Monday, 20 September 2010

Drawing Out a Character

It's a long time since I last posted a sketchbook page. This is from a pocket book, showing a primary character (more ghosts, I'm afraid) from something speculative I'm working on for 10+. They're humorous short stories, so my more cartoony style is for once quite appropriate. Looks a bit peaky, doesn't he, my gentleman ghost? But then I doubt death does anyone any favours.

Click for closer look.

I've noticed on my travels around the internet that a lot of writers draw their characters, regardless of whether or not they have any expectation or intention of illustrating a text. I find this fascinating and always enjoy seeing such pictures. It doesn't matter if they're little more than biro sketches on the back of an envelope -- you never know what might emerge from the act of sketching that can be folded back in to enrich a character with some unexpected detail. Even if it is a hole in the head!

Do you do this? I'd love to know, and all links to posted sketches are welcome.


  1. For a person who started off in art, I don't do that. For a blogfest, I chose a photo of someone who looked like my character, but that's not the same thing.

    The "unexpected detail." I like it:) Thanks! I'll have to give it a try.

  2. Exquisite sketches. You know, it's never occurred to me to draw my characters at all but I can see the sense in it. That gentleman ghost of yours is full of character. Such a great name too!

  3. Thanks, Terry. If you post a sketch let me know.

    Simon, I forgot that you have read some of this. Thanks for lending your name!

  4. I don't sketch out my characters, but I do plan to eventually do some serious art to go along with my writing.
    Everyone is invited to a Viking Blog BBQ...directions are in a post on my site.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  5. If you want a giggle at my attempts, check out my new blog. It is for my children's book. I have played with paint to get the characters out of my head.

  6. Thanks, Glynis. Chewy looks great in that vibrant sketch! Thanks for posting the link (I didn't giggle once:-)


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