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When being an artist, one thing you might notice many artists doing is creating their own characters. We call this ‘original characters’ or ‘OC’s for short. What do you use them for? Well, they use them for things like trademarks, role playing, their own stories, ect.
I am going into this profession soon and I would like to share some of my current knowledge with you.

So here we go: ‘How to Create a Unique Original Character’.

You want a character that you can call your own? Well I might just be the right person to help you out.3 of my Original OCs
First things first, their universe; where and when does your character live? Most people will take their ideas from an already existing idea, like a cartoon they’ve watched. But what if you have no guidelines to follow? You’ll have to make up your own (and that makes it more fun!) Knowing this will help with making the outlook of your character. Does he/she live in feudal or present Japan? Or medieval London? Or just a forest that has demons and wizards and all sorts of fictional characters? You decide.
Now, take a note on how old your character will be, and what race it will be as well. Typically, teenagers are the usual because people want to have their character the same age as them. And the most common race is humans, nekos(Jap: cat demons), or elves.
Second, this is my favorite part, what do they look like? If you aren’t very artistic, there are two ways you can do this: either find a picture online you want to use as a ’light reference’ (make sure you put the artist’s name, no stealing here!) or write out their physical features like someone would describe while looking at your character(you can always have an artist draw it for you later.) If you have some artistic skills, then go and draw that picture you artist, you! Remember this, when designing the character think of how they act, and about their past story, that way the design has a practical function and when someone sees them for the first time, they know a little about them right away.
My Original OCThird, give your character some depth; their past, personality, and talents. Just note, always give your character some faults; No one is perfect. If she is good at using a bow and arrow, she can’t possibly be good at sword fighting as well.
Finally, hopefully, you have a name for this amazing character of yours! If you don’t there is always a way to find one you want!
-I recommend this one the most. Your new character is like a new baby, you must think of a good name with meaning. So search here, it has tons of ways to find names by nationality, origin, or even meaning.
BabyNameWorld
-If you have absolutely no idea on a name, try this randomizer. SeventhSanctum

No go have fun with that character of yours, and take pride in the fact that you now have a character that is unique and no one else can take it from you.

Okay! As my 1st ‘how-to-draw’ tutorial, I’ll teach you how to draw HaiAato’s Mascot: Haimaru.

But first, I want to give some links to some other tutorials on the basics on how to draw anime. (Compliments of Bakaneko.com)
Anatomy&Drawing Basics
Heads
Female Figures

Hair
(extra)Mouth,Eyes,Nose,Ears

Now that you know the basics, let’s get started.
The Basic Skeleton1. Start w/ the basics. (Next, choose either face or clothes.)
If you’ve went over the tutorials on ‘anatomy’ and ‘female figures’, than you should know this. I have a lot of practice, so my skeleton is probably different from the tutorials, but don’t worry you’ll get the same result in the end. Just pose her with her left arm angled so her hand is on her hips and the other dangling. The knees (or at least one) needs to be bent slightly, so that it looks natural.
2. Face: Here we begin with the eyes. (Check the ‘extra’ tutorial for help.) Haimaru’s eyes are the basic Eyesprotagonist shape, people see that shape a lot. Keep in mind that the pupil is more of a sharp line than a circle or oval. (This is because I base my drawing style off of Rumiko Takahashi. And with her style, any character with demon in them will have a sharp pupil instead of round.)  Since the face is facing the front, the nose will have two nostrils showing.
3. Hair: (Check the ‘Hair’ tutorial.) I always begin with the bangs. It’s what starts out the entire design and makes the character stand out. Haimaru’s are again, basic. Start in the middle of the face and draw a half oval that stops at the top of the eyes, then continue with that basic shape through the length of the face. Next are what I call the ‘side-berms’ (even though they really aren’t.) All characters usually have something like this before their ears start out(did I mention we won’t be drawing regular ears?) Draw them curving in towards the face and then, when it gets to the shoulders, curve out just enough to make a curl. BangsIn the back of her hair I add the same type of curl to add to her flair. And end it at her chest. Oh! And don’t forget the ears! Her ears are usually mistaken as cat ears, but they are a pointy-type-of-dog ears. So, basically draw a triangle on both sides of her head, draw some extra stray hairs, her inner ear, and then your done with that.
4. Clothes: I start from the up and go down and work on covering her body the best I can. We start Finishedwith her collar, make a ‘v’ shape in the middle of her neck and connect it and outline it. Then you’ve got her sleeves, she has none, so you basically outline right where her shoulders begin. Now comes the obi; you start at the end of her chest and draw a rectangle directly over her waist-line. Put the string and knot that holds it together in the middle, and the bow in the back(the bow looks like a rectangle in this case.) Then the skirt, draw out from the obi and end the skirt where her legs begin(this is a very short skirt) there is a slit on her right side so draw that there and outline it. (Unfortunately) she has some shorts underneath the skirt. The boots are knee-high, you draw a ‘n’ shape right above where the knee starts. And as for the tail, I usually do whatever I want with it, draw a line showing the direction it goes in, I usually make sure it curves in some way. And then flesh it out and give it some stray hairs, like the ears.

And we’re done! Phew- that was harder than I thought, explaining all of that. Maybe next time I’ll just do a video or step-by-step photo tutorial, you let me know.
If you’d like to see more of my artwork, or just want to get to know Haimaru more check out my DeviantArt account.
‘Till next time!


HaiAato Mascot: Haimaru

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