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~How They Look~
• CHARACTER: The first and most important tip of designing your character’s look is to know who they are! Know their personality, interests, and preferences so that you can idea of what to wear. Pick something that looks cool but wouldn’t contradict who they are. For your main drawings of them, design outfits that you feel they are likely to wear.
• BODY: Pick an outfit that looks good for their figure or maybe even a little awkward if that's how you want them to be seen. Some people have builds that make it difficult to find clothes and a lot of people don't look good in certain outfit types. Keep this in mind to either avoid said outfits for certain builds or draw them in it and have it look a bit weird. It’s realistic. People will either avoid certain styles that don't look good on them or wear it and be unaware or not care. BUT it’s not going to suddenly look good on them, and I feel that cartoonists often make this mistake due to not considering fashion and an individual’s body enough.
• STYLE: Have an idea of your character’s current style choice as you draw them in whatever. Even if your character isn’t into fashion even remotely and doesn't care how they look, they still have a style! Everyone does! They have preferences of what kind of outfits they gravitate towards as well as things they wouldn’t be caught dead in.
• EVOLUTION: People’s style changes over time. If you’re looking to draw them at a different age, keep this in mind. I HATE when I see people draw a younger or older version of a character and they're in the same outfit but it’s tweaked a little. Like what?? Would you really buy outfits that look almost the same year after year? Would it even exist with all the fast changing fashion these days? Come on. People’s preferences change. They get lazier and don't care what they wear or grow to care more and have a pickier more defined style. It fluctuates throughout life.
• CLOSET: A character doesn't just own one or two outfits!! Repeat outfits are alright but coming up with new outfits to show that they have a more realistic wardrobe not only makes them look more interesting but also shows a bit of their persona to the viewer. When drawing a character you want to show as much of who they are as you can so why limit yourself?
• BACKGROUND: Social status, culture, past experiences, and location are some more individualistic ways of getting ideas for what your character would wear if you're having trouble. Some may say you can't go wrong with a tee shirt and jeans but personally I would like to see more variety. Like I said, character design is all about showcasing who they are without necessarily using words.
• COLOR SCHEME: Know what colors your character would wear and what they wouldn’t. Again it’s all about preferences. If you have an outfit set but still don't know what colors to use, maybe pick from their genetics or what else is on the page. For example if the character has green eyes maybe give them green pants or shoes. If you have a sunset in the background maybe put yellow on the character’s outfit somewhere. If you’re STILL stuck then pick 2-5 colors you think would look good together and use them appropriately. Think outside the box though—don't just use standard neutral shades. Think in different hues! Maybe use a few neutral colors!
• FASHION: If you’re still trying to compose your character’s outfits then here are a list of items to think about: short dresses, short skirts, leggings, capris, shorts of varying lengths, maxi skirts, maxi dresses, swim trunks, bikinis, prom dresses, ties, tuxedos, overalls, hoodies, jackets, sweaters, shawls, body piercings, bracelets, necklaces, anklets, gloves, leg warmers, boots, sandals, tennis shoes, pants, and so much more. There’s endless types of fashion and outfit composition and things to think of, different sizes and other variation and whatnot. Keep these in mind as you design your character! Be proud of what you make and have it create the vision you see in your head of your character!
A basic guide to hopefully give you some ideas of what to consider when deciding on a visual look for your character, mainly outfits. Like pretty much all of my guides I could have gone way more in depth but chose to keep it simple! Let me know if it helps ya!

I have a ton of other guides but you may in particular want to consider these as well:
.:Character Creation Guide:.Creating Your Character
OUTLINE
 Development
o Personality
o Overall Character
 Relationships
 Writing Your Character
 Fan Characters And Fandoms
DEVELOPMENT: PERSONALITY
 Focus on personality and interests when making your character and those are the categories that should have the most information because they describe who this person is at a specific point in time, or how they develop over time.
 Try to avoid listing standard things about your character that are super predictable or could describe just about anyone. Add details that show character depth and set them apart from the other characters out there. Certain ones you may want to make more memorable than others.
 Don’t throw too many diverse things into your character. If your character is all over the place, they will easily lose their identity to the reader. Try to focus on a few main interests or skills for your character to highlight.
 Your character sh
  .:OC Bio Creation Tips And Template:.~Valuable Character Bio Creation Advice And Information~
• NONO: The BIGGEST nono for bios is putting something like “unknown” or “N/A” in a bio category of a character. First of all, why did you even include that category in your bio just to pass it up? It’s an eyeroll for a serious writer to see these things in bios. Even if the character or other characters don't know their name or even their age or parents, it should ALWAYS be listed in the bio. These are things that everyone has (unless they are a robot).
• CATEGORIES: I have included a blank bio form with all the categories I find to be necessary when explaining an in depth well rounded character. It’s okay to maybe get rid of some categories for simplicity’s sake but some are obviously necessary. On the other end of things, don't add too much! Bios with too many categories are just as obnoxious to fill out as they are for other people to read!! You want to have a bio form tha
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my prayers have been answered!!
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Glad i can help
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So what are your ocs like
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Some awkward coffee dude
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lol
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Wassup
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Lol
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TheNewLonelyARTIST34 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mean...my character uses a school uniform and her suit. I like to think that the spirits who gave her that...used the old outfits and decided to change them a little
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ok..?
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Sorry if I'm annoying you. I'm just so happy you made this!
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no youre not annoying me lol i just didnt know what to respond with. i love comments tho
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