I got the idea of making this journal from
she made a journal answering some questions from a Tumblr post regarding original characters and I found it interesting. Let’s face it, I barely talk about mine and I thought this would be a good chance to loosen up because even after all this time...I’m still afraid of being told my characters are stupid/boring/cliché (it already happened once and I almost quit writing and drawing about them).
You can find my friend’s journal here fav.me/dcdu2s5 Which OC is your oldest, creation wise?
That would be Emily, definitely!
She was was the first ever serious OC I made on this site. Like I said countless times before, she was inspired by my playthrough of Alpha Sapphire. I originally created her as a way to express my views on the events of said game but she became something bigger and I ended up spawning ideas for different arcs as time went by. I got to write a few chapters of the Kalos arc of the story before it was put in an undefined hiatus. However, I might have some new plans for her. I still need to think it through before making them public.Which OC is your newest?
Another Pokémon OC (pretty much all of my OCs are from Pokémon, heh), Ulva
Ulva is a member of the Ultra Recon Squad and she is set to appear in Brave New World in the near-ish future. I started working on her concept the day after the trailer revealing the Ultra Recon Squad came out. I just found that group of people so fascinating that I wanted to create a new character that was involved with them
A couple of fun facts about her: originally Ulva had a big hatred towards Necrozma because she viewed him as a tyrant, given that it stole the light from their world. But after playing through Ultra Sun and seeing how he only did that because the people from Ultra Megalopolis injured him badly first, I changed it to where she only wants it to calm down and return the light to their world. She has been friends with Dulse since childhood but upon growing up, Ulva developed feelings towards him that are unknown to her. I headcanon that people from Ultra Megalopolis doesn’t understand the concept of romantic love so, she will have a tough time learning about it Have you ever scrapped one of your ocs and used their backstory / interests / etc. for a newer one?
This is a strange one for me since I never talked about it in public but yes, I did scrap some minor concepts for characters (but who doesn’t?). Although there’s a notorious one and that would be… *drumroll* Emily and Steven’s daughter. Shortly after Gladion and the Aether Foundation were revealed, the possibility of having the Alola arc of Emily’s story happen quite a few years into the future was really tempting...and pairing her daughter with Gladion was an even bigger temptation. I’m so, SO glad I got rid of her because everytime I think about her my blood boils. Her whole character was reduced to drooling (not literally, of course
) over Gladion and trying to change him with the excuse of “wanting to see him happy”. As you know, I have a different OC who is paired with Gladion and I’m much happier with her because there’s more to her character than being paired off with a canon character and her relationship with Gladion is much healthier than the one this OC would have had. Which OC is your favorite? Unexpected favorite?
I don’t really have an unexpected favorite but when it comes to my favorite character, that would be Juliette
I don’t know why, it’s probably just because of how hard I worked on her character and her story. It’s probably also because of the always helpful input I got from my friends, especially Weirda and
They help me a lot to polish her and her story Do you have a process when it comes to making OCs? Can you make one out of thin air or do you take months to build them?
To create a new OC I need to have a really solid concept for them and know how/where I’m going to use them. Creating characters used to be easier for me but now I need to think about them thoroughly; their appearance, their personality, their relationships with other characters… It’s very important for me to know that they do have a reason to exist. So yeah, I could say that coming up for a new character is a rare occurrence for me, although sometimes I’m jealous of those people who come up with a new OC every week.Is there a OC you have that just doesn’t click with you yet?
I think that would be Giles Fournier from Life’s Treasures. I’m not saying I don’t like him or anything, I do! It’s just that I never got too attached to him in the first place. But maybe the fact that I barely wrote about Giles has something to do with it Do you fandom OCs or purely original ones? If original, do you have any plans for them in terms of producing a short film, book?
Here I only post about my Pokémon OCs but yes, I do have original ones too! They all come from my The Sims 3 era and in fact, a few weeks ago I started collecting notes for a book centered on them Do you ship any of your OCs together? Or do you ship them with friend’s?
All of my OCs are either shipped with canon characters or not paired at all. However, I’d like to mention how my character Juliette is close friends with Xenia’s OC, Luana. Here you can see her reference sheet
I’m really happy that Luana is such an important part of Brave New World, it wouldn’t be the same without her!Historically, the internet has never been to kind to OCs. What’s one thing you wish people realized about OCs?
I wish they realized that behaving as if they had the rules to how an OC should be like doesn’t help anyone. Of course I hate Mary Sues, I find them annoying but come on, don’t pester people saying “This is a Sue trait! And this is too! Don’t do that or your character will be a Mary Sue!” It kills people’s creativity and their desire to share their stories. Also please, don’t be too hard on younger creators. Just because you have lots of experience making OCs it doesn’t mean they do too. Beginners don’t know as many things as more experienced artists do, so please don’t treat them like they are stupid. Don’t shun them for not doing everything correctly. Be there to help them learn and get better, not for making them want to stop uploading their works forever.