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Tutorial: Character Design by ky-nim Tutorial: Character Design by ky-nim
A few days back :iconbechnokid: asked me about designing characters....so I made this tip-torial. This is more or less my way to design gijinkas and OCs.

Note that this is to help with designing a character's physical features...personality is something I don't think I can make a proper tutorial for.

I am not a professional so this is probably not the best way to go about making characters...but hopefully it helped someone!

Enjoy!
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:iconmaniacallyepic:
ManiacallyEpic Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Writer
Thanks, this is really helpful
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:iconshadowdancer4ever:
shadowdancer4ever Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Some of your Characters reminds me to the guys from TF2 :D, love youre work. And sorry for reallly baaaaaad English ... D: 
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:iconaoikuroneko:
AoiKuroNeko Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Nice food for thought, thanks!
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:iconang-l:
ang-L Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student General Artist
this is the best :love: thankyou!! <3
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:iconcutiewintersnow:
CutieWinterSnow Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Thx a lot (in a nice way)!  Now this is what I NEEDED!!!! 
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:iconthe-new-sonia:
The-New-Sonia Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student
omg this is what i was looking for thank you so much
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:icondarinhuddy:
DarinHuddy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanx.
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:iconzevmor:
zevmor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the last panel a lot.
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:icondellypuff:
dellypuff Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how Jordan's eye is close to Mimi's eye (I think it's Mimi's eye)
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:iconangelomm:
angelomm Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
hey, draw characters to order???
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:iconfilfire666:
Filfire666 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
seriously your tutorial is really awesome
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:iconmagicmesprit:
MagicMesprit Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it helped me alot
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:iconhyeschoar:
HyeSchoar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Great tutorial and great style.
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:iconmizu07:
mizu07 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, thank you for the help
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:iconshanlorwriart:
ShanlorwriArt Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really helpful i love this
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:iconthanduxolo:
Thanduxolo Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I like the way you broke down the features that define a character and possible ways to do those features. Iv been thinking of doing character designing and I think this break down just made it a bit more easier for me to start.
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:iconxxunovianxx:
xXunovianXx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahem. One Pokemon. INFINITE designs.
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Thank you for being my inspiration.
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:iconthebasketkid:
TheBasketKid Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
This is very helpful and well done, so thank you! I hadn't ever thought about how body shapes affected a design before, so thank you for opening my eyes a little bit more! :D
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:iconwynterlegend:
WynterLegend Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
This is very clear cut, I like this quite a bit. Thank you for this.
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:iconshinshiphen:
shinshiphen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this tutorial :D All the important basics are in it and your art style really fits. You are really good in explaining by examples somthing that often get a raw deal.
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:iconfaisaru-ayama:
faisaru-ayama Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome tutorial ^_^
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:iconkefsngreed:
KefsnGreed Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just a wonderful guide, Thanks so much! :D
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:iconanimatrix1490:
animatrix1490 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I like the wide blue guy the best.
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:icongamemasterkyro:
GameMasterKyro Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a huge help! Thanks a ton!
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:iconx-hog:
x-hog Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Iiii just found this, and I like it, and I like things that help me with the drawings and the character designings so instafave~~~
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:iconkerevon:
Kerevon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Thanks for this. :)
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:iconmatremahbub:
matremahbub Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
great!
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:iconturtlestarf:
Turtlestarf Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is a REALLY helpful tutorial! I'm trying to get into maing gijinkas as original characters myself right now so this will deifinitely come in handy, thank you!

My only problem is coming up with haristyles XD
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saphirewings Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you thank you! :glomp:
Very useful tutorial :bow:
I love how your charas vary from each other :love:
And also pokemon based people are awesome :D
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:iconky-nim:
ky-nim Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconslowpoke-tails:
Slowpoke-Tails Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
This really helps. I'm keeping this saved. How do you color it so awesomely?
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:iconky-nim:
ky-nim Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012   Digital Artist
I add a small shade gradient to my work now! I might post a tut on it..
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:iconleafthegreat:
LeafTheGreat Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I still need one for hair... But thanks, it really helps me!
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:iconfnk-wd:
fnk-wd Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconsour-lollipop:
sour-lollipop Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist
This is really helpful~ I admit that I'm one of those people who tend to get too consistent when trying to make different characters, so I'll be sure to keep this for future reference~ XD
Thank you!!!
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BloodRaven91 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist
Very helpfull especially the last point (accessories and clothing) since I hate fashion and end up wearing whatever I find infront of me. and your idea of getting a character design out of a pokemon was brilliant.

<any tips for clothing's wrinkles>
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:iconeyesdesign:
EyesDesign Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
love it <3
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:iconbellberrystar:
bellberrystar Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
This is actually really helpful. I have trouble drawing out older characters and giving them the distinct features I imagine them. Especially faces. Thank you.
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:iconstilith:
Stilith Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Who's the small red one? It looks a lot like a modern version of Little My.
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:icontherussianburrito:
TheRussianBurrito Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gonna try using this! :D I've never been good with drawing characters, so hopefully this can help me!
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:iconsamaryllis:
SAmaryllis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg....I've always really admired how you design characters, particularly gijinkas! It was great to walk through your thought process and stuff you focus on to make your characters so distinct. *__*
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:iconmiguel2010:
Miguel2010 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you for sharing this!
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:icontorosiken:
Torosiken Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I always love how you can make gijinkas :D

Your designs are always awesome :giggle:
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:iconaluckystar:
aluckystar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
This was really helpful, thanks!
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:iconrandomfreakish:
randomfreakish Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
i sometimes have trouble with the body proportion, but your 'tip'-torial helped a lot, thanks :)
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:iconrandomfreakish:
randomfreakish Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
and i googled 'bad anatomy art' and the first page was hentai LOL
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:iconleafthegreat:
LeafTheGreat Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is going to help me a lot :) Thanks!
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:iconip00:
iP00 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
This is lovely! Thank you~
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:iconsupersonichero:
supersonichero Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ky, I love you for making this. It will be GREATLY helpful.
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:iconjesterhikaru:
JesterHikaru Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
this is super awesome *_*
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