Developing Characters in Art

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Developing Characters in Art

Lineup of characters developed by Aliyah Page

Lineup of characters developed by Aliyah Page

Lineup of characters developed by Aliyah Page

Lineup of characters developed by Aliyah Page

Aliyah Page, Reporter

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There are things to think about when an artist decides to create their very own unique character. When developing a character, you must think very hard about this character overall, such as their personality, aspects, why they look a certain way, etc. Of course, there is more to understand than a character’s looks and persona. An artist must look at the rules of creating a character, of course this isn’t an official rule but it is a rule all artists start to understand as they grow in skill and knowledge.

Some may believe creating a unique character is quite easy. However, we must embrace the reality that nothing can be unique because it has already been done. Sure, there may be some things that have not been done yet but that is a small percentage. Does this stop people from creating unique characters? No, it does not, because in your eyes it may be unique to you. So, just be aware that your idea may have already been done.

Being intentional is absolutely important. One cannot simply add a random design element to a character just because they want to- this is to a certain extent. It’s like giving a man long hair because you see so many male characters with long hair. The reasoning for their design must relate to their story and personality. So going back to my example, maybe he grew out his hair because his sister once told him he would look good with long hair before her death- or maybe because he wants long hair, its not that hard to give reasoning.

This rule also applies to the character’s name. Names are what identifies a person to other people and names always hold meaning, whether they were named after someone famous or named because their parents felt they were a gift, you must be intentional in the name choice. Imagine giving a character who is supposed to be a goody-goody a name relating towards doing bad towards people, unless you are trying to be ironic then go ahead.

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