The whole time I was very frustrated and felt like my idea of a victim didn't have any direction and didn't know why, so I kept turning to the details of the character. I picked out a few too many traits and mashed them together, leaving me very aimless in where to take my drawing. When I boiled all my ideas down, the only direction I had was the word, "sadness."
Vicky was able to take hers a step much further while still keeping things basic - She chose a trait of the archetype that stuck out to her and then structured everything else around that (like a thesis statement for an essay). She focused on the fact that victims take pride in their sacrifices, and the result communicates that clearly below.
|Victim character archetype by Vicky Kao. I love the eerie-ness of how it communicates a sense of loneliness within pride|
|My Victim archetype posted for comparison. By getting lost in details, all I was able to think of was "a character that is sad," resulting in a drawing that communicates not a percent more specific than that|
Moral of the story is for me to develop a character like I would for an essay. The archetype should serve as a character genre, not a character in of itself. In order to make them more rounded and 3-dimensional, I must ask myself, "what is that 'thesis statement' within that archetype?" Once I have that set as a foundation, then I will have something solid to build upon.