monster-like beasts made of vine.

It was rumoured that valenor originally bred basilisks for war under their king, Bas Ski Liska; who released them into the Rendi as revenge for the death of their god Vale Nor. Until King Cran’s rule, when he confirmed that there was no record of a King Bas, many valenor bragged about creating such beasts.

Roughs for the arthromanto race! Not sure I'm 100% happy with those clothes but I want to get the rest of the Sunscare races anatomy down before I put *too much* effort into clothing and final art.

The acian are a swamp-dwelling, crablike people who inhabit the continent of Taya Makiki to the west of Das and Leng’sor.

Not much is known about the acian people as they communicate in a language that is unknown to Sentients.

Unhappy bubbles! Unhappy baby.

Naga have the shortest gestation of all live-birthing Sentients, at 4 months. Due to their short gestation naga infants are born fairly weak, with their eyes sealed shut, and need constant supervision until their first year when they start to open their eyes.

Although naga are born functionally blind, their sense of smell is still very acute and they can learn to recognise people and things by smell. They will blow large mucus bubbles and press them against people to sniff them.

These mucus bubbles are also used in an infant’s communication. As most naga language is visual body language, closed-eyed infants have a hard time communicating with their parents. Instead, they express emotions through their mucus bubbles. Happy naga babies will blow large bubbles, filling them with multiple breaths until they burst. They do this by breathing in through their gills and out through their nose. This can be uncomfortable for mothers who are breastfeeding, as the mucus sticks to their chests and (while they don’t often think of it as gross) if it’s not cleaned off properly it can cause irritation.

To express discomfort or displeasure an unhappy naga infant will, instead of crying, blow lots of small mucus bubbles into the water around them like floating tears. These bubbles will stick to most surfaces and are usually an unexpected menace for inexperienced parents to deal with. Most naga will grow out of this during their childhood, and rarely carry the habit into their teen years.

From birth, naga have what’s known as the “baby curl” instinct. Young, blind naga curl their tails around things and people and grip as hard as they are able. Once they find something they like to wrap around they will refuse to uncurl their tails, even in their sleep, until they find something else to hold onto. Parents usually wrap their children’s tails around their own arms, so that they aren’t separated.

The baby curl instinct may carry on after a young naga opens their eyes all the way into early childhood. This is considered the equivalent of a land-dwelling child sucking their thumb, and many naga children will have specific comfort items, such as blankets or toys, that make them feel most secure.

The new dire wolf art for the site!

With a face more sickeningly cute than I was intending but, sometimes, you just go with it.

Been doing some world building and cleanup over the past few days. The Har'py language has like, 5 pronouns.

Me, You, Them, Mine, and Not Mine (yours/theirs)

imo it sums them up really well. They do have gendered words (like mother/father) but their pronouns aren’t gendered, because it doesn't serve a purpose for them to differentiate between him and her. All that matters is that it's Not Me and it's Not You.

There is a dassen word, angilnishka, which is spoken in International as “stop hanging from the trees.”

The saying means, basically, to stop talking shit.

Many other Sentients don’t understand how the phrase could mean what it does, but after learning it’s an adapted shorthand for the literal translation “stop hanging upside down, your arse is starting to think it’s your mouth,” they usually understand.

beefox asked:

how do organise your world building? bee not very good at organization but trying to be better!

Oof I don't actually know if I'm any good at it xD I just use what works for me, personally, with my large-scale project. Things usually get messier the more I work and I need to keep cleaning them up and putting them back in order as I go.

But I guess the short answer is "Categories, sub-categories, templates, and a to-do list with important things in bold."

Throwing the longer answer under a read more to be polite to the dashboard,

You can actually see a lot of my world building on the website I use to host things publically HERE. I tend to actually use the website more than I use my desktop files for it because it has images and is laid out more visual than just plain text documents. You're welcome to click around without actually reading anything to see how I organise things! And also welcome to mimic the layouts or make templates from my stuff if there's anything that you think is useful/helpful. There is NSFW content on the site though (both written and drawn) so I'd be wary if you don't like seeing that sort of thing.

IMO, the navigation bar is the most important part of my website because it breaks everything down into categories that I find easy to navigate through.

The interactive medium of the website makes it REALLY easy for me to click around and find information and make small edits to my world building. I also make sure to keep keywords as consistent as possible so I can ctrl+f anything I'm looking for.

My desktop files are laid out in a similar way in a program called Scrivener. There are also some alternative programs (more) but out of all the ones I tried I found Scrivener worked best for me because it's also on iPhone as well and sync files to the desktop, and I'm always moving from place to place so having a way to edit on the move is an essential thing for me. The program itself is not really essential, just helpful for keeping things from getting lost in folders on the desktop, which used to happen a lot to me because I used a shared computer growing up and had to keep everything on several 4GB USBs, which all got full pretty fast. Would not recommend that method ;(

Here's a screenshot of my binder in Scrivener, though I need to reorganise a few things because I rearranged them on the website and didn't edit the binder to match.

The closed folders have a lot of text documents inside them, each one for something that fits the category. Things that are unfinished are marked with "WIP" so I don't forget and miss them when looking for something to edit.

The "NOTES" file is essential to me. Any thoughts for new lore or things I need to edit gets put into the notes file, so I can come back to it later when I have time to write and put it where it needs to be. I also use it to note if I've changed something (EG, an event date) and need to double check other pages for inconsistencies.

Everything also has at least 2 drafts. The first draft is SO incredibly messy because only I have to understand it. It's usually fragmented notes that I've scrambled together under subheadings and am too embarrassed to show to people. The second draft is organising that information and making it readable and clear (not necessarily good, though). Then I move on to making the information enjoyable to read, though I only do the last part because I'm posting my work publicly. If you're keeping things private it'll save a LOT of time and effort to just keep it clear and readable.

For templates, I use them for pages that I know need to be longer. For something like pages about animal species I may just have something like "Where are they from + variations + dangerous or pet?" as a note so I can add important information. For longer things like sapient species I use something more like this one:

The coding is prefilled for the website layout, so things stay consistant :)

I also have spreadsheets for things such as language. Lots of people make viable colangs that could actually be learnt and spoken but, I have enough trouble with English sometimes and don't stress about making things a real language. My spreadsheets are more like "cheat sheets" that I use for quick reference to keep things consistant. This one is messy but it's the one I had on-hand:

And uhhh that's,, pretty much it for all I can think of of how I organise my world building!

I also use for character organisation and know they have a few features for world building, but I don't use those features myself.

I need to redraw this because it's from 2017, but here's one of the best creature designs I've ever done.

Meet the grum, a magical legend in the Rendi that grant wishes and leave behind glittery residue that brings good luck.

Yes those are bald, human legs.

"This eventually led to her stepping down willingly from the position as ruler, which changed the power dynamic of the Heck’ne greatly and was the first step to the Har’py tradition “kan mup mala’kala,” or “eat the bad Prophet,” which is rather self-explanatory."

Though sexual dimorphism in harpies is often used to quickly identify the biological sex of a harpy, it is common to be corrected on pronoun usage by niritaka (transgender) or haykafica (intersex) harpy. Haykafica harpy make up roughly 3% of the known Heck’ne population, and niritaka make up almost 10% of the population. Niritaka are most common in harpy families that socialise with the local seces people, though they are found across Heck’ne and their high population in areas with seces is simply put down to having a better education of gender identity.