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Hey there!  So you'd like to design an Anomalous, eh?  You've come to the right place.  This is a step-by-step guide of how to design and submit your Anomalous character!


How to Design an Anomalous Character - A 10-Step Guide



Step 1.  Decide what kind of design you're going to do.

There are two kinds of designs: foal designs and starter designs.  Foal designs come from an in-game breeding.  They have two PC parents, and you roleplay them right from birth!  If you're creating a foal design, make sure you've submitted the breeding form.  You can read more about breeding in the breeding journal.
The other kind of design is a starter design.  Starter designs have no PC parents, and can be whatever age you desire!

Step 2.  Download or print the lines, if you'll be colouring them traditionally!


:bulletblack: You can download the foal lines here (ONLY for in-game born foals!).
:bulletblack: Starter lines can be downloaded here.

Step 3.  Figure out your design's limitations.

First off, you should figure out what your design will look like.  All designs have a phenotype (what it looks like) and a genotype (the genetics behind what it looks like).  You should figure out one or both before you begin your design!  Depending on the design/herd the design is intended for, there may be some limitations on what can and can't be done.

If you're going for a foal design, you can design any possible combination of the parents' genetics!  If the parents can create it, it's possible.  If you don't know what the parents can create, feel free to note the group or use a genotype generator such as this Equine Coat Color Calculator.

If you're making a starter design, the design limitations depend on the design level!  Free Creation designs are the most basic of design levels.  They are free to create, with a bay, black, or chestnut base and a limitation of three modifying genes such as dun, cream, or a paint pattern.  

The modifying genes that you can use on a Free Creation design are:

Appaloosa Complex.
* Note that nLp & PATN1 or PATN2 are considered their own modifiers.  It takes up two of your three free starter genes to get a design with Lp and a PATN gene.
  • Varnish/Snowflake Appaloosa: nLp, LpLp.
  • Blanket Appaloosa: nLp/nPATN2, nLp/PATN2PATN2.
  • Leopard Appaloosa: nLp/nPATN1, nLp/PATN1PATN1.
  • Snowcap Appaloosa: LpLp/nPATN2, LpLp/PATN2PATN2.
  • Fewspot Appaloosa: LpLp/nPATN1, LpLp/PATN1PATN1.
Champagne (nCh, ChCh).

All champagne coat colors, regardless of nCh or ChCh, will have green/hazel eyes.
  • Gold Champagne: ee/(any combo of A, At, A+, or a) + /nCh OR /ChCh.
  • Amber Champagne: Ee or EE/(AA or Aa) + nCh OR /ChCh.
  • Classic Champagne: Ee or EE/aa + /nCh OR /ChCh.
  • Sable Champagne: Ee or EE/At plus any combo of At, A, or a + /nCh OR /ChCh.
  • Wild Sable Champagne: Ee or EE/A+ plus any combo of At, A+, A, or a + /nCh or /ChCh.
Cream (nCr, CrCr).
  • Single Cream: Any base coat plus nCr; counts as a single modifier!
  • Double Cream: Any base coat plus CrCr; counts as two modifiers!  Will result in blue eyes.
Dun (nD, DD).
  • Any base coat plus nD or DD.
Flaxen (Ff,ff).
  • Flaxen Carrier: Any base coat plus Ff.  Will NOT show in phenotype.
  • Flaxen: Any base coat plus ff.  Will only show on chestnut base coats (ie, black horses with ff are carriers).

Grey (nG, GG).
  • Any base coat plus nG or GG.  Will grey out completely by 10 years old, at the latest.  Homozygous greys (GG) will grey much faster than nG.
Overo (nO).
  • Any base coat plus nO.  There are no OO genos due to it being lethal in-utero!  Overo markings have generally smooth edges and never cross the topline of the horse, creating a 'frame-like' effect (ie, white surrounded by the base coat color).  Markings may be minimal or somewhat extensive but, if more complete coverage is desired will need to be paired with another paint gene.  May result in one or both eyes being blue.
Pangaré (nPg, PgPg).
  • Any base coat plus nPg or PgPg, although will only show on bay or chestnut base coats.  nPg creates more minimal pangaré (example) while PgPg will feature more drastic pangaré (example).  Pangaré typically affects the areas around the muzzle/underside of body.
 Rabicano (nRb, RbRb).
  • Any base coat plus nRb or RbRb.
Roan (nRn, RnRn).
  • Any base coat plus nRn or RnRn.  RnRn will create more drastic/whiter roaning while nRn will typically create a more sheer roan.
Sabino (nSb, SbSb).
  • Any base coat plus nSb or SbSb.  nSb will feature more minimal roaning while SbSb may nearly completely white out the individual!  Sabino is characterized by white markings with ragged edges and can appear in a sort of 'psuedo roan' flecking across the body (example).  Does not result in blue eyes.
Silver (nZ, ZZ).
  • Any base coat plus nZ or ZZ.  Will only show on bay or black base coats.
Sooty (nSty, StySty).
  • Any base coat plus nSty or StySty.  Darkens the topline of any base coat.
Splash (nSpl, SplSpl).
  • Any base coat plus nSpl or SplSpl and makes the horse look as if it has been dippled in paint!  nSpl creates more minimal markings while SplSpl creates more extensive markings.  Splash markings will have smooth edges, unlike Sabino.  Splash may result in one or both eyes being blue.
Tobiano (nT, TT).
  • Any base coat plus nT or TT.  Tobiano markings have smooth edges and are known for creating chest 'shields' but can be more minimal in appearance.  Will not result in blue eyes.
Dominant White (nW).
  • Any base coat plus nW.  There are no WW genos, as it is lethal 'in-utero'.  Dominant white can cover the entire horse, regardless of base color, in complete white but can also be a tricksy little gene and appear in patterns similar to Sabino.
If your design is for a Scybilline, your design must be homozygous black-based (EE/aa) and you are limited to ONE of the following dilutions: champagne, dun, or pearl (prlprl) with the addition of the Sooty gene (nSty, StySty) if you so desire.  Scybillines are the ONLY herd where you are able to have pearl as a Free Creation design!  All Scybilline designs must also be solid (no white markings of any kind).

If you want more than three modifiers for your starter design, or want a special design, you must pay Salamanders for the design!  If that's what you're looking for, head over to the Salamander Rewards Journal.  Salamander designs allow you access to special genes that are unique to Anomalous; for more information on that, check out the Anomalous Mutated Genes journal.

Step 4. Decide what you want your design to look like.

Now that you know what you can and can't do with your design, you have to figure out what you want!  We recommend doing image searches for the design you have in mind to make sure that's the appearance you desire.  If you aren't sure exactly what the genes should look like, or if you have no idea what you want, feel free to play around with horse color generators such as this one.

Step 5.  Create your design.

This should be fairly simple!  Once you have your design made, upload it to your sta.sh as a PNG.

Step 6.  Decide on the mutations you want your character to have.

If you aren't sure which mutations suit your character's herd, be sure to check the herd journals!  Each herd comes with one automatic mutation that nearly all members of that herd have.  On top of that, you're allowed to add up to three other mutations that follow the 'theme' of the herd!  If you want more than three mutations, or if you want certain mutations that can only be purchased with Salamanders, check out the Salamander Reward Journal for more information.

Step 7.  Put this information in the image's description.

In the description of your stashed design, you should put the following information!  Please be sure to choose the correct form (either Free Creation, Salamander Reward, or Foal Design):

Free Creation Form
Please title the deviation "Free Creation Design | *insert name of character*" and copy-paste the below in the artist's comments:
Designed By: Who designed this design?
Played By: Who will be playing this design?

Gender: Will this design's character be male or female?
Season, Year of Birth Season, Year ____
Phenotype: What is the physical appearance of this design?
Genotype: What is the genotype of this design?
Eye Color: What is the eye color of this design?

Intended Herd: What herd is this design intended to live in?
Height: How tall will your character be?  Keep herd standards in mind!
Build: What build would you like this character to have?
Ability: What ability would you like this character to have?
Mutations: What mutations will be featured on this character?  Remember that Starter/Herd restrictions do apply.  If you have purchased an extra mutation with a reward purchase, please follow the mutation with (Basic Reward).  For example, in an Austerian that you have purchased an extra mutation for: Branching Tines (Automatic), Deer Tail, Deer Nose, Deer Ears, Cloven Hooves (Basic Reward)

Salamander Reward/Token Designs
Please title the deviation "Salamander Design | *insert name of character*" and copy-paste the below in the artist's comments:
Designed By: Who designed this design?
Played By: Who will be playing this design?

Gender: Will this design's character be male or female?
Season, Year of Birth: Season, Year ____
Phenotype: What is the physical appearance of this design?
Genotype: What is the genotype of this design?
Eye Color: What is the eye color of this design?

Intended Herd: What herd is this design intended to live in?
Height: How tall will your character be?  Keep herd standards in mind!
Build: What build would you like this character to have?
Ability: What ability would you like this character to have?
Mutations: What mutations will be featured on this character?  Remember that Starter/Herd restrictions do apply.  If you have purchased an extra mutation with a reward purchase, please follow the mutation with (Basic Reward).  For example, in an Austerian that you have purchased an extra mutation for: Branching Tines (Automatic), Deer Tail, Deer Nose, Deer Ears, Cloven Hooves (Basic Reward)

Salamander Rewards/Tokens Used:
- Please list out any token #'s or Salamander Rewards that will be used for this design.

Foal Designs
Note that this is ONLY for In-Game born foals.  Please title the deviation "Foal Design | *insert name of character*" and copy-paste the below in the artist's comments:
Name: ---
Gender: ---
Season, Year of Birth: Season, Year ____ 

Intended Herd: (Must align with the herd of the mother/caretaker!)
Eye Color: (Must align with the appropriate coat color!  Aka, bay horse will have brown eyes.)
Predicted Height: In hands; must be within parents' height range.
Predicted Build: Must be within parents' build range.

Phenotype: (The physical color of the foal.)
Genotype: (The genetic makeup of the foal.)
Inherited Ability: Must be realistically available from parents.
Inherited Mutations: (Mutations inherited from the parents!)

Sire: (Link to the father’s reference.)
Dam: (Link to the mother’s reference.)
Breeding Proof: (Link to breeding proof).

Played by: (The dA username of the intended player!  If the foal will be auctioned, type ‘TBA’.)

Step 8.  Submit your design to the correct Anomalous gallery folder for approval.


- For Free Creation Designs ONLY, you may submit your design directly to the Free Creation Designs folder.
- For Salamander Reward/Token designs ONLY, you may submit your design directly to the Salamander Designs folder. 
- For Foal Designs ONLY, you may submit your design directly to the Foal Designs folder.

See?  It's quick and painless!

Step 9.  Submit your design to the Design Record!

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN!

Step 10.  Be patient!

A design mod will look over your design and approve it or recommend changes as needed.  Please allow them time to look over the design and give feedback.  Do not note admins on their personal accounts!  Don't worry, we see your submission and will get to it as soon as it's your turn.  Once approved, you may create your character's reference and profile and submit it to the appropriate herd folder!

Tips for Designing

- To make your design look natural, use several different colors rather than one flat one.  Follow the natural contours of the equine body; for example, a chestnut would be a darker shade of red on its shoulder and back, and a lighter red on the underbelly!
- Do not shade your design!  Un-shaded designs are much easier to work with than shaded ones.
- If you are asked to make changes to your design, you don't have to make a different sta.sh file for the updated design!  Simply click "Submit to DeviantArt" and when the image submission form pops up, click the tiny edit pencil in the top right corner, switch out the old image for the new one, and voilà - updated design.
- Remember that certain colors are more liked in some herds than others!  You can see on the herd journals which herds prefer which colors.
- If your design has white markings on its feet, it is your preference whether the hooves remain their base color or become the beige-"shell" color like horses.
- Don't use pure white or pure black!  Those colors never crop up in nature, so to keep a design natural-looking, pick a very light or dark color instead.

Another glorious Salamander header by lilfawns! :D
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:iconwarped-desire:
Warped-Desire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Can we ask anyone to help woth our design?
Im having trouble with one myself
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LionessNalala Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes you can! Can I be of any help?
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Warped-Desire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Just im struggling with a gold champagne design is all And I wanted to ask of i can ask anyone for help. I dont wwnt to bother the admins with it, i have afew friends i can ask
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LionessNalala Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem. Anyone can do designs for people with the template. If you can't find someone I'd be more than happy to help!
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Warped-Desire Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I dont know if you can but id like someone to help me with this design. I can't get it looking right at all. Would you be able to? I dont want to waste your time because I am really picky... I just need a new perspective
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LionessNalala Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm totally able to help! note me and I'll get on in ASAP!
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Warped-Desire Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I will in the morning ^^ is that okay?
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LionessNalala Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds great!
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Warped-Desire Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Okay thankyou <33 Ill pop you a message if i cannot find anyone
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TigressDesign Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is Step 7 the most up to date form for free creation designs? I am getting a bamboozle!
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strideroo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EEEPP YOU BAMBOOZLED ME (forgot the form was there, lmao).  I'll update this to match the correct forms but the is the most accurate form and don't forget to submit to the Design Record here - CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN!

Designed By: Who designed this design?
Played By: Who will be playing this design?

Gender: Will this design's character be male or female?
Season, Year of Birth Season, Year ____
Phenotype: What is the physical appearance of this design?
Genotype: What is the genotype of this design?
Eye Color: What is the eye color of this design?

Intended Herd: What herd is this design intended to live in?
Height: How tall will your character be?  Keep herd standards in mind!
Build: What build would you like this character to have?
Ability: What ability would you like this character to have?
Mutations: What mutations will be featured on this character?  Remember that Starter/Herd restrictions do apply.  If you have purchased an extra mutation with a reward purchase, please follow the mutation with (Basic Reward).  For example, in an Austerian that you have purchased an extra mutation for: Branching Tines (Automatic), Deer Tail, Deer Nose, Deer Ears, Cloven Hooves (Basic Reward)
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Mythisawesome Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
hmm
i want my design to be black
but the tips say not to do that
so maybe help?
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MusePony Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tips are referring to making sure your black isn't designed just flat black, because real black horses have shades to their coat and aren't just a flat colour. Not that you shouldn't have a black horse!
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Mythisawesome Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Hmm
Possible a black base with roan?
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Mythisawesome Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
do i have to pick a certain type of champange? im confused with all the A's...Sweating a little... 
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MusePony Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, you do! ^^
The Es and As in a geno just tell you what kind of colour is underneath the champagne on a horse. Champagne is a dilution, so all it does is lighten and wash out the colours that are already there!
Classic champagne is black underneath, Sable champagne is bay underneath, and Amber is chestnut. They all look different, so choose the one you like best c:
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Mythisawesome Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
would classic champange look grey?
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MusePony Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not grey particularly, it's a kind of diluted brown with a cool tinge to it. Google images can help you! Horse colours are hard when you cant see them c;
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Mythisawesome Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
ah ok thx
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Ciaran-Greymoon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
Trying to design one of my horse, would that design be ok for a smoky cream dun ( not sure if still called grullo in that case)

sta.sh/0len33fxbj6
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strideroo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Depends on the herd but YES!  Send it on into the group and the Design mods will handle it for ya. :)
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Shireling-Archer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Quick question, if a foal must inherit both a sabino and tobiano gene (one parent is TT, one parent is SbSb) what would the resulting geno/pheno of the foal be?
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MusePony Featured By Owner Edited Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any kidlets would have to carry at least one copy of each gene (nT and nSb) so they'd be tovero c:
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Camyza Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
YellowFur46  your artwork is <33333333
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strideroo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YellowFur46 is a god.  Yellow.  I BOW TO THEE.
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Camyza Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
AGREED
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