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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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nullzz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the garudas faces are giving me mindflips 
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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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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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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   Traditional Artist
I love all these body types, the girl in the North Nomads spot is so cute!!
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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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Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Good luck with your world too! :)
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AnonWesker Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
I like the giants!! Giants are my favorite fantasy being!
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm always sad when Giants aren't included haha, thanks! :D
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AnonWesker Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
No problem!!! :D
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Irondoors Featured By Owner Edited Sep 10, 2015
This project of yours really struck a chord with me - I agree 100% that the bulk of modern Fantasy has gotten extremely stale! Tolkien was a genius, and the fact that people have been following his example blindly for decades is a testament to that, but isn't it about time to move on and invent something new and exciting? Tolkien himself would probably be the one most upset by this situation, as his books were all about NOT following the Fantasy dogma at the time. I'm always happy to find people who think the same :D

The only thing where my opinion diverges strongly from yours is that I also prefer when people invent something entirely original for their fantasy worlds instead of copying real world human cultures (such as for instance in Warhammer Fantasy Battles). But I understand why this approach would have its fans. Besides, it's a real headache trying to come up with something nobody thought of before :D
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Warhammer copies real-world cultures all the time though haha. A lot of fantasy is bastardized versions of various European medieval culture. Artists and writers in the genre have exaggerated them to the point of being so unrealistic that we've lost touch with where they pulled their ideas from, so we think they're completely made up, but they're not. 
There's a common theme in the art world where artists learn from each other instead of the source material, which creates really interesting visuals but loses track of the original inspo. The problem I have is the current pool of inspiration is everything is European, which is overused, boring, and stale

Just because I'm referencing other cultures doesn't mean I won't be developing them to look unique and fantastical. And even Tolkien copied real-world cultures and mythologies. You think he came up with elves and dwarves? No way! He just modified their lore for the sake of his universe. 
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Irondoors Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
I'm not sure I agree the European culture is stale and overused, I think it's the richest in the world; the real problem is, as I see it, is that they ignore most of its aspects, arguably the coolest aspects :D The Renaissance culture is so full of creativity, but it's consistently ignored in favour of the Dark Ages. Same with Baroque. Plus, I wouldn't agree that there's such a thing as a European culture. There are lots of cultures in Europe, from Portugal to Russia, and from Iceland to Malta. Even specific countries are far from homogeneous. But most of those are ignored by fantasy authors, or oversimplified. Most authors just take a very, very oversimplified medieval England as their inspiration, maybe because they speak English as their first language :D

And I think Tolkien deserves more credit than that. Firstly, he was the first one to come up with a concept of fantasy races and make elves, dwarves etc. real players along with humans instead of a magic faery folk, so I guess it's fair to forgive him a few blunders. Secondly, he was a linguist specialised in Ancient Britain, so obviously he wanted to use his knowledge to flesh out his world. Finally, he actually didn't use real world cultures all that much. The only folks he blatantly based on real world cultures are the Hobbits, based on rural England, and the Rohirrim, based on Anglo-Saxons. In the rest of cases, such inspirations are very subtle. The Dwarves were based on the Jews, but I don't think many people can guess that :D
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Right, so if we realize Europe only takes up a tiny 12% of the earth's population, apply your understanding of European cultures to the rest of the world, which contains millions or other richer cultures to be inspired by, then we get my project :)
And honestly, Tolkien's inspirations weren't that subtle. I'm not bringing it up to bash him, but to point out that your love (and defending) of him is hypocritical and really unaware when you want to criticize someone being inspired by real-world cultures and being "unable to come up with new things" :)
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Irondoors Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015
You'll be surprised to learn that I'm not really a fan of Tolkien - while I love his books, I loved them more as a kid, and I think they didn't age well in places. It's more like I respect him immensely for pioneering so much stuff and opening the possibilities for many, many writers that followed... and most of whom didn't even surpass him... :D 
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Redlight47 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
I love love love the concepts

What is the name of the skin color for the giants? Is it mahogony
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zoeblo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
i think it would be cool to see some weapons for the races
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Tyshea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's an awesome idea! I will when I have some time :D
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zoeblo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
i am glad that i can help
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LadyShallandra Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 !
H-how do you keep doing this?! :faint:
Every single one of them is hot. EVERY SINGLE ONE!!! :wow:
How is that even possible...?! :eye:
oh well diversity is like that :3 lots of different takes on what looks beautiful :3
youve probably ODed on the word beautiful by now. I probably sound like a broken record, but I mean it. :3 I can't decide which one I like most... That's probably a good thing, hmm... I just realized yesterday that I looked at and very much liked all four of these, but I only favorited the ogres! That's no fair! I gotta fix that... :fave:
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marchy96 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015   Artist
They're so beautiful and so unique!! :happybounce:
I can't choose which one to love more, so I'm gonna love all of them
nomnomnomnom :glomp:
wonderful art! need more XD
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