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Design Tip #1 by Kawiku Design Tip #1 by Kawiku
Just a very quick tutorial I made to help begginer artists to design characters. Actually, this is not really a tutorial at all, just a reference of colors to NOT put directly together if you don't want to hurt people's eyes by making poor color choices. If you have characters with very similar color palettes, you may want to read about the theory of colors to help you at designing characters.

I'm not going to explain the whole theory of colors, since I'm not too good at explaining and there are already plenty of tutorials you can find about it.

So here are two tutorials on colors made by others, containing very useful information that will help you in designing characters and even more:

Unified Color Palette Tutorial by Cpresti How I See Color - A Tutorial by purplekecleon
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:iconbubbles31380:
Bubbles31380 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Student Artist
I really like number 5!
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kiwiskull Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
These are very clear tips, thank you for the kind advice c:
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Milkbuds Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
make your oc's how YOU want them!!!!!
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Mushroom-senpai Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this is a tip for designing adopts ^^
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:iconmilkbuds:
Milkbuds Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
make your adopts how you want them too????
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:iconmushroom-senpai:
Mushroom-senpai Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this......wow
this is a HELP upload jesus christ
a tip
so people will have it EASIER to make adoptables people would actualy like and buy
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Milkbuds Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
I actually like quite a few of these
and if people liked these designs, and these characters, let them, but don't follow the "all mighty kawaiku"s word and destroy your adopts and characters because she said they were unappealing. that's her opinion, and she shouldn't have worded it so poorly
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de1t1es Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
:thumbsup: i agree 100% the pink blu and purple one is my fav
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Akishika Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
Jezus christ, calm down. It's just a Tip. You don't need to listen to it, but I will.
I agree with Kawiku in 100%, those characters up there are really ugly, good luck with your adopts.
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de1t1es Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
some of them are ok tho
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Akishika Featured By Owner 15 hours ago
I respect your opinion, everyone like other things, I'm just saying that to me, they're all ugly. ^^
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Mushroom-senpai Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hmmm I smell jealousy
Again, she's not telling you don't do this and that
she's trying to help so if you hate her that much just leave her acc be, she's a human just like us and TRIES TO HELP
she's not dissing anyone
she just pointed out how she sees this
because, let's be honest, people will get rid of eye-hurting characters anyway when they "grow up" or change their design/colour scheme drastically
Take a look at the new artists and the senior artists and their character differences

and I really like #11 for example, but I still find this to be helpful, not disrespectful or anything

Also I didn't mean this to turn out into an argument
mostly when it comes to these "famous" artists but you are really being rude here

PS: sorry if this made no sense in some parts, it's almost 4 a.m. and English isn't even my main language so yeah
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ncisfan1002 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My thoughts while reading this:

1. Oh this is bad
2. Oh, it's not that bad. Maybe desaturate the yellow a bit
3. It's not that bad at all~ It's used in the right way here. With more red it would be bad
4. Not so much of an eye-burner. I've definitely seen worse.
5. OP! We're delving into eye-burner territory.
6-10. NOPE
11. Oh, it's not too bad. It's kinda cute ouo Though it's like #2
12. NOPE
13. NOPE
14. NO WAY NO
15-24. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.
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BirdOfDeStars Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There are definitely lots of eyeburners in there, but I disagree with some of them.
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MikuTheFennec Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student Artist
It's not only about eye-burning,but bad color chemes.
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BirdOfDeStars Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, that's basically what I meant. I don't really think bright blue and white are a bad combination at all, provided they're used the right way. For example... this Sky Roll Sushi Dog.  witchpaws.deviantart.com/art/S…
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MikuTheFennec Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student Artist
You can see that this Sky Roll Sushi Dog has soft sky-colored blue and the white is blending to light blue which makes it look soft-colored and nice. While the one showed above is more like neon cyan instead of bright blue. 
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BirdOfDeStars Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, yeah. I guess you're right. At the very least, the blue and white is still a better color scheme than a lot of the others.
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MikuTheFennec Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student Artist
Agree.
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bIacksmith Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i am in love with 25..
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ncisfan1002 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no 25 XD
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bIacksmith Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
opps sorry! i meant 21!!
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ncisfan1002 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lel it's fine XD
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catnip5 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
does anyone else think this is worded kinda mean
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Milkbuds Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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Cerulean-Wings Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. Not all of these are horrible to me. To each their own though. :3
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Moonbunniz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Euuuughhhh
I keep seeing people saying theyre cute and nothings wrong, but some of them don't match colors and have neon colors.
For me, most of these hurt my eyes but  idk 'bout you guys.
hey that rhymed
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nightshadewolf360 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
But, but, they're all so cute though! I mean, there are a few that hurt my eyes, but most are adorable! :D
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Moopokhry Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
These make my eyes want to take a nice vacation. XD they remind me of a lot of characters I've seen too, oh gosh. Honestly though, I think #11 is pretty cute, and I don't see anything wrong with it UvU
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TOKISHTOYS Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student General Artist
these are so cute! but do hurt my eyes a bit. but most of my characters are very bright!Rainbow Hurl 
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ghost-t0wn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the one with yellow, blue and white looks good... Blue is too neon tough other then that it looks good
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LaFaerieLove Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
I kinda want the lines you used xD
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Snows-Sweet-Adopts Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
My eyes are broke, none of these hurt my eyes XD
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PixledBMO Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My eyes left me
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MissMisaFoxGirl Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like a lot of these actually... so I guess I'll join a different contest >.< sorry
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SunshineChic Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I like 9 and 11, I don't know why. But they're cute,
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MoonieTamashi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh lord no.. maheyes.
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RippedMoon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Red and yellow don't match? but the very character on the cover of the tutorial in the description is red and yellow...
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SubterraneanSunrise Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not the colors themselves that are bad together, it's their saturation levels which is part of the point of these demonstrations.
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RippedMoon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find #13 cute, and very similar to the character on the cover.
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TheUnderKat Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope. They're very different. One of them is more gray and the other is very bright. c:
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RippedMoon Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's just shading...
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TheUnderKat Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
purplekecleon.deviantart.com/a…

There.
That's how the character looks without shading. If you compare that to #13, you will be able to see the difference. lol

Also, I'm not trying to sound smart or anything. Just so you know.. D:
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RippedMoon Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
weird the shading looks red haha
okay thanks didn't mean to be ignorant

sorry
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toskurra Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my eyes
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KawaiiSugarCake Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay but can I borrow the yellow and aqua one because Kawaii 
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AthiyahTA Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay lezbe honest here

The purple/grey/black and the red/black were dull and velvet-y enough to actually look good, and the Orange in the Red/Orange is dull and reddish enough to match, and the Blue/purple had enough cyan blue spots to make it appear as if it was an exotic underwater creature.

Other than that everything else hurts my eyes.
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fabbuIous Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
let's be honest, 7 was cute
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Konekoi Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
people always make adoptables in these colors XD
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fabbuIous Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
same here
also most of these are very cheap
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