UpdateI'm free you guys! \ouo/ Expect lots of art in the next few weeks.
*sighs* The tragic event this morning is affecting me more than I expected. I was volunteering at a preschool just a few weeks ago, and for this to happen... I'm at a loss for words. May all of the victims rest in peace. Sweet angels.
FMA OC Guidebook: OC DesignFMA OC Guidebook: OC Design4 years ago in Writing More Like This
The FMA OC Guidebook: Character Design
Ok FMA art and style is really frustrating in the fact that theirs always a freaking exception! Any rule you make, any! Its always like "but oh! So and so has..." yea-no. Is is to much to ask for a little conformity here? Realy!?
Ok that rant put aside...
THERE ARE SOME EXEPTIONS TO ALMOST EVERY "RULE" I PUT DOWN HERE
So technically yes, you could give your OC bright purple hair with a pink fringe, but bear in mind that that will look very out of place in the FMA world. So there's just one thing for you to bear in mind when breaking these rules: Subtlety. The broken rule should fit in with the rest of the FMA world and not stand out like "holy cow where are they from! It should not be the first thing you notice when seeing the character, nor should there be two broken rules in the same OC. Ready then? So lets begin
This is one of the few absolute rules DO NOT GIVE YOUR OC AN EYE COLO
FMA OC Guidebook: AlchemyFMA OC Guidebook: Alchemy2 years ago in Writing More Like This
FMA OC Guidebook: Alchemy
So exactly how does alchemy work in fma?
Well.. After analyzing the hell out of almost every instance of its use I could possibly remember and then doing hours more research. (Is it normal for me to have this much of an obsession? Yeah... I don't think soo ANYHOO ) I finally am ready to put together my guidebook result of what I have learned. This is still a work in progress so bear with me (g-d help me make this good)
How Alchemy Works
Ok, the first thing to understand is that alchemy is a science; this is what differentiates it from magic. This is why it's so much of a skill to learn.
What is actually happening when you preform alchemy?
Alchemic acts as stated by the series are consistent of three stages; Analysis, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Let's go over each of these
This is probably the most unclear one of the three. Beyond just the basic knowledge of what it is
OC Guidebook: OCXCannonThe OC Guidebook: OC X CannonOC Guidebook: OCXCannon4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Ok first of all some advice nobody is going to listen to but I'll add anyway. Then I'll get to the rest
OCXCannon Is EXTREMLY difficult to pull off especially with any of the major characters. So as a general rule of thumb unless you are an amazing and experienced writer DON'T DO IT!
If you are going to do it DO NOT PAIR YOUR OC WITH A CANNON CHARACTER YOU HAVE A CRUSH ON! Trust me people can tell. This tends to skew up your prospective and make you make the cannon character act in very out of character ways.
That said I know people aren't going to listen so lets begin:
If you are going to do ocXcannon there is a general rule of thumb to bear in mind. Under no circumstances should you shift the cannon character's personality or actions to match your OC!
Pairing an OC with a cannon is a very different process then any other type of romantic writing you do. Its' not like OCXOC which if I haven't made it clear already you should be doing unless you're a very