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Which is more important in a fursona?

Appearance (unique or otherwise)
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Character (personality and the way they act)
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Both equally important
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Neither
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Other/It's complicated (pls explain)
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Fursona appearance vs. character
« on: January 19, 2016, 01:53:05 pm »
This question kind of relates to the thread about fursona originality. What is more important to you? The outward appearance of your fursona, or their character/personality? How does it relate to you and your personality?

This seems weirdly interesting to me.


For me, the personality of my 'sonas is what's important - that's the reason the appearance of them is so plain, as the species goes.
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2016, 02:39:04 pm »
Well I usually focus on the design and let the personality flow in afterwards sort of naturally :P
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2016, 03:05:51 pm »
Fursona wise I try to focus more on personality than design and my previous fursona was pretty plain to look at but I was attempting to make her more like me. My current fursona wasn't made with the intention of being a fursona at all let alone my main, so even though her design isn't flashy its still more interesting to look at than my previous sona. Her personality came after I made her my sona, so I guess both.

When it comes to characters its design first then I think of a personality later. I like flashy/interesting designs(but not blinding) but I think thats because of me participating in the adopt community a bit more :P
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2016, 03:36:00 pm »
A character doesn't have to have super epic markings, items, abilities, etc. to be cool. It's totally fine if anyone's character is like that, I am just saying that personality probably matters a bit more to me. :) I mean someone could be the most attractive person in the world, but if they have a terrible attitude or something, nobody's gonna like them.
But I'd still say both appearance and character matter just as much.
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2016, 09:39:21 am »
They are equally important to me. If one of my characters doesn't look good I loose interest in them since I don't like using them for avatars and such. But personality/backstory is also very important to me because without it they are nothing more than a design which is also boring so I also loose interest.
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2016, 09:45:48 am »
Both matter to me but while appearance can be shifted to suit what you want due to the lovely power of artistic license on your part, and thus destroying your own Canon. Personality is far and aways..trickier to settle on but equally as important. A character who's personality is crap will likely be treated as such by anyone serious etc etc.
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2016, 09:53:25 am »
Erm I pretty much only care about design -sweats-
Mostly because I hardly ever develop backstories for my characters. I'm just not creative in that way  :fox-:P: Even closed species with really specific traits are hard for me to get into, because I know if I ever did get one, I wouldn't use it for fear of drawing it out of character or something ;A;

My fursonas are the exception since I put so much time and effort into them. But again, that barely counts since they're essentially me. (Even though I'm sure Panda's personality is thought of as boring/stereotypical by most people) So not much thought involved there, haha. The exception is Icee sometimes I guess, I end up putting more thought into their personality and what situations I draw them in, since they represent a sort of ideal self.
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2016, 11:17:37 am »
Both?
I'm not sure... this is my opinion..
 Chara(sona)'s design will gives you a personality. And it's needed when you want to make a contact with people that you never met in RL.
 Personality as important as sona's important, but it only works when you meet people in RL (bc of inner beauty?).
 This how it's work,
   When you using a bad chara design, people that know nothing about you, not even want to try talks  to you.
   When you using a great chara design, people will try to know more about you, and they will find out your personality by themself.
 It's like using a "don't talk to me" shirt, people that want to talk to you just the one that already know you
 Or using a "i need some friends"/"talk to me and i'll give you my money"
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2016, 10:16:32 pm »
      Personality and character appearance are equally important to me. As in reality, people's first judgement of you is your appearance. It shouldn't be this way but it's the truth for a large majority of the population. Your appearance doesn't necessarily have to be abstract to cause people to be more attentive toward you. Although biolumenscent stripes are viewed as an extraordinary feature to any character, even the basic appearance of the species could be attention-grabbing because it is realistic and simple  to look at. It also helps people by easing the difficulty of species recognition. Personality is people's second judgement. Appearance is the decision to engage. Personality is the decision to stay around. Your personality should be as pure as possible. It should be who you are because you are you and no one else. Be yourself, and it will all work out.
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2016, 10:23:47 pm »
For me the looks should reflect on the character. Like a grumpy character wouldn't be as well portrayed if it had a constant happy expression. I feel like the appearance should be based off of personality, I don't know... that's just my opinion!
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2016, 01:13:27 am »
Ya know, I think the most important part to a fursona is that the creator enjoy's the process of making and using it. Your fursona could be the blandest thing to ever be seen but hey, if they are having fun with it, thats a winning fursona.
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2016, 09:23:31 am »
I personally think that both design and personality matter, but to me, personality/backstory matters to me a little more.

If I see a character and they have a huge well-thought out description, I'll take the time to read it all just because I find it interesting. There was a really good one somewhere that mentioned the character's zodiacs, their likes/dislikes, fears, pretty much everything but not too much unnecessary stuff.

But it's not like I'll get mad if someone doesn't have a description, if a fursona looks really cool in my opinion, then it looks cool.  :fox-;):
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2017, 09:06:23 pm »
For me both sorta matter, but personality usually matters a bit more than fancy colors to me. As long as the appearance sort of reflects the personality, at least slightly. It's not a requirement IMO, nor is it TOO important, but it's a nice addition.
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2017, 09:09:49 pm »
In my opinion, they're both equally important. It's important to have a nicely designed fursona that's recognizable. It's also important to have a good personality for them, but I don't think it's as important as the design since a fursona is based off of you.
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2017, 09:10:38 pm »
I believe that both are equally important, because often times you choose an appearance because of a personality. An example is that my fursonas' species and color are directly inspired by their personalities. Marvin is a blue grey Protogen which I automatically associate with intelligence. Sprite is a green AD, easy going, sacastic...et cetera...
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2017, 10:08:59 pm »
I think both are important
But to me appearance is just a bit more important
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2017, 10:24:32 pm »
I think it depends on the 'sona or OC. Some characters are made to look like they act, and others have a design before any kind of backstory.

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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2017, 10:46:38 pm »
Changing my vote. Design is 100% more important. You can put the same backstory on a portly designed character or a nicely designed one (for example I stole some of Skylines story and put it on Amelia) but tbh no ones really going to know their fun backstory or really care unless your in a super tight nit community like FT or you're writing stories. For example I can guarantee the people on twitter and Amino don't give two hoots about my characters back stories nor do the artists I'm commissioning. They mostly care about the visual aspects of the character and how pleasing they are too look at and I generally agree with them. Solstice had a way better backstory than Mystic (hers is still almost non existent lol) but Solstice's design made your eyes burn with neon purple and boredom. Mystic is a much nicer character because she has a nice design and is an interesting species instead of some weird hybrid thing and I get way more compliments about Mystic. Same thing goes for Amelia, people really like her design because she's nice too look at and doesn't burn your eyes (she's got a pretty good backstory too but I haven't posted about it much). Additionally commissioning popular artists has become so much easier as they actually want to draw my fursona designs now

Tldr: while backstory may be important to you people other than yourself really just see your characters design so I'd 100% prefer a nicely designed character and think that's definitely more important
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2017, 02:01:49 pm »
In the furry fandom, artwork and fursuits are significantly more popular than writing. The first impression you get of a character is usually their appearance, so being creative is important. This doesn't automatically mean everyone should have neon, rainbow, winged sparkledog-dragon hybrids, but just more than a solid color wolf.
Of course, personality traits are important, but they are a secondary priority, in my opinion.
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Re: Fursona appearance vs. character
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2017, 03:02:05 pm »
(Changing a little bit)
Design plays a huge part in a character for me. Could be since I'm more of a designer and make/buy character designs before putting a personality on them.
Sometimes you can tell a lot about a character just by looking at their design, and I love it when people do that. Like you wouldn't give a dark gloomy character bring neon colors nor would you give an optimistic upbeat character dark dull colors.
Its all up to the designer but that's how I like to do things ^^
And as Mystic and Cleo said, the fandom is based more around visual arts than anything so having an interesting design really helps with things. Personalty is important to me, I mean if talking in only visual art having a set personality still helps and give you(or who ever your commissioning) an idea how to and not to draw said character ^^ its just not near as important as design for me.
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