- Do you prefer traditional drawing, or digital?
- How long have you been drawing?
- How many classes have you taken?
- Do you have a DeviantArt, personal website, or art blog?
- What’s your favorite thing to draw?
- What’s your least favorite thing to draw?
- How often do you use references?
- Do you draw professionally, or just for fun?
- How much time do you spend drawing on an average day?
- Are you confident about your art?
- How many art-related blogs do you follow?
- Is it okay for people to ask you about your process?
- Do you prefer to keep your art personal, or do you like drawing things for other people?
- Do you ever collaborate with others?
- How long does an average piece take you to complete?
- Do you draw more today than you did in the past, or do you draw less?
- Do you think you’re justified in giving other people art advice?
- What are you currently trying to improve on?
- What is the most difficult thing for you to draw?
- What is the easiest thing for you to draw?
- Do you like to challenge yourself?
- Are you confident that you’re improving steadily?
- Do you draw more fanart, or more original art?
- Do you feel jealous when you see other people’s art, or inspired? (Be honest!)
- Do you like to draw in silence, or with music?
- For digital artists: what program(s) do you use?
- For digital artists: how many layers does a typical piece require?
- For traditional artists: what medium do you like most? (Pencil, charcoals, etc)
- For traditional artists: How do you usually start on a big piece? (Light sketch, colored lead, sketchpaper, etc)
- What inspires you to not just make art, but to be a better artist?
do you ever see an oc that just offends you =_=
Gosh, nearly all of them. I can count the decent OCs on one hand.
One TURTLE hand.
And the reason those OCs are decent is that the writers who created them are skilled writers.
Here’s a hint: If your OC has:
- purple hair or eyes (or any other batshit crazy colour)
- the undying love of one or more turtles
- ninja skills
- horrendously cliche and saccharine dialogue
- A MAGICAL HEALING PUSSY
Then your OC sucks.
The worst OC I ever read was married to Leo. And named his dick. It was the funniest fucking thing I have read in my life.
I agree except for haircolor. Crazy haircolors are pretty mainstream now, at least in the U.S. I think any haircolor you can buy at the corner drugstore is a pass.
I have a soapbox and I will stand on it!
A long time ago, when I was but a tiny Tea, I wrote things. I wrote a lot of things, to the point that for my birthday I was given an electronic typewriter. It had a single line screen (because the 90s) and I could type and type and when it was done, I could press a button and the thing would go BANGBANGBANGBANGBANGBANG and print my story out! I had a big flowery ring-binder full of my stories.
As I was about six years old, imagine how good those stories were (answer: hahahahahaha *drinks vodka*). And some of them were fanfiction. Some were Enid Blyton fanfiction, where I was a badass OC character who in the first three chapters of one story had saved half the cast of Malory Towers from being kidnapped by evil American mobsters (I also really loved [Bugsy Malone] when I was a kid).
When I was a little bit older, and discovering what the internet was, I had another OC, who met Ash and Misty from Pokémon on board the SS Anne, and they had had a BIG FIGHT and I think Misty had ran away crying but my OC was there to magically save the day and show them the true power of love, and then Ash and Misty got married, and my OC married Tracey and it was babies ever after. I am 99.999999% sure that the dialogue would have been terrible, because I was like twelve at the time.
All of my fanfiction that I wrote when I was a teenager gives me awkward feelings when I look at it now — and that’s not including any original stuff I wrote — I had stories about a thinly-veiled version of myself as a badass heroine with wings who saved thinly-veiled versions of my friends from burning buildings, or was involved in Mysterious Things In Haunted Houses. Some of them I wrote for fun, a lot I also wrote for escapism, because oh wow imagine going on a Pokémon journey instead of being bullied at school! or yeah my life is pretty boring but I COULD BE A GOD. If someone wants to write about Leo and Donnie fighting over her while Raph cries into a bag of cookies and Mikey wrestles bears to impress her, more power to them! I would be lying if I said I didn’t still daydream sometimes about being a Magical Girl.
My point is, if I’d had the courage to post my OCs or baby-/teen-tea stories on something like Tumblr, or ff.net, and seen a post like this one from a writer I really like — my confidence is bad enough as an adult, and I think I’m a fairly okay writer now. Back then when I was sticking my toes into all sorts of waters, that might have made me just give up. My characters suck, right? Nobody wants to read them. And I might never have written anything else.
One of the tags on this post was '#learn to write' — for a lot of people, this is how they learn to write. It’s definitely how I learned (and I still have a long way to go). How can they know what works, or doesn’t work, if they don’t try things out? They post things, they read other things, they adapt and write a new thing. Maybe their purple-haired ninja didn’t work, but the story idea was good, or maybe the magical ninja would work great in something original, just not in fanfiction. Maybe they wrote a terrible stereotype, but they learned from it. Writing, at least to me, is a constant learning process. We’re always trying to get better.
If you don’t like OC stories, that’s fine! Maybe don’t read them if they don’t work for you?
Also: One of my favourite books, and one of the best-written YA books I’ve seen in a long time, is about a girl with blue hair, who can make wishes, and could probably wish herself ninja skills if she wanted. It’s called [Daughter of Smoke and Bone], and it’s really great and this is a shameless plug for it so that I can scream about it with someone.
-You become emotionally attached.
-You can’t hug them whenever you want to which is something you often forget.
-You find people who don’t judge you. At all.
-You have to learn time zones. That’s a real bummer.
-You find people who love you for you.
-You sometimes cry because you just love them so much and get super emotional when you realize they are thousands of miles away from you.