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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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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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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  Professional Digital Artist
Very Well said. This get's me all paranoid over previous entries I have done.
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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  Professional Digital Artist
Always have before, doesn't stop me from worrying I did it wrong.
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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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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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