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Character design tips by purplekecleon Character design tips by purplekecleon
Okay... I'm sure a fair amount of you out there have seen some really bad designs before. I mean really bad, neon blues and pinks and all sorts of piercings and a heart t-shirt on and this and that... on their dog thing. Or whatever.

I just have to put this out there so if you're one of those people who likes to make things, you can start to realize what not to do if you want anyone to remember your character or give a damn at all. Of course, this is just a basic guide, and it's not perfect. If you don't even realize how ridiculous all your personal items in one character look, you need someone to tell you, right?

It's fine if you just want a personal avatar that is for you and you alone, but if you want anyone else to enjoy drawing it, it shouldn't be so full of forced detail that it can't be memorized within a minute or two. No one likes having to double check fifty details as they draw. It's really not fun.

It's hard to express the message, "do what you really want to do" and "make things that aren't bad" at the same time, because sometimes, people are happy with things that I personally consider bad. But, well, here's a look at some advice that I'm offering.

Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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Dreamwalker22 Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, you know that part where 'animals don't have hair like this, ever?" LOOK AT THIS. imgur.com/gallery/qMe3xLz
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booklover4life Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
BAHAHAHA. OF COURSE xD
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kijierqwert Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is old, but..what if the character is like..a raver-hippie kind of person? XD (Just saying)
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SparklyNyanCat Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, what type of raver? A candy raver? A gothic raver? Cybergoth? Maybe an old-school raver? And it depends on the type of hippie. The stereotypical hippies that smoke weed, hug trees, never bathe, and dress in weird clothes, or just someone who enjoys nature? Maybe even someone in between?
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kijierqwert Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well you know, like those ravers who wear neon colours and hair extensions, and hippies who wear tie-dye, peace symbol-themed jewellery, and headbands. Because those types of people wear rainbow-neon-ish colours, and the creator of this tutorial said not to, but if they're like a raver-hippie kind of person, then they would wear rainbow-neon-ish colours.:XD: (But of course they don't get taken seriously in real life either) So that would be sort of...biased.:shrug: (This is still a good tutorial though)
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SparklyNyanCat Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. Can I see a picture?
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kijierqwert Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it's kind of like this character that I drew.
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SparklyNyanCat Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I like it!
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kijierqwert Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? I guess it could be a good character in some ways.:shrug:
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SparklyNyanCat Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually the first one really was good. It was unique.
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