Mine came to me in a roundabout way though a nightmare... before that I really had no interest... weird I know
My character was originally being designed when I was in four year long abusive relationship. I actually have the original notes of her design, before I had changed it. Initially, the character was going to be a hybrid of many different animals (snake, wolf, dragon, snow leopard, etc) and her role was to be nothing more than a character for art. After I began feeling misunderstood (both due to abuse, and also other life related things) and trapped in my own body, I reiterated the design to be more of a wolf cat hybrid with monster-like (ie. Symbiotic) traits.
First it was that she was a Grim Reaper, then a Wendigo ruling over a constantly shifting city...now, she's just a Symbiote. Ironically the most simple and yet most complex iteration, as most of her real struggles now happen internally versus some external hunger or direct force of opposition. As such, her traits began to change as well. The scales, wings, and various other traits switched for a much more "subtle" look. She can still shapeshift, but it causes great pains to her.
I think that her design will continue to evolve as I do.
Not bad! I love seeing the evolution of designIn 2017 on a different forum site, I entered a thread called "design a character for the person above you" and I asked for an anthro cat with a cute sweater. This was what I received, which was (as you can see) based on cotton candy:
After some tweaks over the years, Sabrina evolved to what they are today, and became my fursona sometime late in 2018 iirc. Here's their current ref:
I find it interesting how relationships can affect us. Sorry to hear yours was a bad one:/ however it seems like some good came from it!I'm going to quote myself from the interview section I wrote a month or two ago...