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Unique Character Design TipsUnique Character Design Tips by thundercake
In my opinion, these are the most important factors in any character design: color, concept, shape, simplicity, cohesiveness, repeatability, personality and uniqueness.
Color: Any design with colors all over the place creates too many places for the eye to look. Keep your color design very simple and zen. Looking at the colors shouldn't be jarring or confusing. This isn't to say only use one color, not at all, but try to make sure the ones you use are harmonious. Avoid mixing and matching different saturations of the same color or picking colors that clash with one another.
My rule of thumb: Stick to no more than three base colors and some value variations.
Concept: Your design should have inspiration, even if the inspiration is just your intended character's personality or an interesting object that represents them. Your character could be a bookworm, and that would impact her posture, her clothing, her hairstyle...pretty much everything about her! You can design
Elemental Photography SpotlightFor the past year, I've had the opportunity to work with and assist Amanda (know here on dA as Elemental-Sight) with her photo-shoots at various anime conventions and other field trips in the US and Canada, and over this time I've been excited to see how the scope of her portfolio continues to grow. Besides merely wielding a giant camera, she takes the time to research how to best use that equipment and combines technical knowledge with an increasing awareness of artistic composition.Elemental Photography Spotlight by sniperdusk
Her willingness to go out of her way for the perfect shot - whether it's getting locked in emergency stairwells, scaling giant mounds of construction debris, teetering over the edge of waterfalls and contorting into bizarre positions - delivers truly unique perspectives that are not often seen in portraiture of any category, much less of a cosplay theme. Additionally she experiments with her two off-camera strobes (toted by a growing team of eager groupies) with some amazing results - effects that co