first of all, i love your stuff! secondly, how do you get your ideas out there? i have a story for fates, but its not as good as your in depth characters!!!! i'd love to hear how you draft ideas or such. have a splendid day! _(:3」∠)_
wow thank you!! Just keep going on, I’m sure you’re stuff is great!
For me, I’m a very visual person when it comes to my characters. I almost always design them first before moving onto backstories or personality. I also have it pretty easy since I usually make people who are related to existing characters, so when it comes to backstory or personality it’s mostly a matter of using them to explain an aspect of someone who already exists. At least in the case of the mamas anyway.
But I also don’t want them to just be an explanation for another character, I want them to be able to stand as a character all their own! So I also add things to make them unique, like how Theodora tricks people by acting nice then using them later or how Kameko has an insatiable wanderlust.
I’ll admit that I’m cheap and draw inspiration from some songs or people I know for certain characters. Lately that’s what kickstarts me to make characters haha. Like with Kameko, I decided to make her after finding this song: Ghost in the Hell. The beat made me think of someone very whimsical, along with some of the lines like ‘Come on over here, let’s dance!’.
And I also loved the shade of hair for Miku so I used that for Kameko shhhh
On the other end of the spectrum, I decided to make Cecil after listening to this song. His deep paranoia of seemingly innocent things is inspired by several of the lines in the song, along with his feelings of his duty as a prince and soldier being more important than his freedom or even his life.
But not everything is from these songs I swear haha. Like with Cecil, I also wanted him to be a foil to Camilla. It’s why he’s a Wyvern Lord, because it’s the other promotion option for Wyvern Knight. Camilla can be rather selfish about herself instead of her duty, like how she abdicated the throne to Leo instead of being queen herself. So I made it that Cecil has a deep sense of obligation to his king as prince and son, and that obligation is what strips away what value he may place on himself or others. And instead of being coy with things like his feelings or how he presents himself, he’s very upfront and frank.
But, going back a little, I don’t quite mean anything good when I say I base some characters off people I know. Ikona is based on someone I followed when I first started Tumblr. She was a very attention seeking type of person, who cried at every opportunity so people could say good things about her. But then she also got unnecessarily mad when people said things she didn’t like or did things she didn’t like. Verrry toxic. So I somewhat based Ikona off of her, by making her the type of person who would never confront someone like Mikoto directly but be very passive aggressive to Sumeragi despite him not having any plans to pursue Mikoto while Ikona was alive, and just hate her from a distance.
Overall, I have a base idea for a character and add things onto them as I go along with the design! Maybe I’ll want to add something personal to me with some struggles or traits, or maybe I’ll add things I see in others
subtly of course. It’s just kind of like adding things into a pot to melt together I guess
But most of all, I try to make my characters varied! I want to make them all unique to each other, so I try to not reuse traits or designs when making new characters. It’s important to be fresh with new characters! I don’t burn myself out too badly on being original or anything, but I try to make the characters different at least. It’s good because it keeps people at least somewhat excited for new characters you make, because they might not know what’s next~ :D