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Now I want to make it clear that I'm none of these statements are aggressive, I'm simply trying to explain things how I see them, I am NOT angry and I'm not attacking anyone. The tone of this journal should be read in a calm voice, not an angry one.

Why do OS owners get so protective of their species designs?
Okay so tell me, have you ever tried to make a cohesive, unique original species? It's not the easiest thing in the world to make a species design that stands out from the rest, it IS a difficult thing to accomplish, and more often then not if the person is taking time to draw and develop a species, it's something they're attached to, proud of, it's a product of their hard work. It is utterly devastating when you spend that much time and effort on something and care about it so much, and  someone who admires your work and wants to do something similar uses your design as a step-stool so that they don't have to do as much work. Now I know it's not always the case, after all our minds are incredible things that store everything we experience, it's not impossible that when trying to create an original species of your own, you accidentally draw up ideas based on things you've seen or read without even realizing it. I'm sure more then half the people that do copy a species design don't do it for malicious reasons or even know they're doing it at all, but that doesn't change the how it makes the original creator feel when they see this. People will react differently, SOMETIMES ridiculously, and it's the ridiculous reactions that get shared with everyone else and spread around, giving others the impression that every time this happens it is violent and silly (this is also fueled by the emotions of either side of the conflict, we tend to only tell the parts that side with our own and sometimes even stretch the truth to make things look worse). In short, your assumptions about OS owners, when negative, are WRONG. Not everyone is like that, and by going around and saying they are, you are perpetuating a generalization over a large group based on something a very small amount of people actually did. Never assume you know the way someone is going to react about something unless you have seen first-hand evidence.

Original species is an invalid term, all OS designs are a mixture of existing species!
Now I may be wrong, but I was always under the impression that the term original species applied in this manner referred to the specific design as a whole, not by the parts it was created with. Dog paws do not make an OS, but an OS can have dog paws, yes? 

There are only so many things to draw inspiration from for an OS, therefore similarities are inevitable.
This is true, similarities are inevitable for this reason! Did you think I was going to say otherwise? No, there are definitely going to be ideas that look sort of alike, especially based on how raw the design is. By raw, I'm referring to how closely it resembles a real-life species, like a wolf for example. If your OS is a wolf with wings and horns, of course someone is going to have a similar design to it. The more and more you polish a design to look a specific way, the less likely someone is going to make a species exactly like it by pure coincidence. My fumis for example, are very very specific, unless it was brought up by someone's subconscious, I can't imagine someone thinking up a species exactly like them by pure coincidence. It is much more likely for someone to make a species that looks exactly like someone's hornedwingedwolf then it is for someone to make one exactly like my fumis. When on the topic of original species copying, this needs to be taken into account. 

I can't make an OS because they've already all been thought of!
No, no nononono, when you look at the statement 'there are only so many things to draw inspiration from for an OS, therefore similarities are inevitable' that doesn't mean nothing new can be thought of. There is a VAST amount of species traits to use for your own species, plus themes, different ways to warp those features, ect. and the ways to mix and combine those features is HUGE, I HIGHLY doubt we could think of all the possibilities for original species within the lifetime of the human race, even with us being limited to what we have! The problem is, you're trying to restrict yourself to the things that have already been used in the community, you need to isolate yourself from the community completely and gather inspiration from the world around you, limiting yourself like this would be a shame. I know it's frustrating, especially if you're a beginner in the original species business, because like I mentioned before, it ISN'T easy, and like everything in life we will want to look at those who succeeded to figure out how to do it. We can't keep doing that though, nothing new and unique will be thought of, we'll all just be using the same things over and over again and the species we once admired for their uniqueness will no longer be so! 
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Minakie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there. Do you know if there's somewhere (like a specific forum or group) we can go when we have an "in development" idea for a new species, so that people can give us feedback on it and tips on how to improve our species and make it really original, but without having to fear that someone will just steal the basic raw ideas we already have?
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Fumi-LEX Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
ah mm I haven't really looked into that much, but I believe this one SpeciesBuilders does that!
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Annietz12 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is very well typed.

i mean its true. all the OS ive ever made were on paper. i was to lazy to do digital versions and ive seen very similar ones on DA of them but that doesnt make me angry in the slightest.
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defigure Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Wow, this rant was actually beautiful and describes my thoughts on these just perfectly.
Especially the very first part. People do not realize others get upset about their designs being copied because very often because of people wanting to profit off of it.
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Fumi-LEX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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thewhitewolf-mii Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was pretty hard for me to even put mine out there. my valboa species has been in my head and on paper for so many years before i even considered making them a species on the internet. we get defensive over are species because they are dear to us and they have alot of effort put into them. 

its mostly why OS owners are very protective/ close their species off. :3

just wanted to put this out there for people who read comments about this~
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witchpaws Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   Digital Artist
A+ thank you for writing this. Someone wrote a terrible statement about me on some dA confessions blog, all of which was slanderous and untrue, for the reasons you wrote in this journal: some people group ALL OS owners together and assumes they are all selfish assholes / cyberbullies, when that is completely false.
I really like the point you made about similarities and how the more "polished" your designs are, the more likely similarities will be purely coincidental. :meow: Have a good day at work~
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Fumi-LEX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
I'm glad you liked it! 
Yeah I think I know what blog you're talking about too, the ones complaining about things like that all seem sort of young idek. 
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SourMilkshakes Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My species is too ridiculous to copy so I think I'm safe.  XD
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LostPasserine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have trouble with that last point sometimes. It's one of the reasons I haven't gone back to creating my own headworlds yet, that and the fear that someone will totally rip off something I put a lot of effort into and hold dear (not even the physical looks— I don't care about that part so much as the details I put into their culture and world and society and stuff like that.) I'm trying to move past that now though and my next personal project is going to be creating a whole new headworld made entirely of "original species" and critters, although of course they're all going to be somewhat inspired by existing creatures and myth because that's how it works! ahhh but I digress I got away from my original point which is— these are all very good points. ahhh. I think about this quite a bit lately it's nice to know other people feel the same. you're so reasonable about it all, too. 
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