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character design truth!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 10, 2014, 4:53 PM



my husband showed me this just a minute ago,
 and i just HAD to share.

art advice by Fukari 
THIS!!
 
THIS IS THE TRUTH!

if you want to create an interesting picture, give your character a soul, put him or her into the surroundings, and see the situation that comes out of it.



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:iconflyqueen:
FlyQueen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014   Digital Artist
Gosh. This is clever. Thanks for sharing o 
This was ALWAYS my problem...
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Evandril Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Photographer
That's something I've heard from most of my favorite authors...They screw up everything for their characters, just to see how they will get out again ;)
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BadSoldier1992 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
I always get a little sceptic when someone claims a truth, sorry :(

It may just be me biting too much into the wording detail :P

Having said that i can however definetly understand this concept and it seems like a really great one!
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sigeel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
its simple and it works. therefore its the truthXDDD
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Seon-Ha Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Works for all kind of settings. When I do composings I always try to tell a little story. That way it is way more interesting.
Even when I am writing or doing a new rpg charakter for p&p rpg's I write at least one little scene with them, while I create the charakters. Gives them a lot more depth and then the rest is coming somehow on its own. :)
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sun-lily Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist
This is very impactful. 
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SaraKpn Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've heard another artist say this too. He made a video explaining how to make your art better without actually improving your skills. Simply add story. He showed an example and he was absolutely right. Because humans love good stories, he said. Stories have always been part of our lives. The give more value and depth to an image. Thanks for reminding me ;)
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zarasque Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Oh, that's Fukari art. Nice tip anyway.
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Tulpen-Teufel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought about it, but it IS true. o__o
Gotta give this a try ASAP. :I
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Sephigruen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This.
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johnstonpaul Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
That's good advice.

But I already see your characters with souls. Kind and funny souls at that.
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Synn0Nihm Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou for sharing!
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Charlesthebird Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student General Artist
i needed this right now, thanks. I feel like no matter how good you get, what you make will always be empty unless you give it a soul. The empty stuff can sometimes help you get to that spot faster I think, but this should help me move away from that feeling for now.
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Knightster Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
I can only imagine hundreds of portraits of characters holding coffee that will emerge after this :P
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sigeel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
lol XDDD
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hellraiser2477 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
i watch both you and fukari on here and i literally just read that picture before i saw this, this is why i love deviant art , bring a wide variety of artists together in one place
 
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DeepDark00-0 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
My characters keep going off-book.  But it's ones that don't that I know aren't fully realized Characters.
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sciencevsart Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will take this to heart. Thank you, and your husband, for sharing this!
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DysFuncReal Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovelovelove  IT!
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Ragdonly Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, he's quite right. I did that with my stories. 
because I gave them a "Soul" and a sense of being 
even though they only existed in my head, MANY of 
my readers felt like they were right there along side 
of them as they were dealing with their issues. To me, 
with anything I read myself I feel If you can't get that 
while reading the book/story isn't worth reading. 
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sigeel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
agreed. 
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n-pigeon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Digital Artist
I noticed it too, when I started to work on my comicbooking skills... before that I was working mostly on visual design, creating flat concept artwork with boring poses to expose as much visual stuff as possible, blunt landscapes with characters only to show scale... , story makes so much difference. It's so much more fun!

Unfortunately with concept art you often have to work in this way, concept art with story is good for showcase for client or art director, but then you have to make layouts. >_>

Then I understood that I want to do is comicbooks and I shifted my studies towards it. Funny thing is some of my concept art friends asks me if I'm not afraid of drawing the same thing over and over again and the truth is that it's not me who will do that ; ]

Comic books are healthy dose of concept art, illustration and storytelling, read - dream job.
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sigeel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i agree completly, and i feel the same way. i love comics.
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tavumkal Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that actually makes sense.
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Vermin-Star Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
good advice :) Do you think it applies to concept design as well, or more for illustrations?
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sigeel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
well yes i think it applies to concept design too, i think it makes more sense when creating a character to be aware of its surroundings. which also contibutes to the character. if a character is placed in a snowy surroundings naturally you will design it with warm clothes on. but it can also work vice-versa.
for instance if a character is transported to a snowy area wearing only shorts and a tank top- naturally you have a potential for many situations and expressions which give life to the character (like the character being cold and looking for any means to keep himself or herself warm, from building a bonefire to trying to take on a bear for its fur etc, or perhaps finding ways to steal clothes from a local cabin etc.), and thus make a picture more interesting to look at. 

if you need to crate just an expressionless turnaround you can always add on few expressive faces just to get a feel of the character, which also automatically makes that turnaround more interesting.
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Vermin-Star Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Those are all good points. I think a lot of my concepts are lacking personality, I always think of them as 'just a design' and neglect the story / personality side >.< 
I guess I need to focus more on this stuff in future, especially now I'm getting back into comic art and working on my OCs again. Your comic is fantastic by the way- huge inspiration :)

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aemiliuslives Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes a lot of sense :nod:
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jackofalltrades0097 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, when I saw that, it was so simple but it was a huge "DUH!!!" moment! 
Totally worth the five seconds to read that. 
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