Today’s challenge is to find a picture that portrays your main characters (I have not created all the characters yet from the fantasy novel, so we’ll only look at my main two.)
Now, visually picturing my characters has never been something I could do very well, especially with girls. They always end up looking like two basic ideas: either someone who looks like me with blue eyes and curly brown hair or a pretty blonde. Yeaaaaah.
I wanted to do something different for Penny; at least different than what I’ve always done. She can’t be another clone of me.
I might as well post the picture now.
This picture is the closest one I’ve found to represent my main character Penny. This girl looks several years younger then she would be, but outside of that fact, she looks very similar.
I decided I wanted Penny to have dark black hair, with dark brows and big black eye lashes (getting away from the brown and blonde hair I typically use). She also has blueish/greenish eyes that are large, sad but observant. I’m not going to make Penny very tall either; most of my main female leads not only resemble me but they also are very tall, like myself. I’m going to make Penny an average height, maybe 5 feet and 6 inches. And unlike my other female leads, she’s more fair-skinned and not as tanned.
She’s really very different than any female character I’ve created. Not even just how she looks, but her personality and disposition is different. She’s not very confident, she’s very quiet, she’s not in a secure situation making her an unstable young women. Most of my other female leads are confident in themselves, they’re outgoing and they’ve all been in secure situations.
So, this is new for me. But I like it.
Now, my other main character is Penny’s best friend, Will. I’ve not spoken that much about Will, but that’s because I’m still working him out as a character. I need to make him my own character, make him unique with some quirks, some flaws but with some heroism deep in his guts. I’m still not sure what he’s going to look like either, but here’s the closest picture I’ve found of Will:
I don’t know. What more do I need to say. There he is! He looks awesome. I still have a lot of work to do on his characteristics still, but that will come soon enough. He’s going to be different than a lot of my male leads, as well, but not as different as Penny has proven to be. So, I feel more comfortable to be working with him.
Anyway, I’ve rambled enough today; I’m off to watch Toy Story 3!