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How to Design a Character Reference Sheet for Your Fursona!

Updated on November 5, 2014

Make Sure Everyone can see just how Special your Character is!

A character reference sheet (also known as a character model sheet, ref sheet, character sheet, or other similar terms) is a visual representation of your character, a few key accessories / weapons / outfits, and whatever else you think is needed to get across your character's appearance!

They make ordering commissions from other artists easier, because all the hard work of translating your character into art is done for them! Everyone who commissions artists to draw their own personal characters should have one!

I can't live without it!

I can't live without it!

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    • Bub 5 months ago

      what width and height would the paper be?

    • KaiserOptic 2 years ago

      Well, ref sheets are amazing. I never ever like to draw somebodys character wrong, so they are helpful. A tip to someone who is making one: The more, the better! I like to add lots of details to my refsheets. blood color, the color of the tongue, dorsal and ventral views (to show markings), eyes, front view and profile, and if there's wings, make sure you draw what the Inside and the outside look like! (mostly for feathered wings) and you can't forget the eyes. if they have any tattoos, piercings, or acessories, make sure you draw them off to the side and say what they are, I find that to be more organized! Lastly, have fun! make the layout however you want, and take your time. the better your refs are, the more chance someone will understand it!

    • KaiserOptic 2 years ago

      Well, ref sheets are amazing. I never ever like to draw somebodys character wrong, so they are helpful. A tip to someone who is making one: The more, the better! I like to add lots of details to my refsheets. blood color, the color of the tongue, dorsal and ventral views (to show markings), eyes, front view and profile, and if there's wings, make sure you draw what the Inside and the outside look like! (mostly for feathered wings) and you can't forget the eyes. if they have any tattoos, piercings, or acessories, make sure you draw them off to the side and say what they are, I find that to be more organized! Lastly, have fun! make the layout however you want, and take your time. the better your refs are, the more chance someone will understand it!

    • LokiPufff 2 years ago

      hi i like refs because my fursona, Loki, is a wolox (wolf/fox hybrid) but she is only the size of an american shorthair cat because she didn't eat for a while because of a drought and i need ppl to know that uwu

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      If you want to draw it many times, write something about them or to have it done by somebody else, that's a must. If you don't want to do it, it's just a nice thing :3

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I don't think they're always necessary, but their great to have! Keeps the design and information in place and makes more complicated designs easier to look back on. Every artist should attempt to make some sort of map of their character's features, whatever works.

      If all of you are still looking to make a fursona ref, you can find me at WolfNightV4X1, I'll help you out :)

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I just recently got back into being a furry, and I would love to get another reference sheet soon!!(:

    • redpandaplayer 3 years ago

      I wanna draw my fursona?

      My reference sheet can help me with that.

      I wanna describe my fursona?

      My reference sheet can do that.

      I love my reference sheet, and every fursona out there should have one.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      They're useful for keeping all of the info in one place/easily accessible/etc

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I need one for my characters to help other people know what they look like,

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      YES well maybe no but YES

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Character Ref sheets are awesome! Anyone who has a deviantART account and makes one for me, I'll pay them by drawing two of their characters in color!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I'd really like it if someone can make me a ref sheet because I can't draw :P

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like to make one so I can be consistent when I draw my fursona, and I do A LOT of drawing, so I need one.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The world would be different without them and YES i need one

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Ref sheets are nice for viewers. At once glance, they can tell a lot about your character. We can tell the characters appearance, and also a bit about its personality.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yeh

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yup

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I need my ref sheets <3

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes! They make things SOO much easier, and are really great for character development!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Can't live without them! They're epically useful for conventions, when your commisioning artists.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I do!

    • ScarlettRose 4 years ago

      yes i have a reference sheet for even my extra charecters! when your really dedicated i beleive you should know how to use the computer to create your charecter or at least draw her/him at the minumum be able to explain to a friend what she/he looks like.so in my opinion you cant truly call yourself a furry unless you know what your fursona looks like!C:

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yeah, I love character sheets because I want to work as a furry animator/video game designer so I can show my colleagues how to draw my characters correctly and how I want to look overall.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Its easier for other people like in Art Trades, when they draw my two fursona's Tammi and Spice. Spice doesnt have a reference sheet yet, but she will soon. Ever since ive had characters and fursonas, ive always had a reference sheet!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Is there a website I can make a reference sheet on?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      yep... I definitly do... they're really usefull for you and for other people, because people will start bragin' that you should draw him more but you forgot how to.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      but o k i read the comments but i dont see how to make one ahhh

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      well i could draw it since i draw manga all the time ha ha ha ha <3

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      yes i really need one lol ...

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      could possibly draw mine.... I've drawn others. I'm fifteen but I'm great with art(:

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i wanna know how to make one yet alone make a character i know i want it a grey wolf but im not good at drawing furries :(

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I wish I could make one myself

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yeah both for like drawing out the character to show all angles and colors and whatnot. Also for personal use

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Cool.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Don't need one but I totally love 'em, pfft~ <3

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I want one!!!! How do i get one *_*

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Hmm.. It actually depens, some people need it, some other people don't, honestly i need it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Of course you need one. If you wanna get involved in this stuff than make one.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      they just make things so much easier, especially if you want a fursuit, like me.

    • Rexxer 5 years ago

      their nice to orgonise the charachter

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I Need One

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i need it

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I've never drawn one for myself, but I see a lot of people who FanArt others' fursonas. I think it's be REALLY hard to draw a character without seeing it from a whole bunch of angles... Just sayin'. :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I NEEEEEEEDDD!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I need one sooooooooooooo bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I can't draw worth anything...but I NEED NEED one of those

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I could not LIVE without a ref sheet for my lovely!

    • voxelishere 6 years ago

      Need need need one of these! Even though I do most of my own art, I can't do rear angles worth crap.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Just commissioned one today!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I need a ref sheet!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I need it now

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      HELL YEAH!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I'd think so. If only I can keep my designs consistent...

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      HOW MUCH ARE THESE THINGS IN DEVIANTART POINTS?

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      da absolutly comrade

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I can't live without it!

    • SlimySnail44 6 years ago

      I wanna make one, but I haven't made my fursona yet, and I suck at art. fml :/

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I just started and I need one now!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I need one!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I do!!:) I'm not very good at it

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      they're the only way to keep the traits of your fursona recorded/ all important back up

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Delthor, ligth an incense, and relax. Sit down, close your eyes, and imagine you are under a waterfall. Let yourself be cleaned, and then go down in the water, and don't go up for air. When you wake up, your animal will be near you.

      And yeah, ref sheetz for god's sake.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I, too, am a first time fury, and i just made a TERRIBLE ref sheet.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      im a first time furry long time lover i cant figure out my speicies i have a wardrobe set up but i need help matching my personality to my speicies got any sugestions

    • Annoymous 6 years ago

      Bragger: Noo....Im a great drawer!!!!

      Me: *Smacks person* GIMME IT!

    • HunterHunted 6 years ago

      need help getting one from last res0rt email, but still need it!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yeah.. need one!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Cheya!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      HELL YA

    • Crazychivez 7 years ago

      Yes I think I do because I refer to your artwork then mine

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes....

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      YES. They're a lot of work to get right so people won't have ANY questions (and more importantly, that you don't forget anything), but they're definitely worth it.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      YES!!!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I need one, mostly because when reading a description of my fursona, even I get confused/forget things.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      It's nice to have one, usually no matter what. I put everything on mine- personalitys, mates, etc. Then I don't need a million pictures saved on my computer or a thousand sheets of paper.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I need one, were do I sign-up?

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i realy need one were can i get one because i cant draw for crap

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yesss I need one so badly

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes i really need it for sure. If not my characters will look foreign !

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      How do I make one? I really want to make a reference sheet. Mine is a rabbit like creature, but I clicked on the make a ref. sheet link and it's just a bunch of ads for me!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      lots of fun to do and can really help you think out storylines and such

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes i really need one badly, i am making my fox but all i can see is his shape in my head, on paper it looks like CR#P

      only thing i can draw are real sharks and lions and that sort of stuff, but cant draw anthro

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes i do!!! I can see my fursona in my head...i wish i could convey it...i am a crappy artist though!!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i have one but it is crappy and soooo outdated

      and that dosent help cause im getting a comission and i need the sheet to send to her here is her awesome cheap commissions-http://eleweth.deviantart.com/journal/24394177/

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i dont know for anyone else but at least i do

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yep!!! i think that its is a good way for me to keep up with my own character

    • knef 7 years ago

      hi my name is kris neftin and i am an anthropomorphic fox that lives in Prince Rupert.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      They're good if you want people to draw your furry and ESPECIALLY good if you're going to be drawing them over and over again, as you want to get the proportions correct.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a fursona i just need to find someone to draw it for me

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes. I totally need one but I need help with drawing my character

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes. I'm planning on making a fursona, and with my memory, without one, I'd forget everything straightaway.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Uhm, yes....If Im going to have a fursona, might as well have a reference sheet so we know what they look like, am I right?

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Don't have one, but I'm still creating a fursona (though I do have a few furry characters from Furcadia). I'm going to make one.

    Think You Need a Reference Sheet?

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      • anonymous 12 months ago

        i cant draw or nobody can help me

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        where can I find a Character Reference Sheet

      • Hailing 3 years ago

        I can't draw at all and have no one to help draw it so :/

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Never used one, and I'm doing just fine. :3 You don't need them, but they could be useful.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        There okay. All you have to do is draw your character its not really as useful as you may think

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        @Majek

        If you already have all of their appearance thought up, just start doodling your character :3 Once you feel comfortable with drawing them, then you can make a ref sheet. If you need ideas for it, you can look up ref sheets on "Deviantart.com" or (really any art site) and just look at others. Though you shouldn't do the exact same as anyone else, just do what you like the best.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        where do you go when you are trying to start from scratch making your fursona? im new to this and i would like to make a pic of my fursona but i don't know where to begin

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        cool

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No, in fact I don't need a sheet, it a lot easy to do it without one

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        don't really like it

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        it's good to have one on hand.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        they are somewhat useful

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Already have one

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        you need one if you're going to get commissions done by someone, but if you want to be low-profile than they're not necessary.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I guess i'm a good artist, but furry references are NOT my specialty. I'm trying to do one on my own with some editing, but it ain't workin so well. But I shall not resort to someone having to make one for me! MUHAHAHA!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        this is worthless

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Eh, I'm between. Depends whether your fursona changes outfits or not. But since there's no comments for "They're nice, but...", I'm putting mine there.

      Why Have a Ref Sheet in the First Place? - Sure, you could do without them, but...

      1. Artists Need Them to Draw your Character (the way you want it!)

        We understand: when you pay somebody to draw something of yours, you want them to do it right. A good reference sheet reduces the odds that something is going to get lost / misconstrued in communication.

      2. It's a Good Way to Introduce your Character!

        A good reference sheet gives people an idea of who your character is and what they're like -- they don't use character sheets in D&D for nothing, after all!

      3. Make Sense of your Characters with them!

        Lots of things sound good when you're just talking about them -- too good, in fact. having a visual reference allows you to see problems with a character / outfit before you get too far!

      4. They're a great visual introduction!

        Putting together a Squidoo lens about your character? Combining a reference sheet with the "Text with BIG Picture" module is a great thing to have on your lens, for yourself and for visitors!

      5. Keep your original artwork safe!

        Many new furries may only have a few pieces of artwork they've collected / drawn for themselves, and often have to use them as references... a reproducible reference sheet (that you can make lots of copies of and give to each artist you're commissioning), on the other hand, is easily replaced if an artist spills their drink on it, loses it, or otherwise ruins your badge!

      Have a Reference Sheet already?

      See results

      Reference Sheets can contain lots of info! - Details make the artist's job easier!

      This is a fairly detailed reference sheet of my own character, Jigsaw Forte.

      This is a reasonably complex sheet, with front and back references, alternative styles, and a sample outfit, but by the same token, everything is laid out where we can see it, and an artist attempting to draw her will have an easy time deciding what they want to do with her!

      Make sure your sheet gets across the details that it needs to! Be complete, but keep it simple!

      Reference Sheets can be Simple! - You don't have to kill yourself over every angle!

      This reference sheet of Punkin done by Mukichan is an excellent example of a quick, rough reference sheet that doesn't take any more effort than a normal drawing!

      ... well, almost.

      You'll notice three things this sheet does that the more complex version does as well:

      1. Punkin is still illustrated nude (albeit in G-rated nudity) for reference purposes.
      2. Reference points and details are still pointed out on the body itself, such as her fingers and tail transparency.
      3. Swatches of her color scheme are off to the side, for color selection purposes.
      As a result, this is an excellent example of a minimalist character reference sheet: Just enough detail to get you going, and very little effort to produce! Proof that you don't have to be a good artist (or spend a lot of time!) to make your own character sheet!

      Draw Your Own Character Sheet!

      It's not hard... especially if you already know how to draw!

      But if you don't, there's nothing that says you can't learn how to draw, or learn to improve... and this book will show you how!

      Don't Want to Draw Your Own Character Sheet? - Now you don't have to!

      ots of folks commission other, better artists in the furry fandom and elsewhere to make detailed character sheets that can bring their characters to life...

      ...and you can too!

      Just a few notes to keep in mind before you commission someone for a sheet, though:

      • The More References, The Better!

        Yes, that's why you're getting the sheet in the first place, but the more references we can see, the more interpretations of your character we already know you like (so a cohesive standard can be made!)

      • Keep in Touch With The Artist!

        Short of getting a fursuit, this is likely going to be one of the most involved commissions you ever ask for -- not the least of which is because a good character sheet will make all your future commissions easier! Offer the artist as many methods of contact as possible, or at least check your email on a daily basis...

      • Be Willing to Pay!

        Because of the excess additional care a character sheet takes to make to your specifications, it may end up being more expensive not just from the sheer amount of depth and detail, but also because of the expectation that your sheet may need additional revisions! Not to mention, the more detail you add to your character, the more likely it is they'll ask for more money...

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Mew

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I liked this article! It had clear information, and a good example of some ref sheets. I'm trying to draw a ref. sheet for my fursona, and I like this ones, so I may copy just a tad off them ;)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I liked this article! It had clear information, and a good example of some ref sheets. I'm trying to draw a ref. sheet for my fursona, and I like this ones, so I may copy just a tad off them ;)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          This is great! I loved how you added your own point of view! I will totally use this and tell my friends to! ^v^

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          some difference article i read here ,I like it so much as

          Norwich Web Design.

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          HunterHunted 6 years ago

          need help with an email problem. can't get your mail so i can ask for a commission, if you get this, send me an email a loganchasse@Gmail.com.

          thanks