by Michæl W. Bard
©2008 Michæl W. Bard
Something different this time, based on my own experiences, and recent frustrations with furs with a chosen form about which they know nothing
So: Youve figured out your fursona. Youve proudly announced it to furdom-at-large. Now what?
Lets run through a hypothetical case with examples and ideas that you can use as you wish. For the sake of argument, suppose youre a deer. Nothing wrong with that. Not the most common choice, which means people wont accuse you of lacking originality. And, it feels right. Fine but where do you go from there?
Well, perhaps the most obvious question is, what kind of deer? In North America, the White Tailed Deer is probably the best knownbut its far from alone. The first thing to do is to poke around at the various breeds of your chosen creature, and the best way to start doing that is your friend Wikipedia. Start at the beginning and look up Deer. That gives you the basicswhy deer have antlers and not horns, and a list of links to subspecies.
At this point, you can start exploring the options. Browse. Click. Skim. See what appeals to you, and what doesnt. Do you want to be a Chinese Immigrant deer (see Reevess Muntjac)? Or maybe you want to be something old and classy, thats extinctor, for your purposes, has been in hiding (see Schomburgks Deer)?
Read, browse, take your time. Explore. Get ideas. Play with thoughts. Theres no rush. If it takes days, or weeks, or even years, then thats how long it takes. This is for you, and your opinion is what counts. Take your time, find out what feels right. Hellin your browsing, you may even go with another species. Nothing wrong with that! Theres a whole world to explore.
Anyway, somewhere in the course of your research, youll settle upon a more specific species. For this example, lets say youve chosen White-Tailed Deer. So what if its common? It feels right to youits what you want to beand that is all that really matters.
The obvious next step: Go and read the Wikipedia article on White-tailed deer! Itll give you the basics, some ideas as to where you might be from, any odd colouration patterns you might choose to have, basic characteristics, etc. However, do keep in mind that Wikipedia is just a starting pointfor one thing, you will very likely want to know more about your chosen species than it can tell you. Even so, at least Wikipedia will give you a basic grounding so that you wont commit any cervine (or whatever-ine) faux pas such as, oh, chomping down on a big hunk of steak. And yes, I have seen people with fursonas do things as odd as that
Anyway, now you can poke and explore at your leisure. Browse more internet sites. Read abstract papers. Go to the library and find books (both non-fiction and fiction). Bring up Google and run an image-based search for Deer Fursuit to seeand, perhaps, sewwhat people have done. And so on. Go to story sites such as Shifti and read stories of your chosen form to see how others interpret it. Explore! Have fun!
Of course, the results your search yields will depend strongly on what sort of creature youre searching on. While a Google search on dog breedsshih tzu, saywill bring up lots of information on the care and feeding of the breed, a similar search on white-tailed deer will primarily yield sites on the hunting thereof. Sadly, thats the way the human world works. But, it does mean there is a vast array of information. Things like tracks, different paces, mating calls (always handy for the active furry! :) ). Still, there are more once you borrow in it.
Explore, enjoy, poke at it. Even if you dont find precisely what youre looking for, at the very least youll learn something new!