How to Make up an Outfit for Your Manga Character

If you have created a manga character, you want them to be perfect! But, you've got one little problem...They have no outfit! Lots of people have this problem, and don't know how to fix it. This article can help! Read on!

Steps

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    Look at your character and figure out what they are like to find out what kind of person they are- Prep, Gangster, Gothic, Punk, "Cute",Individualist etc. All of these will affect the way your character would dress, obviously. A preppy dress would work great for a preppy character, but would not work so well for a Gothic character! Or you could always draw the popular "sailor fuku" or school uniform, which pretty much works for any character (Just add differences (Emo character: Skull pendant, dark colours)
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    Look around for inspiration There's nothing wrong with getting ideas from other people. Look around the internet! If you see a picture of an outfit you like, save the picture/sketch it. Jot down notes about what you like about the outfit, and what you don't like about it. (Pros and Cons)
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    Put together an outfit So, you found the perfect shirt, pair of jeans and accessories for your manga character. They may not go together, though. Be sure that the outfit looks awesome! Again, make sure it fits your character's personality. If it doesn't fit your character/looks bad, start over.
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    Sketch a rough outline of that outfit on your character. See if it looks good on your character. If it looks good, complete the sketch, make a good copy and you're done! Bravo on the good job!
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    Look in fashion magazines, clothing websites, Sunday morning ads, etc. These will have good inspiration.
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    Sketch. This may be far fetched, but if a random object or garment catches your eye that looks like clothing, sketch it. A bathrobe in a dim room might look like a fancy ballgown, or a jumpsuit may look like a designer outfit. Who knows?
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    Look for historic clothing from all over the world. Read books. go to websites. watch histories or costume dramas. Maybe the outfit becomes a east meets west. Maybe a stew of old and new!

Tips

  • Look at Manga characters. You can get great ideas from mangas all over!
  • Ask opinions. Post your work online, hang out with friends and ask their opinions!
  • Ask friends. It's fun to brainstorm with your friends. It's fun to do and gets a lot work done!

Warnings

  • Lots of people online will be harsh, so if you can't take it don't ask.
  • Don't get too obsessed with making the outfit.

Things You'll Need

  • A created manga character.
  • The internet. (For ideas)

Article Info

Categories: Drawing People and Features