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EA-LEC OC Portrayal by diana-hnd EA-LEC OC Portrayal by diana-hnd
Important note:

In the past, I have been guilty of inaccurate character portrayals. I realized that some people get it wrong simply because... it might not occur to them to ask the artist creators. Speaking as one who doesn't go out all the way to really talk to people, I can understand the hesitancy to ask sometimes.

But let's face it. If you're using other people's characters, you need to suck up the hesitancy and ASK to get the portrayal right.

Sorry if I sound harsh. But it's either you ASK and check, or you risk getting things wrong and incurring the anger of the artist creator.

This comic piece is not meant to jab anyone. If it does, believe me when I say this; you are not alone in this.

This comic is meant to help increase your awareness of the dangers of bad character portrayals, and how to curb it. And by getting character portrayals right, it might end up sharpening your story-telling skills.

I know it did for me.

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Hey there, :iconea-lec: folks!

I've noticed some problems in character portrayal off-late. So I thought I should share my thoughts, as well as others, on how to get character portrayal right.

I could just write it in a journal. But I'd like the message to get through; and I find that nothing works better than words with pictures ==> comics.

I've asked a few league members about how'd they feel about their characters being portrayed badly. I've adjusted the words to ensure the identity of these people are anonymous. You know who you are, guys, thanks for your help.

And much-o thanks to the following league members for lending their characters, to demonstrate bad portrayal examples;

Ashlit by :iconteokeez:
Neohs by :iconscorpius02:
Adelle by :iconcascade-kirby:
Ryan by :iconkido-itimaki:
Ashley by :icontinyhammer:
K. Mauser by :iconking-of-diamonds:
Misty by :iconssbfreak:
Danglars by :iconorange-ratchet:
Hedeon by :iconazes13:
(By the way, ~Azes13 suggested the bad portrayal example for his Hedeon. 'Twas too good to resist.)
Charcoal belongs to me.

Also, a thank to you to Mr.Robert De Niro for demonstrating the ever-golden indication of "I'm Watching You." :XD:

Thanks also to :iconeviltwinears: and :iconmangakawa: for proof-reading this thing too.
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ghodan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Student General Artist
I'm probably not the only one, but as soon as I finished this I went and reviewed all of my old entries... it's gotten me kind of paranoid. ^^;
But an excellent point none the less, I'll be sure to future it in my journal soon.
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear it's been of help. This is more to create awareness, really. In character portrayal, there will always be mistakes here and there. This comic piece is just to remind us all to take a little more effort to prevent those mistakes. :)
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SSBFreak Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Haedon and Charcoal's reactions to their bad character portrayals are priceless. :P

One thing that can help bad character portrayal is to look at the artists' galleries to see how they portray their characters themselves. That's one of the things I try to do when I make an entry.
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye, that's a good way to get the portrayal done correctly. It's what I did in the past before. Although on restricted deadlines, maybe it'd be a little time-consuming. Sometimes the best way is to go straight to the artist creator.
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RabidElf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Very Well said. This get's me all paranoid over previous entries I have done.
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry. Just make sure in future you check with the artist creator. This thing is just to raise some awareness on bad portrayal and how to get it right (in the event you don't understand the character enough). :)
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:iconrabidelf:
RabidElf Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Always have before, doesn't stop me from worrying I did it wrong.
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:iconcascade-kirby:
Cascade-Kirby Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
^^; I hope I haven't done any of this. Luckily most of the stuff I've done was missions, and the main characters in my entries there were either 1) up to the artist to develop or 2) belonged to someone I talk to regularly. I'll be sure to be careful in the future.

Actually, you reminded me to ask ~SSBFreak about characterizing Party Master for my challenge set in his location. Thanks much.
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, I'm glad this helped. :)
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Scorpius02 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Now that I think about it. I read a lot of other people's matches and the judges have a variety of portrayal. I get confused sometimes about the judges' real personalities that I don't know how to imagine them when I have to write it down.
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diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hence comes the important point; maybe you shouldn't use these characters. It is not compulsory for you to include judge characters. It is simply optional. *coughANDFUNcough*

And if you still wanna use 'em, it never hurts to ask the artist creator. ;)
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Scorpius02 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
I want to include judges because their important to the matches (that's my opinion) and it's fun to have a character that knows what he/she is doing. Kind of like the wise one in the group. I wonder if I should ask the artist creator if I got their portrayal right or it's too much bother to them since they never said who got the portrayal right or wrong? I see DeathDog as a mysterious and creepy figure one time while another made him an irritated man that hates Santa Claus. It's kind of confusing -_-;
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm. Perhaps there's no need to do so. Just take note that in future matches, that you check with the artist creator first.
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Scorpius02 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Okay
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:iconscorpius02:
Scorpius02 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
I admit that I have a hard time getting the character portrayal right. I remember getting Orange-Rachet's Cara Folly wrong and I quickly apologized to the creator. Now I wonder if I got the other OCs' character portrayal wrong too. O_O;
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Orange-Ratchet Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
This is awesome! I love Misty, Ashley, Charcoal and Ashlit's characterizations overall!

Good job!
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank ye muchly!
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ClosetExtrovert Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
A FLY'S FOOTFALL WOULD BE DISTIIIINCTLY HEARD~!

Sorry, couldn't resist. X'D But this is some really good advice!
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:music: Tarantara~ :music: Tarantara~ :music:
:giggle:
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ClosetExtrovert Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
So silently the pirate creeps while all the household soundly sleeps~!
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cardboard-jukebox Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Very well made, I think you covered all the bases here.
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank ye muchly! :D
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely said - doesn't just apply to the EA:LEC, applies to probably any OC portrayal. Unless you're good friends with the creator or somehow know the character quite well, it's tough. =]

Hedeon and Charcoal make me LOL at their contrastingly bad and *real* portrayals. *gigglesnorts*
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye, it can be tough. That's why it's always important to double-check... I hope I get that message out clearly to all members.

And I gotta admit, the ones with Hedeon and Charcoal are my faves. :3 (Along with Ashley and the swooshy hair)
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Dadrick Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well said.

I think you've made your point very clear. Take the extra bit of effort to treat other characters with the same level of respect that you'd give to your own. For anyone looking to break into the OC tourney scene, this is an invaluable bit of advice.

Here's hoping it helps! =D
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye, I hope it helps all our active EA-LEC members. So far it seemed to do good for some. :D
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SpykeofKonoha Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Heh, two proof readers and it turned out more stunning that I could have imagined. Well do to the lot of you. XD
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Aye, and my proof readers also happened to give an extra pointer to this thing too.
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SpykeofKonoha Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Yeah, I noticed. They actually did such a good job with you that I have nothing really to add other than a compliment.
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WildFox03 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I been caught with this kinda of offense a time. But I am well aware that I need to see the character I be using carefully. But it was really informative, that will give us proper instructions.

Your drawings are so kool BTW! ^^ I really like your Misty, it kinda reminds me of the way I drew her, only you really got the her "attitude" as I could say spot on.
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diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like your Misty, it kinda reminds me of the way I drew her, only you really got the her "attitude" as I could say spot on.

Hahah, that's only because I checked with ~SSBFreak first. Hey, I gotta follow my own advise! :P
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UnderwaterMaiden Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Adelle and Ryan!~ I know those two! Love their bit. <3

Great job, by the way. Not in the tournament either, but you're put lots of effort into it and it really shows. Needless to say, lots of artists will appreciate your effort as well. :)
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Really, it doesn't just apply to our EA-LEC, it applies to everywhere else.
The only reason why I named this thing "EA-LEC OC Portrayal" is simply because it's the one community that I can reach into. (It helps that I'm the founder there :P)
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Mel-The-4th Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student Artist
:icontheplz: :iconmoreplz: :iconyouplz: :iconknowplz:
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes indeed. :nod:
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azispaz Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
I've never really messed with any OCT's or OCP's or whatever, I think mostly because I don't know if I have time for that and I worry about my babies. ^^

THIS, however, had me laughing my ass off the whole way through. ;)
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OCTs really do take a lot of time. Thinking back, I can't imagine how I actually survived these things. (Has done 2) But that was during college days, so maybe I had enough time.

You're right about being worried for your characters. Anyone would be worried; hence the need to draw this out, and bring the message out loud and clear for all to see, "Do not **** around with other people's characters, please." :rofl:

Hahah! I'm glad this tickled you! And here I was worried it'd be boring-looking since it's mostly in pencil and grayscale stuff. ^^;
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azispaz Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Oh you, almost everything in my gallery is pencil and/or grayscale. ;) Your humor makes this thing awesome.
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Bunni89 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
PREACH IT, SISTER YEAH!!
My god, this is so awesome *sniff* The world was due a deviation like this..
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diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's to hoping we get to see less bad OC portrayal in EA-LEC.... ^^;
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:iconbunni89:
Bunni89 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:shakefish: Yup yup!
I haven't been reading enough matches to really be able to tell, but I hope it isn't as bad as some of the opponants I had in BRR1 T_T
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Tinyhammer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
I admit. I think I was a mass offender of this crime. I think I would definitely take this into account from now on. Yeah, I am also keeping my eye out for bad portrayal too.

As for the comic, I just enjoyed seeing the OC's reactions to the bad portrayal. Charcoal was without a doubt the best one. I think someone is going to get their mouth watched out with soap. Or he will do it himself! :rofl:
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diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad this comic helps to raise some awareness about the dangers of bad portrayal. ^^;

Oh, and Charcoal? Way ahead of you. He's not using soap though; he's using Listerine (mouth wash). :XD:
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SetzyTB Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As someone who was guilty of bad character portrayal in the past, I thank you for this. :iconderpplz:
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:icondiana-hnd:
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm equally guilty of inaccurate character portrayal in the past too... ^^; Hence the need to get this thing drawn up.
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Allysdelta Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
Boss DeLuca: I myself have been on the receiving end of poor character portrayal before in OC tournament matches, and I can personally account for how insulting it feels to have your characters butchered to make someone else's look good. Let it be known that if I catch any of you pulling that on anyone, be it opponent, NPC, judge, or cameo, I will have no mercy on you or your entry.

We have standards to uphold, and I sincerely hope that the people here in the EA are more considerate of their peers than the selfish, inconsiderate opponents that many of us were saddled with in the past.
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Scorpius02 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
I like to ask if I got your character portrayal wrong since I wasn't so sure about your OC. If I did then I sincerely apologize for my lack of skill.
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Allysdelta Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   General Artist
I'm afraid your portrayal of Louise wasn't very accurate (for example, she wouldn't go out of her way to help unless she were sure she'd benefit from it), but I attributed that to me leaving out too many details on her profile. I've updated it, so I hope that helps.
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Scorpius02 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Noted. I'll try my best to portray her better next time and I apologize again for the poor portrayal.
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diana-hnd Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*nods* Hear, hear!
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