OCeptember 2018

October 13, 2018 - Reading time: 13 minutes

I managed to finish OCeptember 2018, a prompt for original characters! It's compiled in a birdsite memory here, but I'm also posting it below to add TL;DR.

Day 1. Favourite OC(s)

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The loggersports crew. Not necessarily my favourites (I still haven't nailed the look/design of some of them) but most top of mind because of upcoming webcomic!

Day 2. Least loved OC(s)

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The detective crew. Least loved only relative to how little I draw them. Some of these characters are from 2003 or even earlier.

Day 3. Best buds

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Fake is originally from the detective stuff, while Jake is from the loggersport stuff. They were created in complete isolation, but at some point I made a decision to make them good friends (because they play MMORPGs and go to cons together).

Day 4. Enemies

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Kumata will eventually warm up to Satou because Satou is too cute...!

Day 5. About the OC's world

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This is super chicken scratch, but it's the based-in-modern-time setting for a whole slew of characters, where I eventually mashed every single non-fantasy character into the same world that is is...an alternate universe of my hometown.

Day 6. Initial concepts

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Old concepts for Mr. Blakes and Raptor from Peculiar Connections comic. For Blakes and Raptor it was really important that they had really outrageous proportions (like Hokuto no Ken) to really clash with the cuteness of Tamagotchi. Ceilic from Are You A Knight, was created based on a random character generator. I didn't realize that he would be a long standing character. Kumata and Kamogawa from All I Have to Give comic both had to have glasses, so I put a lot of thought into how they would dress differently given their personalities and the sharpness/roundness of their features.

Day 7. Casual clothes and Day 8. Formal clothes/uniform

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Kamogawa in uniform and non-uniform. I remember designing a lot of fancy shoes, bandannas, and jackets when I drew the comic.

Day 9. Your clothes

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This was the clothing that I was wearing while moping around the house (house clothing) that is not socially appropriate to wear outside.

Day 10. In a different time period

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Ming Ming always struck me as a powerful person who has a sweet/playful exterior, but has mastery of manipulation if she chooses to go that route. She has always been fashionable in the original time period, so it made sense for her to be very trendy in a more modern time period. Jumpsuits were really big this summer! She would wear a light/pastel coloured linen jumpsuit with a wedge strappy sandal.

Day 11. In a fairytale/myth

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I purposefully chose a chinese myth, which ended up being the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl. Part of the rationale was that Austin is a country bumpkin who grew up with cows out on the farm. When I first drew the cow it looked pretty standard fare, but looking back at it now, it's the most deformed and out of scale cow ever!

Day 12. RPG AU

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This was really fun to think about! Ultimately I think I landed on pretty accurate classes for them, haha.

Day 13. Cooking

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I have a wooden pepper grinder and it's the best! The fanciest kitchen thing I own.

Day 14. Dancing

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I don't like dancing but I learned some line/square dancing when I was in school. I did recently win an office-based dance competition this summer, by incorporating lunges/other popular stretches in my routine.

Day 15. Getting hurt

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My poor animal friends...!

Day 16. In another artist's style

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Pseudo Hokuto no Ken style, which is not really that hard for me anymore because parts of my current style were probably influenced by it.

Day 17. With your nondominant hand or eyes closed

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This turned into Gakuen Handsome.

Day 18. In another series

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This originally felt like it would overlap with Day 16, so I went a different direction and drew everyone as dogs. I spent many many hours looking at dog pictures and reading about dogs, and it was great.

Day 19. OC crossover

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This is a crossover between the characters from Tied and Motivation, Concentration. I don't think that Fung actually know how to do any of these strange portal magic, but it was a fun thing to draw and think about.

Day 20. Hair style change

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Somehow this felt like a test for whether I draw with same face syndrome, and if hair was the only thing people would be able to distinguish characters by. Short bob on Abby and pomp on Ferris looks pretty cute, IMO. Someone recently showed me a clip of Fabio on ANTM, so it was imprinted in my mind.

Day 21. Personality change

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I find this extremely disturbing because of how out of character it is for both of them.

Day 22. Age change

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Funnily enough, I've draw stories that feature Jake in at least 3 different age points. I included some chromosomes in there, haha.

Day 23. OTP

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Right now my OTP is Jake and Austin...

Day 24. Crackship

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I was thinking about cheesy romance novel titles. Honestly Sab and Austin wouldn't be a bad pair, but it's just not something that would happen, haha.

Day 25. Fall activity

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Camping/hiking amongst the fallen leaves! Fall is my favourite season.

Day 26. Out of season activity

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IDK if this is suntanning in the snow, or building a snowman out of sand?

Day 27. Oldest vs youngest

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I feel like Moristan is extra cute looking here. Ceilic is weak to children.

Day 28. Friend's OC

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It's rurupoi's duck!

Day 29. Memes

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This is based on the math lady meme.

Day 30. OC meets creator.

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I definitely try to make my characters better and cooler than me.

Today's music post: Corridors of Time (cover by Meine Meinung) from Chrono Trigger. Super beautiful and nostalgic...!

About

I am part of an arts and comics collective called Love Love Hill. I like to draw comics of all genres and styles, but I tend to create stories with particular attention to subtle character expressions, gestures, interactions, and relationships.

UPCOMING PROJECTS
- Love Love Heels
- YuriJam(?) 2018
- Here We Are (webcomic)