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Notes on Character Design


I received the question pictured below at my tumblr blog.  In case it's useful to anyone here, I decided to go ahead and use this otherwise dormant journal to share the article I put together in response.


character design question


Character design and drawing are tome-sized topics and even if I had all the answers (I don't - I have a lot to learn), I'm not sure I could communicate them effectively. Here are some thoughts an ideas that might help, though.


First, some general things...

- Relax.
Let some of that anxiety go. This isn't a hard science. There's no wrong way, no rigid process you must adhere to, no shoulds or shouldn'ts except those you designate for yourself. This is one of the fun parts of being an artist, really - have a heady good time with it.

- Be patient.
A design is something gradually arrived at. It takes time and iteration and revision. You'll throw a lot of stuff away, and you'll inevitably get frustrated at times, but bear in mind the process is both inductive and deductive. Drawing the wrong things is part of the path toward drawing the right thing.

cat sketches

- Learn to draw.
It might seem perfunctory to say, but I'm not sure everyone's on the same page about what this means. Learning to draw isn't a sort of rote memorization process in which, one by one, you learn a recipe for humans, horses, pokemon, cars, etc. It's much more about learning to think like an artist, to develop the sort of spacial intelligence that lets you observe and effectively translate to paper, whatever the subject matter. When you're really learning to draw, you're learning to draw anything and everything. Observing and sketching trains you to understand dimension, form, gesture, mood, how anatomy works, economy of line; all of the foundational stuff you will also rely on to draw characters from your imagination. So, spend some time honing your drawing ability. Hone it with observational sketching. Hone it good.

  • I don't think I've ever seen anyone do this sort of thing better than Claire Wendling. In fact, character designs emerge almost seamlessly from her gestural sketches. It'd be worth looking her up.

- Gather inspiration like a crazed magpie.
What will ultimately be your trademark style and technique is a sort of snowball accumulation of the various things you expose yourself to, learn and draw influence from. To that effect, Google images, tumblr, pinterest and stock photo sites are your friends. When something tingles your artsy senses - a style, a shape, a texture, an appealing palette, a composition, a pose, a cool looking animal, a unique piece of apparel, whatever - grab it. Looking at a lot of material through a creative lens will make you a better artist the same way reading a lot of material makes a better writer.
It'll also devour your hard drive and you will try and fail many times to organize it, but more importantly, it'll give you a lovely library of ideas and motivational shinies to peruse when you're conjuring characters.

- Imitate.
It's a powerful learning tool. Probably for many of us, drawing popular cartoon characters was the gateway habit that lured us into the depraved world of character design to begin with. I wouldn't suggest limiting yourself to one style or neglecting your own inventions to do this, but it's an effective way to limber up, to get comfortable drawing characters in general, and to glean something from the thought processes of other artists.

- Use references.
Don't leave it all up to guessing. Whether you're trying to design something with realistic anatomy or something rather profoundly abstracted from reality, it's helpful in a multitude of ways to look at pictures. When designing characters, you can infer a lot personality from photos, too.
horse reference horses

And despite what you might have heard, having eyeballs and using them to look at things doesn't constitute cheating. There's no shame in reference material. There's at least a little shame in unintentional abstractions, though.

shame


Concepts and Approach:

- Break it down
Sometimes you have the look of a character fleshed out in your mind before putting it to paper, but usually not. That doesn't mean you have to blow your cortical fuses trying conceive multiple diverse designs all at the same time, though. You don't even have to design the body shape, poses, face, and expressions of a single character all at once. Tackle it a little at a time.

The cartoony, googly eyed style was pre-established for the simple mobile game goblin character below, but I still broke it into phases. Start with concepts, filter out what you like until you arrive at a look, experiment with colors, gestures and expressions.

Carl the goblin accountant cyber-monkey-death-bots


- Start with the general and work toward the specific.
Scribbling out scads of little thumbnails and silhouettes to capture an overall character shape is an effective way begin - it's like jotting down visual notes. When you're working at a small scale without agonizing over precision and details, there's no risk of having to toss out a bunch of hard work, so go nuts with it. Give yourself a lot of options.

Above sample silhouettes from an old cancelled project in which I was tasked with designing some kind of cyber monkey death bot. I scratched out some solid black shapes then refined some of them a step or two further.



Design:

- Shapes are language.
They come preloaded with all sorts of biological, cultural and personal connotations. They evoke certain things from us too. If you’re ever stuck about where to go with your design, employ a sort of anthroposcopy along these lines - make a visual free association game out of it. It’ll not only tend to result in a distinguished design, but a design that communicates something about the nature of the character.

Think about what you infer from different shapes. What do they remind you of? What personalities or attitudes come to mind? How does the mood of a soft curve differ from that of a sharp angle? With those attributes attached, how could they be used or incorporated into a body or facial feature shape? What happens when you combine shapes in complementary or contrasting ways? How does changing the weight distribution among a set of shapes affect look and feel? Experiment until a concept starts to resonate with the character you have in mind or until you stumble on something you like.

Lucky Charms rejects


If you don’t have intent, take the opposite approach - draw some shapes and see where they go. (It’s stupid fun.)

monster shapes


- Cohesion and Style.
As you move from thumbnails to more refined drawings, you can start extrapolating details from the general form. Look for defining shapes, emergent themes or patterns and tease them out further, repeat them, mirror them, alternate them. Make the character entirely out of boxy shapes, incorporate multiple elements of an architectural style, use rhythmically varying line weights - there are a million ways to do this

Here's some of the simple shape repetition I've used for Lackadaisy characters.

And for potato shaped characters, use potato shaped shapes.

- Expressions.
Let them emerge from your design. If your various characters have distinguishing features, the expressions they make with those features will distinguish them further. Allow personality to influence expressions too, or vice versa. Often, a bit of both happens as you continue drawing - physiognomy and personality converge somewhere in the middle.

For instance, Viktor’s head is proportioned a little like a big cat. Befitting his personality, his design lets him make rather bestial expressions. Rocky, with his flair for drama, has a bit more cartoon about him. His expressions are more elastic, his cheeks squish and deform and his big eyebrows push the boundaries of his forehead. Mitzi is gentler all around with altogether fewer lines on her face. The combination of her large sleepy eyes and pencil line brow looked a little sad and a little condescending to me when I began working out her design - ultimately those aspects became incorporated into her personality.

expressions


I discuss expression drawing in more detail here (click the image for the link):

expressions

- Poses.
Rendering poses is another one of those things for which observational/gesture drawing comes in handy. Even if you’re essentially scribbling stick figures, you can get a handle on natural looking, communicative poses this way. Stick figure poses make excellent guidelines for plotting out full fledged character drawings too.

Look for the line of action. It’ll be easiest to identify in poses with motions, gestures and moods that are immediately decipherable. When you’ve learned to spot it, you can start reverse engineering your own poses around it.

line of action

- Additional resources.
Here are some related things about drawing poses and constructing characters (click the images for the links).

expressions


expressions


Lastly…

Tortured rumination about lack of ability/style/progress is a near universal state of creative affairs. Every artist I have known and worked with falls somewhere on a spectrum between frustration in perpetuity and a shade of fierce ongoing contrition that'd make Arthur Dimmesdale wince. So, next time you find yourself constructing a scourge out of all those crusty acrylic brushes you failed to clean properly, you loathsome, deluded hack, you, at least remember you’re not alone in feeling that way. When it’s not crushing the will to live out of you, the device does have its uses - it keeps you self-critical and locked in working to improve mode. If we were all quite satisfied with our output, I suppose we’d be out of reasons to try harder next time.

When you need some reassurance, compare old work to new. Evolution is gradual and difficult to perceive if you’re narrowed in on the nearest data point, but if you’ve been steadily working on characters for a few months or a year, you’ll likely see a favorable difference between points A and B.

Most of all, don’t dwell on achieving some sort of endgame in which you’re finally there as a character artist. There’s no such place - wherever you are, there is somewhere else. It’s a moving goal post. Your energy will be better spent just enjoying the process…and that much will show in the results.

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:star:On the following days, draw/write your OTP:

:bulletgreen:01 - Holding hands
:bulletgreen:02 - Cuddling somewhere
:bulletgreen:03 - Gaming/watching a movie
:bulletgreen:04 - On a date
:bulletgreen:05 - Kissing
:bulletgreen:06 - Wearing eachothers’ clothes
:bulletgreen:07 - Cosplaying
:bulletgreen:08 - Shopping
:bulletgreen:09 - Hanging out with friends
:bulletgreen:10 - With animal ears
:bulletgreen:11 - Wearing kigurumis
:bulletgreen:12 - Making out
:bulletgreen:13 - Eating icecream
:bulletgreen:14 - Genderswapped
:bulletgreen:15 - In a different clothing style (Visual Kei, gyaru, lolita, ect. )
:bulletgreen:16 - During their morning ritual(s)
:bulletgreen:17 - Spooning
:bulletgreen:18 - Doing something together (this can be anything from watching tv to having sex.  Just remember to tag appropriately.)
:bulletgreen:19 - In formal wear
:bulletgreen:20 - Dancing
:bulletgreen:21 - Cooking/baking
:bulletgreen:22 - In battle, side-by-side
:bulletgreen:23 - Arguing
:bulletgreen:24 - Making up afterwards
:bulletgreen:25 - Gazing into eachothers’ eyes
:bulletgreen:26 - Getting married
:bulletgreen:27 - On one of their birthdays
:bulletgreen:28 - Doing something ridiculous
:bulletgreen:29 - Doing something sweet
:bulletgreen:30 - Doing something hot (once again, be sure to tag if you make it extremely NSFW!)
:star:

Join a SOPA and PIPA debate

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 7:04 PM by makepictures:iconmakepictures:


:bulletgreen:  What are SOPA and PIPA?


The United States Congress is proposing two laws that address the problem of wide-scale unlicensed distribution on the Internet of motion pictures, songs, trademarked goods, and patented pharmaceuticals.  
  1. One of the proposals is called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and would direct search engines in the United States to block Internet sites outside the United States that are primarily engaged in distributing unlicensed content.
  2. Another proposal called PIPA (Protect IP Act) would block websites located in the United States as well.
The Obama administration is putting a stop to these proposals.  It wants the Internet companies and the content companies to get together and come up with more functional and less destructive solutions.


:bulletgreen:  What would happen?


In both proposals, if they became law, the government of the United States would determine on application if a website was primarily engaged in unlicensed distribution.  A court might hold a hearing but only if the people who run the website showed up.  Otherwise, the site would be blocked by an order directing all websites in the United States with search capabilities or links to refuse to resolve any results or clicks to the blocked address.

Blocking addresses is hard to do without damaging every address on the Internet.  The blocking methods suggested in these two proposals would completely confuse existing Internet functions. They would encourage multiple hacks to get around the blocks (and the proposals, it turns out, would be ineffective against very simple work-arounds).  Maybe a few copyrights get saved but the price is opening massive wormholes in the Internet permitting hackers to re-direct traffic all over the place -- to malware, spyware, and phishing operations.


:bulletgreen:  Who's affected by these proposals?


Identifying sites that "primarily" infringe on copyrights is full of complexity. Nobody agrees on what "primarily" means. Many sites like Wikileaks and other activist, political, and cultural websites need to copy material that is copyrighted by others who oppose their goals in order to criticize them or to bring important documents into the light.  Some organizations, particularly political and religious ones, would use these laws if they were passed to try to block sites that republish controversial writings of a dictator or of a priest that they would prefer to keep under wraps.

Even harmless Internet behavior can be "primarily" an infringing activity: for example, a Tumblr account with still frames taken off of Glee. The unique address of the Tumblr account potentially could be blocked under these proposed laws.  


:bulletgreen:  What are the implications of SOPA?


SOPA, which would only block websites outside the United States, is a complete embarrassment to a country that has avidly supported the freedom of all peoples to express themselves openly particularly in the face of oppressive regimes.  The role of the Internet in populist liberation movements is well-known and the tools used by these movements come from the people and companies that built the Internet and the Web -- not from motion picture companies and sellers of consumer goods.  If the United States blocks websites over a Tom Cruise movie or a Rihanna song, other countries are certain to be encouraged by this to find cultural and political reasons to block websites from the Unites States and will refuse to open their borders, virtual or otherwise.

The Internet that has connected the world would become disconnected under these dangerous proposals.

The Internet is fragile.  The worldwide protection of copyrights and trademarked goods is extensive and the laws for them already are powerful. By comparison, laws that protect an open Internet are few and far between.

The compromises that the White House calls for are going to be very difficult to reach.  The motion picture studios and record companies are getting actors, directors, and singers to support SOPA and similar measures and have announced that they are not going to back down.  Internet users are up in arms and protests are scheduled for January 18, 2012.


:bulletgreen:  SOPA and the deviantART community


The community on deviantART is in a special position.  Our members make art -- copyrighted content -- and they want it to be protected.  But everyone on deviantART uses the Internet to expose themselves, their work and sometimes their souls to the world and we depend on an open platform for the very existence of the community.  

DeviantART as a site and as a company promotes the rights of artists.  However, SOPA and PIPA are poor "solutions", and we should all work towards other ways in which to resolve valid concerns about infringing conduct on the Internet that do not potentially harm free speech or the Internet itself.  

Where do you stand?

How much power should copyright owners have?

How open must the Internet be?

Is free speech, a public right, more important than the personal rights of an artist?

Many claim that a culture can only grow and speak at all by protecting private rights in art, books, movies and music.  Do you agree?


Joshua S. Wattles (makepictures)
Advisor in Chief
deviantART.com


Get educated:



The Electronic Frontier Foundation's update on SOPA:
SOPA Manager's Amendment: It's Still A Blacklist and It's Still A Disaster

Motion Picture Association of America's statement:
MPAA Response to White House Position on Anti-Piracy Legislation



Make your voice heard:

Stamp: Stop SOPA by TheRyanFord Stamp: The Great SOPA Debate by TheRyanFord Stamp: I Heart SOPA by TheRyanFord


STOP SOPA Bill by sakimichan

:star: Update


Stop S.O.P.A. by Heir-of-Phoenixa Stop S.O.P.A. by Heir-of-Phoenixa Stop S.O.P.A. by Heir-of-Phoenixa

Take a look at the deviantART front page using "Newest" in the Browse to see a remarkable community protest of SOPA and PIPA.

:star: As of January 20th, it now seems that SOPA and PIPA will not move forward through Congress.  As previously mentioned, the White House opposed these bills before the protest began in earnest this past Wednesday. The White House reflects the position of the majority of the Democratic Party. Last night at the Republican Party primary debate in South Carolina (watch a video clip here) all of the candidates came out against the bills. The frontrunner, Mitt Romney, was particularly forceful on the notion of an open Internet.  In the video you can hear the crowd reactions as being quite negative towards SOPA and PIPA.  So both of the major U.S. political parties are now aligned as against the proposals.

Meanwhile, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America has called for the White House to intervene and help big content and big tech reach compromises. See this New York Times article for more information about the issue.

Given the extraordinary grass-roots response to these proposals, almost overwhelmingly negative as reflected in all of the comments to this Journal and others on deviantART, this is a political hot potato everyone in politics will now want to stay away from.


WARNING! This giveaway is OVER! :) :)



Edit 10.1.2013:

Thank you everyone for participating in this point giveaway!!! :la: It was tremenduos how many people took part!! :D

SOOOOOOOO.... The 10 winners of 100 points each areeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.......

*drum roll*

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CONGRATULATIONS!!! :iconlachoirplz:

Pls dont be disappointed if you didnt win! Stay tuned for the next event I am going to host anytime soon!! :D Thank you so much for your support!! :heart:

*Edit over*




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1000 POINTS GIVEAWAY!! 10 WINNERS!! :D





:la: :la: Let's PARTY HARD, cause as I am close to reach incredible 30,000 watchers I thought I should give something back to this awesome community by doing a point giveaway again!! :la: :la:


Just +FAV this journal

And you need to be a watcher of mine to be able to win! :D




---> 10 winners will be chosen totally randomly, each of them receiving 100 points!

---> The giveaway will be over three days after this journal is submitted!


Have fun! And if you want you can tell your friends/watchers about this! :D :heart:

Thank you for your support! :heart:




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This doesnt belong to the giveaway/contest, but still it may be interesting for you to read! :D

My personal dA 3 1/2 years flashback:

My first submission:

Winters Wrath by sanguisGelidus

With this picture it all started... My style was much much different back then and I was not really advanced in using Photoshop and my tablet, but I thought it was the first picture worth posting here on dA. I was mostly inspired by sandara by then, who is still one of my biggest rolemodels. :heart:

My first popular deviation:

Avatar Neytiri by sanguisGelidus

This picture is the one, which started all the popularity and the overwhelming support I gained over the years. Avatar became the most popular movie of all time and I had much luck and kinda chose the perfect moment to draw and submit my Neytiri piece. Over night I got more than 1500 favourites and over 100 comments, which was the most exciting thing ever! My other pieces never got more than 50 favs back then. Till today the picture was downloaded more than 40,000 times, which is my most downloaded picture. This was really the starting point, because I also gained many more watchers and interest in my art. I still didn't really find my own style, I was still experimenting. :)

Fotolia Contest.. best decision ever:

God of Evanescence by sanguisGelidus

I would call this the first picture, that really developed my own personal style. And it is one of my favourite pieces, even today! I submitted it to the Fotolia contest here on dA and it got the most popular of all entries over night. It was so exciting and overwhelming to read all the supportive comments and the picture is still among my most popular (most seen, most commented) pieces. It has also been my icon ever since! :D Even though I didn't win the contest, it still was the best decision to participate!

First Pokemon inspired piece:

I am here with you by sanguisGelidus

Pokemon has always been my favourite game. It influenced my childhood and youth in a manner, that no other game or show could ever do. Till then I mostly drew fantasy pictures, dragons and stuff like that. I wasn't sure if my watchers would also appreciate Pokemon fanart, but when I submitted this painting I was tought differently! In no more than 3 days it had over 8000 favourites and 500 comments and was my first deviation to be the most popular of 1 week and even 1 month. Since then Pokemon became a major inspiration for me, not just because it was a popular topic, but because I always enjoyed drawing it and now saw, that people actually wanted to see more! :heart:

Simplicity makes the picture:

Night Bringer by sanguisGelidus

This piece is one of my personal favourites. It is also one of the pictures, I spent no more than 5 hours on, so it is rather simple compared to many other pictures by me. But I learned, that a picture is much more about the atmosphere and idea than a massive amount of detail. This piece is also my most sold print, as it was featured by the staff of dA on the dA print shop. I am so happy to be able to even earn money with my hobby, it is still unbelievable for me!!

My first Daily Deviation:

Forgotten Fairytales by sanguisGelidus

This piece by me was the first one to be featured as a Daily Deviation. It was the greatest honour for me, when I logged in and saw my piece down between all the awesome pictures, which were chosen to be featured. Till today I have received 4 DD's, of which each one is more than appreciated! :heart:

Princess Mononoke:

Princess Mononoke by sanguisGelidus

This is my all time favourite picture of mine. The movie "Princess Mononoke" had a great impact on my childhood and I loved that movie ever since I can remember. When I finally got to draw a fanart, I was really satisfied with it and had so much fun drawing it! It also hugely developed my style and I improved in drawing humans! And it is my most popular deviation, with nearly 18,000 favourites as of this moment. I can't believe that many people decided to fav it! It is just incredible!! :la:

Universe:

Universe by sanguisGelidus

This is the first traditional picture I was really really satisfied with! After all the years of drawing digitally I was not used to traditional art anymore, but my sister PixieCold kinda got me into it again! This picture means a lot to me and it also proves, that simple things often are better than the hyper complex ones! ^^

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That was it about my little "flashback".. ^^ I really hope you enjoyed reading it! :D I am so happy about all the exposure, feedback and awesome opportunities this site has given me as an artist! Every one of my watchers contributes highly to my success and improvement and you all inspire me to keep going!! Thank you so much for everything! Without you I would be nothing! :heart: :heart:

Convert dA POINTS to REAL MONEY

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 5:51 AM
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Lilo & Stitch Aloha E Komo Mai
  • Reading: MangaTalangen 2007
  • Watching: Adventure time!!!
  • Eating: Crisps





 
EDIT3: THIS POST IS NOW OUTDATED ♥ I will no longer answer questions on this post.

EDIT2: GUUUUYS, PLEEEEEEEASE read through the other comments. I┤m 99% sure that your question has been asked AND ANSWERED before. :iconsobbplz: 
EDIT: Not EVERYONE has been given this future yet it seems.
It can take up to 14 days for your money to end up in paypal.




I don┤t know if many people know about this or even how to do it..~♥
THAT┤S WHY IM GOING TO TELL YOU!

How to take point commissions and still earn REAL FRESH MONEY! :iconkissinguplz:

What you need:



Be a Premium Member BETA TESTER
Have a Paypal


That easy!  :iconba-kyunplz:


However if you are going to do this dA takes a part of the money you earn. Around 20 Points on Every 80 points [I think]
Which makes you earn only 60 points even if you sell for 80.
That┤s why I suggest you think that 1 Dollar = 100 points
Instead of 80, that way you won┤t lose anything on it. *w* ~

How to do it!



You need to upload your picture to Sta.sh

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Then Click on the Uploaded picture in your Sta.sh.
It should look something like this.

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Then you click on the select CATEGORY
It is above the description

Then you should end up HERE

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SCROLL DOWN

Until you come to THIS

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Here you see down to the left "Generate earnings"
And beneath "Sell downloads as premium content"
Select THAT BOX

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And it will look like this!
Here you decide how much to sell your picture for.
As I said dA "takes" 20 points/ 0.20 $ so I suggest to think that 1 $= 100 :points:

If you are selling a piece that is a commission for example I suggest that you crop the picture to the extreme or something until the person has Bought it!
OR make a picture beforehand that says "PAY FOR COMMISSIONS HERE"
You can always change how much it should cost, so you can change it for every commissioner :iconhontoplz:

That way the Da points come to use again for real purpose!
HOWEVER
You cannot withdraw your money to PayPal until you have earned at least 5 $

How do I see my earnings?



SIMPLE!

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You go to this box. And down to the right you can see "MY EARNINGS"
Click there!

AND.......... VOILA!

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HOPE YOU FIND THIS USEFUL GUYS!
I just figured this out as well, I hope I haven┤t taken anything wrong or explained it wrong!
If so please correct me!


A-and I┤m not good with HTML stuff, so sorry if the pictures are small TAT ~♥

HAVE A LOVELY DAY :iconmahfeelzplz:






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How to make easy peasy animations

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 1, 2014, 10:14 PM
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I will not be providing support on this program anymore. If you have any questions, please check here: emofurihelp.tumblr.com



a tutorial on how I made this....

Disclaimer: I don't speak an inch of Japanese. Everything here is 
based off my experiences, what I've learned from others, and my own 
intuition/common sense

System requirements: I don't have an official translation, so this is 
based off Google translate. 
- Windows Vista and up (including 7 and 8)
- DirectX9 (it's fine if you have a newer version of DirectX.)
If you don't know what DirectX is, you probably don't have it. You 
- Japanese system locale
Beyond this, I don't know what the specific requirements are. I will 
update this if I find them, though. 

About:


What is Emofuri?: It's a free 2.5D animating software that makes 
animating EXTREMELY easy for artists to bring their drawings to life. 
I don't know how long it's been around... You can purchase a full 
not-so-easy version for 150,000 Yen (roughly $1,500USD). The free 
version is, as they claim, easier to use. There's a free trial for 
the full version if you want to see for yourself. 
Essentially, you draw a character, and it moves it as if it were a 3D 
model. There are tons of presets and body sliders!

You can NOT used EmoFuri for commercial purposes. However, they allow you to use E-Mote(full version) and the E-Mote 90 day free trial for commercial purposes. (correct me if I'm wrong here xD;; Google translate isn't 100% reliable) So if you want to do animated commissions or a commercial VN, check that out. Not everybody can afford $1,500, so it's nice that they allow you to do this with the trial version as well. 
I've downloaded the trial version of E-Mote myself, and there is really no difference between it and EmoFuri. They're essentially the same program O_O;;; Nothing is different. Weird. 

Let's get started!


Firstly, set your system locale to Japanese, or else the program will 
just crash. Locate your computer's control panel (Windows only. I do 
not know if Emofuri works with Macs or not...) And click the "Clock, 
Language, and Region" button. Then "Region and Language". A menu will 
pop up. There are four tabs on the top, click the tab that says 
"Administrative". The 2nd box is the setting for system locale. Click 
the "Change system locale..." button, and choose Japanese from the 
list. Your computer will automatically restart.

Okay, now you're ready to download and install EmoFuri! Take yourself 
to THIS page
Click the first pink download button for a direct download, or the 
2nd for a torrent download. 

When it's downloaded, you should be prompted for an installation. 
It's all in Japanese, so follow my instructions carefully! 
First slide: click next button. It's easily distinguished by the big 
(N)> on it. 
Second slide: Accept the terms and conditions by clicking the first 
radial button (it has a big (A) at the end of it), then click next.
Third slide: Click next
Fourth slide: Choose where you want to install the program if the 
default position is not good enough for you. There is not a next 
button here, but click the one in the middle. It should begin to 
install. 

At this time, you can open it. But I'll get to that later. For now, 
let's go over how to go about preparing your drawing for Emofuri!
I recommend Photoshop for this, but if you want to use SAI or GIMP 
(or whatever drawing tool you use...) it's fine. I say Photoshop 
because it will make things a lot easier.
With your art program of choice open, navigate to the installation 
folder where you saved Emofuri. 

Note: The template file has layer folders/groups. I've been warned that Photoshop Elements does not support this. 

m2tools CheeseWare > EmoteMovieMaker > template > E-mote3.0テンプレート > 
E-mote3.0テンプレート基本画像(正面)

Now... You should have something that looks like this: 

This right here, is the template that you will use to create your 
character. There are two other templates that I know of, including 
two other samples (non templates)

What you'll want to do first is make a layer ABOVE all the other 
layers and bucket fill with white. 

You'll want to make another layer above the one you just made. Make 
your sketch so that it fits the template. From the top of the head to 
the waist. I'm not encouraging that you trace, but use it as a loose 
guide.

Once you finish your sketch, enable view on the SECOND folder(if it's 
not showing already). (Ignore the first folder for now) 
Disable view on every object in the folder one by one except the 
first layer in the folder.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE RENAME ANY OF THE FOLDERS OR 
LAYERS. IF YOU RENAME IT, THE ITEMS ON THE LAYER WILL NOT SHOW IN 
EMOFURI. 


Erase what's on the layer and draw according to the layer name. 
Eyelashes on the eyelash layer. If you need to use multiple layers, 
copy the layer name in case when you merge the layers it doesn't have 
the same name. 

After you're done with that folder, collapse it and disable view, 
then move onto the next folder. 


If your character has long fringes or just long strands of hair that 
goes in front of the body, put them in the "hair(front)" layer. 


If you hid the face folder, but noticed that the template character 
also has a nose on the body layer... Well... Don't do the same thing 
they did. Seriously. Don't. 

The reason there's a chest layer is because EmoFuri has boob physics. 
Whatever you put on the chest layer will jiggle. If you don't want 
jiggly boobs, just erase what's on the chest layer and leave it 
blank. (Though accessories would probably look cool, like scarves or 
something) 

Another important thing, say that your character's hair normally 
covers their ears. Draw the ears on the head layer anyways. The hair 
will move during the animation. 

Draw the body parts as shown in the template. Notice how they drew 
the whole head? Yeah. Do that. Even the ears if the hair normally 
hides them. 

Even if the back of the hair is hidden by the head, draw it like in 
the template because the hair will move, and you will see gaps during 
the animation. 

After you've finished the art part, close the folders and enable view 
on everything. 

Remember that first folder that I told you to ignore? Well you can 
stop ignoring it now. 


There are 6 red boxes. Move them in accordance to the eyebrows, eyes, 
nose, and mouth. If the boxes are too small, you can resize them. (I 
don't recommend making the boxes smaller to fit smaller eyes better, 
I've yet to test this.)

The blue pivot point needs to be moved to the mouth. The red to the 
neck, and the green to the waist. Make sure the lines are centered.

Save it somewhere (keep is as .psd) where you can find it. 

The hard part is done! Yay! Now close out of your art program and 
open up EmoFuri!

Here, I even attempted to click every box to see what it 
does translate for you!


Note about the "toggle background" option, when it's unchecked, the 
background will be a dark red. I don't know how to make it another 
color, or if it's even possible. 

If possible, open up the manuals and translate the pages with Google 
translate. You'll probably learn waaaaaay more from that. 

Now, click open! It should automatically take you to the template 
folder. 

Open the one that I have circled. 
Your screen should look like this now:


There are a whole bunch of pretty tabs on the left. For now I'm only 
going to focus on the 2nd (red) tab. The fourth line down, there's a 
thing that you can open. Open it aaand... Look! New menu~


Okay, you want to see your character in action now, don't you?
Alright, alright. File > import .psd
Locate your .psd that you made earlier and open it. You'll get this 
big box with confusing buttons on it. Just ignore the contents of the 
box. 
Click the box that I circled. 

If you did everything right, you should get something like this: 

Click play and cry as you see your OC move~

As for exporting...
You are given the option to export as WMV, PNG, and GIF. I recomment 
you NOT export as GIF. Lots of people, including the people that 
could actually read Japanese, reported having issues with this (like 
crashing. Lots of crashing.) PNG results in saving every individual 
frame of the animation into your pictures folder.You should export as 
WMV. 

If you want to learn to turn WMV into GIF files... I will not explain 
it. 
There are tons of tutorials and videos that will help you with that. 

oh gosh this took so long to write x-x;;; I hope I was able to 
explain well enough! I don't know everything about this program so if 
you have a question, I might be able to answer it. This is news to 
English speaking people as of the past couple days. Hopefully a 
better tutorial will come out in time c: Thank you for reading!! 

FAQ


Q: Some parts of the body/hair are cut off when I import them!

A: Ah, this has to do with the boundary boxes that are in the last layer group. You will have to expand them.
The first one (red) will needs to be over the whole body. the second one (purple) needs to cover the body (from the neck down), then the green one needs to cover the top of the head to the end of the hair. Hopefully that helps c:


Q: All I see are "????" !

A: Are you sure you changed your sysem locale? Double check here: fuwanovel.org/faq/setting-wind…


Q: Is the free version only capable of portrait style animations?

A: No. You can make your own full bodies or chibis, it's just that you'll have to do some complicated settings. I will write an in-depth guide soon!




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C  Ó   D   I   G   O  S    H   T   M  L .


Estos son algunos códigos HTML básicos para usuarios de DeviantART.

En este Journal explicaré los códigos HTML más útilizados. Contestaré cualquier duda. Por favor utiliza "PREVIEW" antes de. (; La simple razón es para evitar el SPAM para que se me facilite encontrar las dudas. Si quieres probar algún código hazlo en tu perfil y no aquí!.
Este Journal se va a mantener en constante actualización, ya que dA ha cambiado un poco desde la última actualización. Prometo estar más pendiente en este asunto.
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Icono

:iconnombre-de-usuario:
DeviantArt lo mostrará así: :iconimaria-roa:
[Tambíen funciona con grupos]


Usuario.

:devnombre-de-usuario:
DeviantArt lo mostrará así: iMaria-Roa
[Tambíen funciona con grupos]


Negrilla.

<b*> Este texto en negrilla.  <*/b>  
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Cursiva.

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Tachado.

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Letra sin formato.

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Texto más pequeño.

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Subíndice.

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Este texto centrado.



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DeviantArt lo mostrará así:
Este texto a la derecha.



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»CITAS/AMUMENTAR SANGRÍA.

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DeviantArt lo mostrará así:
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»LISTAS.


 Ordenadas.

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DeviantArt lo mostrará así:
  1. Esta es una lista ordenada.
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Desordenadas.

<ul*>
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<*/ul>

DeviantArt lo mostrará así:
  • Esta es una lista desordenada.
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»LÍNEAS SEPARADORAS.

<hr*>
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»IMAGENES.

<*img src="URL de la imagen"/>
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DeviantArt lo mostrará así:




»VIDEOS.

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DeviantArt permite colocar videos de:

DeviantArt Film: estos videos son aquellos que suben los Miembros de la Comunidad #deviantartfilm. Aquí solo pueden acceder aquellos que tengan conocimientos sobre la cinematografia & la utilización de las herramientas para video en ambito profesional.
Para colocar tu video favorito de la Comunidad deviantFilm debes colocar la palabra "film" como nombre del sitio del video. Luego se coloca el código del video, que en deviantArt viene siendo el número del código Thumb ←ver más abajo THUMB.

Vimeo: videos que se encuentren en la página "Vimeo".
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Youtube: la página más popular a la hora de subir videos & que todos conocemos. Se coloca "youtube" en el sitio del nombre en el código & luego se coloca el número que aparece al final del link del video. Este es el código que puede venir mezclado con letras.



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<*da:embed profile="youtube" id="_UwWYtLWEZg"/>
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PSD 12* by iMaria-Roa

[También puedes agregar la palabra "big" al lado de "thumb" para tener una vista más grande la deviation. Solo funciona en deviations que sean imágenes. No puede hacerse con deviations de texto ni Stamps.]

:bigthumbid-de-la-deviation:
DeviantArt lo mostrará así:
PSD 12* by iMaria-Roa

[Para obtener el "id de la deviation" o "thumb" vamos a el costado inferior derecho de la deviation, justo debajo de "Details" estan "Link & "Thumb".]




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Ejemplo 
:rose:
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*Con la última actualización de dA, se tiene la opcion de "Add Media". De ahí únicamente tienes que dar clic en "deviantART" (si quieres insertar la previa de una deviation), ó "Emoticons" (si quieres insertar un emoticón). Esto se debe a la facilitación de uso para miembros.





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When the kitchen's camera isn't on by ShinyMeowstic
You know this?

I set it to music

and threw it on youtube



Also give my lonely gallery a look over, and my fanfiction and contest here:
FNaF x Reader: The New Security Guard (PROLOGUE)
It wasn't that you desperately needed a job, nor was it that you wanted one.  You were a college student, so you almost felt like you didn’t have the time. However, your mother insisted that you needed a bit of independence and a taste of the workplace, so she instructed you to get a job. She couldn’t force you really. Aside from the fact you still lived at home, she had no control over you.
But, she still was your mother.
So, after finishing your schoolwork one Thursday afternoon, you decided that you’d try and get a small job that you could do after a day at class. You typed a bit on your computer, checking social medias and your school email, before going to your favorite search engine.
The first thing that popped up on the screen was McDonald’s… yeah, right. Hmm… What else was there? You could always be a cashier at a supermarket, you mused to yourself… as if. It was then that you noticed a rather peculiar job opening.
  Christmas 2014 CONTEST - Christmas at Freddy's!!!:snowflake: Christmas 2014 Contest - Christmas at Freddy's!!! :snowflake:
Starts: December 2nd, 2014
Ends: January 1st, 2015
Reduced the time that will be available to enter simply because of the overwhelming amount of people that entered! Thank you all so much :3
Feel free to enter before New Years though! AND GOOD LUCK ^_^

Christmas and the Winter holidays are coming up soon, so I thought this would be a good idea! Besides, I wanted a way to celebrate my 200+ watchers and thought this might be a really fun idea.
Freddy eyebrows 
 How to Enter: 

This contest is for ALL WATCHERS to enter, since it is to celebrate my watchers.
All new watchers are welcome! :la:

You'll have to be a watcher for your entry to enter the judging/ranking phase!
All you have to do is make art, lit
UPDATE - OCTOBER 2, 2014:
Paypal has changed their layout, you can still send invoices but you can no longer select digital goods. 
I haven't had time to really look into it and come up with a solution. 
but you pretty much HAVE to send out something physical now if you want to be fully protected. There's still main points in this journal that describe how to go about that. 

This Journal is currently Under Revision. 
Points have been brought to my attention that have caused me to need to revise this journal. 
I am still digging around on my free time to see if I can find a way around this. I will update daily. 
_________________________________________

Please note that this is specifically for Artists who use Paypal to sell digital goods.

OK, so there has been many artists being scammed lately through Paypal with large chargebacks. If you have been hit by a chargeback recently please feel free to note me and I will try my best to help you out. 

The rest of this journal is information on how to better protect yourself against scams, fraud, and/or chargebacks.
 


What is a Chargeback, and How do I protect myself from one?

So first we need to understand what a Chargeback is. 
By filing a chargeback, buyers ask their credit card issuer to reverse an approved transaction.
Common reasons for chargebacks include:
  • An item was paid for but never received.
  • An item received was significantly different than described.
  • An item was damaged in shipping.
  • A credit card number was used fraudulently.

for further information on how to respond to a chargeback please read Paypal's simple tutorial: www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webs…

Now that we know what chargebacks are, let's go over Paypal's policy and how they handle the situation should it arise. 
A Chargeback cannot be stopped from occurring. Paypal does offer seller protection that will cover the costs of your goods should a chargeback happen, however, you will have to fight for it and if you are an artist selling your digital goods (services), you are not covered by that protection. In order to be eligible for the Paypal Seller Protection, what you are selling must meet certain guidelines. If you follow the guidelines then you will be covered by Paypal and you won't lose any funds if someone were to file a chargeback. Please take a moment to read Paypal's Seller Protection Policy: www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/…

How do you Become Eligible for Seller Protection?

PP Seller protection 1 by MDizzle-Designssource

Now, as a digital artist, (or if you live outside of the US) you are out of luck if someone files a chargeback. 
I have talked with other artists and we believe we may have come up with a few helpful solutions.

Step one:
Take a look at your buyer. Look at their page, Have they been buying art for a long time? Are there any negative comments against them? Is it a new account or one that has been established for a while? Does their page look sketchy in any way?
If they seem like a legit, responsible buyer than it is up to you wether or not you need to take the following steps.  

Step Two:
Create an Invoice or Money Request.
I personally feel that you should always use an Invoice or Money Request when receiving payment through paypal. It gives you control over the whole transaction. You get to choose how the transaction is placed and what is said in the message of the transaction (which is especially good when you sell NSFW art. Paypal does not permit the sales of NSFW works or anything of the like. If you are selling NSFW art, then you will not be covered by Seller Protection, I haven't found a way around this.)
Fill out your Money Request, or Invoice to suit your needs. If you are selling digital works then select 'services' instead of 'goods', but note that this will not cover you against a chargeback. 
Add your ToS in the Message if you want, this may help you.

Step Three:
Now, if your buyer/commissioner seems sketchy or if you want the seller protection then we may have figured out a solution.
Take on your commission, but instead sell a full sized print and make it to where it looks like you are selling a print, not just your services.
When writing your policy, be sure to emphasize that they are buying the finalized print from you. This will weight the transaction towards 'goods' instead of 'services', since physical items are being transferred for the funds received. You can better improve your profit if you give the buyer an additional option to buy a frame for an extra fee -- inexpensive, $5-$10 at walmart. Not necessary but further emphasizes that they're buying a final, printed form, not just the service of drawing it. 

You must be able to provide proof of delivery and proof of shipment
PP Proof 1 by MDizzle-DesignsSource

I'm not sure if there is a time limit for when you have to have the Print shipped by. You might be able to add a time frame in the invoice/money request message on when you expect to have the print completed and shipped. If you have insight on this, please feel free to share. 
Respectively, we believe that this has to be one mass payment as well, not multiple payments. 

Personally, I would only use this method if the buyer was sketchy and/or the transaction was large enough to hurt me if a chargeback were ever filed. Also, if I were going to use this method I would charge an extra $10 for the extra time and money I will have to use to get the Print made, but that's all personal preference that I am just tossing out as a suggestion.  

Step Four:
Finish your art, make a print, pack it up, and ship it.
ONLY SHIP IT TO THE VERIFIED ADDRESS THROUGH PAYPAL, if you send it to a different address that they give you then you WILL NOT BE COVERED by Seller Protection.
Make sure you get your proof of shipment and proof of delivery. If you follow these steps and read and follow the Paypal Seller Protection Terms as well as the Paypal User Agreement carefully then you should be covered in case a chargeback were to happen. 



More Info on how to use Invoices and Money Requests 


WHAT TO DO:
Get the buyer's paypal email, go to paypal and click the Request Money tab, You can then click Request Money OR Create Invoice

- If you Click Request Money: 
  • Add the recipient's Paypal email. 
  • Add the amount of money you want them to pay you. 
  • if you are selling digital goods, then select 'Services' (no shipping is required), or if you are selling tangible goods then select 'goods'. 
  • Finally you can add your personal message and include your personal ToS if you want to. 
  • click send. 

- If you click Create Invoice:
It's much more detailed. You can create a professional reusable invoice that you can resend to multiple people multiple times. I have never used this tool myself but if you look at it, you can see just how detailed it gets.

:iconhyanna-natsu: "you can create templates, so when you make a new invoice you can choose which template to use, for example, you can have a template for sketch art, other for flat colors, etc.
The invoice will have a date and you can choose a due date if necessary.
And it comes with the part "Terms and Services" where you can put your ToS in the template, so always you create a new invoice the ToS will be there. Also you can add your "Logo" which make the document more official maybe?
Oh plus, you can choose don't show your real name, email, address, etc. in the invoices, just need go in invoice settings."
 
The invoice will have a date and you can choose a due date if necessary.
And it comes with the part "Terms and Services" where you can put your ToS in the template, so always you create a new invoice the ToS will be there. Also you can add your "Logo" which make the document more official maybe?
Oh plus, you can choose don't show your real name, email, address, etc. in the invoices, just need go in invoice settings."
 
So it's worth looking at. Go play with it.  :)


Other Safer Methods of Receiving Payment

If you feel that Paypal may not be the best choice for you, there is other ways to be paid. 
the safest method is a Money Order through the USPS or any Western Unions. These are can be insured in case of loss in the shipping process, they are easy to send, and all payments are final; no worries of scams or chargebacks. 
Just have your buyer go to the USPS or Western Union and buy a Money Order, have them ship it to your address, go cash it at a bank and then start drawing! Easy as that! It just takes a couple days to receive it, depending on how long it takes your buyer send it. 


How To Protect Yourself as a Buyer:

If you are buying art, don't ever send payment as a "gift"; this pretty much gives the artist the right to run off with your money.
If the artist insists on sending payment as a gift because they don't want to pay the 2% fee, offer to pay the extra 2%, or don't buy their art, or convince them otherwise. 
Make sure you carefully read the details of the transaction and the artist's Terms of Service (if they have one.)
Save all conversations between you and the artist in case you never get your art. 
If you never get your art and it seems like they have no intentions of giving art to you, then you should be able to file a chargeback through Paypal.

-This Buyer protection section will be revised shortly-


I apologize for the multiple revisions on this journal. I write these after I get home from a long night at work and I'm pretty work out and ready for sleep. I really hope that I didn't forget anything and I hope that you guys find this helpful. I know it's a lot of reading, but it's worth it if you plan on making large Paypal sales in the future. Best of wishes to you all! <3