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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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Saaally Featured By Owner Edited Dec 1, 2014
flawless stuff =)
funny to see all the butthurt people commenting missing the point aiuheiuhsaiue
Tabashi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is great! :D made me laugh several times, even at my own characters. I'll definitely think about this :) thanks for making it!
sagaciouslyidle Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for giving us your opinion! Many people here forget that this is the opinion of one person, not a universal truth or whatever. I personally have gained some knowledge after seeing this, and I really appreciate you taking your time to make these tutorials (especially the one on color!). I hope all these hate don't bring you down and discourage you from making your art (and tuts), because you are quite excellent.
animeokamidrawer Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree so much! the only thing is the hair on animals X3 I use it now and than, I guess it gives more humin traights so there easyer to relate to , but realy, this helps a lot

ps.i don't like neon colors on them at all XI ruins my calm flow
Lostsabbath Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It was, uh, too hard to read. But some of it helped.
Phenenas Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
The comments disgust me. You're opinionated, I like that. Unfortunately, on the deviantART, sharing your opinion in a humorous manner is taboo and everyone assumes you are an evil, evil being that is trying to make their own decisions for them. Unfortunately, when it comes to what they do, users here don't have much of a sense of humor. Many of them take themselves way too seriously and claim to be so much of an AR-TEEST with such AMBITIOUS VISIONS that they forget how silly it all truly is.
DoodleyAwesome Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my dear lord I was just going to add to the heap of bad comments. -slaps self-
IncuriousCat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice overmind avatar by the way
Phenenas Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Oh, thank you
IncuriousCat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People can be so sensitive nowadays
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