|Nora and Eric from Wolfshadow|
There are a number of practical reasons to do that, of course. It helps me visualize them, and to work out all the details of their physical characteristics. But it's also just a hell of a lot of fun! There's something about seeing your characters come to life that way that makes the book feel more real, that makes the story breathe in a way it just didn't before. And now I want to do portraits of all of them! But I also kind of want to do a cast of characters image, like they might do with a TV show. It also struck me that having these drawn images would be really helpful when it came time to do the book trailer. I've been playing with animation for a while, but drawing and animating an entire project would be a first for me. A really neat first, though!
|Nora from Woflshadow|
I'm almost considering drawing the cover, which I think would just be loads of fun, but... Well, it's an urban fantasy/paranormal romance, and I'm not sure. On the one hand, if it were just a straightforward urban fantasy, I probably wouldn't hesitate, but with the paranormal romance aspects I don't know how a drawn cover would go over, or if the style I've been working in for these portraits is the right style for it. What do you guys think? Would you buy a paranormal romance with an illustrated cover? What about one done in a similar style to the portraits shown here?