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January 25, 2012


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Since I've been asked these questions a lot, I thought to write some journals about it. This is from an Adopter's point of view.

What are adoptables?
Adoptables are "characters" that you can purchase for your personal use. They can be animals, humans, objects... Anything and everything can be turned into an adoptable.

What exactly *is* it that I'm adopting?
You're adopting the *character* itself, not the design, not the art, just the character.
Take this adoptable:
DESIGNHaven MASCOT by Karijn-s-Basement
Art = The drawing itself = Right remains to the artist
Original Species = The lines = Right remains to the artist, unless the species is for adoption too (Not valid in case of existing species such as wolves, cats, etc....)
Design = Black coat/Golden wings/Pattern on Tail = Right remains to the artist
Character = (Original Species + Design) = This is yours

You are basically adopting the right to use the character as a whole, species + design/pattern. Usually, artists are able to do a lot of different designs so it is unlikely that that *exact* design will be recycled with another species. Orange fur with black stripes on a dog can be used again on a horse, but they are still different *characters*.

Why should I adopt one?
There are lots of reasons to adopt a character. Because you want a fursona, because you want a pet for your OC, because you like the way they look... Anyone has a different motivation for wanting an adoptable.

Where do I find them?
You can either browse dA by searching for 'adoptables' or you can go to an adoptables group. There are a lot of groups, so you might want to look at more than just one, to increase your chances to find the perfect character for you.

How do I adopt an adoptable?
First of all, you need to know that almost all adoptables have a 'first come, first serve' rule. Meaning that the first one to offer the artist what they ask, becomes the owner.
This being said, there are four main ways to purchase an adoptable:

:bulletgreen: For Free
Since they're free and you get them with little effort but be there at the right moment and place, they're the first to go. Your best bet in getting one of this kind is by watching the artist who does them.

:bulletgreen: Draw to Adopt
a) With reservation = You were the first to ask for the adoptable, so you only need to submit a drawing of the adoptable and you're done
b) Without reservation = It's like a small contest, everyone submits their drawing and the artist chooses the one they like best

:bulletgreen: Trade
You'll be asked to draw something (one of the artist's OCs or a design of your own) in exchange for the adoptable.

:bulletgreen: For Points/Cash
Not much to say here, points are dA's currency and cash is real money. There's usually a time limit to send the payment to the artist.

And always, always remember to read the artist comments and follow their rules. You might find that some are more lenient than others and will bend the rules a bit, others stick to what they have written and there's no way to change their mind. To avoid upsetting the artist and creating useless drama, please read the rules. Asking never hurts, but if they've clearly stated that what you want is *not* going to happen, please don't push.

Adoptables Journals Series:
Adoptables, Basics for Adopters
Adoptables, Basics for Adoptables Artists
Adoptables Tutorial
Adoptables, Writing an Artist's Description
Adoptables, Customs
Adoptables, Design Tutorial
Adoptables, Buying Adoptables
Adoptables, Pricing
Original Species Tutorial
Adoptables, Auctions
Adoptables, Original Species Confusion
Adoptables, I sold one, now what?
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ComanderSprings Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Thank you very much! I'm thinking about selling adoptables and this will be very useful to me. :)
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
You're welcome. ;)
allstarblast Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
if someone sold something to you then wanted it back... do you have the right to say no?
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
This has never happened to me... Mostly because those who sell adopts do it so because of the money/points, so there's no point in asking for the adopt back. If you have already pid for your adopt, then I guess you can tell them no, that you paid for it so it is yours (or if they really want it back they need to give you a full refund). If you still haven't paid and they decide not to give it to you... Nothing you can do there, I'm afraid. :/
ASR-KKG Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Hey there, 

I'm just a bit confuse... so if I make an adoptable and sell it. What should I give the customer? My PSD File? Or just the png I had up for preview? And umm.. what's breeding an adoptable? I'm sorry if I sound too dumb! 
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
The answer to your first question is in the Journal 'Adoptables, I sold one, now what?', check the links on the bottom of this Journal here.
Breeding is basically that, you take two adoptables and 'mate' them, creating a batch of adoptables of the same species and with a colour design that mixes those of the parents'. In case of Original Species this is not always allowed because purchasers could mate their OS and create a new character of that OS bypassing the original artist and that's something the original artist might not want. :)
Arse-Peach Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how do OTA adoptables work? :?
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Similarly to Auction adopts, you can read about them in the 'Adoptables, Auction' Journal. ;)
Arse-Peach Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i still didn't get it.^^;
i'm very sorry but can you explain to me please? ;w;
Karijn-s-Basement Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Basically the artist tells all buyers 'offer what you want, I'm interested in ...' and people make their offers and then the artist picks. It's not necessarily always money, most often is a mix of money/points and art, or even a custom of a species the artist likes. They're a bit messy.
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