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Fantasy Races: [1/4] Humans by Tyshea Fantasy Races: [1/4] Humans by Tyshea
WOW THIS TOOK LIKE TWO WEEKS? Well maybe more like 4 days overall, since I only worked on them over the weekends.
BUT YO, REMEMBER THE FANTASY CHARACTERS I POSTED A WHILE AGO

I'll probably be making more (as well as environments and creatures), but first I wanted to explore the races I had in mind for the world me and *Ai-Bee are building for this.
This project is currently unnamed, but it's something I've wanted to do ever since I was in middle school.

A lot of High Fantasy is very overdone and all the designs are inbred, so as a kid I wanted to see a fantasy world that was more diverse, but used a lot of familiar things from the genre.
I realize I'm taking a lot of liberties with the typical interpretations of High Fantasy...but it's fucking fantasy, dude.
What's fantasy without imagination? I always thought the "rules" some people ascribe to were bullshit anyway.
(sorry any Tolkien/D&D-die-hards, this project probably isn't for you)





Disclaimers:
I reference a lot of cultures and plan to mix them with more typical fantasy elements, but if anyone who belongs to the cultures that inspired me, by all means please let me know if I've done anything seriously wrong or offensive and I will look into it and fix it as best as I can. And yes, I know where the names I'm using came from.

No body shaming will be tolerated. (ʘ‿ʘ✿)

So without any further ado, here is some thought-vomit on each of the races and sub-races!
    Humans

    Nomads: Well known for their singing, archery, and animals, the Nomads are a collection of family tribes that occupy the Northeast sector of the world. Their culture values experience above anything, so the oldest members of each respective family typically lead their tribe, regardless of occupation, gender, or physical prowess. From a young age, they are raised alongside the animals they keep, and usually develop a strong bond with their future mount. The death of a mount is mourned just as much as the death of a family member. While their relations with the other Northern races are good, they typically keep out of politics, preferring trade as their only source of interaction.
    Inspirations and notes: traditional Mongolian culture. Typically bigger, stout body types. Central-to-North Asian features.

    Myrmidons: Also called the Myr, the Western Humans are an ambitious, young nation with a powerful army and steam-powered technology. Working under a prominent royal family, they are a positive and nationalistic kingdom. Though not overtly militaristic themselves, they've been involved in many turf wars through their allies, the West Elven Naiads. Many races consider them the overbearing "little brother nation" to the Naiads, though the Myr view themselves as helpful and loyal, honoring their kingdom and creed above all. They're currently developing a railroad system in hopes of bridging the Western and Eastern sectors to increase good relations and trade.
    Inspirations and notes: Victorian era British culture and steampunk. Strong, athletic bodies. Black-American features.

    Garuda: Economically poor but culturally rich, the Garuda are a demure and hard-working people famous for their theater, clothing dyes, tropical food, and floating market. They range from artists to traders, weavers, entertainers, and stock-herders, though normally farmers. It's common to find large farming villages because much of their food is sold to the Eastern Elves who live in the trees above them. A very spiritual group, the only leaders in their society are religious figureheads. Traveling monks and nuns who perform religious services and medicinal miracles are also well-known and seen as signs of good luck.
    Inspirations and notes: traditional Thai culture. Thin, androgynous bodies, swapped gender expression. Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander features.

    Giants: The most distinguished race of humans, the Giants (or Titans) are a powerful and rich nation that lord over the South with a stern but gentle hand. Their royal family is chosen through creed and a series of tests; the elected king and queen rule together with even responsibilities and are typically not married, having personal lives outside of their political sphere. Known for cultivating the best education and scholars, they are a disciplined and sophisticated people that are sometimes faulted for their lack of humor and arrogance. Despite being a political and militaristic powerhouse, the recent technological developments in the West have been causing some tension.
    Inspirations and notes: Ancient Egyptian culture. Tallest race, thick, statue-esque bodies. Central to North African and Middle Eastern features.


The other races:
Fantasy Races: [2/4] Elves by TysheaFantasy Races: [3/4] Halflings by TysheaFantasy Races: [4/4] Orcs by Tyshea

To see more of this world, please visit this gallery!
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:iconhreyas:
hreyas Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Student Filmographer
hey the 4rth one looks quite a lot like Missandei from Game of thrones , In snay case did you take her figure as a reference??
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:iconligr77:
ligr77 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
Hey Tyshea? Would you mind if I make a character using one of your races?

Don't worry, I'll do my research and give you credit!!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm eventually planning to open this world to let people roleplay in, but if you'd rather do your own thing and make sure to link back, I'm down with that too :D
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:iconpsychedelicbeatjam:
Your Myrmidon's are a nice touch; I'm British and I like how you didn't make them incredibly pale but gave them a darker skin - I feel it reflects on the multiculturalism within Britain honestly. These are gorgeous and you're a huge inspiration for the direction I want to go with my own fantasy races.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!! That means a lot coming from an actual Brit haha, appreciate you very much and good luck with your own project!
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elixires Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  New Deviant
LOL just LOL at you thinking that you even compare to Tolkien with your pseudo-creative races.  This is shit-tier and you know nothing about cultural inspiration, and I don't appreciate your appropriating on my Thai culture by calling us all androgynous, if you knew ANYTHING about Thai people you'd understand that yes there is an androgynous sect among the people the guys are all still VERY masculine and the women can all be VERY feminine.  Not appreciated AT ALL.
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Tyshea Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I said NOTHING about all real-world Thai people being androgynous as a culture. But honestly this is gross as hell. You're ugly caught up in gender binary, it's not offensive to be androgynous and it's people like you who look down on gender non-conforming Asians and make it hard for young kids growing up.
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elixires Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  New Deviant
You know NOTHING about Thai culture you racist bigot!  Stop appropriating!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
if you actually engaged me instead of using buzzwords then I'd actually listen.

but again, you're ugly caught up in something as worthless as gender. I'm not here for Asian American guys who are insecure about pandering to western ideals of masculinity and femininity and hating on androgyny... grew up with WAY too many boys like you and that internalized bullshit is a cancer to all Asians tbh. call me what you want but since you didnt give me reasons other than "androgynous is gross" then you're just an eyesore. bye, blocked
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darklord86 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
Awesome!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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darklord86 Featured By Owner May 12, 2016
Your welcome!
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:iconligr77:
ligr77 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 15, 2016
I really like how you did the North Nomads, especially considering how much they make sense, considering their environment!

Also love how you made them bigger!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much!! :love:
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Butch007 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
I love your taste in color!  I also love how real diversity is shown here bringing a nice flavor of overdue change to fantasy.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!!
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:iconman0fmanyfaces:
man0fmanyfaces Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I am very impressed with your variety in races and agree full heartedly on your feelings of fantasy!
granted, I really love Tolkien and all that he inspires! but I also feel that he would want us to branch out and create our own works, which is exsactly what you have done!
perhaps you could help me with my own races? I have several original races I have in mind, but I don't have the artistic abilities taht you have, would you possibly be able to help me reference them?
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I love Tolkien and most high fantasy too, but I'm so happy you agree!
Thank you so much!

I don't have much time due to work and personal projects, but I can try to help you out with some suggestions if that's what you were looking for?
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man0fmanyfaces Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I'll note you ^^
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Casey-The-Fruit-Cake Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Pf, I WISH Brits were as cool-looking as your equivalent. We suck on all levels nowadays XD
But this is so amazing, if you sold this RPG I would totally play it w/ my mates. Is this a serious plan?
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
At the moment I'm just developing it as ideas come to me! I'm aiming small for now: gonna focus on a world that's extensive enough for people to soft roleplay and make characters in :)
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crazyheifer Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 These are all awesome. I've never gotten excited about a human race in the RPG scene til now.
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
ahh that means a lot to me! I've always felt the same about humans in fantasy haha, thank you so much!
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crazyheifer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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WildMysticSong Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've looked at a lot of your work, and I think your art and ideas are amazing! I love the rich diversity in your races, and their physical differences. I love the fact that they can belong to the same species, but physically and culturally are wonderfully unique and dynamic, like realistic peoples. 

I love Tolkien, DnD, Inheritance and such, I could stare at their races and read about their worlds and cultures all day. But what I love more is the originality you're bringing to the Fantasy genre, and that you're using cultures that exist/have existed and meshing them into something great. This is just what the Fantasy Genre is for, and I hope you have great success with your work. 

I love it! :D
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! I will always love existing high fantasies too, but I'm glad you agree :) I really appreciate it!
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MariaJose21 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So.....I'm skinny for the nomads? Sweet! Any way, They look amazing!
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Kuboy2011 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
Is this a future video game?
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
no, I'm planning a roleplaying universe like a lot of Pathfinder and D&D :)
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nullzz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the garudas faces are giving me mindflips 
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:iconarchsteel:
Archsteel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
I don't get how this would be "Not" for us D&D diehards. From what I can see so far, this works just fine with D&D
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
you would be surprised how many D&D fans have gotten mad at me :P
I guess maybe those weren't true fans? haha
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Archsteel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
I would say so. In my opinion, the true D&D diehards believe in creativity over strict adherence to vanilla D&D. Orcs don't have to be evil, Elves don't have to be good. All of that is up to whoever is running the campaign. D&D just provides a platform for players to adventure in that world.
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AlonDarsSister Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016   Traditional Artist
Rules for fantasy? why would there be rules? I literally never even considered that, (seriously it never occurred to me that some people would think you have to follow rules for fantasy) I just get my inspiration wherever I choose, whether that's from LotR, Narnia etc. or real life cultures, and creatures, or from thin air, and I have been developing my own fantasy world for years now and I still am, it's nowhere near perfect yet. It has some obvious inspirations from Tolkien (because LotR was actually what got me into fantasy, and inspired me greatly, I probably wouldn't have made a fantasy world of my own if not for Tolkien) but I also have been trying to add other cultures, because it is a planet after all, so it would be more varied than just European. Also I noticed in a comment you made that you said Europe culture was stale and boring, that isn't true really, maybe it's been used a lot but that doesn't mean it's culture isn't rich, it only means that it's not the only one, there being plenty of other rich cultures doesn't mean Europe's culture isn't rich, basically. Hope that made sense. I mean I really like European culture but I also love many other cultures, basically I love the diversity of the world, why would you not want to be inspired by a world so rich in culture (including Europe)  also about the rules for fantasy, I've just gotta say one more thing, it boggles my mind, I can't even...comprehend that... :stare:
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The point is I don't think there should be rules in fantasy, but you'd be surprised how many people have wanted to fight with me over this :shrug:
Some D&D nerds and diehard Tolkien fans get pretty attached to the traditions

Also you're right to an extent but European inspirations in the high fantasy genre are stale at this point
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AlonDarsSister Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016   Traditional Artist
Fantasy is supposed to be about imagination, why should people be limited to things other people created? That's like saying you can't be original you have to be just like them. It's silly, so no rules for me! The only rules I need are the ones I set down for myself.

If used in moderation European elements can still be good in high fantasy, but it is always good to consider other options. Also Europe is a pretty big area, from Russia to Italy to Estonia and many more, It's a continent not a country, so maybe just be a little more specific when talking about a particular culture. Europe has a wide variety of cultures many of which are quite different from the (I will admit over-used) style of fantasy.

Now let me just say again, just because it's so silly, I completely agree with you about the bogus "rules for fantasy" :)  
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Josh-Toons Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Creative!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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irisanimae Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Wow, so coool *-*
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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PsionicsKnight Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Student Writer
This is so cool! I really love how you combined real-world and fantasy concepts together.

And oh boy, do I agree with you on that "inbred High Fantasy" criticism. I mean, there' nothing wrong with wanting to go the traditional route, but if that's all you do, then it really stifle's creativity and basically makes every fantasy world a person creates (or as I like to say, "discovers") the same as the rest. I will be honest: I am extremely glad you aren't going that route.

(Sorry for the long response on the second comment: I've just felt that way for a while and was glad to find someone else who understood)
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Not a long response at all, thank you!! I'm really happy to share my world with people, it's something I've wanted to do since I was in middle school so I'm stoked to get feedback like this :D
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MLPMHPH Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Mongolians don't have that light skin, it's usually tanned or have natural brownish color but hey, im not saying there aren't any like that of your illustrations, mostly the southern mongolians, close to gobi has lighter skin color. And i think their body size is pretty fit, woman weren't that slim back then and all.. Good job :)
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Edited Oct 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ah you're right! I'm sorry, I'm Chinese so the Mongolians I'm more familiar with are more light-skinned. However, I will be adding some skin tone variation to them! Thanks for the extra reminder, I really appreciate it :D
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alixandria55555 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was wondering if there is discrimination with in each race, and also if there is an "ideal" appearance in each as well that they consider to be the most desirable traits?
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Each race and culture definitely has beauty standards, probably to varying degrees, but it's there :)
As far as discrimination within each race, it's there, I just haven't worked it all out yet

But the answer for now is yes to both!
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alixandria55555 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, thats awesome in a depth and realism kind of way, i love it. thank you so much. 
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Shane-Emeraldwing Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love all these body types, the girl in the North Nomads spot is so cute!!
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:icontyshea:
Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
AW thank you so much!!
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Nhlaqgor Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is really inspiring.
I've been looking for some new ideas for weeks, i really like yours!
(i'm working on a fantasy RPG world (only for personal use))
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