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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.

Most of the information here was not created by me, but was taken from very reliable sources.

So you’ve read my previous article and want to join the anime league?
Well, there’s two options you can choose to start out on this journey to this ever-expanding-fandom. Start either watching anime, or reading manga. (‘Anime’ is the term for Japanese animation. And ‘manga’ is Japanese comic books.) We won’t be getting into manga; but I do recommend trying it. What I’m going to start doing is reviewing classic anime. They are the best ways to start out in the anime universe.

This is part of a series that aims to educate anime fans about the history of the medium. Japan: The literal translation of Manga is “whimsical pictures” and referred to a range of picture books, sketchbooks, comics and drawings from the 18th century onwards. Manga as we know it today originated from post WWII Japan (1945 onwards) when American culture permeated throughout Japan due to the U.S. occupation of Japan. Modern manga is influenced by b … Read More

via Anime Reviewers Weekly

What is ‘Classic’ Anime?

“Classic anime is generally any anime made before 1990.-The late 1990’s brought about the new era of anime.”
(quote from http://www.anime-forums.com/showthread.php?84435-Classic-Anime-1998-down)

What some classics you should get started on?
Well, I’ll be finding reviews later.  But the oldest that has been translated is ‘Astroy Boy'(or ‘Tesuwan Atomu, lit. “Mighty Atom”). Try that out.

You want to go into Cosplay, huh?
Well, there are many sources online for beginners in cosplay to get help. But the first mistake a lot of beginners make is their choice in costume. They usually choose one that looks way cool and has lots of details, that will usually cost a butt load of money to make.
Brunet Link, Fat ZeldaA beginner’s first cosplay(or maybe even second) should be a careful choice. You’ve gotta go into detail about the looks of that character you want to be. For instance, no-one would consider you Chi(from Chobits) if you were a brunet. So make sure that, for this 1st costume at least, you try to match your real-life self to this character before going into the designing department.
Have no idea who you wanna be, aren’t very good at sewing, or have a lousy budget? I have some easy costumes here that you might find around the house.

(Tip: Where it says “Lvl:Medium” that means it will be harder to find this outfit around the house/Or you might have to make 1 or 2 edits[hot glue,sewing,patching a symbol on, or just buying an accessory] to the outfit to make it look just right)
List of Characters

  • Lvl:Medium(w/ or w/o the jacket)– Edward Elric(FMA: Conquorer of Shambala) Property of MisaoHoh(Photobucket)
  • Winry Rockbell(FMA)
  • Shinbo(Chobits) or Lvl:Medium- Shinbo(Chobits)(make it harder by adding a Kotoko Plushie)
  • Misa Amane(Death Note)
  • Lvl:Medium- Tifa Lockheart(Final Fantasy VII 7)
  • Lvl:Medium- Reno(Final Fantasy VII 7)
  • Aerith(Kingdom Hearts 2)
  • Lvl:Medium(if you add the backpack)– Kagura Sohma(Fruits Basket)
  • Namine(Kingdom Hearts 2)
  • Asuka Yellow(Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  • Luffy(One Peice)
  • L (Death Note)
  • I know I haven’t gotten every single anime/manga listed on here. But if you think there is a character that might be easy to cosplay, please drop a comment!

    If you haven’t seen much anime, then you’re missing out.
    You don’t have to like romance or comedy, there are tons of genres for you to choose from. Action: Dragon Ball Z, Adventure: InuYasha, Mystery: Case Closed, Romance for girls(Shoujo): Fushigi Yuugi, Romance for boys(Shounen): Ah! My Goddess, Comedy: Great Teacher Onizuka, ect. It’s not just Saturday morning cartoons anymore.
    Not only are most classics subtitled in english, they’re also sometimes dubbed. If your main language isn’t english or japanese not to worry; most anime is subbed(or dubbed) in a variety of languages.
    Although there aren’t many ways to watch anime. There are 3 common ways of watching: cable, DVD, or internet. Most fans prefer to watch it online, because it’s usually free that way.
    In fact, most of the fans come from other countries than its home, Japan. You can see that when fans come together at anime conventions. You’ll meet some weird, obsessive, fans; wearing either exact replicas of their favorite characters or very opinionated clothes.
    Which takes me to another subject on the anime fandom: creativity. Most fans are very creative, in different ways. Some like to express their opinions through artwork. Others will design clothes and wear their creations in public to catch strangers attention. Or maybe you’re the type that likes to write, we’ve got two things for you: writing your own stories of the anime world, or roleplay.
    Now if you’re reading this and decide to become an anime fan you’ll need to know your vocabulary. ‘Otaku’s, another word for anime fans, have set up this lingo based on the japanese language and changed it to their liking. Common words they used are: kawaii, hentai, fanfic, cosplay, and doujin. Look em’ up.

    If you’re new to anime and have just finished this article all hyped up on info, then I have done my job! Now go out into the world with a new view on life and explore.

    (EDIT [2/7/11]: If you liked this article, check out the continuation: The History of Anime. It’s short and has all the basic facts you need.)


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