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From Idea to STORY
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How do you develop an idea? How do you come up with the details behind stories? Do you get them from reading books? Do you get them from modern concepts? Or do they just come to you (if so, lucky you XD)? How do you develop the world in which it takes place? People or settings first? Do you include cults/religions/mass groups? How do you come up with these groups?
-- Thoughtful Writer
In other words, what you want to know is:
How do you build a Story from an Idea?
Let's begin by breaking this huge pile of questions down to smaller, bite-sized pieces...
How do you develop an idea?
I start with a Climactic Event.
-- My ideas may originate from anything at all; from a piece of music to a picture I saw on the 'net, but to make a Story from those ideas I start with What I Want to Happen at the very heart of my story -- a central Climactic/Crisis Event. I t
The all-purpose drawing tutorial.Because the question seems to come up with a lot of regularity (not unexpectedly I might add), and because it's just easier to make this once than to type it out each time it gets asked, here is my answer to the general question of "How do I draw better", and any one of the variations of the same.
First of all, put the cartoons, manga, and other stylized designs on the back-burner of your priorities until after you master the fundamentals of understanding line, form, shape and perspective. If you have some down-time you want to kill with some cartoons, spend a few minutes warming up first on some real life gesture drawings.
Don't copy cartoons/manga/comics. They're highly stylized designs that no matter how simple their appearance, disguise the fact that they were made by people who already have mastered realistic life drawing. One or two exceptions I can think of: The masters. If you dig up some of Michaelangelo's drawings, or for someone more moder