Describing Character Faces


Every character has a face and every writer, at some point, has to engage in the process know as describing character faces. As in, put words to their mental picture of a particular character. Whether that character is ugly, pretty, scarred, plain, or whatever, there needs to be some description of what they look like. And Humans, being so facial-centric, usually focus on the face. It makes sense. I don't disagree.

Problem is, though, my characters don't really have, eh, typical faces. Human-like ones, at any rate. Not really a problem, but more of a fact of what I write and love. So let's see, the main cast and their heads:

Verdict

I'm lazy.

Somehow all of my character designs enable my lack of desire to describe facial features or features in general. I think my writing also shows this quality of mine. Through bursts of intense description and just letting it roll from there. People have told me that they actually had a great idea of what everything looked like and my descriptions were great, so I guess they are on point. Instead of muddying it through sprinkling through multiple sections, I decided that if I am entering a new location/seeing a new sight I better say what it look likes so people don't get the wrong image in their heads. This probably stems from me constantly doing that in books I read. Explicitness wins!

Anyway.

Yeah. I'm striving to do better at describing faces and such. Until that day, check out my terrible artwork so your mental image can get corrupted with the poorly portrayed truth.