Saturday, 14 June 2014

Finding out what my characters look like…


I’m writing a script for a graphic novel based on my books and that is weird enough, but part of the process of working with an artist is having to describe what my characters look like.
Anyone who has read any of my stuff will know that I don’t go into great detail on how my characters look physically. When I read a book, I like to create my own picture of how I see the people in it – that’s how I get attached to them so that’s how I like to write.
I know exactly who NG, LC and Hil are, how they behave, how they react to different situations, how they interact with others, what they drink, what they like and dislike, how good they are at poker. In the books, I’ve never fully described their physical appearance except for brief mentions of attributes that may be relevant to what they’re doing.
Working on a graphic novel is a whole new plate of bananas. So I have now written a full profile, including description, for each of them and talked in great detail through initial sketches with Rachel who is a great artist (and who is being very patient with me). It has been very strange. I feel as if I’ve been auditioning people for the parts… No, he needs to look younger; No, his hair needs to be shorter; Yes, he’s great. It’s all been very bizarre but I must say, lots of fun.

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  1. I do the same thing when I read books. I often tend to skip over the physical appearance description of characters so that I can give them appearances based on their personalities (if that makes any sense to you, lol). I am, however, interested in how you've envisioned Hil, LC, and NG.

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    1. Hi Starscape,
      That's exactly why I don't write great long descriptions of my guys! Even hair colour! I'd love to know what you think when we release the artwork - I'll let you know when it's out!

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    1. Hi starscape, I'm putting an email list together for people who'd like news of my books and the graphic novel we're working on! Please let me know if you'd like to be on it and if so, please send me your email! I'm going to be updating my website soon with some of the artwork we have so I can let you know. Hope you're keeping well!

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