But when it comes to physical description, I have found it hard at times to physically describe a person (or entity) that doesn't really exist. Because I'm a visual person, I find that drawing the character can help me get a better handle on physical description, especially for non-human characters. Here a few that I've done.
|Drawing of a 'Grey'|
|'Tex', a H.A.L.F.|
When I morphed them, the head is human just more bulbous. He has ears while the alien does not. His nose is more prominent. His mouth is still small but slightly larger. One of the things that came from this exercise is that Tex has a more human chin and jawline, not quite so angular - more square.
But the eyes are the same overly large, dark eyes. This is a prominent feature of Tex and has impact on the storyline.
Do you find the last one, the drawing of Tex, unnerving? He's hanging up in my office now on my bulletin board and I have to say, I find him a bit scary! When I catch a glimpse of him out of the corner of my eye he sort of freaks me out!
If you're a writer, do you ever draw your characters?