|Daily Deviation received on 2011-12-21|
“OC - An acronym meaning Original Character. An original character is any character that is not in the series and is created by the author.”
If you want to be really technical, an original character is basically anything you make up. It can be an imaginary friend, a farmer the characters in your novel pass by on their way to the castle, or the horse upon which they ride. As you can imagine, folks like George R.R. Martin have plenty of “OC’s”!
More specifically, an OC tends to be a developed character that you have created and envisioned. Some people have many such characters, others have just one that they associate with (for example, fursonas!) For the longest time, I felt like I could never have such an OC. I fretted that it would just keep changing so much that I’d never have anything solid at all. What little Dragonstorm did not realize though, is that OCs do change and evolve with the person, and that makes them richer and more whole.
You may have seen me representing myself as Valduin, my spiderdragoness. Have you ever wondered how I came up with her? Well, here is Valduin’s tale.
Oooh man this is old! But this is the first form of Valduin, a stingy wyvern with fire problems. I brought out some spider elements in this form, for example, the spider shaped rends on her chest. This chaotic creature would take a more dramatic evolution a few months later, after I began school:
One day I was doodling and one of my classmates approached me with an odd question: (context: everybody knew I loved dragons, I also had a fondness for spiders) what if you combined them? How would that look? The first such creature I made had literally eight legs: four hindquarters, four frontquarters. A draconic Slepinir, very odd. Then I realized that wings count as limbs, so the next thing I drew was a dragon with four arms, two hind legs, and wings. I also added more elements, like a stinger on her tail instead of a blade. You can still see the spidery pattern on her chest from Tenebraeus, but already things were getting interesting. I called her Illumiru “Strange Illusion” because she made perfect sense in how odd she appeared.
Phylum: Chordata || Vertebrata
Here we go! Fast forward hundreds of thoughtful doodles and two years later, and I finally drew V.Caelensis. She underwent quite an evolution from Illumiru, but is essentially a combination of my old iterations. For one, her belly is no longer fire, but is simply a creamy maroon colour. Her skin is turquoise blue, her arms were repositioned in such a way as to make them make sense (anatomically), and she even got a pair of wings that come from another favourite creature, the beautiful luna moth. Finally, a design I am relatively satisfied with. Relatively of course, meaning that she can change any minute, but I’m content with her form right now. By the way, Volaculeus Caelensis means “Winged Stinger of the Sky”. Cool, eh?
I need to redraw her now because I’ve come up with a wing design, but my dear Valduin already has several drawings of her available, courtesy of some incredible artists. Here they are for you to see.