Notes on Character DesignI 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.More Like This
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...
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 i
Nobody Loves My Character!More Like This
On making characters lovable, in your story and online
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Disclaimer: This is a troubleshooting guide, and it doesn't necessarily cover every possible solution. It's based on my own experience, and not every idea may fit every character or work. Please use your common sense and personal taste when applying this information. Thanks for reading!
It's every writer's nightmare: your characters, after all the things you've put them through and all the months or years they've inhabited your head, have been eagerly displayed to the public and received an unenthusiastic response. Your audience has not been enchanted. They do not drool, fall hopelessly in love, or draw fan art in droves. They don't even pick favorite characters or whine for more information! You've failed. Nobody understands your characters. Nobody understands you.
...Wait a second. Try again?
Deviants who regularly post OC stories and art are lucky: their relationship with their audien
Help! I have a Mary Sue!More Like This
You know that you have a Mary Sue when she upsets the monochromatic color scheme of my Writer's Guides.
Mouse over blue text to see a note.
Internet communities often lash out at writers who create Mary Sues. Declaring the writing to be below their standards, they proceed to punish the creators. They mock the characters, verbally abuse the writers, and write hyperbolically about how much they wish the characters would die.
Bullying writers (who may be very young) is only going to make them afraid to write—and therefore improve—or share their work. Not only that, but it discourages other writers from speaking for fear of public mockery, and it may silence the voices that could someday become great.
If you've directly or indirectly suffered from the abuse of such individuals, let me first apologize on their behalf. I don't care if your story stinks so much that it can be smelled from fifty miles away; mocking you for it is cyberbullying. If you find people who try to h
how to improve at drawing: a guideSo as I sit and read my comments, I found that alot of people want to know how to improve.More Like This
I'm betting you are tired of hearing people say "practice"?
Well for me, improving is not instant. I may not even notice it, but every time I draw im improving a little.
How to Improve:
Draw all the time, draw everything you see, draw what you want to draw, draw in other peoples styles, draw realistic, draw cartoon, anything. JUST DRAW. Do it all the time. Draw in your notebooks and on your homework.
Do you hate the way you draw eyes? Maybe your paws/hands need more practice? Then find references and use them. I personally don't always find the time to use references, but I find when I do, my art is 10x better. Just practice drawing those eyes you've never gotten quite right. Look at other art and see what you really like about their style. And then try it out.
Now that you've practiced a bit more, draw somethin
Stuff I know about artjust bringing this backMore Like This
1. How can I improve?
One of the most important things to know about improvement is that anatomy is only one of many things you can improve , so if you feel like you haven't improved just try to look at more than just the anatomy and you'll see that you probably improved in shading,colouring,perspective or lining.
I also see a lot of people complaining about not finding ways to study and improve certain things so here's a list of things you can do:
-Stay away from "how to draw..." books! Most of them are badly written and don't actually teach you anything.
- Use references!
-Be open to any kind of critique! Even if somebody just comments "This sucks" go ahead and ask them why and what you can change to make it look better. Or ask people why they like your art to see what your strong points are. And most importantly don't judge the critique by whom it's from.A lot of artist tend to make the mistake not to take any kind of critique from artists with less ex
how to get better at art:I know im not a master of anything- infact, its only been about a week since I started working on improving rather than appealing.More Like This
BUT BOY DO I FEEL GOOD ABOUT MY ART.
and you should too!
Tips on becoming the artist you want to be
✸ note that these are tips on how I've started- everyone is different! Learn however you want to learn!
1. STOP DRAWING ONLY FOR OTHERS AND JUST START DRAWING FOR YOU
Ok so this for me was the hardest step. I never ever drew for enjoyment. Even when I drew my characters I wasn't really having fun? What you should do is stop all commissions. Stop all trades. And give yourself one day to draw to make you happy. Even if you don't improve at all you will start loving your art! I know I do!
2. FIND ART THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
What is better than finding a style that you really love? Than looking at all this art from people that inspires you? NOTHING. (okay maybe besides starbucks and kittens but still!)
when you fin
A Snowflake among the StarsHappiness…it seems so simple. And yet it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to grasp. I can think of it and know what brings it. A passion, a hobby, friendships, and beyond all else the one person I can love with everything I have. I can know what drives me to it: what I love to do, who I want to befriend, and who I want to hold in my arms and never let go. I can reach out at the feeling of happiness shimmering right in front of me, its warmth and brilliance irresistible, as if the moment I clench my fist I’ll have it with me forever. But like a snowflake, it melts away, leaving me to try and search for that drop of joy in a sea of strife. Grades, bills, work, eat away at opportunity. Anxiety, depression, insecurity, all weigh down on my shoulders like baggage pressing against every beat of my heart. In this struggle, my mind desperately searches for what looked so sure to me, and I chase after a dream, a love, that will never be. A simple concept, so seeminglMore Like This
Commission Journal Commissions/Money CommissionsMore Like This
1. I don't do
2. It would best if you note me as it's more organized for me and easier to keep track.
3. I do "Send payment first as well as the details of the commish before starting the picture". Please make note of that!
Each journal skin will only include the coding and a pic of one of your char, if you would like to add an additional char, it would be - +$1 or 80
If you want extra coding to go along with the skin, please specify on what you want
Or, you can order a header commission which you can find below
Simple - 560 /$7