Wow guys I was a really cool kid? It’s weird, I took a huge doodle break… I kind of got going at 12, 13, then went “nah” and literally played with my Playmobil and videogames and slept a lot…. And wrote! That was it, I got into writing! I got really reallY into writing, too. And then I didn’t pick it back up again with any really interest probably until closer to 2007, SO, that’s… yeah. My OC’s are literally older than a lot of people on this site, mind you I’ve had them before I even started drawing.
They’ve gone through a LOT of incarnations— Believe it or not, I barely watched anime, but I did read the Pokemon manga…. And I didn’t really go online except for Neopets until like 2006, 2007…….
I’m not really sure what I would have done without making stories of some kind. You can look at this and go lmao that’s fucking horrible, IT IS! NO OFFENSE TAKEN but there was a lot of care that went into this and then my writing and everything….
Creativity and storytelling are often the best refuges you could find from things. Drawing, writing, those kinds of things by nature are a very lonely hobby. But sometimes you prefer being lonely than dealing with people around you, sometimes for very good reasons. Sometimes you can’t stand the world around you, so you make another one up, and you get to go on all these journeys you never would otherwise. It’s okay if they’re corny, self-indulgent, illogical messes, especially when they’re for your own entertainment. They get you elsewhere.
I’m thinking about how much I’ve used my characters to give me a chance to get away from things, then explore myself, then as a sandbox for a lot of concepts. And they’ve given me a better understanding of the world around me. When you have to write a personality that’s not the same as yours, coming from different backgrounds, sometimes you realize your character will likely make decisions you wouldn’t, and you start to understand why people do the things they do, even the bad things.
How your character looks doesn’t make them any more real than another. I’ve seen some very realistically-drawn characters that don’t feel like real people to me, but literally stick figures that do.
I love drawing, but the thing that gets me the most excited is conveying a personality and a story. You’ll look at a drawing for a few minutes, you’ll think about a character later on. A good image helps, but there isn’t much that can be prettied up to make a personality stronger.
We see posts with people laughing at others drawing cartoon characters as random as Bugs Bunny and Pikachu and Kirby and Sonic all together, in comics that are very serious to the artist, and look utterly bizarre to us. Or how many people who can only draw MLP characters roughly make little scenarios with them, or how many fanfics that are completely out of character show up? They’re funny, it’s bizarre, but I have to remind myself that I used to draw Kirbies, because that’s all I could draw, along with stick people. And I made these comics that went on for pages and pages…. they’re tools, that people are familiar with. When you don’t know where to start, you reach for something you recognize, maybe you’re not ready to start from scratch.
A lot of my guys started out as action figures. Matt’s initial design was light skinned because that was the toy I had to play him as, Madi has grey hair for the same reason.
Point is, I guess, is everyone starts somewhere. You can roll your eyes when you see a really lame character that’s a total knockoff of another, but obviously that person is doing what they can to start. And maybe in time, they’ll redesign things, rewrite origins…. Bad designs and personalities are funny, sure, but don’t be mean to someone. They’re doing the best they can, and maybe they’re doing it for themselves before anyone else. If what they’re doing is making their life better, let them do it. Everybody needs a place to hide in, and a place to stretch out in abstract ways without worrying about people around them.