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CDWS 20140529 brainstorming for new OC by Toshinho CDWS 20140529 brainstorming for new OC by Toshinho
I have 2 OC of mine, Ranmaru and Monika but because they are part of my sketchbook concept I rarely draw them.
So I wanted a 3rd OC that my viewers may acknowledge in the future. (New viewers probably don't know my OC at all but I use to have a character that was my trademark.)

Anyhow, I started with brainstorming and because I don't plan to build a background story for this new character I decided to just begin with throwing lines and hoping to find a direction that I want. This is not my only method but since I don't have a good starting point, I decide to take this vague method.

With this drawing I'm really just hunting for ideas, there's some good and bad ideas and one that might look too much like existing character and so on. The important thing for me is to output them, move my pencil rather then just think. In the end I did somehow find few direction I might want to explore further.

Funny thing is that this process brought a totally different character on next piece paper... (I hope to show that tomorrow.)

Not totally sure if I will have 3rd OC but it's another project for my Character Design Work Shop (CDWS)
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Randommode Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Forgive me, I should say "I can see why you dislike so many of your own drawings when I see you at your best like this" My mistake 
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Toshinho Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
haha, it's fine. I really wish dA would add a "EDIT" feature to the comment section. Not just for typo correction but it should decrease alot of issues going on dA everyday.

As for my drawing, I like to test different images so I can find a shape and the flow that clicks. (So the ones that doesn't click is ones that I don't like and often trash-able.) ^-^
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Randommode Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I find it can be quite damning to never be able to rewrite your words :lmao: Your works here are very good, if normal is 10 these are 11, I really like these characters and want to see more of them. 
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Randommode Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
These are really excellent  I can see why you dislike so many when I see you at your best like this 
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Auruka-Sunshine Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
what I wouldn't give to be able to draw like that
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Toshinho Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
^-^ thanks!
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Auruka-Sunshine Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
you're welcome <3
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Zavier-Alexander Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how developed your art style is,I can spot your post anywhere
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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smokeyLight789 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like your art style, your characters have a lot of cool and interesting designs
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you~ :D
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smokeyLight789 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem, you really inspire me to put a lot more work into my own art, but still try to keep it fun
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Austinleebrock Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing, keep it up! Anime Emoji (Oh yay dance) [V2]  
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Austinleebrock Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :happybounce: 
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MGRESA Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student General Artist
nice
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NikHero Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Astonishing work!
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Lara00 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:jawdrop:
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animBoi Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
love your digitised sketches...

Can't say I've seen an animal/human character fully developed in amongst everything I've seen (the odd 'big cat' types in other sketch dumps) so maybe something to consider but then might be a bit too different from your other 2?

Wasn't Ranamru part of the fantom five (or four)?

...looking forward to the next developments 
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha, I didn't expect some one to still remember Fantom Five. (Maybe you are the last throughout my entire watchers!)
I'm hoping to have Ranmaru show up on every concept I do, cause she's the basic design key element for me. ^-^
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animBoi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
fair to say I've 'stalked' for quite some time (even remember the times you've cleared galleries too...glad to see you're still here though!) Ranmaru is a fav so glad to see her again, no doubt one of a few stable characters you can always go back to and develop.
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Somvold Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job especially those funky designs.
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saeideh69 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you apply the dot pattern of shading in SAI?
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anim3admir3r Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the one with the horns and the one with the gun. The lady on the very right has, to me, a pokemon feel to her. At least when I look at her hair. But this is cool way to go about brainstorming a character. o_o
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Totallyevil1 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
I get a real awesome Big O feel from the one in the top right.
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Renkai141 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your brainstorming is in a very good spot. Im here limiting myself with materials and studd when I could be doing.... This.
Youre very helpfull!
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Glad it helps someone~ :)
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Renkai141 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really like the hair style on the top right, it's un-used.
Reminds me of Mei from Avatar, Think it's awesome!
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REMemberDru Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
neat! I love your process!
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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REMemberDru Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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ghost59 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
how long did it take you to get to this level ?
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
 Decades! XD
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ghost59 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
XD well then i dont expect to get any better any time soon.XD maybe when i am 120. :3 then ill be a master with telekinesis 
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Aeolus06 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nice designs. I like the ones on the top right
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks man!
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Aeolus06 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
anytime bro
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MasterOkiAkai Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're clothing designs are always inspiring. I can't even say all the things i like and would make for good designs. Gotta focus on a theme first.
The horns are great, mohawk is a nice effect, maybe mix the two?
I personally love the poofy over the eyes hair-dos. add that to fluffy sideburns and feathery ear like sides and ya got room for a lot of personality to be delivered just through hair.

Right now I'm getting a secretary vibe, or perhaps a high class assistant or businesswoman. Like an aide that's also an assassin or non-human minion. 
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've got few possible direction after drawing just the faces. (I tend to get the inspiration when I can have decent drawing of a head)

I like to test some more with possible character ideas, one with small side kick or even a twin characters and such.
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MasterOkiAkai Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah i feel pretty face centric when it comes to development.
I have been thinking about scenarios for twins and triplets lately myself.
And can never go wrong with the little sidekicks, though i think folks MIGHT be about to reach their limit with furry critters and mini-bots. But that may just be me.

I will throw this one at you. Consider a set of triplets, all veiled/masked and hooded/robed like priestesses or monks or at the very least, think like a floating mantle that makes them look big and bulky from behind, but open in the front. 
And then how about a brownie sidekick (think WILLOW here) I had been thinking what kind of story i could tell with that for a while but I was never able to completely solidify it. But think, a brownie, a human and a giant, all on a team, and how that would work.
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Triplets is cool idea indeed but it may triple the visual information for this particular workshop material. My initial plan is to create a recognizable trademark character. So I'm thinking I probably should keep this character simple so my viewer can memorize some parts of the character at first glance. Although triplets do have a unique impact on the viewers as well and it probably depends on how well they are represented.

I'll keep in mind about what you wrote and I hope there's a place where I can use them to my advantage. :)
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MasterOkiAkai Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I totally understand what you mean. But i am getting the impression that you may be trying to force the concept into shape, rather than letting the process flow naturally. I may be wrong.
The reason i say that is that you have in several instances referred to wanting to create a "recognizable trademark character". And that is GREAT but i hear it so much from folks who end up ripping their hair out of their heads from frustration.
I may be off base, i hope I am, but that just came to mind, a tiny word of caution.

As for the ideas themselves, hey if you want them, use them, just remember that the birth from concept to paper personality leads to spontaneous mutations that we rarely see coming. Also I am kinda hoping we can chat some time, maybe help brainstorm a bit, more proactive and all.
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S3rb4n Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome designs. I am sincerely amazed!
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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S3rb4n Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Minidarkcalibur89 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Well Horns'OC are good ^^ ! *-*
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Much agreed~
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Minidarkcalibur89 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
^^ So gonna do a horned OC ? ;p
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Azleah44 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Is there any way I can convince you to let me reference that mushroom hair style?
I really like it and want to use something similar to it for a character of mine.
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Toshinho Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
I suppose you can, I referenced mohawk from a groups of photography and hairstyle is a free thing. :)
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