This drawing of a crow, who is quite dapper, does not originate from a story yet. I simply needed something to draw and so the only logical thing to draw when one has nothing to draw, is this.
Now that I have created him, however, I do see the need to incorporate him into something. But what? Which story? Perhaps a future story? I’m stumped. He just seems like he would be an interesting character and fun to write and draw.
When I start writing a story it always takes me a awhile to get to know my characters. The more I write and draw them, the better I know them! I used to make character description sheets but I find that making small notes about them and quotes of what they would say is a much better method for me to understand them. Anything that comes to mind at any given moment about a particular character is filed away somewhere, either on paper or in my head.
How do I come up with my characters in the first place? Besides randomly sketching?
Wait, let me clarify that. It’s more like the few moments before dreams. The strange place in time where one is not quite awake but not asleep either. I keep notebooks or paper or anything I can write or draw on by my bed. If I think of something I think would be a cool character (or plot or story element), I wake up and write or draw it down.
Sometimes I am surprised in the morning about what is written or drawn.