How to create a character that will have the reader’s full attention during the story? As a creator or just reader, this may seem appealing. Although I don’t know if I have the exact answer, today you’ll know about the ways I used to create Sarah, the main character of LIVE FOREVER.
Reading this post, you will learn:
- One of the ways to inspire you to create characters.
- The things you can take into account to create a character.
Designing her appearance
One of the ways you can inspire yourself to create a character is by watching people and drawing what gets your attention from them, as this will give your character more realism and the reader can fond of your character.
Once I was watching the timeline of my Instagram, and I came across a photo of the model Tealecoco, and I made a drawing based on her. It was the first drawing I made of Sarah, the one that I gave you like wallpaper, (see below). And when I finished her I wanted to tell her story, and I started to write. That kind of writer I am, the one who draws and then writes. Although very rarely the opposite occurs.
As you will see, in my drawing she looks younger, because I didn’t make a portrait of the model but a reinterpretation based on her. Nor is it a copy, don’t get confused. I actually posted it on my Instagram and tagged the model who told me she liked it.
But this doesn’t end here, Sarah, the character of LIVE FOREVER, is a mixture also of the face of Sky Ferreira because her facial characteristics are very singular.
So while it’s not a portrait of the person who inspires you to create your character, you are playing safe. For example, if your character is a portrait of Samuel Jackson, you can get into legal trouble. Be careful with that!
Choosing a Name and Mixing Elements
Several exercises can be done to name our characters. And for the name, I relied on a girl that I also follow, and I love her personality. It’s called @sarahnade and she’s hilarious, sarcastic and cute, so I linked her personality with my character Sarah to be able to imagine her better, visualize her live rather.
List of characteristics I took to create Sarah:
- From Tealecoco is her fashion sense.
- From Sky Ferreira is her unique face.
- From Lauren Mayberry is her presence on stage and some of her sense of humor
- From Sarah Nade a little of her personality.
- Someone I also draw on her personality is the model Ceilidh Joy (pronounced Kelly), and as one day I drew her (see image below), then I talk to her sometimes. She’s sarcastic and sensual at the same time.
So I mixed all these characteristics together to create a single character.
Are there any people you follow on Instagram to awaken your creativity? Look for it and tell me about it, maybe they can help you create your next character.
In the next post, I will share the comments from my editor on page five. You’ll see how it was and how it improved.
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