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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Trump Cards of the Slack

Happy Easter, folks!

So I managed to go from following 60 blogs to following 89 in the space of an hour on Good Friday. Damn you Jane Friedman for posting so many good links... The number of blogs I follow has since increased. I have probably just signed myself up for a suicide mission, as I wasn't reading all of the new posts from blogs I was already following... and I've just increased my list by half. Oh well! The more resources the merrier! :)

In other news, I have been such a slack writer/editor person and hardly touched my manuscript whatsoever since before the Easter school holidays, except from the little workshop I did on the short passage I posted last blog entry. And now we are more than half way through those two weeks of freedom from school. I'd like to blame the amount of holiday homework which was mercilessly dumped on me, but in all honestly, I've hardly touched that either. Oops...

So here is my blog-worthy trump card. A few years ago, during the inception/first draft of Evergreen: A Fallen Star, I stumbled upon a female anime creator on deviantART which I can no longer find the link to (if anyone recognizes the programme and knows where I can find it, a link would be lovely), and so I created some of the female characters from Evergreen to the best of the programme's and my own combined ability. Here are the results.





Chihiro: I could only find long hair which was straight in this programme, so this is as close as I could get. I would have liked to make her hair a bit wavier, curlier, crazier... not over the top, but with a little bit more life. Now that I look at it, her eyes and eyebrows are not right. At least not this combination. Her eyebrows should be more raised; she's supposed to be a confident character. This picture highlights her motherly/gentle side more than her overall personality does. The smile is right though, and I can't complain about the rest.






Sakura: This is probably the best visual recreation of any of the characters that I could generate. Her hair should be perhaps a touch darker, and I wrote it as braided, not like this. Otherwise she is perfect and I lover her too much for words.








That's all for now! Tell me what you think of these characters and I will get back to you soon (either next post or the one after that) with a few more visual recreations of my characters.

- Bonnee.

Edit: Thank you to Giora for helping me find the programme which I used to create the visual images of these characters. Please click here to check it out! 

13 comments:

  1. It's cool to see your characters visualised! I've tried so many times to draw my characters, but for some reason they never come out quite right. There's only been one drawing where I've achieved exactly what I set out to draw, and I think it was a fluke! Maybe I should stick to writing...

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    1. Nooo, it doesn't matter how bad you are at something as long as you like doing it :) Anyway, no one said you had to show anyone... I did this mostly to help me think and make them feel that little bit more real.

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    1. When you google for deviantArt you get
      www.deviantart.com
      Maybe that's the link. It seems that you decsribe the appearance of your characters in great details in the novel, like you met them in real life. A good blog for authors of YA novels is the one by YA literary agent Mary Kole, who gives practical tips how to write.
      www.KidLit.com

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    2. Haha oh you're the second person who thought I meant dA in general... I mean the link to the specific programme that was uploaded there! Finding the site itself is easy enough... but thanks anyway :D

      Parts of my character's appearances are somewhat symbolic and help me describe their moods and reactions and whatnot. I want them to feel as real as I can make them, so cool if I'm describing them as if I met them, as long as I don't info-dump, laundry-list style.

      Thanks for the link, I've bookmarked the website and I'll check her out :)

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    3. Bonnee, once you are inside the website, look above for the box SEARCH. Then type inside: "create art female" and you will get it. Good luck!

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    4. Hey it worked :D Thanks a million!

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  3. Taking a few days off is not always a bad thing, as long as you don't get so much out of the habit of writing that you can't get back into it.

    I try to be very careful in clicking the 'follow' button. Blogs are great (or can be), I have met some terrific people, learned a lot and been entertained, but you can definitely find yourself lost in bloggerland. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

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    1. It's been waaay more than a few days... I'm going to have to show myself some discipline!

      At the end of the day, I've just got to start being selective. If I know I'm not going to get through every single update, I choose my favourite blogs and just check their new posts. But I know exactly what you mean...

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  4. (= Your characters are cute.

    NO worries if you have had a little time off. Just put on your fave music and jump back into it. (=

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    1. Thank you, and the favourite music is always a great way to get back into the writing zone. :)

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  5. So cutie they are ! :) love it !
    xoxo
    Morgane,
    http://lenuageducookie.com

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