Use archetypes

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

Let’s talk about main char­ac­ters. When de­sign­ing he­roes and vil­lains, one of your most pow­er­ful tools is archetypes. Th­ese are iconic rep­re­sen­ta­tions of cul­tural en­ti­ties such as the venge­ful lone war­rior or the wise old wizard. You cer­tainly want to put your twist on it, but a strong archetype will take your char­ac­ter far. For this pro­ject, my pro­tag­o­nist is a young revo­lu­tion­ary leader. I used a strong his­tor­i­cal fig­ure (Che Gue­vara) as a main in­spi­ra­tion, and made him the rag­tag un­der­dog I was look­ing for.

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