Okay so, I re-read that character design post I made earlier and realized I kept saying that I add or remove features based on “what feels right” without really clarifying what it is that makes some things feel right and others not so much (beside the obvious WHOA SUDDENLY A GUY stuff). So, I made this quickly to give you an idea of what I meant.

I want to emphasize that my “this feature represents this and that” blatherings are by no means universal truths and shouldn’t be taken as instructions for how to design specific characters. This is more to show my thought process behind choosing these features for this particular character and to clarify why these particular features “feel right”.

Some time ago I was asked to do some sort of walk-through etc. of how I come up with the final designs for my characters. At the time I couldn’t really do it because all my characters were from Pahantekijä and the ones that I had used my current approach on would’ve been too spoilerific to take a proper look at.

But lo and behold, yesterday I created a new character based on the personality I gave to my virtual pet dragon at Flight Rising. She has nothing to do with Pahantekijä whatsoever so we can have a look at the process to her looks here.

This is the process at its simplest. This is a sort of RPG-style standalone-character, where there isn’t a lot of other details I have to take into account, like the character development arc, story, environment etc. If I’m creating a character into an already existing world, I spend more time on making the vague idea less vague so that it fits into the world before I pick up a pencil and I add more details on the earlier steps.

EDIT: Continuation here

Some recent commissions for - in order - Ambaaargh, Pyttis, Saigola and Berneri

I'll be your anon friend because I have no Tumblr >u>
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I’m not sure if I find ‘anon friend’ more paradoxical or cute as a concept, but thanks for the thought, dear mystery person! 

Had to draw a bit more of Juttu just to get it out of system so that I can concentrate on other things as well, haha!

Juttu is a Thing who lives in The Night. The Night is a place so dark you can’t see anything else but the Stars that shine in the distant darkness. It is a place so dark and vast that nobody knows how many Things inhabit it. Juttu has never met anyone else. For all Juttu knows, they could be the only one in there.

Only other Thing Juttu knows, is the Black Panther that guards the border between The Night and The Day. Black Panther is constantly on the move and the only time you can meet them for sure is if you leave The Night or try to come back. Black Panther will personally come to see you off or welcome you back. They do not talk much, though, so they’re not really an ideal conversational partner. The Day is also very scary for Things if they don’t have a Day-Thing to guide them in the light, so leaving The Night just to chat with Black Panther isn’t a good idea, so Juttu is often alone, talking only to the Stars.

But it’s okay, because the Stars know you and you know the Stars, even if they never say a word.

Got some commissions done and decided to take a moment to doodle this little moomin-esque critter that’s been frolicking in my head for the entire day. I call ‘em Juttu.

Got some commissions done and decided to take a moment to doodle this little moomin-esque critter that’s been frolicking in my head for the entire day. I call ‘em Juttu.

Trying to draw commissions in 29°C heat with a hot Cintiq on your lap
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Dry pastels always scan so horribly… Ehh, anyway, did this a while ago when I was trying to bust an art block. I was going to use it on a project I may or may not ever have time to do, but now I’m thinking it won’t fit the style after all. 

Dry pastels always scan so horribly… Ehh, anyway, did this a while ago when I was trying to bust an art block. I was going to use it on a project I may or may not ever have time to do, but now I’m thinking it won’t fit the style after all. 

Quick lizard studies for a work project.

Quick lizard studies for a work project.

Much bird on this week’s pages hrrrrrm.
Suomeksi | In English

Much bird on this week’s pages hrrrrrm.

Suomeksi | In English