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Design & Development 101 - Character Design Tips

August 25th, 2012, 7:46 pm

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August 25th, 2012, 8:05 pm


I have a chara who's somewhat of a "Child's Favorite Stanger", "Childless Mother", or just basically not what she seems in most ways.
Let's just say that.


August 25th, 2012, 8:35 pm


Muddy is green because it is his favorite color. Or maybe the other way around. It doesn't really give away his powers or his personality. His powers, however, are given away by his blue eyes. Water IS blue, after all.

I dunno really.

Muddy wears long clothing at all times because he likes the cold, and therefore always makes sure he won't freeze to death. Because that's painful.


August 25th, 2012, 9:54 pm


@Muddykip64: If he can control water though, wouldn't he like the cold better? You know like rain and swimming in the cold ocean. If anything, wouldn't he at least wear a scuba suit?

@Casey_Fox: Sorry about that! the reply button confused me. I though Muddy's reply button was yours.

*Is forever a newbie*


August 25th, 2012, 11:08 pm


@Salimus: He does. He likes the cold. He just realizes that he will probably freeze if He doesn't wear the clothing that he does. He also likes it because it's soft and comfortable to wear. That is probably a better reason...Water and Ice mutually resist each other in my world, making long clothes redundant for my water types.

spark th,

August 26th, 2012, 4:32 am


something I wish to point out though, which isn't really covered as much in this, is how the colour of the clothing can change how other people view the character.

For example, lets look at Rena. Now, I know from comics and the snippets of backstory we have been given, that Rena is a shy, depressed character, but on a first impression basis, her clothing tells a very different story. Ok, so the bandana was a gift, so she had no real choice over the colour, but the bold, almost clashing of the colours on her clothing display her as a more...adventuring person, the belt perhaps hinting at a slightly older age. It appears as if she enjoys standing out, and her clothing shows this.

Now, as I said, I know this isn't the case with Rena, but that was my first impression of her just by looking at her clothing. This can make for a very intresting contrast, but can often lead to confusion to the character itself, and how other characters would approach them.

Shy characters tend to wear more neutral, or bland colours, to stop themselves from rawing peoples eyes, for example, light blue jeans, and a dark grey t-shirt/jumper, or anything else that seems to blend with the public view. Adventuring characters tend to be more...dramatic with their colouring, for example, bright white jeans, and pure black t-shirt. The contrast there draws peoples eyes, and tells them that they are a bold sort of person. Buisness people tend to wear simple yet smart colours, like charcoal grey, or a light shade of grey, or sometimes a colour slightly lighter than black, but not quiet gray. Yes, you can draw alot of information about a person by the clothing they wear, but also by the COLOUR of the clothing they wear.

Eh, thats just my two cents on this though. Apart from that, it's good advice for new people.

If it's possible to make a request for a lesson though (which I doubt), I am more intrested in how people do Facial expressions. I believe this would fall under comicing, so I'd like to see it included, but if not...-shrug- I'll make do with my current style

spark th,

August 26th, 2012, 5:06 am


Oh, and theres another thing:

Design by Time period

Basically, know your history. A character who is meant to come from say...the mideval ages is VERY unlikely to be wearing jeans, t-shirt and sneakers, nor are they likely to be wearing colours outside of dull ones, unless they are a person of importance or power, for example, a king may wear a robe of bright crimson. Poor people are unlikely to be wearing jewlrey, or most kinds of accessories, with the possible exceptions of a hair band or ribbon, where as most rich people would wear rings and necklaces, no matter what gender, to show that they are a person of wealth.

whilst this is perhaps not as important as most other things, as many people choose to set their characters in a time close to our own, or slightly in the future, even then it's something then to take into account.


August 27th, 2012, 4:43 pm


Basically common sense in the character development crowd.

Very basic stuff...


August 27th, 2012, 4:50 pm


@Gatamigo: I'll say

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