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When we first started drawing manga, most of us copied characters from our favorite series. This is a great way to learn the conventions of manga style and skills in 3d drawing characters in different poses. But soon, you want to create your manga characters, let your imagination activate the characters you can see with your mind’s eye, and even write your manga.
To create your characters, you want to think about what makes a character unique. You don’t want you to be the shadow of an existing character, but an individual with their personality changed through a fantastic set of life experiences.
A helpful strategy is to use a few basic questions to guide your thinking:
What is this Character? Did They Fall Into a Genre or Class?
While each is an individual, we can usually put people in different groups with similar characteristics, and each person may belong to several groups. In fiction, you’ll notice that characters seem to constantly fall into particular types – “archetypes” that follow established patterns. The pattern of traits – form, personality, and behavior – that are part of each archetype allows the creator to quickly create a ‘whole’ character without providing all the details, which can slow down storytelling.
A well-constructed archetypal character allows readers to ‘fill in the gaps from their imagination. Combined with a few ‘twists,’ it can be more enjoyable to the reader than overly complex characters that don’t seem to ‘fit’ into any pattern. Often, you can use the expected archetype pattern to highlight differences in your character. So this is the first step in designing your character’s easy and effective drawing. For the first time, the ‘job’ or role is a good place to start, but in the manga, you’ll also want to consider the role in the story – hero, best friend, traitor, mad scientist, ninja, pirate, schoolkid or even ‘simple John.’
What Is Required For This Character?
To live comfortably in the world they live in or the typical situation they go through, what do they need? Swords are essential to the Samurai, whereas ordinary people need everyday clothes to put together. Accessories are a helpful way to tell a viewer something about your character, but they must also make sense.
You want to think about them from the beginning because you have to draw them seamlessly across your comic panels. You usually have to incorporate them into the sketch stage because the poses are often meaningless without them. Most artists perform a pinboard design with reference photos to assist them to remember what abettors a character has, with several ways to help draw details correctly. They can carry on a character sheet that references all the angles and details you may need to remove.
What Features Do They Want It?
The flawed characters are interesting; Mistakes make it more complex, human, and credible. These may be visible, such as scars or blindness, or maybe of an intangible quality, such as “seeing dead people,” having a hot temper or having some long-suffering. Six meanings. You don’t want your character to be relentlessly complaining, though, so be careful if you give them a negative quality. (Unless, of course, they are a minor character designed to annoy your opponent!).
Then it would help if you thought about translating these qualities into your cool drawings. See how other manga artists draw the details of scars and expressions. Be familiar with the conventions used in the comic style you want to create, such as specific face and body proportions and surface detail handling.
How Do They Take Up the Challenge?
Fiction writer Debra Dixon teaches authors to use “Goals, Motivation and Conflict” to reinforce their novels. What do the protagonists want, why do they want it, and what gets in their way? These principles will assist you to create your
Drawing manga characters. Consider how different personalities might cope with a similar obstacle.
For example, assume a character experiences a curse that results in obtaining attacked by random ghosts. The cheerful personality, usually happy, can deal with their situation by wearing bright, colorful clothes and carrying around the beauty that dispels spirits. Their goal is to prevent ghost attacks, and their methods correspond to their character. How can there be a character with a dark personality and the same curse? They may wear darker clothes and carry a magical weapon to destroy ghosts because they would rather fight off hateful attacks than avoiding or thwart attacks.