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Seasoul Horses - Icon 12 by Tattered-Dreams
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Here you go :) One more left...

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For the breedsheet (which has a lot of information to fit in, so will be arranged in a set of sheets), I'm illustrating various key aspects. Both because I think it helps to have a visual guide, and because I like the idea of something more interactive, and this means I get to put my mental images of various scenes to good use :) (Smile)

The illustrations will be posted over the next week or so as numbered icons, with the proper information to come.



GENETICS

One of my favourite things ever :) And I quite like how this icon worked out, too.

Much as this chapter will attempt to explain the various genes involved, due to the number of base colours and the SoulFish, not everyone is likely to catch on at first (basically, there's a fair few locii involved). Mainly it'll be an indication of the colour/genetic possibilities and inheritance with less emphasis on explaining it.

It won't be a necessity to understand and apply all the genes, anyway - relief for those of you who aren't too into all that stuff.

All breedings must be registered with the Island (ie, send us a note ;)) and the Science department will send back the results of the DNA sample from the carrying mare (ie, you'll get a couple of genotypes to choose from to design the foal). This is a system employed by numerous other breed groups, but it makes the most sense, and prevents accidental mix ups with the genes :)

So there's not too many facts for this one but I'll try:

1. Twins are rare enough as it is, but there is such a thing as identical twins, which are like gold dust. In this rare instance, the SoulFish on the mother will appear to lay just one egg, but it will split into two shortly after, This is the earliest way to tell a true identical twin over a pair of twins who just look very alike. Twin foals, much like natural horses, can be born the same colour or different - this all depends on the combination of genes from the parents...identical twins are born the same colour, often with similar markings, though these are never exactly the same. Their SoulFish are usually replicas (though often different from the Mother's). Even though they appear the same, the SoulFish may act very differently, depending on the natural disposition of their foal.
2. Genes dictate colouration, first and foremost. To some extent they will predispose a foal to certain characteristics or ailments (pony types being more cheeky in nature, for instance, or light types more likely to be spirited) but to a larger extent, the foal's experiences dictate how they will grow. A light type raised in a very calm home and fed on a lower energy diet can grow to be a balanced child's mount. The same horse raised in a rowdy yard with lots of kids rushing about can easily grow to be quite neurotic.
3. Crossbred SeaSouls (yes, it is possible. More on that later :D) can only ever have a common class SoulFish, if they have one at all - Island Scientists were able to work out that the probability of this was less than 50% on a horse with one SeaSoul parent. Common SoulFish are the dominant type; Uncommon ones require two recessive genes, and rare ones require two recessive genes with the rare locus. So, with just one parent passing on any SoulFish gene, the only class that can appear with just one copy is common. If the SeaSoul parent was an uncommon or rare class, the foal will have no SoulFish of their own...not that it would appear in the same way anyhow.
4. This is more on breeding than genes, but oh well...The only breeding not allowed is of that between a Heavy type stallion and a pony type mare. The chances of the foal growing too big for the mother are too great. However, all other combinations are allowed, including pony stallions with heavy mares (even if you need AI to manage because the pony is too small to physically 'do the deed'.
5. Breeding between the types still results in a purebred SeaSoul. Most often, the foal will take after one parent or the other in terms of conformation and build. Occasionally, however, the foal will be born a blend of the two types in looks. These are affectionately termed 'Mashed' or 'blender' foals by the Keepers. Any that come under this nickname should state so on their records, and any foals born off the Island who qualify by exhibiting traits from different types should also have this clearly stated on their registration papers (ie, note it on their refs, with a brief explanation of their conformation).

Not all of that is strictly genetics...but yay for random info anyway, right? :D

As for this - that's meant to be a DNA helix. Not great, I know. They're tricky! But it was fun. And the fish were enjoyable to paint, too, even if the fins came out a little too purple on the one on the right. They're both goldfish again (still wanted to stick with generic) and I just borrowed a couple of nice photos as inspiration for their colouring. If you like either of them, feel free to suggest what colour their horses might be. Even these guys could afford to go to new homes ^^



So far: (and having to switch to links, as there's now too many thumbs! We've reached a milestone!)
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For the art...yeah it took a while to get a semi decent helix drawn up, but the fish were a lot of fun. I didn't even struggle too much, so I'm hoping that bodes well :D And the bubbles...I love bubbles, and I felt it just completed this, because it was kind of bland before I added them in.



Time - a few hours. A couple of sittings; one for most of the lines and then all the rest after playing with the dog :D
Refs: For the fish: www.cutehomepets.com/wp-conten… and cf.ltkcdn.net/small-pets/image…
And I also briefly referred back to a tutorial I found a long time ago for the bubbles. Here: fav.me/d2uleu4
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Seasoul Horses - Icon 11 by Tattered-Dreams
Seasoul Horses - Icon 11
Almost at the end, folks...

And I'm thinking today is another good day for two icons, so another will follow later on :)

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For the breedsheet (which has a lot of information to fit in, so will be arranged in a set of sheets), I'm illustrating various key aspects. Both because I think it helps to have a visual guide, and because I like the idea of something more interactive, and this means I get to put my mental images of various scenes to good use :) (Smile)

The illustrations will be posted over the next week or so as numbered icons, with the proper information to come.



And a header for the chapter on foals and youngstock :D

Our volunteers today:

A light type, blue sea based bright chestnut colt with birdcatcher spots and a Red Cap SoulFish. He's also got a bit of foal pangare there that will shed out :)
A pony type, green sea based blanket appaloosa grulla filly with a Seal SoulFish. It's white because the SoulFish appears as a seal pup (this would be a rare class SoulFish). Additionally, this one has another anomaly gene not yet seen - something called SeaSpray. This anomaly flecks the horse's body (heaviest near the topline and rarely below the knees and hocks) with the same colour as the sea base and may stripe the hooves, too. Its a moderately rare anomaly.

Neither of these can be exported yet as they're far too young, but maybe in the future :) Also, I'm a tad in love with the grulla (seriously, what is it with me and this colour??)

Sooo, fun facties:

1. Foals will often flock together to form their own nursery groups, chaperoned by one of the mothers, usually on a rotation. This is all done naturally, organised by mares sharing a field, without input from owners. The first months are important to their social development so its always good to encourage play and interaction with SeaSouls their own age, as well as grown horses and people of all ages.
2. Their parent's personalities and experiences can be quite an influence on the foals in their first months, though as they age, you will see them making choices for themselves more. Wild mothers, for instance, are more likely to have foals that flee at the sight of people and are very good at being elusive. Mothers raised on the Yards, domesticated, tend to impart their trust in their young, resulting in playful, people oriented foals who spend more time shoving their noses into passing pockets for treats than they do racing away.
3. Its not possible to use a shell comb to make the manes and tails of foals grow. It has no affect on them until they're around 6 months old, and even then, it can only be grown a little until the foal becomes a year old. Following that, water binds to it with no further issues. Its suspected that this is a quirk that has evolved over time to prevent long manes getting in the way as the foals find their footing and place in the world.
4. SeaSouls make exceptional mothers. They will meet the nutritional and nurturing needs of their young in the first months and the foal shouldn't be fed anything by the owners until you see the mother allowing it to sample her feed or hay/seaweed; she knows when the foal is ready for solid foods.
5. If for any reason a mother cannot raise her foal (death, illness etc), there are options. In the wild, another mother will often foster the foal, even if she already has her own. In a domestic situation this can still occur if two SeaSoul mares are kept together before one gives birth as there will be some attachment. More likely, the foal can be fostered off to a natural mare, though this will depend on the mare's tolerance, not the foal. Hand rearing is also an option, though care must be taken to prevent the foal becoming too attached and dependent - it can make them troublesome in later life.
6. Foals are usually called foals, but its also acceptable to call them calves (singular: calf), as whale and dolphin offspring are called. Calf tends to be used to refer to a wild born youngster, and foal to a stable born youngster.
7. With most fish/aquatic species, babies appear much the same as their adult selves, but with some, babies are visually different to how they look grown. A foal has a baby SoulFish that grows up with it - this is best seen with SoulFish like that of the seal in the grulla above. While the filly is young, her Soul resembles a white, fluffy seal pup. As she grows, the SoulFish will become sleeker and turn silver-grey as the seal ages.

And that's enough of that :D

So far this chapter doesn't go into too much detail - a lot of it is basic youngstock stuff and common sense - and other aspects have been mentioned under breeding and the history/origins, which covered some natural behaviour.

If you have any questions regarding foals you want answered, ask them in the comments! That way, if I haven't already planned to, I can add them into the breedbook :)



So far: (and having to switch to links, as there's now too many thumbs! We've reached a milestone!)
SeaSoul Horses - Icon 1
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Seasoul Horses - Icon 5
SeaSoul Horses - Icon 6 by Tattered-Dreams Seasoul Horses - Icon 7 by Tattered-Dreams Seasoul Horses - Icon 8 by Tattered-Dreams Seasoul Horses - Icon 9 by Tattered-Dreams SeaSoul Horses - Icon 10 by Tattered-Dreams



For the art...This could have been worse. The sketches came together fairly easily - the main issue I'm finding is drawing the linearts so small, but I brought that on myself XD The rest of it was fun, albeit with some tweaking of anatomy here and there :) And of course I went and got really attached to one of them.

Originally it was just a single foal, but in my head, it would feel more like 'youngstock' if there was more than one (and this better displays their tendency to group together). And then I debated adding in a heavy type foal, too, but in the end, I thought that could look over cluttered and just...less natural, I guess. Hopefully just two of them looks okay :)




Time - a few hours
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SeaSoul Horses - Icon 10 by Tattered-Dreams
SeaSoul Horses - Icon 10
Here's today's one! Just 3 left to go! But don't worry - after these, you start getting the breedsheets and imports :D

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For the breedsheet (which has a lot of information to fit in, so will be arranged in a set of sheets), I'm illustrating various key aspects. Both because I think it helps to have a visual guide, and because I like the idea of something more interactive, and this means I get to put my mental images of various scenes to good use :) (Smile)

The illustrations will be posted over the next week or so as numbered icons, with the proper information to come.



I'm going to address this serious matter first:

It is possible to remove a SoulFish from the horse's coat BUT this is a very serious matter.

There is a very specific way it has to be done, and very specific ways it has to be maintained (it's not meant to be easy for anyone) which won't be leaked (yet), its is almost always stressful and traumatic for both horse and SoulFish and anyone caught doing this in art or rp stories without permission will have some serious consequences. I don't take back horses once they've been adopted, but I can prevent people getting others, put a blacklist on the horse as a brood mare or stud, ban them from activity in the group and so on.

Yes, this is a story opportunity, but it is not something taken lightly.

Why even bother taking it out? You'll find out later :D

So...that awful bit finished with (and putting away my menacing, booming voice)...lets get into your daily dose of facts :)

1. It's because some greedy asshat many many years ago worked out how to take out the SoulFish that we have Keeper's Island; somewhere they could be hidden and protected.
2. When removed, all SoulFish emit the same, shining white light and have certain...properties, let's say.
3. There is a circumstance in which it is not a negative experience for the SoulFish to be removed, but that'll come later ;) (yay for keeping secrets!)
4. Shown above is a SoulBowl (original, I know :D). It's blown from a very special kind of glass by workers on the Island. This item will be available in the online shop, but at an astronomical price. Buying it doesn't automatically give you permission to remove the SoulFish. You would need to note the group and have a very good reason for wanting to story/rp wise.
5. Knowledge of how to carry out a removal - and a replacement, because the SoulFish can be put back into the horse at any time - is taught on Keeper's island in theory classes at university-level (not any younger) only for those going into a career it may be relevant.
6. SoulFish come under three classifications: common, uncommon and rare. Almost all types of fish are common. Larger fish types, some mammals and fish that may not be ordinary looking are generally uncommon (jellyfish, whales, dolphins, sharks, crabs etc). Rare class is usually creatures that aren't technically 'fish' as well as particularly unusual or unknown creatures (turtles, seals, seadragons/seahorses, octopi etc).
7. The three classes are defined by genetics, but specific species are down to chance (this was mentioned in the pregnancy section). Rare is a locus on the recessive uncommon gene, with common being dominant. Better explained later on :)
8. Obviously, eventually you will be breeding off the island between yourselves, so the rule is that if you're in any way not sure if your idea fits the class in your given genotype options, just ask. All genotypes will be given out by the group when a breeding takes place. Their genetics are complicated, thanks to the sea colours and SoulFish, so this should keep things easier.

Onto this horse, then...obviously you can't see it because some ninny has separated the two (they've probably done it for one of the uni classes). Its a common goldfish Soul, but feel free to suggest ideas for the horse :D

Also! How many imports is a good number for the first wave? (excuse the pun). I've got nine in mind right now, and was going to think up just a few others, as I don't want to do tons that never get homes, but are you thinking there needs to be more?



So far: (and having to switch to links, as there's now too many thumbs! We've reached a milestone!
SeaSoul Horses - Icon 1
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For the art...The bowl was already drawn, Its been in my head a while, and then a few weeks back I drew it to be a part of the Import sheets, to better display the SoulFish design. It being on the import sheets does not mean you get a free SoulBowl XD. I just shrank it down to icon size. The glow is dead simple; true white with a soft round brush. And its sort of hidden, but I also copied the fish layer, painted it white, and blurred it to give it a glowing outline. No, really, you can't see it; don't keep trying.

I decided on a Goldfish because this icon will head up the entire section on the SoulFish. I wanted something recogniseable and generic, plus the reference had pretty fins :D It's all drawn on about 2 layers. All in all, I ended up quite happy with this...though the fishy isn't too happy :p




Time - Just about an hour to 2 hours. This has been the quickest so far.
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Seasoul Horses - Icon 9 by Tattered-Dreams
Seasoul Horses - Icon 9
So, as I said...you get spoiled with 2 icons in one night :D And this one is fun, too :la:

Enjoy!

:iconthe-seasouls:



For the breedsheet (which has a lot of information to fit in, so will be arranged in a set of sheets), I'm illustrating various key aspects. Both because I think it helps to have a visual guide, and because I like the idea of something more interactive, and this means I get to put my mental images of various scenes to good use :) (Smile)

The illustrations will be posted over the next week or so as numbered icons, with the proper information to come.



So...I thought the best way to head up the sections on breeding and pregnant mares, would be to show you a pregnant mare, and here she is :D

This is a pony type, silver sea based piebald (black tobiano) mare with a Kaudern's Cardinal SoulFish.

Silver as a base colour is another variation, also fairly rare. The Cardinal fish is a common class however.

And this is where it gets FUN :D

Within days of a successful breeding, the pregnant mare's SoulFish will 'lay' and egg, on one side of the horse, in the belly area. The egg is usually tiny, round, and pale pink, blue or white. Within yet more days, it will 'hatch' into a replica of the Mother's SoulFish, whatever it might be. The tiny baby SoulFish will slowly grow as the foal does, usually tagging around after the Mother's SoulFish. You won't begin to see its individual personality until the very last month of pregnancy, or even until the foal is born.

When the mare gives birth, the imprint of her foal's Soul will fade away on her coat, usually within days, though it can take up to 2 weeks. There is one exception to this - coming later :D The SoulFish belonging to the foal is already living in its coat when it's born, and this will not be a replica of the mother's, but that foal's own. (Genetics dictate class of SoulFish, but individual species is down to chance).

There's a fair bit more in this chapter, but that's for the breed book :D

So, a few facts:

1. Foals are born already able to close the valve in their nasal passage, enabling them to submerge in water without drowning. Its an involuntary muscle that doesn't need practice.
2. Ultrasounds aren't strictly necessary, as keeping an eye on the baby SoulFish in the mother's coat can usually forewarn of any issue. The baby Fish won't follow its mother, but spin in circles, act lethargic or get jittery if anything is wrong. Its presence is also a firm indicator of whether a breeding has had any success.
3. In the rare event a mother conceives twins, she will get two tiny SoulFish babies in her coat.
4. After the birth of the foal, the baby's SoulFish imprint on the mother clouds over. It becomes a dusty colour in the coat, losing any markings, before it fades away. This colour change happens hours after the birth.
5. Long tails can easily get in the way when birthing, so it's not unusual for Keepers to cut back the tails fairly high when the mother's teats begin to wax, meaning birth is imminent.
6. Moreso in wild groups, but even in domestic ones, mothers may behave like dolphin pods; only feeding their own foals, but helping to mother others in a community parenting deal. If you're keeping pregnant SeaSouls with other expecting mothers, be careful, as some other horses don't like this openness with their own foals.
7. They like to give birth in the water. It feels more natural for them and the water soothes the contractions. As foals shouldn't be near the sea this young, ponds, lakes, massive baths or - as is used on the island - Tide pools away from the ocean are all good options.
8. Maternal behaviour can vary. Some mothers are okay with people around their young, others like to keep them amongst the herd at first. Get to know the mare before breeding so you can avoid a nasty kick ;)
9. A licence is needed to breed SeaSouls off of Keeper's Island. This licence can be bought through the online shop with enough currency. It just requires a simple application paper, available to fill in and send off. Or it will be. Available, that is :D

As of right now, all imports are at least 3 years old. SeaSouls haven't been off the Island for generations, the last thing they want to do is send off youngsters. That said, I hope its understandable why this mare isn't up for grabs as an import yet. She's heavily pregnant and her foal will need to be weaned before she can be exported.

But if foal imports, or even more fun, mare and foal/pregnant mare imports interests anyone, let me know. I think it'd be fun to do some of those later on!



So far: (and having to switch to links, as there's now too many thumbs! We've reached a milestone!
SeaSoul Horses - Icon 1
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For the art...This was fiddly because of all the parts, but it was actually straightforward to do. Thankfully :D (Big Grin)

It turned out having more there than first intended, as I realised other bits were relevant, but hopefully it's not too much of an overload. I've had to drag in four separate subchapters under care, so I did what I could. I'm oddly pleased with most of it, now, considering its just a bunch of random items :p (Lick)




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Seasoul Horses - Icon 8 by Tattered-Dreams
Seasoul Horses - Icon 8
As an apology for being so late yesterday (stupid conformation...) You can have this one a bit early again...and if all goes to plan...a second should follow.

Two in one night. You're all spoiled :D Gotta go to badminton now, though!

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For the breedsheet (which has a lot of information to fit in, so will be arranged in a set of sheets), I'm illustrating various key aspects. Both because I think it helps to have a visual guide, and because I like the idea of something more interactive, and this means I get to put my mental images of various scenes to good use :) (Smile)

The illustrations will be posted over the next week or so as numbered icons, with the proper information to come.



I realise a few of you could be disappointed at the lack of living volunteers. In the end, this image is a compilation of a couple of chapters, but they're all focused on care, and I didn't want the Feeding icon to be the ontly one without a horse. So this includes general/stabling/swimming care, coat care, mane and tail care and hoof care.

This chapter will explain the maintenance.

ATTENTION: now has a numbered version, to more easily see what's what :) - Seasoul Icons - Care Labelled

So, facts mixed up with a list of what's what: (working from the back forwards this time)

1. A wooden tap stand. There's a few of these around the yards on the Island. Its best to have easy, ready access to water at all times, and the stands are useful for all sorts of things. The posts are rouned off at the top to more easily hold bridles or headcollars when needed. Similarly, the rails are rounded to better hold saddles and such.
2. A Swim Line. These will be for sale in the online shop ;). They're a lightweight long line with a clip at one end and a rubber handle at the other. There's tiny air pockets all through it, and round floats sewn in at intervals. It means the line doesn't interfere or weigh the horse down, as well as being easy to spot in the water. Used for young horses on early trips to the sea.
3. A sand bag. Keeper's Island has plenty of beaches, and plenty of sand; fine, powdery stuff. This is their own 'brand' of stable bedding. SeaSouls live best on sand (literal sand) or peat as it feels more like home, though there's no issue keeping them on straw or shavings if you prefer. Island sand can be bought in bulk if you want, but it costs to have it shipped, or you can shovel up some sand from your nearest beach. They especially like it if you leave seashells in the sand in their stables, too.
4. seaweed threads. Seaweed is the only thing that can even partially 'tie back' a mane or tail. Normal bands or ties just don't hold and go straight through. If you need the water temporarily out of the way and don't want to cut it, you can (carefully) scoop the weed around it and knot it back.
5. Shampoo! You can't really use it on the manes - it just runs straight out - but its good for the coats, to keep them clean in the same way it would a normal horse. This is a very generic, cheap-ass brand that the Keeper's make in one of the towns.
6. A typical Island bucket. These have the metal rims, to help them withstand all the puddles usually about, and they're low and wide, to better accomodate tails and manes being dunked in. They're really solid things, and can be upturned as stools, too.
7. A hose. This one is a bog standard garden hose...though one of the students has gone and stabbed it. This is actually a neat trick to better keep SeaSouls happy during dry or hot weather. There's tons of hoses and attached sprinkler systems (again, bog standard ones you can get anywhere) all over the Island. When its dry, they're run from the taps through the yard and fields, even the schools, with punctures all down them so they can spray water as much as possible. It moistens the air at the very least. Its not uncommon to find herds of horses, especially youngsters, gathered around and playing with the sprinklers in summer if they can't get to the beaches.
8. A sponge. A staple of any yard. Good for cleaning both horses and equipment. And some SeaSouls love to suck on them if they're full of water. Bored horses or ones that windsuck (a vice seen in natural horses) can be given a sponge in their water bowls - hours of entertainment, sucking it up, dropping it back in, then going again :D
9. A loofah. One of the kids probably left that behind on a field trip :roll: Not your usual thing, but they do scrub in shampoo well :)
10. A body brush. This one happens to be goat hair (incredibly soft) but any normal brush can be used. Dandy brushes are also used for dried on mud, but they seem to wash it off themselves where possible.
11. That spiny looking thing is a Venus comb shell. These are the only things able to make a mane grow. More on that later. It will be available in the shop so you can all customise manes :D
12. Horse shoes. They're shown here, but really...you should probably avoid them. SeaSouls can wear them well enough, but they do weigh, and with horses loving to swim...they don't often like the extra weight. And it's no good if you're racing, anyway. Horses with ShellHooves can't wear them at all because the walls will shatter.
13. Hoof Moisturiser. This is a brand made on the Island with seasalt components but any normal brand works too. Like most things aquatic, oil doesn't mix too well, so you should avoid oiling the hooves, but you can work up a shine and keep them strong with moisturiser.
14. A hoof pick. Like all horses, their hooves need picking out to stop stones, bits of coral or mud getting stuck and causing problems.
15. A coral knife. It doesn't look too sharp, but it's deceiving. You can't just use any coral; its specially prepared to be able to cut through the water manes and tails. Its the only thing you can use that will do it. This is also going to be available in the online shop. They start off very pink and over time and use will bleach out. It loses its sharpness as it goes and when it's bone white, you need a new one.
16. A rubber curry comb. Better to use rubber or plastic than metal, as they may rust or get bent out of shape over time. This is used like you would use any curry comb, though plastic ones are also good for cleaning out the body brush.

Wow...that's a lot!

Sorry for the text wall, guys!

And briefly, about the online shop:

This will be a folder in the breed group. icons of various things will be shown there and each item will cost a certain amount of 'money'. NOTHING ACTUALLY COSTS YOU REAL CURRENCY. You earn Island coins by drawing your horse, and the more you draw, the more money you earn, enabling you to 'purchase' more items. Shop items will be things specific to the Island or the breed. Things you can get anwhere, like a hose, sponges and such will not be for sale. All this will be explained more soon :)



So far: (and having to switch to links, as there's now too many thumbs! We've reached a milestone!
SeaSoul Horses - Icon 1
Seasoul Horses - Icon 2
SeaSoul Horses - Icon 3 by Tattered-Dreams Seasoul Horses - Icon 4 by Tattered-Dreams Seasoul Horses - Icon 5 by Tattered-Dreams SeaSoul Horses - Icon 6 by Tattered-Dreams Seasoul Horses - Icon 7 by Tattered-Dreams



For the art...This was fiddly because of all the parts, but it was actually straightforward to do. Thankfully :D

It turned out having more there than first intended, as I realised other bits were relevant, but hopefully it's not too much of an overload. I've had to drag in four separate subchapters under care, so I did what I could. I'm oddly pleased with most of it, now, considering its just a bunch of random items :p




Time - a handful of hours throughout the day. 5/6 ish, maybe?
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Designing SeaSoul horse imports :D Looking for suggestions - please volunteer favourite colours/markings and fish species! 

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I'm 22 years old, I've been studying horses at college and university since finishing my GCSE's, I'm not very social, I love to read and write fiction, I love horror movies and suffer from the compulsive need to mock most things in life. I am easily amused and easily bored.

I draw when I get bored.

I draw a lot. =D

I post fiction online; my rabbit regularly tries to kill me (yes, she's a rabbit. We're working on it) ; I've wanted a dalmatian since I was seven and I can swim better underwater than on the surface. Diving boards are the best invention since sliced bread. I have deep set phobias of bananas, clowns, needles, hospitals and London. And trains. I don't like trains.

I'm really quite boring. And weird. I love this face - :hooray: Anything else, by all means ask and I'll decide if I want to answer. ;)

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The SeaSouls



Home of the SeaSoul Horses
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Launches 25th October

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NightingaleStables Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pone :D

Also, this new update is confusing as hell.
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Tattered-Dreams Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SHE'S SO STINKING PRETTY :la: and that's all you :D The little sparkly platy and holy cow - the mane and tail! You make them look so awesome! HOW?

Does she have a name yet? ^^

And lol, yup. I'm adapting. Slowly. Not sure if I'm really annoyed by the activity feed or if I really love it, yet XD
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NightingaleStables Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you thank you! :D I used a blotty brush for the mane's foam-ness, it did a good job I think!

As for names, nope. Still sifting through them!

I didn't find too much of a difference, to be honest, but the activity feed annoys me, I still have to go take a look and find out if I can remove it. It just fills space.
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Tattered-Dreams Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most welcome :D and it did a great job, that brush! It looks stunning ^^

As for the activity feed, you can remove it. Just like any other profile page widget :) I kind of wish I could leave the box for the text updates without it listing down every recent action I've taken, but they're all connected. Maybe they'll edit that in the future?
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