Voltron AU where everything is the same except the Blade of Marmora episode is basically the RING OF FIRE!!! scene from Finding Nemo
Kolivan: Brother Antok, proceed. Antok: Keith! Newcomer of red and white! You have been called forth to the space between spaces to join us in the fraternal bonds of bladehood! Keith: … huh? Thace: We want you in our club, kid.
Oh almighty napkin arm with googly eyes, I humble peregrin dare come forth with a request... could you make some character design breakdowns for some more realistic characters? Like your power ranger fanart? I tried to break them down on my own, but I'm not sure I did it that well... it's incredibly useful and interesting... Keep being awesome, and thanks for how you already helped me anyway!
Thanks for the patience, had to mull this one over. The more complex a design gets, the more difficult it is to break down. Basic character design tips may not be enough…so let’s delve into:
Character Design Tips Part 2!
Before we start, it’ll help to read my last character design post, where I laid out four concepts: shapes,silhouettes,colors, and inspiration. In this post, I aim to build on and rephrase these in a way that hopefully makes it easier to apply them. I’ll be drawing examples from my Power Rangers (2017) fanart to illustrate my points.
(Ideally, you should already be comfortable with drawing people. If not, look into figure drawing, gesture drawing, etc.)
(Whereas my previous tips were more tried and true, the tips here are more my own thoughts, so they may be half-formed.)
(Again, these are not rules. They’re just tips to add to your toolbox; the more tools you have, the more versatile you’ll become.)
Without further ado, let’s start!
Based off what we know about shapes, silhouettes, colors and inspiration, I want to cover: lines and angles, external and internal silhouettes, values, and references.
1. Shapes => Lines and Angles
Last time, I laid out three basic shapes:round, box, and triangle.
Problem: limiting yourself to these 3 shapes can be useful and fun for simpler designs, but they may be too simple or look out of place on more complex designs.
Solution: let’s go to the next level! Instead of shapes, shift your thinking to lines and angles!
Lines can be curved,straight, or diagonal. Angles can range from obtuse to acute angles. Follow your intuition: what feeling do you get from each line or angle? If I follow my own intuition, I see that:
curved lines = natural, soft
straight lines = balanced, grounded
diagonal lines = off-balance, in motion
obtuse angles = broad, relaxed
right angles = rigid, unnatural
acute angles = slim, dynamic
If this sounds familiar, you’re right! It’s just the shapes all over again:
curved lines make round shapes
straight lines with obtuse/right angles make boxy shapes
diagonal lines with acute angles make triangular shapes
But lo! Since we broke the shapes into their smaller components, it’s much more flexible! Now we can use lines and angles for more complex designs:
2. Silhouette => External and Internal Silhouettes
Last time, I explained the silhouette test: if you black out the figure, it should still be readable.
Problem: blacking out the figure only tests the outline of the design, i.e. the external silhouette. But what about the inside of the design?
Solution: block in the figure and test for the internal silhouette!
If you want not just an interesting outline, but an interesting costume, block in the major components of your design to see if it has a readable internal silhouette. This test can help you avoid boring or cluttered costumes and makes your design stand out. If your internal silhouette is too empty, try adding props or designs. If it’s too busy, simplify it.
3. Colors => Values
Last time, I talked about the 60-30-10 and 70-30 rules for color.
Problem: those rules work on the assumption that you’re only using 2 to 3 colors. But what if I want to use more colors?
Solution: good news! The same idea applies if you split your palette into 3 major values: shadows,midtones, and highlights.
Balance your palette by converting your colors to grayscale and applying the 60-30-10 rule to the values. This is related to the idea of silhouettes; if you get a nice internal silhouette, you’ll probably end up with a nicely balanced set of palette values, and vice versa.
“Good artists copy, great artists steal!” -Picasso
Problem: Coming up with something 100% original is tedious and doesn’t always give great results. It saps the inspiration right out of you!
Solution: It’s a lot easier to steal ideas from references!
Note: don’t just copy, steal! Cherry-pick/massage the aspects of the reference you find the most appealing and work them into your design. Ditch anything that you don’t care about. Make it your own! Make it something you can put your own name on! Below is the reference image I used for my designs:
And below is my fanart:
That’s it for now! Thanks for reading! If you guys want to see any other topics, feel free to ask and I can try my hand at it.
If you want to see my previous character design tips, click here. If you want to see the full-size Power Rangers fanart lineup, click here. If you want to see other character designs I’ve done, click here.
Come on, Raven. What stinks the most? That I tricked you? That I nearly wiped out your team? That everyone liked me better than you? Or is it that deep down inside you really believed I was your friend?
MONSTA X REACTION TO THEIR S/O AND ANOTHER MEMBER...
anon said : Monsta x reaction when they go to a supermarket or whatever and let you and other member alone, but when they back you’re in the room and comes weirds noise’s from the room but when they open the door is just you and the other member jumping on the bed (I don’t know if you get what I want mean but…)
Shownu: To say he was concerned would have been an understatement. Hearing bed springs creak and heaving breathing? uuummmm? He opened the door slowly, unsure of what he would see. Surely you’d never cheat on him… right?
He let out a sigh of relief when he saw you and Changkyun hopping around on his bed, pillows clasped tightly in your hands as you swung them to hit Changkyun. Changkyun, for his part, was trying to block the pillows with his hands, a look of concentration plastered on his face.
To gain your attention, Shownu cleared his throat, his eyebrows raised in amusement. What he wasn’t expecting, however, was for you to hand a pillow to Changkyun and rush at him, engaging him in a 2:1 pillow fight.
“I can’t believe you would do this to me Y/N. I thought you loved me. You better start running Changkyun.”
Wonho: Thumps and springs creaking from behind the door where your fellow member and lovely s/o are are not rage quelling sounds. In fact, they’re quite the opposite, at least they were for Wonho when he walked into the dorm and heard exactly those sounds coming from the room where he’d left you and Minhyuk.
He dropped the grocery bags he’d been carrying and barged into the room only to collide with you as you jumped off the bed and onto the floor. Both of you went crashing down, Wonho grabbing your shoulders to twist your body so that his back his the ground before any part of you even touched it. You landed on top of him, knocking the air out of the both of you. Above you, Minhyuk was laughing as he continued to bounce on the bed before he jumped down beside the two of you to help you up.
Wonho scoffed as he climbed off of the floor.
“Do you two have any idea what it sounded like you two were doing from outside?”
Minhyuk: He knew that you and Jooheon were friendly, he just didn’t think that the two of you were that friendly. However, in all honesty he didn’t have any idea what he was expecting when he walked into the room after hearing you and Jooheon giggling and bed springs creaking.
It certainly wasn’t the two of you bouncing on the bed trying to push each other off of it. You were the first one to spot Minhyuk, though you didn’t let your immediate focus leave Jooheon. You were not going to lose this little game that boredom had created. Minhyuk simply stood there watching the two of you before sneaking around behind Jooheon and pushing him hard enough to make him lose his balance and have to jump down onto the floor. Jooheon turned to Minhyuk, a hurt look on his face in the wake of his member’s betrayal.
“Sorry Heonny, Y/N comes first!”
Kihyun: He was ready to fight whichever members were jumping on his bed. Just as he was about to open the door to confront them about it he heard a laugh that definitely didn’t belong to any of his members, but a laugh he knew all too well.
Without thinking too hard about it, he turned the doorknob to see you and Wonho jumping between his bed and Wonho’s and making a mess of his bedsheets and pillows. Each of you had a pillow in your hand and he watched as you swung your pillow and made contact with the side of Wonho’s head. You giggled as Wonho patted his hair down, an annoyed look on his face.
He cleared his throat loudly, sparing you from Wonho’s revenge, his eyebrow quirked and grocery bags still in hand.
“Next time you’re both going grocery shopping with me, ya nasties. You destroyed my bed…”
Hyungwon: His first thought was that you were playing a practical joke on him with Kihyun when he heard you whining Kihyun’s name from inside his bedroom. That thought flew out the window however when he heard his bed springs creak. You couldn’t possibly be cheating on him, and in his own bedroom??? No, there was no way.
He opened the door, bracing for the worst only to see you and Kihyun jumping on his bed, Kihyun trying to keep your phone of your reach. Hyungwon wasn’t pleased that you were messing up his bed but he wasn’t displeased in the slightest at the fact that the two of you weren’t doing what he’d thought you were doing.
He dropped the grocery bags in the doorway to gain your attention. Both you and Kihyun stopped, turning to face Hyungwon before you immediately turned back to grab your phone from Kihyun, sticking your tongue out at him as you jumped down from the bed.
“You do realize what that sounded like, right? Freaks.”
Jooheon: He was half ready to fight whichever member was making you laugh and half ready to cry because the bed springs were creaking. What could possibly be going on? People didn’t tend to laugh during sex so it was difficult to believe that that’s what the two of you were doing in there. He wasn’t so sure he liked any of the other possible scenarios much more.
He dropped the grocery bags and burst through the bedroom door only to see you and Hyungwon playing Mario Cart. You were standing up on the bed trying to block Hyungwon’s view by standing behind him and placing the controller in front of his face and Hyungwon was trying to push you over to make you get out of his way.
This… was not a scenario Jooheon had ever even considered. In fact, he would never have considered this scenario.
Hyungwon whooped in victory as his cart crossed the finish line first. Jooheon shook his head as you sat down sadly, pushing Hyungwon over with your feet to put a halt to his victory dance.
I can’t believe these two… Oh my God.
I.M: It was like his worst nightmare was coming true. He prayed to anybody who would listen that you and Shownu weren’t doing what he thought the two of you were doing. However, the bed springs creaking and the heavy breathing didn’t do anything to quell his fears.
He took a deep breath and pushed the bedroom door open, not even bothering to drop the grocery bags he had brought home. He didn’t make it too far into the room before he was letting out the breath he’d been holding in.
You were jumping on his bed as you watched Shownu follow along to a workout video. You looked unamused and Changkyun figured that the reason you were jumping on his bed was because you had no desire to follow the workout video. He had a vague memory of you asking him how many calories jumping on the bed burned because, as you’d said, “anything was preferable than following Shownu’s hellish workout routine.”
He laughed, catching your attention. Before he could say anything, you spoke.
“Turns out it burns 50-79 calories per five minutes. Shownu, stop rolling your eyes, you at least got a workout buddy since everybody else was gone.”
You kept drunkenly saying you loved me. You looked at the message over and
over, thinking if it was a good idea to send it because: A) Jun would be
mortified if he ever found out and B) you didn´t really want anyone to know
about it, not even him.
into you apartment at 2am and somehow managed to sneak little ‘I love you’s at everything
you did. Thing is, Jun wasn’t the kind of person to say I love you, ever. With
him it was more of a ‘he will show you he
loves you’ as opposed of actually telling you. So of course having him
blurting those three words out every ten minutes for four straight hours got to
you more than it should´ve. It was hilarious at first, because drunk Jun was
funny, and the circumstances were funny and the idea of Jun saying ‘I love you’
to you was funny.
But then he
was half asleep and somehow you managed to tuck him in your bed without him
hesitating. You laid down next to him to make sure his drunken self wouldn’t just
wake up and spontaneously combust and Jun blurted it out again, barely above a
whisper, his eyes closed. You looked over at Jun letting the words sink in. Because,
yes he was drunk, and yes, you had been laughing at this all night, but somehow
you knew he might never say those words to you out loud again, and you were
weirdly okay with that.
erased the message and blocked your phone. There were things Jun was better off
not knowing, this one was one of them.