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Fireborn needs illustrations!

People might ignore this, but I'm going to make a prompt at Sketchfest for drawings of any of the types of human beings in my Fireborn stories. In that world, the different forms of humans arise from basically the same genetic code, since any two humans can mate, and their child is often the same form as one or both parents, but not always--and could be any form, depending on how the genes are expressed.

So the basic form is the same--a skull and body structure much like our own--one spine, one pelvis, one set of shoulders, four major limbs. However, they also do have tails with two tips, and opposable big toes. All are mammals, and have thick head hair unless otherwise specified.  There's a number of different physical forms, though in Fireborn, there are five mentioned:

So, we start with the landborn. These are most like Earth humans--about the same amount of body fat, short (normal length to us) fingers and toes with nails like our own, soft skin and sparse body hair and thick head hair. Their tails are monkeylike and prehensile, but not particularly strong. The tail tips are hidden in longer hair, much like head hair or beard, and if the hair doesn't obscure them, they are expressive enough to gesture with.

Next are the woodborn. These humans are designed for climbing trees. They tend to be a little skinnier than landborns, longer of arm and leg, with thicker body fur, strong prehensile tails (strong enough to hang from), and strong claws instead of nails. The tips of the tail are longer and much stronger than landborns' tail tips.

Lakeborns: Lakeborns are designed for warm freshwater. They are nearly hairless except on their heads, and their tails are short with webbing between the tips. They could use them to propel them through the water, however, it is customary to twine the tail between the legs, covering the genital area much like the bottoms of a bikini swim suit. Their fingers and toes are quite long (twice as long as our fingers), and likewise have webbing between them.  Lacking hair, lakeborns tend to be heavily tattooed in adulthood.

Seaborns: These humans are designed for cold waters. They have a very thick layer of fat and also are heavily furred, much like an otter. They also have webbing between their fingers and toes, but the fingers and toes are shorter. I'm still considering the best way to do the tail for seaborns.

Windborn: These humans are smaller than the rest, and (by our standards) quite gaunt, with thick skin and dense fur instead of fat. They have fingers and toes much like woodborns, but a little longer, and have very long--well, they don't call them arms, because they have webbing that turns their arms into wings. Their tails are wide and long enough to provide some stability in the air, and are covered in longer hair, like their heads.

In addition, of course, we have fireborns--people that can be of any of the physical forms, but who have a talent for magic.

Now, off to sketchfest to leave this as a link, and see if anyone wants to try their hand at drawing my strange people!

And then to sketch!

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ellenmillion
Jan. 29th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
Lol! I can't get to any of the other prompts, so I'm going to try a woodborn. :)
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 29th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
Woodborn!
Yay!
fantaseye
Jan. 29th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
Earthborn
Hey! This prompt is really interesting, I'm going to try one of each. Please feel free to use the images as you like. <3
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 29th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
Re: Earthborn
How wonderful! I look forward to seeing them. (Though now I'm going to sleep in my bed instead of on the couch!)
metasilk
Feb. 4th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Tail for the Seaborn might be slightly keeled I suppose, although most sea-mammal tails I can think of are either round or flattened (seals, otters, cetaceans...) Hmm!
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