I like keeping my art style consistant but when I was younger and designing characters a lot of them looked the same, but as I grew older and my art style improved I gave characters more defining features. The eyes are the main focus of my characters as I feels eyes can tell you many things about someone or a character. My characters have specific eye shapes and colours that fit into their character and so that's what this blog post is about and how I try to make each character different.
I have three main eye shapes, doe eyes which is more larger and rounder eyes, arch eyes which have a slight arch at the corner of the eye and narrow eyes which has a slanted eyelid and a sharp arch at the corner.
The eyes usually define the characters personalities, doe eye characters usually have more calm caring personalities or characters who are younger and more child like. Arch eyed characters have more determined or aggressive personalities and narrow eyed characters tend to have more calm mature personalities, but of course there are some exceptions. Male characters for example mostly have more arch eyes or narrow eyes to make them seem kind of more mature and older as compared to the doe like eyes. I'm gonna show some examples of each eye type.
Eye colours are important depending on the race of the character. Here are some examples.
All Shinigamis, regradless of gender, pureblood or neko, will all be born with silver eyes. In Mew-Ville silver eyes are feared by humans and other living races as they believe "silver eyes will steal your soul". Therefore some shinigamis will choice to change their eye colour using magic.
The three great familes act as the goverment of Mew-Ville and consist of the Izumi Family, Sumino Family and Chiba Family.
The Sumino family were designed with piercing red eyes as they have the "Sumino Stare" which is an intimadating glare that family members would often use. Their eyes are the common trait of their family.
It wasn't until recently that I decided that the majority of Izumi family members would have blue eyes, as it wasn't as common as brown eyes and green was already taken. Since Hikari was designed with green eyes I didn't want to change her to a blonde hair blue eyed girl, so I decided that she would inherit the green eyes from her father.
The Chiba family are not my creation and actually belong to Rei K. Akihiko is the heir and has green eyes which is a direct contrast to Sumino's red eyes (the two familes are rivals/enemies so it works perfectly). So most Chiba family members have green eyes.
Oh man I've written too much stuff for something thats not my essay- opps.
Anyway I hope this was interesting for you to read and I hoped you learn something about how I create characters, because I do actually think about them and don't randomly create stuff (even though that's what happens most of them time)
I'm going to play some Zelda before I sleep and hopefully work on my essay tomorrow before work.
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