Tailslover9's style of Bases are good for begginers and of course, easy to use. Like her style and many other's, these are more than likely used.
Okay, so I’ve started to notice while I’m browsing the old Base club that there’s a lot of small chop ups going on. Not many are being used as they’re being created and handed out, and those that are tend to be the simple fra-la ones than the more exquisite and detailed. I’m slightly concerned those making the bases aren’t doing their research or homework, so here’s just me giving small hints and details that might improve the work around here. And this is an opinion- so no thinking I’m blowing smoke up your arse. ^^
So… First ideas for a base…
1. If you’re making a Base, one of the most basic and simple idea to keep in mind is variety. You don’t really want to put a base surrounding one species or gender. Giving it different varieties and such are a good idea if you want more people to use. If it’s meant for one gender or species, however, try giving different feature choices at the side or styles the user can work with.
2. Never, EVER EV-AH make a base that’s basically all made up and given everything. Like…you claim it’s a base, but it looks like line art you’re suppose to color. Don’t want that- if you want line art, go make or find a club with line art. This is a BASE club- make people work a little here.
3. Do something no one else does! I haven’t seen, for example, many baby Mobian bases, or human comparison to Mobian bases. If you keep making things others are creating, you’ll only be judged at who has the best pose or idea for the same topic. Be creative and think up bases that no one else has done yet or ones that might be more what people are looking for.
4. Be sure your base is easy to color. For me, I prefer using Bases that have been made with Paint or simple GIMP. You know simple pixels. If the user wants more detail or smoother lines and textures, let them use their own programs and let them work that end. For the most part, make a base that’s easy to color and simple to use.
5. Couple bases are nice for your fangs and tangs. Yuri, Yaoi, straight, machines and inanimate objects, whatever. People seem to like Couple bases above all else. So this is the case, try not to post a lot of sex cropped ones. I haven’t seen much as being innocent couple Bases, like sharing an ice cream or something. Be creative and think of your own experience’s when it comes to romance if you make couple bases. Not everything is wrapped around sex, you know. A Yuri couple can be really kawaii if it’s the simplest expression, such as hugging or pecking the cheek. The key is simplicity and expression the faces may have if you give the variety.
And that’s basically it! Now, to make a base…
1. You can make a Base in numerous ways. The most common is to find a picture online, outline the basic image of it, then erase the details leaving only that outline. Though this is the quickest, cheapest way, it’s often frown upon when someone finally notices and realizes why the base looks familiar.
2. Making a base from scratch needs more creativity, Looking up photos and drawing inspiration like you would art is a nice way. But making it from scratch means you can use a variety of programs, like Paint Tool Sai, Photoshop, Coral, Paint Pro, or just regular old Paint. Either way, when you make a base from scratch, be sure to make it large enough for use.
3. Another way to make a base is to sketch it traditionally then scan it. It’s not really easy for use, and therefore suggested only if you have no other option. In that case, if you can, sketch the base and after either taking a picture or scanning the image, try to outline the image with Paint and erase around and inside it, leaving nothing but the lines needed. This way you’ve already done a step for someone who might’ve used your sketch base from its original roots.
The Don’ts of Bases….
1. DO NOT make a Base from someone else’s fan art or art! Making one from your own is different- that’s your call. But if it’s someone else’s’, prepare for some serious torment. That is a number one peeve and thankfully I haven’t seen that here yet. But regardless, taking someone’s art and making a base out of it is disrespectful, even with their permission.
2. DO NOT make a base for one person and that person only. What if it’s a good idea and only that person gets to use it? In fact, that’s opening the doors for art theft. Don’t allow that to happen! Sharing is a benefit that can be granted to both sides by sidestepping this mistake.
3. DO NOT make a base that goes against what you believe or support just for another’s approval. Popularity may seem important now, but later when it comes time to test for strength in these beliefs, you may find you can’t support them because you’re afraid of being looked down upon. Or you may end up looking like a two face. Though it’s good to be flexible and understand other people’s views and respect them- it’s not good for you to go to extremes just because a certain group is lavished for being what they are and you’re shunned for what you’re not. Simply put, if you’re homophobic, don’t make gay bases. If you hate certain scenes, don’t make sex related or violence centered bases, if you’re against satanic or other religious items don’t make those bases! Easy!
4. DO NOT create Bases that flame other people or beliefs. If you make a base with someone killing a lesbian, or a Satanist shanking a Buddhist, you better believe I’ll be one of those people bashing you to death. Making a base meant for insulting another person is also frowned upon. Be mature and treat your talent with better respect than to smite unworthy foes. No hating bases!
I hope this helps those making basis! All example pics and bases here are © of their owners.
And as well, remember to put you completed Bases in the proper catigories! If you made a base for other's to use, it goes in photos. And those you have used, it goes in fanart!"
"Okay- sex relaited bases are definately for different crowds. It's not really desired in some cases, but if you make some, try to make them respectful. ((Base of shadow759))
"It's not entirely encouraged to make a base from a scene or TV show shot, but like Sunnythewolf09's base here, it still can be used for reference."