- PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CREDIT ME WHEN YOU USE MY BASES. (See here to find out how).
- PLEASE DO NOT
CREDIT MY MAIN ACCOUNT FOR THESE BASES. If you want to credit Softfang
, credit BOTH Softfang
- PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, TAKE MORE THAN FIVE MINUTES OR LESS ON YOUR DOLLS. TAKE YOUR TIME AND TRY YOUR BEST. USE REFERENCES IF YOU NEED TO.
- NO, you are NOT allowed to upload my bases as your own. That's theft, base or not.
- NO, you are NOT allowed to upload my blank bases to make your own blank bases. They are MY bases to use to make DOLLS, not to make changes to them and upload them as "yours".
- NO, I am not taking requests. Ever.
- NO, you are NOT allowed to post my blank bases outside DeviantArt without my permission.
- NO, you are NOT allowed to sell my bases for points OR money.
- YES, they are free to use to make pixel dolls*.
- YES, you may "frankendoll" (taking parts of my bases and putting them on someone else's bases to make dolls from them) AS LONG AS you have permission from the other baser.
- YES, they are ALL MS Paint (Paintbrush for Macs) friendly. If your images are coming out blurry and/or with black backgrounds, you're not clicking DOWNLOAD first and saving the full image that pops up.
What are "bases"?
Bases are something that you work off of to make something of your own, pretty much. Sometimes, people make pictures "based on" another like with a similar/matching pose or something of the sort. The type of bases I'm referring to, however, are pixel/Paint bases that are most often blank (bald, nude, with optional parts sometimes) that you can edit to make your own dolls out of. They can be original (drawn from scratch) or traced from something else (with permission, hopefully). Bases are often controversial; they are to be used for fun, of course, but many people see bases as a way to improve their skills with drawing freehandedly--they help practice anatomy, clothes, hair, and sometimes even faces when the bases are faceless. Bases let you be creative in your own ways, though they give you a 'template' of sorts to start with so you don't have to design the body yourself if you don't want to. **Be careful, though. If you're after Paint-friendly bases, make sure it's not a base made for Photoshop or something--some base makers design those kinds and they're blurry/compressed and those are REALLY hard to edit compared to Paint-friendly pixel bases.**
What about the "bases" with hair and clothes added in with the rest?
Then, sadly, it's just a recolor template for you to fill in--at least that's what I see them as. There's no personal touch, there's no originality, there's no fun in designing your own hair/clothes if it's got them already. Personally, I like the ones with clothes on them already, but not the hair. I like designing my own hairstyles; outfits, I'm still intimidated drawing clothes, but I still try once in a while. XD
What are "dolls"?
I don't really know when or where I learned about the term, but apparently, USED BASES (those with hair, accessories, clothes, etc. that you draw on it yourself) are called dolls. Don't ask me why, I don't know. >.> It sounds funky to me, either way.
How can you tell what's a free-to-use base and what isn't?
Well, if it's got hair and clothes, check to see the description for any info about whether or not it's a base or actually someone's work of art. They'll usually SAY it's okay to use in the description or title somewhere, I think.
What are references?
References are pictures made by someone else (or a previous picture you yourself have done of, say, a certain character) that you use simply to get a feel for how to draw something like a hairstyle or an article of clothing. You're not necessarily tracing the reference, but simply using it as a guide next to the base you're working on to help you along.