First contest entry for the The Nerd Character design has been entered! Deadline for the The Nerd Character design will Sept 1 !! Taking donations to make this group a super group! Please go here: nightmaresky.deviantart.com/
Prizes have also been updated.
Written by ~Phantom-Shadow16
Although comics are mostly a visual medium, they cannot thrive without a compelling story, and a good story needs substance. This means having a strong theme, a fascinating plot, a fitting story structure, unforgettable characters, a well-chosen setting, and an appealing style and tone. To that end, this series of exercises was developed to aid the comic book artist in establishing a dedicated workflow while creating a comic with all of these elements.Exercise # 1
Character developmentA character is defined as the aggregate of features and traits that form an individual nature of some such person or thing. In other words it is how all of your character’s traits come together to form a distinct and recognizable personality. For the writer, this means thinking seriously about the following things:1.
Your character’s name: Does the character’s name say something about them? Does it tie into the story?2.
What is your character’s role in the story? What is their role in their family / community? What kind of occupation do they have? Is it cliché or extraordinary?3.
What about your character’s personality traits? Are they smart? Intuitive? Curious? Honest? Spiritual?4.
What are you characters goals / desires? What are they seeking in life? How does this tie into the story?5.
What are your character’s flaws? Do they have some sort of physical or mental injury? Do they possess some sort of morally reprehensible flaw? How does that play into the story?6.
What are the character’s core values? What do they believe in? If you had to write an essay in their voice on what they believed in then what would they say?7.
What is your character’s motivation? What do move them to act in the way that they do?8.
What is your character’s Backstory? Where do they come from? What is their past? Do they have anything to hide? How might that effect the story?Another important thing to consider is your character’s physical appearance. Have you ever heard the saying a picture is worth a thousand words? Much like a picture can visually depict a scene, ones choice of clothing can say a lot about them, their personality, and their occupation. To the artist, designing a good character means these things:1.
Research and evaluate the character you are illustrating. What characteristics will work? What will not?2.
Design and plan. You need to budget the amount of details you add to a characters design. When illustrating pages you will have to draw characters from many different angles and if you have too much detail then this can become tedious. It is a poison pill to those who are working with deadlines. Be sure to also keep a record of designs you implement to serve as reference. This will add a layer of consistency to your comic.3.
Consider your audience. Is the story being marketed to a specific crowd or is it a general audience? What kind of designs could work here? For instance, a comic targeted to younger audiences might focus more on basic shapes and brighter colors, whereas more mature audiences would require a more refined stylistic approach.4.
Another thing the artist must worry about is visual impact. No matter what you design there will be about a hundred other designs like it, what makes yours stand out? What will you do to grab the audience’s attention?
Now onto the assignment!
Members can choose between the Mercenary or the Nerd.
All assignment Entries belong in our contest folder! Here: themangacommunity.deviantart.c…
The Nerd ~ *nightmareskyThe Mercenary
Description: She is 4"11 feet tall, average body build. She is friendly, kind, and many see her as cute. She has a problem staying awake and tends to fall asleep if she is not actively engaged in something because of this the clothes she wears are for comfort and style. She had medium colored hair , vibrant eyes, and has a hair clip to keep the hair out of her eyes. She is a tech geek with a strange obsession with mango's. So many of her tech pieces she carries around have some sort of mango cover/ sticker on them. Her face always looks sleepy.
Description: He stands 6 feet tall, is thin yet muscular at the same time. He is cold, silent, professional, and always dressed like he means business. His clothes are never too loose or tight. He has jet black hair, red eyes and a cross shaped scar on his left cheek. His weapons of choice, two high caliber handguns, a cigarette, and a scowl that could drive back death itself. He conceals the handguns in holsters underneath his jacket.The first thing you might notice is that this description is a bit vague. This was done on purpose. I want to leave as much open to interpretation to you artists/writers as possible. Now here is the assignment:Artists – Sketch out a Character sheet with the following elements
1. A full figure front view
2. A full figure rear view
3. A normal/ neutral face
4. An angry face
5. A happy or laughing face
6. A shock or horrified face.
You can use any medium to produce these sketches as long as the final submission is consolidated to one image file. You are free to go as far with these images as you choose, if you want to leave it at sketches that’s fine, If you choose to go all out and ink/ color the faces then that will put you ahead of the game in future assignments when that may become useful. Good luck!Writers – Spice up this description! Add the following elements:
1. A Name
2. An age
3. Describe his personality
4. A backstory (minimum 300 words)
5. Describe some of his abilities
6. What are his weaknesses
7. Any additional info you feel is necessary or that would bump up the quality of the descriptionCollaboration- Another option that I will leave open is for a writer and an artist to team up. In that situation the requirements would still be the same except that the writer has the option of writing a new description from scratch while the artist must do his best to bring that character to life. The final submission should contain:
1) The Artist’s character sheet.
2) The Writer’s bio as either a part of the description, or a link within the description to the bio.
Whatever happens next is up to you! Good luck, I look forward to your submissions
The winning OC from each subject (
or Mercenary) will get their character permanently placed in our collaborate Manga!
Meaning you will get you character placed in to a manga for FREE! Prizes!
1st Place for The Nerd Character design.1st Place for The Mercenary design.
OC will be used in Collaborative Yonkoma (Manga Strip) 'Sweet Sort of Life'. Please see more here: fav.me/d6c7q7w
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We would appericate if any one would like to give out prizes to the winners! We need volunteers! THE CONTEST WILL END 2 MONTHS AFTER WE RECEIVE THE FIRST ENTRY FOR EACH SUBJECT!