Today I’m going to talk about something I rarely, if ever, see discussions of. Character art.
Yesterday, I received this finished sketch commission in my email inbox (from this lovely person here.) These guys are the three main characters from one of my upcoming series, which I am so very excited about.
Personally, I love art of my characters. I can’t draw for toffee, but if I see someone offering art that I can afford, I like to use it as a chance to treat myself. I like the opportunity to see my characters, rather than just imagine them. I also like the fact that it ties me into a project that bit more.
Having an idea of how characters look gives me, personally, a better idea of how they interact. It helps me to visualise them in the space that I’m writing them in. I definitely don’t have to have them, but it’s a bonus. Having written fan fiction for so long, I’ve been lucky in that I usually have plenty of visual material for characters. With original writing, I have to go out looking a bit more.
What do you think? Do you like character art? Not bother with it?