Piebald Fur Explanation *

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Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:35 am

I thought this could be helpful seeing that piebald fur is becoming a popular trait lately. It seems to be a common misconception that piebald fur simply means having a lot of white spots, when in actuality, it is the other way around, piebald animals have a white base coat with as many or as few colored areas (circular shaped, or many circular shapes overlapping each other to create a big "blob" looking shape) as you wish. The patterns in these colored areas should correspond to the pattern that the animal would have if there were no white at all. I may add a full body image to illustrate this point if anyone is interested in that.

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Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:40 am

-thumbs up-

I really like this, simple yet descriptive and helpful :] thanks!
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:42 am

This is really helpful. I'm sure a lot of people will be grateful for this explanation. Until reading this, I thought the term 'piebald' just meant 'splodgy' (for want of a better word). This clears alot up for people that don't know.
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:45 am

Oh my gosh thank you. I was starting to wonder if I was wrong in my understanding of what it meant (but was too lazy to really care). I hope people take a look at this!
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:38 am

Adimu, (in my sig) is a piebald hyena. Did I get it right?
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:47 am

I would say yes, that looks good, the only thing I find questionable is the right shoulder being dark brown and the left shoulder being spotted. If all his white fur had pattern showing through, would his right shoulder still be brown as opposed to the spotted? I hope that question makes sense.
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:51 am

I just thought of a question.
For mythical species, would it be acceptable to modify the piebald markings/pattern to have another colour instead of white? Such as a pastel colour, or black? Or is it a sort of strict type of thing?
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:16 am

As far as I'm concerned, that wouldn't be a piebald. On a piebald animal, any part of the body that did not develop pigment is stark white. Just type in piebald in google images and you can see it on all kinds of animals. I know you're asking about fantasy creatures, so I guess you could say anything goes there. It might look cool and if you do the pattern correctly as described above, it could still resemble the piebald trait even without the white.
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:38 am

Ok thanks. ^.^
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:26 am

i thought it was a wonky Macintosh Apple symbol at first lol
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:29 am

the magical cow deer

btw i like piebald and ty for this explanation :d
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:48 pm

Great explanation! Thanks for doing this!
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Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:41 pm

Kesame wrote:i thought it was a wonky Macintosh Apple symbol at first lol
lol I can see that...
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