Alright, so I've noticed that there are so many that really pulled off Sonic Characters (Original and OC's) and any other item of interest put together. What brings a tear to my eye is how every artist can bring out their inner self and inspire others. Honestly, I can name a few of my friends on here that HAVE inspired me.
What I have in mind to tell you on this, for those that may be interested in drawing a Sonic OC, is that all it takes...is an idea, a character of yours that you think would be an excellent choice, or any third item. Pretty much it takes some concentration towards achieving that goal and maybe the start of something even greater. If you're not sure how to do this, then don't be shy to ask others on how this is done. Honestly, I've asked others before I even put up my first Sonic OC, Jayson. Now...if you're still interested in doing this, then what I'll say may be of use. I'll even give out some examples towards each of the steps:
1. As I mentioned before, all it takes is an idea and inspiration for it to take root.
This actually started back in July 2012, when I found a contest going on at the time. I was curious on what was going on at the time, but as I read the journal posted on sonazefan101's profile, I knew that I wanted to join the contest. After it was all over, I felt a huge spark of interest flowing forth after doing that contest. Though it was only a contest, I knew after this...that the world of Mobius had opened my eyes.
2. The detail on how you represent your Sonic OC is all up to you. Whether you just want the submission to be a simple sketch or something that may be a great masterpiece, it's all up to you.
When I first started doing Sonic OC sketches, I didn't know where to start honestly. What I ended up doing is having a look around some of the others galleries and saw how amazing they were at Sonic OC's. After seeing their work, I began watching them...seeing how they did what they did for their artwork. Inspiration, focus, detail...everything. Around August, I became friends with sonazefan101 and she brought me along to an RP, after I had my own Sonic OC. After that, I became friends with several more that are just cool as she was.
3. Now, if you're finished with your artwork of your OC, then what's next is a name. Any name will do...no matter what others say about it, no one but you made such the work and labor towards it. Once done, think of an age that's pretty much in between 13 and any number that doesn't surpass 1,000 years (Not really a good idea if you actually do this, but that's just me...)
This is pretty fun to me since I've been around the block on this very subject. Honestly, I had a very tough time trying to think of names when I first started dA, as you could probably tell on my first two stories: Rebirth and Symphony of the Stones...those are complete flops compared to what I can do currently. To put it this way, putting the subject back on the rails, a name for your Sonic OC could either a real name like for Jayson (Again, a reference) or a made-up name like Orusan (one of my other OC's). It only matters to the artist (you) on what the name should be. If you're still unsure, try experimenting a little on names until you finally come up with a name for your character you like.
Now, Age...*laughs a little*...this is something that I'm familiar with...I'm not an expert but to have the age just right for your Character really gives him/her the edge needed. What I mean by that is that all it takes is to set your character in the correct age once you have the sketch ready to go.
4. The race of what your OC is entirely up to you. What the OC should be is entirely up to you. It could be a dog, cat, bird (Any), reptile (Dragon included), anything! The options are limitless! In fact, if you want to, you could even have a Hybrid between two species of your choice!
5. Next, a personality. This is something that's like the key-point towards how you want him/her to be and how it affects others around you. This personality can even be a reflection of yours, in fact, and yours alone.
Personality is how you want your character to act towards others. In a way Orusan is my wisdom and intellect, since not only is he my first Character thought of when I first started, but he's like me in some ways. My recent OC, Arcane, is really my stubborn self that's headstrong towards all living situations.
6. Here is another key-point towards fully having your Sonic OC ready. What matters is what your OC does, in parallel of your personality...or even opposite of it. Your OC could be a Librarian, a Blacksmith...hell, even a Mayor for Chaos sake, and it wouldn't change a thing.
With the knowledge about jobs related to personality, there are times when things can go just perfect with one another. In an example, your OC may be stubborn and may also have a job towards assassinations...or that your OC is strict and focused, while being a Blacksmith on Mobius (Take note that a Blacksmith on Mobius may be stretching the line, but I have Arcane being a Blacksmith...)
7. What your Mobian (Sonic OC) can do is, again, up to you. What he/she does can be anything from Martial-Arts Expert to Magic itself! The ideas are limitless!
Now this is my favorite part! Having your character do some of the things on Earth is a great necessity to have your OC do. In fact, he/she might be a tactician towards combat...or a marksman in rifles. For some of the impossible to happen, that could be from the Medieval times, is sort of like a resurrection. In this case...magic in the art of Destruction (Yes, somewhat like the game Skyrim...).
8. This is the most important thing I must say! Never have your OC go 'super' since that's not the wisest idea to do at all if you ever plan on doing an RP session (RP is RolePlay). Trust me...leave that to Sonic, Shadow, and Silver.
Oh man...I've seen some people have their OC's go completely super and become a quote unquote god/goddess. This was only for maybe a few statements and then they'd return back to their normal state. During an RP session with one pitted against another, this'd be completely unfair among several details...along with maybe a few consequences from anyone else in the Chat Room.
9. Now that you've finished your OC's look, personality, and everything in between...this is what the Bio-Chart should look like (I will give an example of this by using one of my OC's to better explain):
(Insert submission of OC picture here)
Name: Jayson Tsukara
Age: 319 Years Old
- Master of Shield & Ax Combat
- Berserk Whirlwind
- Expert Tactician
- Skillfully nimble & strong
Now do you see what I did here? It's generally a good idea to have something like this so that others know what your OC can do. Once done, your Mobian is ready to go!
The reason why his age is 319 Years old is from a story that I had already put up a long while ago. Take a look when you get the chance, it's labeled: Jason's Origin.
(By the way, this was a general description on what the Sonic OC should be. If you're looking for a more explanation than this, feel free to ask others on how they make a Sonic OC.)
Okay, thanks for stopping by and taking a look at this. If you're ever interested and never done any Sonic art, try it out sometime...take a look in galleries of Sonic Artists all over in dA and you'll see what they've done. They might show the character's abilities or skills, but then again...maybe not. Either way, this stepping stone may be the first one towards higher ground towards becoming a better artist. Thank you and have a nice day.
-December 6, 2014
I have returned to see this and hot damn am I proud to see this be pretty nice and popular. To be honest everyone, this has been a rather productive little guide. Because you all are really great, I'm gonna pull more strings and continue this hotspot. *AHEM*
10. Now many of you have most likely gone and done Roleplaying with your new characters and/or Edited or Revised Characters. There are a few basic rules to follow WHEN you Roleplay in a dA Chatroom and/or on a Skype Group-
I: Always follow the guidelines of the Group Leader's rules to ensure a good stay.
II: Be sure to talk to the other characters that talk to YOURS. This shows the other people that you're talking to them and it also means they would possibly like to be friends.
III: If a member's got an idea, let them go with it, as you follow along and try to help throughout the idea. You may just come up with something your own self!
11. Okay, so this is something I've come across that can be either really interesting or somewhat pestering depending on the person reading this. XWorld'ing into another land that your OC has never been to. For me, learning about this has broadened my horizons in bringing at least one of my characters into the fray.
In example, bringing a Human into let's say...the world of Mobius. You would have to think and be CRAFTY as to HOW the character got there or how he/she gets there. Another example would be the DBZ Universe. The same rules apply and you also cannot be overpowered. No matter what, since the same ground rules still apply for all to be BALANCED.
Now, going back to creating new characters because...Logic. Marf.
Anyway, creating a Character isn't as easy as it seems. You may apply details about said character...but what if someone asks what they look like?
The answer could be simple people. Follow the steps below and you may come out clean and with a brand new character in tow with you. Here we go.
12. Now, since you've most likely written the details on your character but haven't really had the time to practice your drawing skills (Or you may be rusty for all I know, or a professional artist at that)...there's always using a Base to help you out. Now keep in mind, you will need to use an art program. There's using Paint if that'll help.
Now, if you don't want to use a base, there's always learning from another professional artist, or perhaps using the Dollmaker on dA. Once you get going, think of the details. Imagine it ALL in your mind as it flows from your hand and onto either paper or on Paint. Be sure to provide yourself with breaks ow and then while sketching- breathe and relax.
13. Once you're finished, it's time to either submit the sketch and perhaps keep it that way, OR bring the sketch onto the computer and use Paint to follow how YOU drew it. Be crafty on how you do it.
Detail into the drawing and show that you took time out of your busy schedule to create a masterpiece.
14. Here's where things COULD get interesting. If you've got a character and you want to make him look like an Anthro or a Mobian, or anything on your mind...try using colors that may match the hair color of your Original Character. If your character has white hair, maybe give him white scales if he/she is a dragon, and this is an example.
15. This will be the last one for a long while folks. Personality. This is a key thing towards your character in progress. In order to fully give your character life, you will also need not only personality but a backstory. Keep in mind that you CAN have the character interact with the actual characters for the realm your character goes into, BUT...Know this.
WARNING: You cannot have your character kill the actual cast because it will mean a LOT OF TROUBLE. Plus, it would make you look bad since others will see you being Overpowered and then things go WAY DOWNHILL afterwards. You cannot kill other characters as well considering for a fact it's both wrong and stupid. I'm serious folks, do not do this at ALL. If the person that owns another character gives you permission, ask him/her to see that they could perhaps talk it over as to HOW it'll go down.
Alright, I'm gonna go. Have fun.