Q:I have to make pauldrons for my larp character and he is a Prince from the winter court so I want the design to be elegant and whimsical but I'm having trouble finding pictures for it.. Can you help?
You can see if there’s anything on the pauldron tag to start off, if you haven’t been there yet! Here’s some random ideas if there’s nothing there quite what you’re looking for:
- Try looking up art nouveau stuff! A lot of the artwork from that movement, both 2D and sculptural, has an “elegant and whimsical” feel to it, so you could possibly draw some inspiration from the forms and details of it even if there’s no actual armor.
- Searching for things like “elven pauldron” will often turn up more delicate styles of armor than just a regular search would, since elves tend to be portrayed as graceful and elegant than humans.
- Even if you’re making the design to wear in real life, you could look into cartoon designs to get some inspiration that’s more on the whimsical side of things.
I’m sure there are a ton of other places to look too, so good luck in your searches!!
Q:Could you give me an example paragraph describing someones appearance, as well as their clothing?
Here’s a classic example:
"Hi my name is Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way and I have long ebony black hair (that’s how I got my name) with purple streaks and red tips that reaches my mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like Amy Lee (AN: if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to Gerard Way but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie. I’m a vampire but my teeth are straight and white. I have pale white skin. I’m also a witch, and I go to a magic school called Hogwarts in England where I’m in the seventh year (I’m seventeen). I’m a goth (in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly black. I love Hot Topic and I buy all my clothes from there. For example today I was wearing a black corset with matching lace around it and a black leather miniskirt, pink fishnets and black combat boots. I was wearing black lipstick, white foundation, black eyeliner and red eye shadow. I was walking outside Hogwarts. It was snowing and raining so there was no sun, which I was very happy about. A lot of preps stared at me. I put up my middle finger at them."
(I’m so sorry, I had to.)
On a more serious note, I don’t have any great examples on hand, but I would say in general it’s best to keep long, all-at-once descriptions of appearance and clothes to a minimum, and mostly just to include the details that are relevant to the story, character, etc. Of course there’s some leeway with this, but overall people tend not to want to read long-winded appearance descriptions if they’re just describing things like in the lovely “My Immortal” excerpt above, where it’s just about hair color and every piece of clothing.
If anyone knows any really good examples of written character description paragraphs, feel free to share!
Q:Are you ever going to make another set of character design questions?
I’ve thought about it but I’ve been pretty busy with a new job lately so I haven’t had a ton of spare time to think up good new ones. So yeah, it might not happen for a while, but I’d like to do another set sometime!