So you want to make an OC?: A Masterpost of Ways to Create, Develop, and Make Good OCs!
i made this masterpost in hopes that it helps you in making your own OCs ah;; it can also apply to developing RP characters i suppose! if you’d like to add more resources then go for it sugar pea (´ヮ`)!
How to Write Better OCs:
- basic tips on how to make your oc even better
- tragic backstory? learn how to write one/make yours great
- writing specific characters
- a wordier, great guide on how to develop your character
- kick out those vague descriptions and make them AWESOME
- how to actually make an OC
- Q&A (to develop characters)
- more Q&As
- giving your character a backstory
- how to write an attractive character
- adding more racial diversity
- avoiding tokenism, AKA, how to add diversity to your cast not just because you “need” it
- writing sexuality and gender expression (doesnt include non binary, if you have a good ref to that, please add on!)
- masterpost on writing more diversity into your story
- cultures of the world
- guides to drawing different ethnicities (not just a great art reference, but also really helpful in appearance descriptions!)
Mary Sue/Gary Stu
- Test to see if your character is a Sue
- Explains subdivisions of Sues/Stus
- Powerful Characters Don’t Have to Be Sues
- villain generator
- need an evil sounding name for your evil character? bam
- villain archetypes
- what’s your villain’s motive for being a villain?
- character perceptions (What your character thinks of themselves and what others think of them)
- how to write strong relationships between two characters
- 8 ways to write better characters and develop their relationships with others
- OCxLove Interest Handbook
- develop your couple with good ol’ Q&A!
- how to write realistic relationships
- how to write relatives for your characters (this is more OC related to a canon character, but will help in writing family members in general)
- 12 common archetypes
- 8 archetypes for male/female characters
- female archetypes (goes pretty indepth from two main categories)
- a list of archetypes
- tips for better design
- basic appearance generator
- pinterest board for character design (includes NSFW and images of skeletons/exposed muscle (?) so tread carefully!)
- clothing ref masterpost
- give your character better powers
- a list of professions
- proactive vs reactive characters
- positive and negative traits
- interest generator
- skills generator
- motivation generator
- 123 ideas for character flaws
- list of phobias
again, this is to help inspire you or help establish your OCs! i hope you get a lot of info and help from this ahh ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
Because attempting to animate in the purgatory that is a midway between Sai and Photoshop is akin to sawing off your dick with a nail file, I got around to this last week.
The goal is to allow for viewing of wip animations being made in Sai without having to load the project into Photoshop, Flash, or whatever your external timeline of choice is. Essentially, you export each frame as a .png into a folder and then just overwrite them in the same way when you want to update a frame.
On load it defaults to whatever directory it’s sitting in, but if you want to keep it somewhere else you can select the folder source post-load.
Images are loaded alphabetically, so all of these are valid:
- a.png, b.png, c.png
- 1.png, 2.png, 3.png
- Frame1.png, Frame2.png, Frame3.png.
It runs off .png files because I don’t see why you’d use any other format in 2014. If anyone desperately wants .jpeg support or something I can add a toggle though.
Image locations are loaded fresh upon each iteration and held within the program so you can add, update and remove frames without stopping it if you want to. This means you can leave it open on a second monitor and have a looping preview without leaving Sai.
Shit runs on .net 4.5 since C# is cakewalk for stuff like this.
i went on that emotion generator thing and got complacent so there’s that i guess
ive been seeing how discouraged people get about art and allow me to offer some advice perhaps„
now i know my art may not be the best but i know that it’s good, so trust me on this ok. don’t get discouraged. don’t give up. it’s just like anything else, if you’d really like to pursue it, then you can’t give up on it. as they always say, “practice makes perfect.” And it does, really. it might sound like it’s some farfetched dream or something now, but once you practice every day, youll find yourself improving. it does take a long time to improve though, yknow. it’s not gonna happen overnight. if you really want to pursue art, then do it!!! the only thing standing in your way is you.
you can’t just be like “i suck” or “i get frustrated too easily” ok. take little breaks when you get frustrated. take a breather and come back and tinker with it.
i also see alot of “oh i wish i was like _____ their art is amazing!” it’s ok to want to be as good as someone or want to have a similar style, heck my art is usually a combination of styles that i see and like. my style is ALWAYS changing. ok. make that a goal, but dont just sit there and daydream about it. Actually DO it. of course it might, and probably will, take more than one try to get it just right and thats ok!!! with each piece of work you do, you’re improving. it took me a really long time to get to where i am today. i took art classes as often as possible when i was in school.
my point is, it may take a really long time for some, others not so long, but if you have the time and you practice things, you’ll improve. artists always have room for improvement.
also some advice for those who have trouble with specifics (like “i can’t draw animals” or “i can’t draw landscapes”) get outside your comfort zone and practice drawing those. do some contours, maybe some still life. with still life, it can be any arrangement of objects just try and get a good perspective and a good light source and practice doing those, it helps. also blind contours help too and theyre a fun way to warm up. it’s good to get a nice chuckle before beginning. i’ve done some blind contours of pictures hanging around my room before and after i looked back down i was laughing pretty hard. it’s good for practicing lines and junk. ah just trust me on this i’ve been involved with art since i was a child and i love it alot..
A glorious fuck-ton of perspective angle references (per request).
[From various sources.]
- Perspectives Tutorial by DerSketchie
- TUTO - male reference pose by the-evil-legacy
- tuto - women ref poses by the-evil-legacy
- Foreshortening Practice by Bambs79
- How to Draw Manga vol. IV - Dressing You Characters in Casual Wear
- HUMAN PROPORTION: SIMPLIFYING THE FIGURE USING GEOMETRIC FORM AND GESTURE by The Helpful Art Teacher
- Basic comic interpretation - different camera angle by diaemyung
- Foreshortening tips by scruffyronin
There’s zero way I’m not reblogging this
The first one. With references.
Edit: some people have been asking me if i have any more tutorials, which is why i’m reblogging this again :D;;. Hope you guys don’t mind ^^;
I’m “Filing” this away for later….GET IT?! LIKE FINGERSNAILS?! HAHAHAHA
since a few people asked, here are my brushes i use most!