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This is for all of you.
If someone tells you that your character isn't pretty or it hurts their eyes or it's too simple and it's 'unoriginal'-- screw them.  It's your character, not theirs.
I've been seeing a lot of deviants lately posting designing 'tips' for characters.  Yes, some of them are helpful but listing a bunch of color combinations that you don't think look good together discourages people from making characters that they may really enjoy.
I don't care if your character is a rainbow gradient with white spots--if you like it that's all that matters c:
So guys, don't let other people tell you how to draw or what to draw because that's just selfish of them.
Draw how you want, and what you want.
Don't let more popular artists, friends or anyone boss you around and sway you from what you like in order to please them<3

I know this is cheesy beyond belief, but,

You are free to re-post this with credit!
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Reyniki Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well I personally don't like yellow on white characters simply because of color combination.

But if I don't like it, I don't go around telling people what to do and what not to do XD Its just another character, not everyone will like every single design that is on DA. So I just leave them alone Cx
TylerMusselman Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes me feel so much better because I made a character on Saints Row 4 and for the base I used Rihanna. I changed a lot about her even her skin color but my brother was like " That looks to much like Rihanna." Or " Have fun playing as Rihanna." I only used her so it would look like my character could be a real person. 
Ladycandy2011 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I totally agree with you like I believe only give your tips or opinions if  the artists it self ask for it
other than that screw what they say, its all about what you want . Like I kno im not a great artist but whatever I make im proud of it.
Aschiee Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ehhh I have to disagree at one point.
Most critics aren't self centered pricks with no regard for people's emotions
Maybe some of them are but those are the people that you just ignore, delete, and bye-bye.
But most of them are only doing this to help.
They aren't trying to discourage you, it's just their opinion.
But here's how to tell the difference~

Harsh/Troll critics: May speak in all caps, have bad grammar, tells you it's bad but gives no example, doesn't tell you anything positive, tells you something's wrong, but gives no advice on how to fix it, etc.

Constructive criticism: Nice, open-ended, doesn't act like they know everything, gives helpful advice, negatives and positives are balanced tells you/critique implies that it's your choice to listen, etc.

So, yeah.
There are some people you should listen to and some you shouldn't.
It's that easy.
SonikaCain Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
You're on the wrong site.
A lot of the serious ones have migrated to tumblr, and if there was another art site that could match DA they would all be gone.

The parodies of this site have it down to a T.
galateabellator Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's good to encourage others this way, and I love the optimism here on DA, but I have to disagree at one point.

In my opinion, the constructive critics are more than welcome when you want to help others to evolve while they are making a character, whether they draw and color it, or write about it. Of course, I don't talk about those people who are commenting only to insult the character, I am referring to those who want to help you by objectively seeing what you, as a creator, aren't able to see first-handed.

For example, the green hair might seem like a good idea to some, but it bothers others. This could be the issue of the genre, if the universe the character was created into was realistic, historical, medieval. But, if the Universe is fantasy oriented, and includes magical stuff, it's nothing unusual, and it's even expected in a way. I agree that everyone should follow that inner feeling when creating, and that no one should 'boss' others around, but certain creations don't make sense and that's why the artist or writer gets a negative feedback. Also, there are some rules in general design which are there to be followed, of course, if the artist or writer wants to make his creation decent. 

While I encourage others to express themselves, and make whatever they want to, I have this need to point at some things which happen to be 'Mary Suish' regarding the OC construction. Personally, I am a big OC fan, and creator of these - I write within certain universes (fanfiction is my domain) and I greatly appreciate an honest criticism when my character is leaning to be overpowered or too perfect. I am glad to hear what I made wrong in the process, what to avoid next time when I post a fanfic, and generally, to hear opinions of others... and that's why I post my creations on DA.

I hope I didn't offend you or anyone in the process, that wasn't my intention... I am just expressing my own opinion regarding the topic. This wasn't ill-intended. I also hope you forgive my long post. :) 
NoahLKoopa Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well said.
WhatsIt-ToYou Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Well, sorry for trying to provide feedback to help budding creators improve their characters.

Seriously.  Even as someone who rarely ever looks around on DeviantART, let alone gives feedback, this post is a metaphorical slap to the face.  Any reasonable critic, however apathetic they may seem, isn't gleefully skipping around just looking for a character to mindlessly shout down and brand as a Mary Sue.  Critics give feedback because they want to see a character succeed; their aim is not to oppress but to improve.  The "tips" they give are supposed to be critiques and pointers, designed to make the character more creative and interesting; and if they make a specific suggestion, that's just how they themselves would fix that issue.  If there's one thing that's true about characters, it's that there's more than one way to skin a cat; you don't have to do that to satisfy them, just effectively address the issue.  And if they truly didn't care, they wouldn't bother to say anything at all.

And perhaps you say that nothing matters except you enjoying your character.  Alright, fine.  If that's all that matters, if you don't care if anyone except you likes your character, then why did you post them on DeviantART for the world to see?  In my personal opinion, if no one besides you enjoys your character (Or any media, at that rate), you've done something wrong—but if for whatever reason you're fine with that, then please at least keep your character to yourself.
smartrarityplz Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Whatsit-toyou anyway?
WhatsIt-ToYou Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
I actually laughed a bit at that.  Well played, well played.

With all due seriousness, though, what's it to me?  I like good stories; I like good characters.  I like the very idea of building characters, even.  I've seen good ones, and I've seen bad ones, and I applaud the good ones and try to help the bad ones along.  And the last thing I want is to have my critique, which is designed to be as helpful and constructive as possible, invalidated by stubborn people.
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