I am trying to make a game where the person can create their own character, but instead of using a character builder, i want the person to be able to draw their character. how do i code that in c# so that they only have to draw their character once, and the code can animate that character without the player having to do very much except draw their character on the screen?
One way to do it would be to make the character consist of different parts. I'm currently working on a 3D game, and I have written an exporter for Blender in Python that takes the currently active (selected) object and exports it's data and then goes recursively through all of the object's children and their children and so on, so I end up with a sort of a file with a tree like structure where there's one root object (the first one written) and the other ones are laid down after it, and they all have number of children written as part of their data so the parser (written in C) knows how to reconstruct the entire model tree so I can translate/rotate/scale any part and all it's children will have the same transformation applied.
So, I'd suggest doing a similar thing, just making things fixed. For example: