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Draw With Jazza - Creating Characters by Josiah Brooks

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GENRE AND SETTING

Characters you design should be products of their environments and, as such, should have features that complement (or intentionally contrast with) the world in which they’re placed.

The genre of the world and character can be categorized by narrative style or subject matter, such as drama, romance or action. For our purposes, however, we’re going to let narrative genre and story take a backseat and look at frequently used combinations of visual and thematic elements that make up the genre of a world setting, such as steampunk, western or utopian.

In the following pages, we’ll look at general outlines of specific world settings, as well as lists of people, places and things popular in each, and the commonly applied narrative ...

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