How to start a webcomicMaking a Web Comic Part I: Finding a StoryHow to start a webcomic8 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
The first and most important thing to start a web comic is to have a story. You could be the best artist on the West side of France, but it won't make a difference if your story sucks. People are grabbed first by good art and second by a good story. Art can only go so far; it is the story that will keep your readers reading. One fine example of this is Fox Tails by Fallon Willard. The art is lacking in quality, but the story is fantastic. This first part of "Making a Web Comic" covers the key elements of finding a story.
So, you know you want to do a web comic, but you're lacking in ideas for a story. You have a few different options:
1. Find a writer who already has a story. There are a lot of writers out there with fantastic ideas, but lack the skills to express them in art. The best place to look for these writers is usually in the
My Really Long Webcomic GuideMy Really Long Webcomic Guide5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Jenny's Really Long Webcomic Guide
I have been getting quite a few emails and questions about starting up your own webcomic, so I decided to compile all the articles I'd written before into this one comprehensive guide.
This massive wall of text has several sections:
- How to start
- Getting the story started
- Readership & research
- The Internets!
These are my own guidelines, based on my own experiences, and these are my solutions to the problems and issues I have encountered along the way. This is not necessarily the one true way. There are probably many different solutions to any problem. And a bajillion books on this very subject too. But regardless of what I have to say, do what works for you!
So take your bathroom breaks now, because you'll be here for a bit! Sit tight and enjoy my blathering!
Part One: "How do you start a webcomic?" A Short Question... with a big, long, friggin' answer.
Okay, a l
Creating a Well-Developed Original CharacterCreating a Well-developed OCCreating a Well-Developed Original Character4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hello! Welcome to my guide on the creation of a balanced, believable original character! Whether this is your first time creating a character and you want some advice on where to start, or you need to tweak your character, because you're unsatisfied with it, then you've come to the right place. In this guide you'll find details on the importance of every aspect of an OC, from something seemingly insignificant as the name to the powers of a character.
This guide can be applied to original characters of any fandom or purely of your creation for your own story! If your setting doesn't include some parts, like having abilities, you can simply skip over that section. Likewise, if I'm going into details on some specifics that don't apply to your character, feel free to skip over that as well.
Before I get into breaking down a character, let me first start off by asking you to do one thing. Get the term "Mary Sue" out of your head right now bef
Fictional Nation developmentThe following questions are designed to help writers brainstorm ideas for their fictional worlds and/or nations. These questions are geared mostly toward medieval and earlier periods (that is, hunter gatherer societies, horticultural societies, and agricultural societies).Fictional Nation development5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Very often a question might have two or more answers depending on the social class of the person/people. If this occurs circle both and write a note of which classes have what. There will also be questions where more than one answer is correct, so circle all applicable ones. I also encourage you to write in the Other option as much as possible, even if you circled one of the choices.
The name of this fictional country/nation/kingdom is _____________.
Some basic characteristics of societies: (these are not true for all societies)
Circle or write a note by anything that is a characteristic of your society.
They generally use bow and arrow for hunting.
Gather plants, no growi
Writing 203: Nice to Meet YouToday's article is extremely important as it is key for successful character development.Writing 203: Nice to Meet You5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS INSIDE AND OUT
That's today's lesson. You have to develop all your characters well enough they become real people. Except those with one line only, like Officer #1 or Hot-Dog Dude. Those are walking puppets to populate your world.
But your primary and secondary characters must be well developed, there's no way around it. Their actions must be driven by their personality and back story. Even though most of this information will never see the light of day, it is imperative they exist through your characters' actions.
If you need a character to behave a specific way to drive the plot forward, it must be planted beforehand and be in line with the previously established personality, it can't be out of character.
My process starts with ten questions I fished here and there and a couple of reminders that form my own Character Bio Sheet. I like to answer them in excruciating detail
How to Make a WorldSo like, I haven't been here in years, but checking out my account this is still, somehow the most popular and sassed thing on my DA.How to Make a World4 years ago in Settings More Like This
Reminder that this was a WIP even when I began it, and I'm probably never touching this again.
Apparently some of y'all think this is a really cool or helpful thing, and that's fine its really the only thing keeping this piece up here.
But otherwise, just like, ignore it?
If you get peeved at anything that's in here, keep in mind you're getting mad at a 14 year old kid's unfinished homework project that's like 4 years old now. So, just keep that in perspective.
Always check the date before you comment~
How to make a world
Table of Contents:
-Part 1: Home Sweet Home: The basics of you world
-Part 2: Into the Garden of Madness: The Human Psyche
INTRODUCTION! read this!
This is meant to be a general guide on how you can make your own planet/world and what patterns it would input onto its denizens. As well as how you can alter your world his
How To 'Flesh Out' an OCHow To 'Flesh Out' an OC4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The aggregate of features and traits that form the
individual nature of some person or thing.
In this tutorial I will guide you through a way to 'flesh out' an Original Character (Also known as an OC). Before we begin, let's go through the basics.
A character is quite simply one who possesses qualities that define them from someone else. Every character is original and unique. A character can not only be human, but an animal, an alien, or anything that the imagination can come up with.
However, characters are often difficult to create, because to put it bluntly, you are in a sense creating a new being. This being needs the same kinds of traits and characteristics you possess, but can't be your own. They have to be original. In this case, many young writers and artists forget how hard it is to make a character and forget the complex details that enhance a character.
Fleshing out is a term used commonly in developing characters. It means to add additional det
1 Naming Your OCNAMING YOUR OC Basic Information1 Naming Your OC4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
This is where we cover all the basic information for your OC. Almost all of the information here is the basic stats that should give us a general understanding of your OC
Ah, the start of every character. Before you even start thinking about any other aspect of your character, their name is the first thing you'll want to decide on. They are also the first thing that people will use to judge and evaluate your character. Of course your character has to have a name, unless for some reason and it better be a good one she doesn't. It's very easy to screw up the name, so remember these important points:
Spelling: Some names have multiple kinds of spelling. Do some research to see if a name has many other forms and decide which one you want.
Meaning: A lot of people like to focus on the meaning of their OC's name. FALSE! You do not have to focus on this when naming your character. Many Mary-Sue's have hor
How to create a good OCOkay, so I’ve been reading a lot of fanfiction and now I know that a lot of you need a lesson in the art of creating OC’s. I’ll admit I’ve created some crappy OC’s in the past, but I was like ten and they got a decent number of followers, so I something right.How to create a good OC2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
I’m guessing all of you have read at least one fanfiction where an OC ends up with the main character and trumps an important romance between him/her and another character. We’ll that OC may me a candidate for a Mary sue/Gary stu label.
What are Mary sue’s and Gary stu’s you may ask, we’ll I’m here to educate you in these two GIANT crimes against decent fanfiction. Trust me, an OC can make or break a fanfiction.
Here are the traits of a Mary sue.
-Everything in the story goes perfect for her. (This includes romance, school, Pokemon battling, duel monsters, fights, ect.)
-She has absolutely NO personality flaws what so ever. (She is nice no everyone, even people who
Starting a WebcomicHow to Start in WebcomicsStarting a Webcomic4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
A scientific essay by Rebecca Burg
Hello, dear artist! Are you interested in webcomics? By George, you have come to the right essay! This written material goes through a sort of "checklist" of things you should consider before diving off the deep end!
So, you got this cool story, you like drawing stuff, and you got all the time in the world (not really, but let's pretend you do)! What better way to spend your time than making silly comics for the internet? Now, now, dear artist, let's not get too hasty with this! Here's the first thing you should think about before even lifting a pencil.
NUMBER ONE: DO I REALLY WANT TO DO THIS?
You think, "Boy, what a dumb question! Of course I do, or I wouldn't be reading this! Stop being dumb!" Well, I'll be as dumb as I please, but listen here: webcomics take a lot of work.&
How to Invent a Good UsernameTime for a quickie tutorial!How to Invent a Good Username5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Your username (also known as nick) gives one of first impressions of you when introducing yourself online. At the best, your username tells people you're an original person with good taste, and at the worst, it blends you to the mass of people lacking imagination.
GENERAL ISSUES TO THINK ABOUT
Here is a list about issues that are healthy to think about in general. After this section, I'll give you "not to do" and "to do" lists about creating usernames. So...
The most important thing is that YOU like your name. If you don't feel cozy with your username, it will irritate you sooner or later. However, especially if you are still young or new with Internet, be prepared for that your naming taste may change later and you may dislike that name you picked first! (That's something I have seen in the comments of this tutorial.)
For example, my first online username was, if I remember correctly, my given name + my birth year (like, Lisa90,
A Guide to Writing Hetalia Reader-InsertsIntroductionA Guide to Writing Hetalia Reader-Inserts2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I would like to start off this guide by saying upfront that the only fanbase that I write for is Hetalia. Why do I choose Hetalia, and why do I stick with it? Well, to put it simply, it’s because the main story doesn’t really have a story. Every single character is undoubtedly round. There’s so much to work with in terms of being able to set them in alternate universes (AU’s) because the characters are essentially timeless.
With that out of the way, I should also say that these are my opinions and my opinions alone. If you don’t follow everything according to this guide, that’s not to say that you will burn into a fiery crisp or have your eyes gouged out, but personally, I will judge you. In short, I will think you are either ignorant, misguided, or an attention whore. I’m usually left to assume the latter. This guide isn’t completely dogmatic nor am I trying to be arbitrary as I’m sure I break some of the
Writing 201: Crowd or Cast?You should know your overall plot by now and I'm sure you have your cast of characters in mind, now it's time to cut your cast in half, yep, seriously, cut it in half as you have too many characters. Yep, that's right, we'll focus today's article on something most people tend to ignore: how big should your cast be?Writing 201: Crowd or Cast?5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Here's the thing, the more characters you have, the more pages you will need to develop them in a satisfying manner. So, unless you're writing the next 1000+ novel I suggest you keep your cast with the minimum number of characters as possible your plot requires.
Why have two bad guys when one suffices? What's the point in having 50 mutants in a film where only one takes center stage *wink wink looking at you 20th Century Fox*?
I'm sure that when you cooked up a cool story you had about twenty characters in mind, that's perfectly natural, it's just too much fun creating people to populate your world. But there's an inherent danger in keeping such a bloated cast: the character
Things Everyone Should Know About WritingThings Everyone Should Know About Writing4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Things That Everyone Should Know About Writing
Points of View
Things you need to be aware of before reading:
If you would like to quickly jump to a topic, press F3 on your keyboard and type in one of the preceding topics you wish to learn about.
I would like to point out that it IS possible for you to view this piece of writing with proper indenting. Just press the ¶ button in the top right corner then read away~
Points of View
Recently it has been brought to my attention that a good number of literary works that are lacking in basic skills and the fundamentals of writing. I believe that everyone, regardless of (a reasonable) age and skill level, should at least be aware the topics we will cover. We will discuss different points and simple ways to improve your overall writing skills.
First we will discuss the different narratives that you may choose to write in: first person, second per
Writing 202: What's your Job?Couple of days ago I covered how big should your cast be and today I'll cover their functions within the story. This should be extremely helpful to see which characters should be gone and those that are key to your plot.Writing 202: What's your Job?5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
One of the best books I read on Character Development was "The Writer's Journey - Mythic Structure for Writers" by Christopher Vogler. He covers classic structuring as well but for me, the highlight in his book is how he maps his plot through his characters.
Basically he divides every single character in seven (7) Archetypes, the most common ones. Sometimes a character can "be" more than one thing but this helps figure out which characters are performing the same function within the story and how they can be combined to form a more complex and enjoyable one.
Vogler says: "The concept of archetypes is an indispensable tool for understanding the purpose or function of characters in a story. If you grasp the function of the archetype
100 Themes1. Forgotten footprints100 Themes6 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
2. I love the you that you hate
3. Only by calling your name did the world have meaning
4. My worries melted in your smile
5. In the fading moonlight
7. Permanent sleep
8. As the hands of the clock overlap
9. Fleeting regrets
10. Ringing silence
11. ...and everything disappears
12. When I close my eyes I can still hear the echos of your voice
13. Stumble, fall, and get back up again
15. Twinkling spirits
16. The lock on my heart
17. Secret doorway
18. One and only
19. In this second
21. Sound of the Siren
23. Blue-stained memories
24. For what is most precious
25. Rainbow in the rain
26. Our promise
27. The forked road
29. Never-ending cycle
31. Twisting truths into fabricated words
32. I etched your initials into my soul
34. The melody of the stars
35. Distorted shadows under the light
36. Last chance
37. Crushed butterfly
38. Unwavering faith
10 Tips for Writing Fantasy10 Tips for Writing Fantasy10 Tips for Writing Fantasy4 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 1 “Genres” – Section 2 “Fantasy”
With Links to Supplementary Material
As you might have noticed from the Outline, my section on Story Genres is rather bare. And so during the following few weeks, I will be remedying that—starting with fantasy. I have written quite a bit of fantasy—especially mixed within other genres. But more than that, I have read both excellent and profoundly horrible examples of fantasy. Today, I'm going to talk about some of the major elements that make them so. If you don't write fantasy, I still advise reading because many of these topics expand across and array of genres—a
A Guide to OCTsOriginal Character Tournaments are all over deviantart and keep growing in popularity, but not everyone knows what they are or how to participate in them. Since they're hosted by individuals and not actually affiliated with the website itself, there are no guides available to help explain how they work. Hopefully, this FAQ will be helpful to anyone looking to get involved in OCTs.A Guide to OCTs6 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
What is an OCT?
OCTs, or "Original Character Tournaments" are contests held here on deviantart in which you can pit your original characters against other people's characters in a comic-style battle-royale. To put it simply, it's a cross between an art competition and a storytelling contest.
OCTs can be hosted on someone's account, or they can have a tournament account of their own. OCTs are usually open to anyone with a deviantart account, although some are invite only. Information about who is eligible to audition will usually be clearly stated s
6 Steps to Creating a Great Antagonist6 Steps to Creating a Great Antagonist6 Steps to Creating a Great Antagonist5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 3 “Characters” – Section 4 “The Antagonist”
With Links to Supplementary Material
So you now have your Protagonist up and ready to go. The next step is to create a great Antagonist that will help provide a dynamic story. I've talked about specific types of antagonists—Villains and Mons
Introduction: CharacterFirst lesson about writing: Characters are what makes the story.Introduction: Character5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Think about your favorite story. Ever.
Well, I can't think about mine, so I'll go for "Which French anti-hero do I feel like fangirling for today?" Narrowly beating out the story about the tragic relationship between the bohemian sociopath with the amazing set of pipes and unfortunate skin condition (unless he's being played by Gerard Butler) and a Scandinavian soprano is The Count of Monte Cristo. That novel is, in its unabridged printing, thick enough to bludgeon a walrus with. It starts off pretty fast, but gets slow just as quickly. It's not a book for the short of attention span.
So why do I love that novel? For the titular Count. For the cast of cool main characters. For the One True Pairing of Maximilian Morrel and Valentine de Villefort. For duels and revenge and intrigue and character driven plot and a main character who is (and I am using the technical terminology, borrowed from tvtropes.org) badass enoug
100 poses MemeDraw each pose using your character(s)100 poses Meme3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Novice- 25 poses
Beginner- 50 Poses
Intermediate- 75 poses
Advanced- 100 poses
Pro- All 100 poses from front, side, 3/4 and back views
One very important thing to keep in mind in the personality of the character. Even in silly things like drinking or putting on pants there should be something about they way they do things that define them. It's recommended you do this with one character to really get a feel for how they move and interact but really it's all up to you! Have fun and happy posing!
1. Standing front view
2. Standing Side view
3. Standing 3/4 view
4. Standing back view
7. Putting on Pants
8. Shooting shot gun
11. Catching something
12. Full speed run
14. Using a Hammer
15. Sliding under something
17. Looking over something
18. Getting out of bed
The Truth About Selling FanartUpdate notice as of January 17, 2013: I have given this guide a MAJOR overhaul. It was originally written over a year and a half ago, and since then my own views and understanding of copyrights has changed. I felt that this guide should reflect those changes, so if you read this guide in the past, please take a moment to look through it again as I have added MANY new topics, information, and sources. Unlike my first draft, I have also changed my viewpoint to neutral throughout this writing.The Truth About Selling Fanart4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Update notice as of July 17th, 2015: Check out DeviantArt's new article on art theft, fanart, copyrights, and other relevant topics! http://protectart.deviantart.com/journal/The-Art-Theft-Discussion-544490149
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, nor any kind of professional that works in dealing with laws or copyrights. This guide was written based on my own research and understanding of copyright laws, and from discussions with others knowledgeable of the subject. These facts are all