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How to make good character designs?
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:17:52 pm »
How do you perfect a character design? I have a bunch of characters I'd like to revise and perfect. How do you get the right mood of the personality with color, shape, markings and what not? Cause I like my designs and I'm willing to update them but not too much. I just don't want to be considered bad, and come off as memorable.
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Re: How to make good character designs?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 06:22:41 pm »
Personally, I start with a very basic template, and begin using it. As I use it, I add to it. So may I suggest, you use, or RP with, your characters to get a feel for them? Let them tell you their design.
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Re: How to make good character designs?
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 06:29:34 pm »
Personally, I start with a very basic template, and begin using it. As I use it, I add to it. So may I suggest, you use, or RP with, your characters to get a feel for them? Let them tell you their design.

I already have a feel for my charaters. You're not making any sense XD
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Re: How to make good character designs?
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 06:31:14 pm »
Personally, I start with a very basic template, and begin using it. As I use it, I add to it. So may I suggest, you use, or RP with, your characters to get a feel for them? Let them tell you their design.

I already have a feel for my charaters. You're not making any sense XD
I'm saying you should let it just come. Don't try. But that's just my two cents worth.
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Re: How to make good character designs?
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2017, 06:34:50 pm »
Personally, I think simple designs are better, don't go too crazy with markings. Colors can say a lot about a character, too. Like how red can be an angry character, or blue can be a cool character. Really you can do what you want though, most of my characters don't have feelings that match their colors. Though some have colors to match their personalities, like how my OC Cosmos is dark blue and has a white star in his face, like space. Though I'm not too sure about shapes of characters and what not, I know that more pointyish characters are more aggressive, and rounder, softer characters give off a nice, friendly feeling. i dunno if this helps lol
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Re: How to make good character designs?
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2017, 06:37:18 pm »
I always find that finding a good color scheme helps
Like look up (your favorite color here) color schemes
When colors go really well together the character is more enjoyable to draw in my experience
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Re: How to make good character designs?
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2017, 07:40:02 pm »
For colors, try to use analogous and complementary colors. If you ever are struggling to find a color, use Adobe Illustrator mobile, choose a color, and then press the options that allow you to see colors that go well with the color you chose. As for design, it helps to have an inspiration behind the design!
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Re: How to make good character designs?
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2017, 10:48:01 pm »
Colours, colours, colours!
This is my biggest advice :fox-:P: colours can say sooo much about the character and "improve" the design so much. Never use pure blacks or pure whites, always use an off tint. Desaturated colours are your friend, this can be natural colors like Greys, tans, and browns but doesn't have to be. Desaturated blues, purples, reds etc all are great and can really make a character look more "clean". Too many apsaturated colours can be very visually tiring and often clash. It's good to use the, as accents but not over he whole design :fox-:P: colour palletes are a huge help too!

Markings are important too. Make sure you have a specific reason for adding each one ^^ "natural" markings often look "cleaner" imo. It doesn't have to necessarily belong on that animal, just ones found in nature. Stuff like splotches, stripes, spots etc.
Unnatural markings can show a lot of character though, just make sure you're using them for a reason. For example my old fursona Solstice had a moon on that back to go with her solstice/witchy theme

Character design is an art form, and just like with other art forms it's something that takes time and practice c:

Hope that helps a bit ^^
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