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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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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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