How I create Three-Dimensional Characters

Being an artist, my world revolves around color, form, and function.

I tend to be methodical, concerned with thoroughness, and attention to detail.

So, this is what I do…to make my characters come to life.

After giving my characters a name, I start hunting for photos of people who resembled my characters. I have an idea of what they look like, but they don’t start coming to life until I find images of people who look like…the characters in my head. However, sometimes it doesn’t always happen that way. Sometimes, I stumble across a face that looks like the character in my head first, and then it takes me a while to find the right name.

Naming a character is not always easy, sometimes my characters go through several name changes before I find the right one. Thankfully, most of them have their original name. I’m not really sure why some characters are easy to name and others are not?

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After giving my characters a name and a birthday, I dig out this book “The Power of Birthdays, Stars & Numbers – The Complete Personology Reference Guide by Saffi Crawford and Geraldine Sullivan.” Which I purchased from Amazon.com. This book has a wealth of information, about every single birthday.

This book is one of my favorite writing tools for character development.

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I use it over, and over again.

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I read the information, to see if it fits my character. Write the important stuff down on a legal pad, then type it into a Word Document, and save it to a file. Each and every character has a file, no matter how large of small their part is.

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Then I make a list of positive and negative traits for each Zodiac sign. This is so helpful!

https://melindamariealexander.com/zodiac-traits-keywords/

And now I have everything I need…at the tip of my fingers.

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