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.
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
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So the proportions for age is 13/6 = y/x, in which y is the age you want your troll to be and x is the amount of seeps
Earth age > Sweeps conversion
Equation: The conversion equation for earth age to sweeps is y x 6 = 13x . (So to find out how many sweeps a 19 year old troll is we multiply it (19) by 6 (114), and then divide it by 13 (8.7692307692307692307692307692308, or 8.9)
Explanation: Here we want to see how many sweeps your troll is. So lets say, we want to find out how many sweeps old a troll that's 19 earth years old. So the equation should look like this: 13/6 = 19/x . To cancel out the fractions, cross multiply (19 x 6) = 13x , or 114 = 13x. Then we just divide both sides by 13 (to isolate x), which leaves us with 8.9. A 19 year old troll would be approximately 8.9 sweeps old.
Sweeps > Earth age conversion
Equation: The conve
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When it comes to character design, there's more to it than just the appearance of a character. While the looks of a character can tell a lot about said character, we all know that looks can be deceiving!
A lot of people seem to think that designing the appearance of a character is a character design. It is, when it comes to visual design. But what is the character like?
When people do give attention to that question, they'll often come up with characters that are either loved or hated by everyone, that have epic superpowers or superhuman abilities that no one (not even God) can ever hope to topple, and if they do somehow get beaten the shit out of them suddenly remember that there's an even greater power sleeping within them, which they will instantly activate no matter if they got just a scratch or are severely wounded. I'm not even going into the melodramatic background stories of them there.
So, what makes a good character design? What is the key to making a belie
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What Makes a Good AuditionThis is a guide to writing for OCTs. Every medium and genre of writing is unique and should be approached in a different way, but if you keep the following things in mind when you write for OCTs your audition and character will come across much stronger and be more likely considered for a roster position.More Like This
Judges and your general audience alike are typically looking for three major factors when they read your audition: Interesting Characters, A Unique Plot, and Clarity of Storytelling. If your audition does not excel in at least one of these areas you will almost certainly be looked over when it comes time for judging no matter how slick and professional your art is.
I firmly believe that there is no such thing as a bad character. Any character, if presented well, can be interesting--be they Human, alien, psychotic, or cliché.
The trick you need to employ is treating the character in a way that supp
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In my opinion, these are the most important factors in any character design: color, concept, shape, simplicity, cohesiveness, repeatability, personality and uniqueness.
Color: Any design with colors all over the place creates too many places for the eye to look. Keep your color design very simple and zen. Looking at the colors shouldn't be jarring or confusing. This isn't to say only use one color, not at all, but try to make sure the ones you use are harmonious. Avoid mixing and matching different saturations of the same color or picking colors that clash with one another.
My rule of thumb: Stick to no more than three base colors and some value variations.
Concept: Your design should have inspiration, even if the inspiration is just your intended character's personality or an interesting object that represents them. Your character could be a bookworm, and that would impact her posture, her clothing, her hairstyle...pretty much everything about her! You can design
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This is a snapshot of your character that shows details so that your opponent can accurately portray them and any objects/side characters associated with them. Some OCTs may provide templates which you should follow to a T, and some may ask for more information than others. Beyond following instructions, these tips should hold out:
KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID (otherwise known as the KISS that doesn't come with black and white make up).
Your reference sheet should SHOW as much as possible with only a few words to back it up. Don't feel the need to cover it in text. Only write about what you are showing when the image might not be clea
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Chapter 1 “Genres” – Section 2 “Fantasy”
With Links to Supplementary Material
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