Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Character Development Through An Artist's Eyes

Being an artist, I tend to understand things better through visual representations. Because of this, I sometimes like to describe my character development through color.

Here’s how my main character in Brilliant Idea #2 develops throughout the plot. It only covers the beginning, middle, and end, because I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline just yet, but I think you can probably get a general idea of what’s going on.

1) Softer tones represent naivete and youth.

2) Bold dark tones represent chaos, discomfort, and discord.

3) Bright colors represent growth and new life.

Something about that last one reminds me of Cake Wrecks and really makes me want to eat a cupcake.


  1. Hey F.E., my fellow shy YA blogger! I love the concept of color coding your character's journey. I'm not visual (at all!), so this would never work for me, but I'm completely intrigued by the idea of it. Need to figure out a quick reminder like this that would work for me.

  2. Great idea for character development! I see myself in #2. Oh well.

  3. Jocelyn: I'm so glad you like my idea. :)

    Also, there are so many of shy bloggers out there that I had no idea about. I feel so encouraged everyone.

    Amy: Thanks! Also, hopefully you will see yourself in #3 someday! :)

  4. I'm totally with you... I'm very visual and use it in my writing... love the idea of color coding characters... cool

  5. Ooh, Tania, you just gave me a good idea. I think I'm going to do swatches for each of my characters now.

  6. I like this idea a lot. Thanks for visiting my blog and leading me to yours!