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What a Character!

Cover art for the comic book Maddy Kettle by Eric Orchard

Eric Orchard’s illustrations are absolutely brilliant. There are some artists who are able to capture the essence of a character so fully it awes me. Wowzer! When I see illustrations such as these, it makes me stop and think about my own character sketches. While I do my character sketches through writing, I think that either method is a great way to spur one’s imagination and get that creative spark ignited.

While I enjoy having my character’s surprise me as I’m writing by doing things I didn’t think of (sounds weird, but if you’re a writer you know what I mean), I also don’t want to write anything that’s completely out of character either. So if I sketch – or writer – some basic physical, emotional, mental, etc. traits for my characters I have a better idea of what situations to put them out and how they’ll interact and react to the people and conflicts within those situations. I’m a really visual person and if it didn’t take me a long time to draw my characters I would literally sketch them all out to refer to as I write. Since that typically doesn’t work for me I write all those attributes down instead – green eyes, black hair, scar over left eye, etc. as well as non-physical traits – short fuse but champion for the weak, strong willed, close relationship to brother, etc. That way when I sit down to write I have all my notes to refer to, although I rely on them less and less as I get deeper into the story.