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Saturation and Brightness in regards to pony OCs by Skeptic-Mousey Saturation and Brightness in regards to pony OCs by Skeptic-Mousey
I've been in quite the creative slump recently. So to help force myself through it, I thought I might provide something helpful (I hope) to the fandom. As explained in the top paragraph, I've seen quite a few people ask about OC design. And after having seen a few... well less the spectacular designs, I felt like I could provide some assistance.
If people like this, I might make some more about OC design, and what you should avoid. (If you even think that having an image of videogame controller as a cutie mark I will sob quietly to myself. I swear every second badly done OC has that as their cutie mark. /rant)

Anyway cheers.
(Something I've done that doesn't use other people's vectors? WTF is this =p)

*I've always found the whole OC thing as a bit, well... If you understand restraint and modesty, you can come up with some cool designs. However, you can overstep the mark very easily. eg. "this is my OC, he's an Alicorn and is responsible for for everything that has ever happened in all of history. He is also married to Twilight but is in an open relationship with Rainbow Dash... etc etc etc. ORIGINAL CHARACTER DONUT STEEL."

Let me just kill myself before you continue. :rage:

Anyway, Cheers (again) :)

Edit - Added my devaintart address in the bottom right, and changed the wording of the explanations slightly.
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KopaLeo Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Days ago I spent days studying the same topic, and settled on the same principles. Then I designed my ponysona as thus: [link]
Fuzzzycat Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
This is so helpful! It's good to know people notice the most important errors in a piece of art.
ProsaurusRex Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Thank you so much for this. OC's with 100 percent saturation in contrast with <50% brightness really annoy me, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one.
Skeptic-Mousey Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Having done four years of a design course and then spending the past two years studying typography and to an extent, design as a hobby, bad design does get to me.
It's a pleasure to help :).
sheepytina Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Faving for the rant alone. I completely agree. Pony OCs are just as bad as Sonic ones.
Skeptic-Mousey Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I am all for artistic freedom, but there is only so much re-coloured ponies / Sonic characters / whatever I can take. (A crap *original* drawing is better then a lazily done re-colour.)
And I did have fun with the rant, =P thanks for the fav. :)
Randina42 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like recolors either. That's why I made this: [link]
CatIron Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
That brightness bit for colouring the shadow fill and outline is really useful actually, I've always just guessed on them :P

But yes, there is an awful lot of "meh" OCs about, and a good helping of Mary Sues too. I'm redesigning my own one because I don't think it's any good any more.
Skeptic-Mousey Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
As I said, take this a guide only. Those were just rounded numbers I chose because they looked good with the colour I chose. Always play around with colour values to get the right look. Coming from someone who has studied a lot of typography: If the computer says it is correct, but your eyes say it looks wrong, trust your eyes. And then get someone else to look at it. Glad to of helped :).

And there is an awful lot of "meh' OCs and/or Mary Sues. My argument is this. "If you were to put your OC in the background of the actual show, and they stand out, then you've done something wrong." (There are obvious exceptions to this rule, but it's a nice starting point.)
Jezendar Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice explanation of this; I myself have been wondering what exactly 'saturation' represented.
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