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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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Art-Adopts Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have any tips of where to start? I'm redesigning my character, and my designs keep ending up too boring. I want it to be unique, but simple. Maybe three or four colors maximum. The designs end up too generic: colored paws, chest, tail tip, etc. I want to set it apart from other characters, but still keep it simple and not too crazy
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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
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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!
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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.
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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
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Lostsabbath Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It was, uh, too hard to read. But some of it helped.
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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.
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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-
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IncuriousCat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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nice overmind avatar by the way
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Phenenas Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
YES FINALLY SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS
Oh, thank you
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IncuriousCat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People can be so sensitive nowadays
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Phenenas Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Oh my god, this made me laugh so hard. I, for one, get this sense of humor. Now there are a couple thousand people who need to see this. I'll spread the word.
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eugenijux Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
oh really? look at this www.teckler.com/en/DieselFit/L… :D
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yiffyboy97 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student General Artist
'u cant have ocs that i dont like u cant use colours that i dont like' lmao your ocs are boring as fuck and really unoriginal. stop getting kids to abandon their cute endearing ocs and stop being a little shit

this guide is for you and for you only and really just promoting unoriginality smfh you're worse than high school art teachers
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sleets Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist
the only thing wrong here is the self entitled artist who decided whats considered good or ugly for every single person out there who just wants to express them-self. honestly, people like PK need to stop thinking their opinions matter so much lol its so pretentious 
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yiffyboy97 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student General Artist
tru tru, i just get mad about people who use calculations and and strict methods when it comes to anything to do with art tbh. those people are potentially toxic to others as artists and it makes me sad to see people blindly following and abandoning their OCs because of it
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jellylemonade Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
lmao bc ur designs are so original huh
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Noxipi Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist
lol
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Dreamwalker22 Featured By Owner 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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Superflydragonart Featured By Owner Edited Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That rabbit is seriously breaking laws!!!!!!!!CALL THE ANIMAL HAIR PO PO!!!! lawl
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Rustyscout Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh dear! :XD:
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booklover4life Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
BAHAHAHA. OF COURSE xD
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kijierqwert Featured By Owner 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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eIectraumatic Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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eIectraumatic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. Can I see a picture?
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kijierqwert Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it's kind of like this character that I drew.
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eIectraumatic Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I like it!
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kijierqwert Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? I guess it could be a good character in some ways.:shrug:
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eIectraumatic Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually the first one really was good. It was unique.
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De-Vine Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is old, but I actually agree. I see what PK is saying (and it's great advice, as usual) but I actually liked the design of the first blue.. dog.. thing more than the following two.
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derse-dreamers Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
uh no imo it was ugly as hell.
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sleets Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist
the thing is that PK's and your distaste for other people's characters (that they made for!! themself!! and for nobody else's approval!!! big shocker) really doesn't matter in the least, and only an asshat would make an entire "tutorial" on how to make boring simple characters that don't use colors they hate lmfao. as long as the creator likes the design there really isn't an issue, they're not hurting anyone.

and somebody complaining about ugly oc's but homestuck and dangan ronpa designs are totally fine ! ummm okay then lol
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derse-dreamers Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
dude that was from like two months ago or some shit

and i have never seen a dangan ronpa oc in my life
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eIectraumatic Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You think imagination is ugly?
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derse-dreamers Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I am not stating in any way that "imagination is ugly". I am saying that its design is just horrendous and it had too many markings on it, like PK said. The contrasting colors were really bad too. I swear, you're the only one on the whole comment section who actually thinks it's decent.

Already in 5 words you have managed to make me angry. Incredible.
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eIectraumatic Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, personal preference, lady. The kind that they mentioned above. If you respect my preferences I will respect yours.
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derse-dreamers Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
SHRUGS

alright whatever im just saying that it really does look terrible due to poor color choice and design skills
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eIectraumatic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It could be better, but I'm just saying
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eIectraumatic Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're angry because of an opinion? Well boo-hoo, this is the internet, not everyone is gonna agree with you.
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abstractlycan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
I would get along great with you.
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eIectraumatic Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha
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derse-dreamers Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
who wouldnt be angry because of an opinion. hell people get offended when other people start liking their fav characters. of course not everyones going to agree with me. there are people like you and people like me who personally think that that design is just horrendous.

 there are people drawing porn of the keychain pokemon and they like it. other people like it too and some people dont. there are people with different fetishes ranging from whips and chains to feet. most people think its disgusting, but those people obviously dont. of course there are people like that.
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71v1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's... actually pretty damn good
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InoriAizawa Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
and yet nobody calls out MystikMeep on it...
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coachskau Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always understood color theory. I never use anything in the far-top-right of a hexadecimal color selector.
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Neon-Blue-27 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love most of this and agree with it, but I think the Zekrom comment was unnecessary. Other Legendaries, particularly Kyurem and, to a lesser extent, Reshiram, have been designed in such a complicated way - but they do that to give a certain feel to the character. Zekrom is, I do believe, supposed to give off an atmosphere of power and a machine-like feel in its design. Kyurem has similar detailing to make it look somewhat dead and eerie, and Reshiram has a lot of curves in its design to give it a flowing, natural look.

In contrast, there are Legendaries that are simple, like Mew - one of the simplest Pokemon, and this design helps show its playful and innocent personality.

It's really a case of "There's a time and place for everything."
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JellybeanRabbit Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Ditto - Simplest pokemon. You can't get any simpler than a big pink blob. <3
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waterbending-gal23 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is correct!!!!
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tinydoodles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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