Wow anon, I’m so sorry. This has been in my ask for a while now because I forgot all about it. There are a lot of different aspects that go into making OCs for me; between the aesthetics, bio, character quirks, etc. It’s difficult to answer such a broad question without rambling on until 5689 AD, but I will do my best to cover all the basics and hopefully get somewhere close to the answer you were hoping for.
When I create a new charri, they originally start out with me drawing something and liking the result so much that I decide to keep the character. From there I pick a name, usually with an underlying meaning that reflects the essence of the character. For example, I have a character named Femi which is Yoruba, African for ‘love me’ and that really personifies her as a person. Middle names are also really fun for me, and almost all of my characters have them, where applicable. One of my characters is from Estonia, though, and middle names weren’t a ‘thing’ there when she was born (17th century), so she doesn’t have one.
Next comes bio, which I think is better to create before personality a lot of the time, because it is our experiences in life that pave the foundation for who we grow to become.For instance, a lot of people with a jaded outlook on love experienced a particularly bad breakup, or whose parents are divorced. There are also studies featured in peer-reviewed psychology articles that show children whose parents took on a more authoritative parenting style (very demanding and harsh), grow up to become more insecure and even less successful.
I also keep a document in my laptop (although a notebook works too), where I write down all the interesting character quirks as I think of them. They often come to mind at random intervals throughout the day, so I often come back and write them down for further use. Little quirks and personality ticks are fun and help set separate a 2d from a 3d character. Although the ‘too much of a good thing’ philosophy is applicable here, so of course don’t go too crazy.
Even better than character quirks are character flaws, in my personal opinion. I’ve got racists, assholes, cowards, hypocrites, short-temperaments, narcissists, you name it. We as people are full of silly shortcomings. There are things we wish we could do better, and that’s okay. Some people may even hate your character, and that’s also okay. Preferable even, to someone feeling neutral about them, because at least then your character is eliciting a strong reaction one way or another.
_______________________________________________________Oh god, i’ve written a novel. No one is going to read this. WHATEVER. Ending notes? Basically pay attention to people. The way they walk, the way they eat, speech impediments, what they do with their hands when they conversate.. I’ve also found brushing up on psychology, anthropology, and sociology helps with character development, too c:
Thanks for asking! I left out a lot of stuff, and didn’t even delve into the physical aspects of making a character (outfits, hairstyles, skin…) OOPS.