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What kind of Character reffrence sheets do you like the best? 

64%
1,710 deviants said Detailed ( All side views, drawings of every part and lots of describing text)
36%
969 deviants said Simple ( one main drawing of the character, some small around)

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Roaring-Flame-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on the character for me, but I prefer detailed-especially when making fursuits. It always figures that someone tosses a ref to me, I follow it to a T, and that spot or stripe or whatever is incorrect.
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Roxalew Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Would have to say Detailed, it gives you so much more incite into the characters, haha even better if you draw them striking a few poses too :D:D
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Aruera-kun Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i like both , but i can only do simple ones....
Therefore i voted on detailed!
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AdelieQueen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Writer
I think complex references look nicer, but I can't be bothered doing them for myself hahaha
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CaptainTigglesworth Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It really depends on what the character is being used for. If it's just to have something fun to draw, then by all means, just do a simple reference. If, however, you want to put a lot of backstory into the character for one reason or another (say you're using said character in a story of some sort and you mainly want the reference for yourself, but other people can make use of it), then I would say to go with one that's more detailed. It helps to flesh out the character and you get a better feel for them. It would also help you maintain a level of consistency.

...I suppose deciding which of the two is better is also dependent on personal preference.
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WolfBytes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
[Voted Detailed]
Though simple I like, like a main drawing of character, and if the character has any details, post those at the side.... And descriptive text...

Yeah, I was going to say simple is good too (which it is) though I think I'm sounding detailed....
Woops... Heh....
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virgo-k Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Detailed! It makes it easier on other people drawing that character, and it also (I think) helps the character's owner keep track of and get a better idea of their own character.

I need to make refs for my characters... But I'm trying to do them all at once and it's not working out. ^^;
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BlackSapphireXx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I like something inbetween; Enough to get whatever details there are across and a bit of the personality too hopefully.
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DragonPortal Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love detailed ones :meow: I don't have any of my own currently, but I love detailed ones with info on everything about the character :) Mostly because I don't want to mess something up if someone asks me to draw something, or I don't want them to mess up on my chars either,lol, but then I also like learning about the char and their design :iconasdfghplz: Idk, I guess it's just me lol
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Tiiria Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Digital Artist
I feel like one full-body and then some pics of any details that aren't on the front of the char is better than a cluttered mess. At least better for viewing. If I were ever to make a reference sheet for myself, I'd want the cluttered mess, but as far as looking at other peoples', simple has a higher chance of me liking it. Though I suppose reference sheets aren't meant for liking, they're meant for... referencing...
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The-Lunar-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
another note, a reference of snuffen would be awesome
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The-Lunar-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
as long as you get a front face shot and a shot or more that shows all the markings... paw pads (for dogs/cats) also helping, it doesn't have to be huge and complicated ;w;
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Gwan-Thewi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I like what i do - a full body shot from the side, some emotions and poses, and a run cycle
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Mnjooschji Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Simple, but detailed. Just like me!
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WildcatzAL Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Personally I prefer the detailed, especially for a newly created species or something similar to that. However, I don't mind a simple reference sheet, especially if they are fairly simple designs that don't need much explanation.
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Logical-Break Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like both, but i usually prefer something inbetween...
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GemFeathers Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it's just an OC then a simple one will do. A good design should be able to come across in a 3/4 perspective really.
(I really don't need to know if your character's pansexual and has 7 lovers while their favourite drink is coffee and rain makes them happy or some shit)

However if it's a species then a detailed one is fine to explain it all in one go without dragging it out over heaps of images.
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
xD HAAH HA I dont know why but I bursted into laughter with your describtion of what you didnt want that was epic. because WHY do people write that.
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GemFeathers Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It baffles me too :U
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
LEt me tell you what my sparklecaninefish's favourite smexyposition isssss
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GemFeathers Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Check out these thousands of hats and bandannas that I've drawn my fursona with that they'll never actually wear ever again!
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griffsnuff Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
xD HAHA this yes this is so true
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Moozua Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I like simple usually.
I don't care much for detailed unless the character is very confusing
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Cindershock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I love the animated one you did!
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M0NSTERMUTT Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda like in between. Simple parts (sides, front, possible stomach if they have weird markings on it) so that you get a clear visual design, but I also like it if they have detailed mouth shots and things like that so you can see what color their tongue is and what their teeth look like if they have them. An artists worst enemy has got to be getting a request or commission and having to do something overly simple because they couldn't do the paws up shot or open mouth laughter since the person didn't provide a good ref.
Detailed refs are pretty nice, text to explain basic things, but I hate the gigantic ones that have 500 paragraphs. I see it when people attempt to make 'original species' (aka either a pile of slop thrown together or something they saw before and tried to claim unfortunately Dx) and the sheets have to be downloaded to see a few words.
Basically, I think the sheets are fine so long as it shows off all the main points of the character and information is good to have to really emphasize things or give a snippet of information that could be really useful.
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Kaleoscope Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I don't have a major preference, though I do the complex ones I need to do the Simpler ones BECUS THEY TAKE SO LAHNG AND U GET BORED ASDKLEFZZZZZZzzzzzz...
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Ariabello Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It depends on the character. One of my original species has a simple design so I always use a simple design for the species but for people I usually try to do a detailed reference sheet.
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Waterbender-Jay Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like both. I use simple, because I'm lazy, but I prefer detailed if I had to choose.
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Ningeko16 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
detailed, because it's a pet peave when the person draws you char and then forgets and important deatail in the design, or they're not good with perspectives and a side view might help them plan out the drawing better or anything that falls under those lines............meep
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HMS-ArtHound Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, as long as it gets the point across. If the chraracter has a simple design, it doesn't need to be complicated. If the character is really complicated (design-wise) then lots of views and stuff is good.
And most of the text can go in an artists comment to let the picture have more room.

I really only don't like it when theres like... a little puppy dog hidden somewhere inside the swirly cursive font forest XD
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AquaDewRose Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally like detailed, so that fanart is easier to do because you know every side and stuff :3
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NingNinja Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
A balance between the two.
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plumcats Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
either is fine c:
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mokitodoki Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
If I draw a character viewed from the side, then I draw detailed sketches from that side only, but no text on the sheet.
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Atatshiwa Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
This poll is a no brainer
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TikaNya Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
As many drawings as necessary to get the character across.
Some more complex designs need more views than simpler designs, so it depends u v u
Walls of text are annoying though, especially when you can't read the writing.
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fluffydebunny Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if the simple one is well done then i like that one more.
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k-i-w-i-t-u-r-t-l-e Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I like simple ones, but then on the side any detailed part (ex, tail)
maybe some explaining text so you know what exactly they drew
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Satyrtail Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like ones that have one main drawing of the character in the middle, with simplified images of it on the side showing markings and stuff. I guess I'm sort of 50/50 because I'm not a fan of walls of text explaining who/what the character is and their personality and blah blah blah. In my opinion detailed descriptions of the character should be in the description, not crowding up the actual reference sheet.
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SoldierKenneth Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I like simple drawings with detailed writing. It's more of a personal taste of how I do them, but detailed pictures are nice too...
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ACrowsCollection Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Eh, I really prefer somewhere in between, but I have to lean more towards detailed. I mean what you described with the "simple" option isn't a ref sheet, it's a drawing with a few sketches around it! :noes: That's said, you don't need 50 different angles, an expression chart, a color palate, and walls of text detailing everything from what you can clearly see in the pictures anyway to the customs and politics of their native land, either (cause that's just silly!). Maybe a front and back drawing, being sure to include other forms or outfits if applicable, shots focusing on small but really important details if really necessary (like a tattoo that's hard to see in the fullbody pic, but needs to be detailed in a portrait), and a few short remarks about personality, relationships with other characters, or other notes like that. Basically be clear and detailed, but keep it concise and relevant.
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ACrowsCollection Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow. I complain about text walls and then I go and dump one. :nuu:
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ImAirheaded Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I personally don't mind how many drawings tbh. What puts me off is walls of text LOL;;
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Abwettar Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I prefer somewhere in between :D
Lots of images and a fair amount of test, but not loads - it puts me off wanting to read about the character c:
Just the most important stuff :D
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AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Detailed but well organised, i think if perfectly fine to add descriptive text when its uploaded rather then a whole bunch on the sheet itself, unless its a big sheet and its brief and easy to follow..... i think it also depends on the character, if its a character that is coloured symetrically then only one side view is needed, along with a full face view and maybe a back and stomache view.... i personally think paw pads can be a written description or just a colour sample labelled.. unless the creature has fancy or unusual feet/paws...:)
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AKRine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Inbetween. Several drawings but not a lot of text.
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LaughingBanana Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I like both.... but some times the detailed ones are too detailed and I have no idea what's going on D:
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CakeStuffs Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The kind that dance 8D

No, but really, I like detailed unless it's a really simple character idk
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DegnerDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Interface Designer
The more details the better :D
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Shiranova Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm working on a detailed since weeks and it drives me crazy... QAQ
I guess simple is better. Except the character is that detailed that you need a big reference.
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