AngelsThey do not wear golden halo'sMore Like This
They are not dressed in spotless white
They do not bear feathered wings
They cannot float in a starlit night
They are far from perfect creatures
They have no powers in their might
The friends I see so saintly
Are not always completely right
So why do their eyes touch me
In ways that melt my heart?
And why does every word they say
Sound like musical, magical art?
Why do I call them my angels?
How do they heal every wound in sight?
And how does every smile they reveal
Send such pure rays of light?
Unique Character Design TipsMore Like This
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