As part of the process of making life easier for my commissioners and myself, I figured I'd make some ref sheets for the kind of things I end up drawing the most of. Nobody wants to go into a commission with an idea in mind they can't quite articulate and then find the artist got the wrong idea from what was said. Its also frustrating always having to look for a reference of the size that you have in mind in this zone of work every other time you want to get something. The artist might also do a completely different form of it from what you expected.
These are presented to make matters easier for you guys when you commission me but feel free to use them when getting art from other folks or purely as a study aid if you fancy. This is not the be-all-end-all of this kind of thing, either, obviously and its not nearly as definitive as I should like it to be. Feel free to add suggestions for things I've missed for future updates for it - once you've seen all of them, in case I have already added it.
The first Vore sheet is intended to cover the Direction of Soft Vore, some basic Alternatives, the Processing of Vore, Internals, Externals/Bulges and Cutaways.
The Direction section refers to which way around the prey is consumed. This only really applies to Soft Vore, where the prey is swallowed whole, but in harder scenarios could be used when working from one end to the other.
- Feet First has the predator come at the prey from the feet upwards, or whatever position leads to them swallowing the head last. In some cases, this may be tail-first-head-last.
- Head First has the predator come at the prey top down, starting with the head and ending with their feet. Characters with long tails may find their tail swallowed last, unless the predator deliberately tucks it in or something.
- Odd Fits has the predator come at the prey from an unusual angle, such as swallowing them side-first. Though the example is of a large predator with small prey, the inverse could equally be true, albeit painful on the jaws.
The Alternative section showcases a few alternative forms of vore that can be employed in place of Soft/Medium/Hard.
- Bits & Pieces refers to scenarios where the prey's rendering of food has already occurred - medium vore mixed with food preparation. Though defaulting to relatively sanitized, it can be as graphic as the commissioner cares for.
- Weird Science refers to any scenarios where the predator consumes prey in a means that would not normally be possible (such as through their navel) or, at least, improbable (such as through their nostril). For some artists, this may also include adult forms of vore, though I will not draw these things personally.
- Absorption refers to scenarios where a predator's body gives way to the prey, as though they were passing through slime. The predator need not be made of slime, of course - their body just acts as if it were for purposes of accepting prey. Allowing it out, however, is another story.
The Loading section shows how far along the predator is with the prey. This is only a rough guide, however, intending to show an average consumption or sequence.
- Preparing indicates a predator that has caught their prey but has not begun anything more than dominating or teasing.
- 0% indicates that the predator is openly and physically taunting their prey with their plans for a meal.
- 25% indicates that the predator has begun to consume their prey. Prey may still possibly be able to escape if they apply themselves.
- 50% indicates that the predator is half way through consuming their prey, usually around the waistline or abdomen. Chances are slim of prey making good their escape.
- 75% indicates that the predator's work is nearly done and only the feet or head yet remain. Escape chance pretty much nil.
- 99% indicates a final swallow will transfer prey to stomach and finish the task at hand.
- 100% indicates prey has now arrived in stomach. It is now safe to turn off your computer.
The Inside section shows how the internals are handled - whether they are dry (common amongst many of the people I know who like endosomatophilia), a little drippy or completely flooded. This does not determine if the stomach is strong enough to digest prey - only the relative humidity.
- Sunny Spells indicates that the predator's stomach is bone dry, providing you don't spill anything in there. Comfortable enough to enjoy light reading or play travel games.
- Chance of Rain indicates that the predator's stomach is slick at least and drippy at most. Placing possessions in a watertight bag may be advisable.
- Scattered Showers indicates that the predator's stomach is prone to light to moderate flooding. Waterproof clothing advised. Depth anywhere from shallow to nearly full.
- Heavy Flooding indicates that the predator's stomach is full of fluid - if there's any air, it's what you've come in with. SCUBA training recommended.
The Outside section shows how the prey is perceived on the outside, typically through bulges. If there should be no indication, feel free to say as much!
- Vacuum Packed indicates that the predator's stomach is sealed for freshness, allowing its form to be relatively clearly read through the gut. This may be tight enough that the prey is feld in place, like tightly bound clingwrap, or loose enough that they can still move freely, like latex. This also likely effects how it is perceived on the inside, as the stomach clings to prey.
- Comfy Fit indicates that the predator's stomach has enough give and padding to conceal the form of their prey til it is indistinct bulges. Identification of prey by guessing game or more likely from muffled complaints.
- Rounded Out indicates that the predator's stomach bulges entirely, rather than conforming to the shape of the prey. Depending on circumstances, it may be difficult to tell that they have even eaten anyone.
The Cutaways section shows how someone might peer into the predator to see how the prey's handling things, whilst also allowing the predator to be seen.
- Overlap shows a direct internal view over the predator, usually showing the whole stomach or, at least, a partial cutaway. This usually allows how the two interact to be seen and considered in actual space but will usually cover any significant bulges and some elements of the character design.
- Aside shows a panel off to one side or in a separate panel entirely. This allows the view to not interfere with the predator but may come at the cost of realising it in relation to the character. This does enable, however, a change in scale, in situations where the prey might be too small to be readily apparent in an Overlap cutaway.