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
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.
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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
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UPDATES FROM realitysquared : Clarifying the Issue; Tracing and Copying
Today Id like to attempt to explain our official stance on such things as tracing and copying.
As most people are aware, deviantART does not restrict membership according to artistic experience or level of skill. As a result we have a large population of young, amateur artists, a great many of whom produce fan related artworks.
It is considered acceptable for artists to reuse or reference ideas, scenes, poses, and any other broad concept which may be found in the works of other artists. Generally speaking it is impossible to produce a new and original artwork which does not bear at least some passing resemblance to the works done in the past by other artists.
This is especially true when it comes to poses and character concepts. It is therefore entirely possible for two people to independently draw a stalking wolf without ever having seen each others wor