Outside the Ann Bean Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Stillwater, MN
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Q:Headless, what's your favorite writing help blog? (besides cwh)
Q:Psssst HeroMachine is an AWESOME online character builder for people with limited drawing talents~
Q:I have character design ideas for a story and I do want some artwork for them, but I don't really have artistic skills to bring them to life, nor do I have the funds to commission people to help. Any ideas on what I should do?
Well you have some options…
- If you do want to create art for them yourself but you don’t currently have the skills for that, then now’s as good a time as any to start! I don’t know if this is what you want to do so I’m not gonna write a whole essay on improving artistic skills, but there are tons of tutorials and resources floating around this site and others if that’s something you’re interested in.
- If you have friends (as in people you actually know and talk to, whether online or off) who are artists, you could offer some kind of trade– for example, if you’re really good at writing, you could offer to write a story about their OCs in exchange for a drawing of yours. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing this out of the blue with artists you follow/admire but don’t know personally, though, since online art/commissions tend to be way undervalued already, and you don’t want to come across like that. (Unless you’ve seen them happily make such trades in the past with other followers, I suppose)
- This might sound kind of silly, but I’ve seen people use doll-maker sites like Rinmarugames or DollDivine to make paper-doll-style avatars for their characters. While this is obviously limiting in some ways since they’re pre-made games with set options, it could definitely be a good tool for visualizing your characters if you can’t currently create or afford original artwork for them.
- I know you said you don’t have funds for commissions so this might not be an option at all, but you could check out a commissions promo blog like this one and see if there are any artists offering things like simple, rough sketches for more affordable prices than a bigger commission with shading, backgrounds, etc.
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