Yes they do. I made mine when I was 7 and pulled them back from out of the folder 11 more years later, I was enticed to draw them without hesitation. I found out that sometimes hearing them and mimicking them tend to give you a better idea.
One comic I am doing is legitimate proof of this, so I am a complete believer of this mental relationship between an artist and their character(s).
Actually, yes. A lot, in fact. Though in fact is more like me impersonating them, throwing their one liners, random stuff mostly. At random times, worth to add. Given how characters do I have (consequence of having own universe) and that most of them are fairly well developed such talks are pretty efficient way of enhancing their personality. It also helps to imagine how each character would react to certain situations. There are times when it is not so much about talking but more subtle reactions... And in case of some of my characters it varies from cute to downright creepy - yet it helps. Many of my characters would never be created if not for such talking - they developed gradually from simple ideas, often single phrases even. And so random fleet commander of certain race became renowned admiral with exotic accent and even more exotic customs, with royal upbringing in world where it does not really matter (not in the big picture, at least). I could sit here, showing examples for hours, really.
I don't really hear them talking to me, but I can picture what they're doing and saying in situations. Sometimes I even ponder what they would do in my place during certain things. I have them interact with each other as well.
I speak to mine alot, even the villains, but your PC are always gonna be part of you, and if you have lost a part of you, then you will feel more empty and maybe think that your characters might not want to talk like you don't want to?
My two characters are actually extensions of myself, and there's a lot of communication between them and myself. This probably has a lot to do with the search for self-actualization, and my interest in the human condition. I literally talk to my work and to myself quite a bit while sitting at my drafting table.
In contrast to you, it was two traumatic life events that pushed me this deep into these characters. It's been a great therapeutic exorcise for me. Had I not gone through it, I probably wouldn't be taking my gallery project to this extreme. In a strange way, I'm quite grateful for it. I've learned a lot.
Yes and no. XD Each or most of my characters are in their own little 'world' of my mind though they can interact and some are in the same 'world'. None of them are really 'set' inside that 'world', one can go into another's but I usually don't think of them making any reference to the other 'worlds'. I don't really 'talk' to them or vice versa, but the majority of my characters represent a part of me so it's more as I talk through them. I talk to my Gecko, dog, goats, fish, myself and wall though. XD
When I drew Anubis for the first time...I had a series of astral projections for 3 days. (considering I found the character by chance on the internet AFTER having quit sneering for 3 years and then seeing my mentality represented in his picture and what he represents) I felt like I was being watched by the spirit world as I drew it. My drawing would walk around the house and do things with the other people in it behind closed doors. I felt like I had many souls... I might tell you about the astral projections later.
my oc's don't talk to ME o___o but they talk to each other. XDDD and sometimes they talk just to talk, rambling on about their feelings. but not really having a conversation with ME specifically lol we are in two different worlds. they're in their world and i'm in mine so that's why they don't talk directly to me.
you should just create some new oc's ^____^ (as well as drawing sketches of the old ones.) i have several oc's already but i recently created a group of new oc's and they love each other so much <33 and they each have their own voice, something special about them, they like to talk...
Mine definitely speak in my head. All of them have different personalities, whatever accents they have... all of it. Sometimes I try thinking about how they would feel in whichever situations I end up drawing them in, and it's actually hard to do sometimes (like, emotionally hard) if I let myself get too drawn in. I'm sorry you've lost that connection... I'm not sure how to go about regaining it, but I really hope you do
It's actually horribly amusing sometimes when I think about it, because there are times when I end up with a group of characters all with very different accents all in the same place, and I have to stop to think how all of them ended up in the same place at all.
I think it is understandable if someone can spare time to reply on DA only once a week, or once biweekly. I didn't mean to piss you off, I just got many replies, that I didn't expect, and it's end of term at school, and I try to earn some money by teaching, and I'm moving out from home... You know... life?
I tried to answer your question without making myself uncomfortable. I don't want to chat with total strangers about what was going on then with me, I was just curious, that anyone had similar experiences with their OCs.
You shouldn't take this so seriously, and shouldn't be this mean, when I haven't done anything bad to you.
I can't really imagine any of mine speaking to me personally since they are animals (I'm a rare sort who has animal OCs). Which is a shame, I've struggled for months to come up with a human OC of my own that I can draw and fantasize about.
Yes! It's relatively common among intuitively-oriented creative types, part of the same personifying process that applies to stuffed animals or belief in nature spirits, etc. If it's prominent enough in your mind for you to notice it, it's more or less a mixture of your normal thinking with a bit of dream-like access to your unconscious. A social life doesn't make it go away, though it can distract you from it; It's more of just a characteristic of your own personality than anything, and interacting with people who work the same way can even encourage and refine it.
If it's just a recent thing, your problem is probably just stress. Sometimes when you've got big or unfamiliar things going on in your life, your brain shuts down peripheral thoughts, like what your characters would say, in order to focus on important shit. Odds are that once things settle down, and you get back to business as usual, your muses will come back. If they don't... well, you've still got the same personality. Your brain will find some way to fill their gap.
I think the best way to have them come to life is to draw/doodle your characters together, interacting. I wouldn't say my OCs talk to me, but my mind plays with them and pulls the strings while trying to bring them to life.
Writing stories, to a large degree, consists of putting my characters in a situation, and seeing what they do and say. I can't say that I "hear them" but when I'm in the groove there is a definite sense that "this character would do/say this" or "this character totally would not do this thing I want them to do for plot reasons unless I put them in a situation where something like it is just about the only option".
Creating 'em? Doodle around until you find someone fun to draw, ask yourself some questions about them - who is she, what's her job, what's she do for fun, where does she live, how old is she, where was she born/built, what's her favorite food, and so forth and so on. If you need more questions then just google for "character info sheet" and you'll find all kinds of lists of questions to fill out.
You might have a few things to start with: "I want someone who's tall." "I think I feel like drawing an elf." "I think a raccoon would be fun." "I am totally in the mood to draw a lamia right now." Hell, you could even try doing one of those lists of Things To Draw like the thirty day monster girl challenge, or hit up some random idea generators. Not everything you draw will feel like it should be a new character - but some of these people will be ones you want to know more about.
So now you have one new OC. So who's her enemy? Or her antagonist. Who's her best friend? Who's her lover? Who's her boss? Who's her co-workers, parents, kids, underlings, schoolmates, adventuring partners…? Figure out some traits for these various people that harmonize with, or interestingly contrast, the traits of that first character. Doodle until you have a look for them that you're happy with, ask some of those same questions about the secondary characters.
I did this on the fly recently, when I was starting my current graphic novel. I had some visual attributes and a situation for the lead pop into my head when I was stoned in the shower; when I got out, I drew that. And started drawing more pages based on that. She was infiltrating a building, so I drew someone for her to encounter and knock out (because I wanted to establish that she's not a killer). Then there was the person she was chasing after, so I drew him. And then after some shenanigans in that location, it was time to draw the face behind the helpful voice that had been guiding her in the beginning. Pretty soon I had a cast of six characters that I've been having a great time chronicling the adventures of.
What the heck? Is this a serious question? There are a ton of artists throughout history who did not paint OCs. Who were Picasso's OCs? Rembrandt's? Vermeer's? How on earth did they find anything to paint if they didn't have an OC?