the title says it all, I've kind of come to a dead end of my brain when I try to design characters of my own, (and stories too) so maybe some helpful tips?
Wow! That's really helpful, thank you!Here's a fun one to help break your block!
Mash your keyboard, and pick the first consonant and first vowel. Put them into your pinterest, google images, etc, and let it autofill your search.
Pick a number between 1-20. The image corresponds to that number in your search is your inspiration image.
Go here: Coolors
Generate a palette.
Finally, pick another letter. Use it to choose an animal from this list to work off of:
a-z-animals.com: A to Z Index of Animals
I find it to be incredibly helpful in breaking a block, especially if I tell myself that the result doesn't have to be good!
You also have to decide whether you will make a fursuit or not out of the character. I mean a dalmation with a hundred spots sounds cool, but if you have to sew all those spots on, well... that would be rough.
Oh wow! You're right, clouded leopards are beautiful! I just searched them up. Maybe one day I'll try drawing oneI've always been partial to my species... the Sabertooth. Since no one knows what they actually looked like, you can make them anything you want. I also like clouded leopards, but they are much harder to draw because of those shaded panels/spots.
Yeah, I've never really payed attention to that advice before and just went with a cat/red panda because they looked cute and cats are my favorite animals. Honestly though, I don't really know myself that well, and it's kind of hard to look at myself and really reflect. But I'll try doing that to remake my fursona //unsatisfied with herI try fitting the species with something of the person. It might be personality, or even something physical like body build or hair style. I'm kind of "long in the tooth" age wise, but I'm also really, really strong, so I picked a Sabertooth.