"Cool to see you here too, wish I could say the same to the other 4 people :("
Getting an audience takes time. Maybe they`ve quit CV. Or maybe they like stuff different from yours, and don`t want to give feedback your work, because they`re afraid you`d feel crushed by the criticism, and because somebody doesn`t like your stuff. Or it could be any other reasons.
"It's more like that with drawing a humanoid there's 100x more space, and in that space are body features. So more mistakes are to be made, and I feel like if I don't find the 1 millimeter "sweetspot" to put these features it dislocates the entire drawing"
Ok. But the problem is fundamentally the same that I had, you`re nervous about drawing, `cause you want them to look right.
BTW, I had problems with the proportions too. I still do maybe? But wonkiness is part of my style these days, so I`m not bothered if it`s so.
"but it's just that if I look at it long enough, I notice this shortcut, then this ripoff, then this cover-up (both literally in the drawing, and a cover-up of required skill which I lacked), and so on."
You`ve got a good point. The bright side is, that embarrassment is one way to stop yourself from doing that stuff.
"That's really interesting, but I definitely want my characters to have names."
You can start the story with character having no name, and the more you make the story the better you understand the character, and when you FIND OUT the characters name, you reveal it to the reader too.
"But I think it's because I try to meet all those criteria, that I just some to a blank. Maybe I'll start with a "rough draft", like for drawings."
Yeah, that`s how the good stories are made. Often times. First make the first draft, and then the second, and the third and the fourth maybe. Each draft, you get more understanding about the story. And you`re right, applies to character designs too.
"I remember when I posted that first pic in a "post your OC!" thread here, and you liked it and drew fan art of it."
"Hope this doesn't sound weird, but it would be so amazing if people all over liked my world and my characters too. It's a dream I sort of have no way of realizing, but i'm not gonna lie, it comes up in my mind every so often."
Jack Kirby started out from (basically) the same position as you, or even lower, and eventually got millions of readers. Maybe you wont get so many, but 100 000 or 10 000 would be pretty swell too, eh? You just need to learn the tricks of the trade. A comic-school could help with that. I hope you`ll get to study in one some day.
The stick figures have more dynamic movement than the, fleshed out, characters. Something to keep in mind, in my opinion. Maybe it`s because drawing stick-bodies feels more relaxing to you, because they don`t look like "real humans"? I used to have a problem drawing humans realistically, because I was so stressed about getting them to look right, that drawing them was uncomfortable, and that`s why I "screwed up" the pictures. I don`t think anymore that I screwed them up, because my tastes have changed.
You don`t like that first pic you made of the Scythe-wielding character, but I do. And as for "not managing to achieve what you wanted" when you drew some of them, that`s fine too. New stuff is created from mistakes. I look back at my drawings from my childhood and teen-years, and they`re charming and interesting. And I felt the same way back then, as you do now, I didn`t like my stuff.
I wish I could show them, but I don`t have a scanner yet.
Also, I like how you draw feet. And the hands look just fine.
"I use the naming scheme "_____ master" because I don't actually know what to call these characters :P Yes, the ones I've been drawing for years... Yeah..."
I have no names for my characters either. Nor any visual looks. I only have the core-ideas at this point.
Getting all the necessary details right takes time. The longer you have the characters inhabiting your mind, and the more stories you make of them, the clearer it becomes what they`re like.
Also, I can`t find the exact quote, but Neil Gaiman (You know who Gaiman is, right? ) said in an interview "Names are hard.". So if you`re thinking that you don`t have the names yet `cause you`re inexperienced, it`s not true. Besides, we all have our weaknesses. And some of them we can never overcome. That`s not a bad thing, it just adds to the charm of us as persons.
But here`s a Gaiman-quote.
"I loved the fact that I got to write a novel in which almost nobody has names. And, people tend not even to realize that while they're reading the book, it's only when they get to the end of the book. And I've seen a lot of people reviewing Ocean at the End of the Lane saying it wasn’t until they finished the book and went back to write about it that [they realized] we never know the narrator's name."
"The name, Defenders, has history and it can evolve into something new."
If they named it another way, the new name could gain cred on it`s own right. There hadn`t been a show called Person of interest before, so the name didn`t resonate at first. But as time went on, it started to.
A more useful way to something new with the name, would`ve been to give the actual Defenders their own Netflix-series.