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Bratty Rant is a Go

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 05:27 PM by Loki

OK so, this has nothing to do with PC, so don't worry about anybody here. XD

Pretty much, I have this original character, and he is, by no means, an earth-shatteringly unique character, and I am fully aware of this, and I concede this fact. It is, by no stretch of the imagination, a complete impossibility that someone else would conceive a character idea that was like his in many many ways.

So I should've been totally okay with it when someone else-- namely someone who I was even friends with, and was/am totally bros with, made a character who looked almost exactly like him from the shoulders up. I mean, save for the fact that this character had white... pink... and green hair, instead of a pale brown/blonde. XD And that his glasses were green, instead of red.

But like, I still feel uneasy, because it's the same "group" of characters, you know? (Not to mention our art styles are incredibly similar, which only makes them look even MORE similar.)

And then I have always, always frowned upon people who accuse others of having too many "similarities" to their own character. Like, come on people, there are MILLIONS of characters in the world, someone out there is going to look somewhat similar bro, you're just gonna have to cry Justin Timberlake a river and get over it.

So when suddenly I'm subjected to this feeling that I've always scorned other people over, I'm torn because now I feel just as pathetic as the rest of the b'awww wagon, yet I don't know how to resolve it without asking them if they can alter their character a little. Which is, of course, the finishing brat move of the century.

Of course, we're not like... on bad terms or anything-- rather we're on really good terms. But I still feel like the biggest brat (and hypocrite) of the world.


Just thought I'd spill my guts to you, PC.

Ta~
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    I think it'd help if you were to draw/ write about your character in different styles. It'd be a fun experiment that could help you find more originality in your own character and improve your skills and evolve your style.
    Think about it this way, Link from the original NES series versus Twilight Princess Link. :3 They look really different but they're inspired by the same thing. Maybe your friend was just inspired by you and they don't see the similarities like you do. It doesn't mean you have to change but I think it'd be a fun exercise to try something new to show your friends that their designs don't have to look alike.
    Posted September 6th, 2011 at 05:46 PM by Kura Kura is offline
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    Originally Posted by Kura View Comment
    I think it'd help if you were to draw/ write about your character in different styles. It'd be a fun experiment that could help you find more originality in your own character and improve your skills and evolve your style.
    Think about it this way, Link from the original NES series versus Twilight Princess Link. :3 They look really different but they're inspired by the same thing. Maybe your friend was just inspired by you and they don't see the similarities like you do. It doesn't mean you have to change but I think it'd be a fun exercise to try something new to show your friends that their designs don't have to look alike.
    Thanks Kura, I think that's a good idea. ;;u;;; After some time has passed, I don't feel as bad about the similarities either, so I'll try what you suggested to help differentiate the characters.
    Posted September 6th, 2011 at 06:33 PM by Loki Loki is offline
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    No problem! Don't be down about it :3 Characters are supposed to be fun! Who knows maybe you can point out that they look the same to your friend and they're like.. brothers or something in an alternate universe.

    Haha or patent your character and sue them for copyright infringement.. but.. then again you'd probably lose because you can essentially "copy" a character but change only 10% of the design and it's fine under legal terms..

    lol.. just making light of the situation :3 Make ya smile about it! Hehehe <3 Good luck anyways!
    Posted September 6th, 2011 at 07:04 PM by Kura Kura is offline
 

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