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Sat Jul 12, 2014, 3:34 AM by ginkgografix:iconginkgografix:
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Adoptables are Original Characters, short OC, created by one deviant to be obtained by others.

There are different ways of how to get hold of them, that will be explained in detail further below of this article.

While the copyright and the idea remains to be property of the adoptable creator, the new owner usually has the right to do "whatever they want" with the OC.
That means, they can change certain characteristics of the overall look, can give them names, can create background stories and everything else that makes them a complex character. Additionally to that they can use that adopt to be used as avatars, in new artworks, as page dolls, as characters in stories or RPG and much more.
Of course there are still rules by the original creator that should be followed.

Mostly people who are not much into visual art and those that have a hard time to come up with original characters themselves do benefit from them. Adoptables are always pre-made and that means you always see what you get, before you spent any money on it.

With the last gallery update adoptables also got their own category within deviantART related.
:pointr: Visit the Adoptables Gallery

Adoptable [ CLOSED ] by NaruLeiin Autumn and Summer Deer [ADOPTABLE CLOSE] by Eternal-S nezumimi ( adoptable auction closed) by plumine Lantern Munchkin Adoptable Auction - CLOSED by Karijn-s-Basement
Humming Deer Adopts closed! by catdoak ADOPT: Auction 15 [CLOSED] by jackettt .:Adoptable:. Special Halloween - CLOSED by Noririn-Hayashi  



A few years ago the diversity was very limited. Adoptables have been rather simple and the community was very small. These days however it seems to be one of the busiest categories/galleries within deviantART related.
From groups to creators to the amount of adoptables, it all increased extremely and with that comes a great variety of designs and adoptables. But of course it makes it also hard to be seen and to stand out from the masses.
Having unique characters, as well as an unique style becomes more difficult and challenging as well.

Because of that there are a lot of groups that focus on adoptables as well. While some might concentrate on certain characteristics (e.g. cute, humanoid, feline, equine, anthro etc) other will be more general. To find the right group for yourself, make use of the search at Groups.

Adoptables can be humans, humanoid, animals, mythological creatures, a wild mix, totally random - anything you can think of. There are no guidelines for this, as there are none for what they have to look like.
Some adopts come with a simple and rather rough style, others are extremely detailed and complex. Everyone can decide on their own, what they want to do. There are no limits.

Object Heads O2A [CLOSED] by starbang Mystery Crack Ship Pony Adopt OTA *CLOSED* by ShooSpectrum ...Custom Outfit Set - Vicky-Pandora.... by Seelenbasar
Femboy Eggie - CLOSED by Porcelain-Nightmares CLOSED- Male outfit adopts by Guppie-Adopts




How to obtain an Adoptable

How an adopt can be obtained always depends on the creator. The most common thing would be the auction, but there will also be promotional give-aways or other ways of attracting people.
The price of an adopt should always depend on the quality provided, as well as make up the amount of time and effort spent for it. It's difficult to judge the right price for yourself when you start, so looking at others can help you here. Still keep your prices reasonable, otherwise even the greatest design won't help.

Auction

The artists defines a starting price, how much you have to add with each bid and for how long the auction will be open.
Interested people can then leave their bid, often as a reply to a spedific comment, and will get notified if someone bid a higher price.
At the end of the given timeframe the one with the highest bid will be able to claim the adoptable.

SB - Starting bid (it's the minimum price)
MI - Minimum increment (the amount you can add when you outbid)
AB - Autobuy


Purchase /Auto-Buy

The artist add a new adoptable that can be either purchased as Premium Content (either limited to a certain amount or endlessly) or there is a set price and the first who claims it and pays for the adopt will be able to take it home.


Commission

Some people accept adoptable commissions as well. Here you can choose from character bases(this can also be highly detailed adopts as well) and decide on certain characteristics on your own. That means you have a bit more freedom and can build your character the way you like. Often you have to stick to the overall characteristics of the species though.
Commissions are usually for a fixed price, which varies depending on what is asked for. Some deviants offer commissions via auctions as well. 


Draw to Adopt

For this way of obtaining an adopt you have to draw it (or something else) to be able to get it. Out of all who take part one deviant will be chosen who will get the adoptable. The criteria depend on the artist who offer that adopt. It doesn't always have to be the most professional one who wins, but those who show that they would actually care for calling a certain adopt their own.


Give-Away/Raffle

Every now and then an adoptable creator might will have one of these. You don't have to pay, but have to do certain things in order to be eligible to win. Often these are something like fave a deviation, leave a comment, feature a journal etc.
At the end of a given timeframe winners will be selected and announced. They then will receive the offered adopt.


Open Species
These adoptables can be reproduced without having to obtain them from the original creator. If one adoptable is marked as open, you can create your own adopt based on the characteristics and don't have to pay for auctions, commissions etc.

More spread are the closed species though. These can't be used by anyone, but the one who created them, as well as the deviant who got one of the adopts.


:note: The featured adopts are not related to the text. They are just random examples!

  Adoptable  - Mind Breaker (CLOSED) by clover-teapot Auction: ANUBIS :CLOSED: by Snow-Body OC adoptable-SOLD by p-o-c-k-e-t Black and White Shibe Dragon Adoptable - CLOSED by LordSammich Fox Adoptable for points CLOSED by Psunna Chibi Twilight dragon Adoptable /SOLD! by Cecaangyal Flamingo by MAATY-S Leifviv CLOSED *contest entry* by CometShine :thumb356564559:  




Templates & Linearts


Like for nearly everything, there are also templates and pre-made linearts for creating adoptables. When using these, you should always follow the rules of the original creator. More adopt bases can be found at Adoptable-Bases.

Horse Adopt Or Design Template by Sky-Stables Chibi Llama Lineart by Karijn-s-Basement  Croco [Open Species] by Mousu
Cute Animal P2U Base by Kawiku Open species: Mimo by PetiteBubu OPEN SPECIES:: Free Gink lineart by Deskleaves
Free Adoptables Lineart by Sunnith Free Adopt Base by MissPinks  Sophydra Lineart by Karijn-s-Basement



In a lot of cases there is money (or points) involved when it comes to adoptables. No matter if you offer adopts or want to purchase them, make sure you are always able to fulfill the requirements for any transactions.

That means...
  • don't offer anything extra to adopts that you can't visualize.
  • don't offer something that is not yours.
  • don't bid if you don't have the money.
  • don't bid if you don't plan on really paying for the adopt.



:note: I have never done and adoptable myself, nor am I really involved in this community. If there is any important information missing, please contact me, so that I can complete this article to help people like me to understand it all better. Thanks!

Article for projecteducate - deviantART related week (July 7th - 13th 2014).

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SugarYuyu Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
I am sorry but a friend of mine is creating adoptables with the help of a dress up like game, like a generator is that actually allowed ?
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vindolet Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2014
I always read on comments about those adoptables but I had no idea what they were for or how to get one. Thank you! 
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
:hug:
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metalpug Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is fascinating!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
:aww:
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Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Thank you so much for the features, and it's nice seeing an official article for adopts, thank you so much for that too. :hug:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
My pleasure and thank you too! :heart:
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bergunty Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the article, I was wondering what the point of adoptables was. Now I understand.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
That's good :aww:
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azume-adopts Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really well written and informative! 
Good regocnition for the adopt community c:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Thank you :rose:
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marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Huzzah! As someone who is interested in adoptables and would like to learn just as much as anyone,  this journal was meant to be made ^7^)/ 

Thanks ♡
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
My pleasure! :aww:
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M-A-F Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
I love how adoptable's have come in to Project Educate now lol
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
There have been articles before, whenever there was a deviantART related week :aww:
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PetiteBubu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoooa, my Mimo in a Project Educate's article? *__________*
Thank you so much!! :dummy:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
You're welcome :rose:
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Cecaangyal Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind of feature! :>
By the way it's a very informative article!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Thank you!
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Minakie Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Since you seem to be into adoptables now, could you consider making an article explaining the differences between regular adoptables and closed species?
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
I am not, I have just gathered these information for those who have know idea about adoptables.

Closed species means the opposite of "Open species" (what was explained in the article). It means they always have to be bought by their original creator and can not be reproduced by anyone else.
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PetiteBubu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For what I know only the creator can draw a closed species, therefore you can't do one your own or sell it.
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iZaloyn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely article! ♥ very informative

I have to disagree with what Neccers said, though- I more often see auctions than anything else (although most auctions do have an auto-buy amount).

something to add to the article might be maybe some adoptable groups?
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Thank you!

I didn't add any groups, because there are too many. It would be difficult to pick some (because a certain quality/activity should be given), so I left them out completely. If you use the search on the groups page or look at the groups other adopts have been submitted too, it should be easy to find something you - or someone else - woud like.
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Penis-Jam Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
While taking a quick peek at the newest submissions into the adoptables category, I only saw two auctions.

I think groups would likely have more auctions, as those are best when advertised.  :noes:
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catdoak Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much for the feature!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
:hug:
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Penis-Jam Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Very informative article! :la:

I agree with what MamaELM commented, however.  I'm very active in the adoptables community, and they're not always pre-made.  Many people also make "eggs" that resemble the soon-to-be adoptable, or have blank lines with a color palette beside them, that they later finish once some one adopts them.
I also think puchase/auto-buy is the most common way of achieving them, rather than auctions.

As rydi1689 said (stalked the comments), this is impressive for somebody not involved in that community.  I was surprised to see that you weren't.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Removed the bit with the most common way. :aww:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thanks.

Yeah, i know about those eggs and that there is much more. For someone who is active within the adoptables community this wouldn't be the best article. But it's more for those, who have no idea what it is all about. Thus I didn't want to add too much or too detailed. Once people get into it, they would learn the details on their own.

Wouldn't those blank ones not some kind of commission then?

Really? I always had the feeling that there are more auctions. Maybe depends on what deviations will pop up in the MC or someone see while browsing :nod:
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Penis-Jam Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
I can see that, it's perfect for people who want to understand it!  I remember how confused I was when I first discovered adoptables.  :lol:  

I guess they would be, like a custom adoptable.  But with those, you can choose your own color palette.

There don't seem to be many people as fond of auctions.  When I'm browsing for more adoptables to hoard, I usually notice auto-buy ones as the majority.  :shrug:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
It all grew extremely. When i was a CV in 2010, this was all new and not many people created adopts. These days it can overwhelm you quite easily. D:

Hm, maybe it's because they are often combined? I see a lot of them who can be won via auctions, but there is also the chance for auto-buy. I would still consider it an auction then, even if the adopt will be auto-bought. 
Feels a bit like talking about ebay :giggle:
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ShooSpectrum Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hnngggggg you used one of mine *dies* ;3;
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Dies? Not a good idea!
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ShooSpectrum Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
true true xD c:
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MamaELM Featured By Owner Edited Jul 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sorry, I should of retyped everything, this will suffice though now. :)
Good introduction, auctions aren't most common though, actually about 40% of buyers won't even participate in a sale if it is an auction. They take a lot more time and energy for both the artist and buyer. :)

Also adopts aren't always completed at time of purchase, many of them are custom ordered or things called YCH or YPH (Your character here and Your Palette here respectively)
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student Writer
Along the same lines, if you're going to point out that there are things wrong/missing, wouldn't it be only sensible to mention what those things are? :confused:

I'm not really interested in getting involved with adoptables, but did wonder how the whole thing worked. This seemed like a decent introduction, but having read your comment I feel like I'm back to square one. I've got no idea which bits are accurate and which bits aren't.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Instead of just telling me that things are wrong, you could point out what is wrong so that i am able to fix it :shrug:

That's why i have that disclaimer at the bottom. What i have listed here, is what i have "learned" from looking around. I am not involved, but tried my best to collect enough information. Because each time i ask for help, no one steps forward to explain things.
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MamaELM Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well I had typed up a better comment, but my stupid browser went back a page and I lost it all. Sorry, I just felt like a shorter comment would suffice. I guess it is a pretty good introduction to adopts, sorry. >.<
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's fairly good for someone not involved in the adoptable world to be honest. Don't let them drag you down, you did good!
If you need any help with the adopt world feel free to let me know, I will be happy to help you :hug:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thank you!
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Artali-Artist Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Naja, die Markierung "Open" in meinem Beispiel signalisiert lediglich, dass es da noch offene Adoptables zu kaufen gibt... aber was du da als Beispiel von mir rausgesucht hast, sind im Grunde nur Katzen mit gewissen extras... also nicht wirklich eine Spezies oo... also... im Grunde kein wirklich gutes Beispiel, aber mir ist das recht wurscht oo

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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Die Features beziehen sich nicht auf den Text, sondern sind einfach nur verschiedene Beispiele von Adopts. 
Soll ich es rausnehmen?
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Artali-Artist Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Naja, es ist mir relativ egal :) mach wie du magst, ich kann die designs ohnehin net mehr leiden ^^
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought, that "open" means, that they are not sold yet :/ (aber du kennst dich sicher besser aus ;) )
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Ehrlich gesagt, hab ich Null Ahnung von der Materie. Das was du hier im Artikel siehst, habe ich mir über die Jahre mühesam zusammengesammelt/-gedacht, von dem was ich gelesen und selber gelernt habe.
Persönlich hab ich weder ein Adopt erstellt, gekauft oder war anderweitig involviert :slow:
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