Creating a Character: How I Decided to Elaborate

by Natasha Young 2 years ago in art

Let's talk about character creation.

Creating a Character: How I Decided to Elaborate

I consider myself a creative person, observing the world with curiosity. Well, observing the limited view from my bedroom.

When I gather information, it’s mostly from a place that everyone knows. The internet. That place of wonder and excitement but also a place that would be avoided if possible. But I think the positives outweigh the negatives this time.

I normally consult the internet for inspiration for character designs. If I saw something in TV like a badass character doing flips and giving no shits, I would be like “You know what? Fuck it, let’s make some awesome characters and care very little about the personality!”

Because in reality, most people look at a character as an aesthetic of design than an actual person. In the past, Disney created characters to create a point such as Snow White or Bambi and those stories are still remembered today.

I followed suit and created characters mostly on looks rather than personality, or even backstory.

This, however, changed when I started learning about mental health and the disorders that came with it. I remember looking up a disorder called D.I.D (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and having an idea to create a character around it. Of course, this ain’t exactly the best way to make a character but bare with me, I was young and naïve.

So I made a character, made them female and around their early twenties. Long, greyish-black hair, red eyes and grey clothes. Not very exciting but I was so excited about creating this new character that I didn’t really care. As long as I had a base, I was ready to make my first mentally ill character.

When I look back on it now, I wasn’t really much different from any young artist in high school. You would make a character, add a bunch of mental disorders to them and call it “complex.”

But we all know mental health is a lot more than just saying “I have *insert mental disorder here.*”

As I got older, I decided to do my research and I discovered a documentary called “The Woman with 7 personalities” and it gave me an insight into what people went through and it made me reconsider my approach to character creation.

Overtime, I began reading blogs from other people, watched videos and asked people I knew on how they dealt with it.

It made me want to start again.

So, I took the design of my character and over the years I reworked her design. I made her more realistic (at least, realistic in my style) and I worked on her personality and her interactions with people. I put myself in her shoes and I asked myself certain questions on how she would react to an everyday situation or how she dealt with medication, if she was living a healthy lifestyle and whether she would have a family of her own.

And here I am, today, still working on said character. She’s changing, ever evolving, as any other person would.

I guess the moral of the story is: If you want to make a character simply on looks then go for it! I won’t stop you. Hell, I still do it. But sometimes, creating a character with flaws, likes, ambitions, obstacles and so on, makes it all the worth while. Who knows, maybe said character will be in a story of her own, changing through the years like she did with me.

Maybe she already has a story to tell, and I’m too lazy to write it.

Who knows 😉

Natasha Young
Natasha Young
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Natasha Young

Hey there fellow reader that just so happened to pass by my profile, I'm Tasha and it's great to meet you! At the moment I'm studying Interactive Media at College and in my spare time I love to write. Come check out my work and say hi! :)

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