Friday, January 9, 2015

The Art of Characters Linkup: Protagonists


So over at Stor Tori's blog there is a linkup going on!
And I am super excited, because it combines art and writing.
Here's her picture for the linkup, to give you an idea of how awesome it is.

And here's the instructions, so you can do it too!!

Step 1.) Find three pieces of art that describe your character. This can be your own drawings or cosplays or sculptures, someone else's art (with their permission and/or crediting of course), celebrity pictures, or a combination of the three.

Step 2.) Answer the questions below about your character's description and link back to this [that^] blog so if anyone else wants to participate they know where to go.

Step 3.) Put it all in a blog post.

Step 4.) When you post it, link up here [at the link above] and you're done!


So I chose Zayla, from The Resistance Chronicles.

Here's her face. XD

So here is an insecurity map, as inspired By C. F. Barrows' maps for her characters. Revel in it's painful beauty.

And a drawing I did of Cameron and Zayla. 

The Questions:

1.) What does your character's eye, skin, and hair color tell about him/her?
Zayla is pale, with emerald green eyes and black hair. 
In a way, her skin and hair color are results of the fact that she is the kind of person to stick to the shadows. She doesn't want to be noticed, but just like how she has bright and stunning eyes, she has a fire and passion within that makes it's way out in her loyalty and bravery despite her anxiety.

2.) What does your character's hairstyle tell about him/her?
Zayla's hair is choppy and straight. And black. 
And to be honest, she's kinda like that too. A bit blunt. A bit dark. 
Even sarcastic if she trusts you not to hate her for it. 

3.) What does your character's default outfit tell about him/her?
She likes to be comfortable, but also to blend in, so she wears a lot of black sweaters and jeans. But sweaters especially, since they are comforting and she tends to fidget with the loose strands of thread or pull the sleeves over her hands when she's feeling anxious. They're kind of a comfort zone when she's extremely uncomfortable.

4.) Does he/she have an object(s) he/she carries around a lot?
Zayla ALWAYS wears at least one custom falconry glove. She also carries her compound bow a lot of the time.

5.) Does he/she have any particular scars or birthmarks?
I haven't thought of this.... OH WAIT.
She has some slight scarring on her arm from the chemical burns she got from her first battle against Ferucil's creatures.

6.) Does he/she have any piercings or tattoos?
Nope. I mean, I don't even think she's the earring type. She'd probably have panic attack over sleeping in them and that the sharp part would poke a hole in her skull or something. 

7.) How does he/she carry themselves? Shoulders back? Eye contact? Eyes down? Slumped shoulders?
Slumped shoulders, small steps, usually looking at the ground or something in the distance. Except for when she's shooting, then she falls into proper form, because it makes her feel stronger.

8.) What is his/her default expression? Smiling? Frowning? Solemn?
Tense. She's pretty serious, and very introverted, and unless you catch her at a vulnerable moment she's not going to really want to talk about anything. But that's also because she's constantly fighting off anxiety, trying to keep herself together.
So yeah, tense.

9.) Does he/she wear make-up or face paint?
Probably a little makeup, since she wouldn't want to get picked on for not wearing it. But not much more than like mascara and some smoky eye shadow.

10.) Does his/her physical appearance change at any time? For example: If they have a power do their eyes glow or hair turn blue?
Nah. Once she joins the Resistance she starts to wear more navy than black, and stand with a little more confidence. But for the most part she's consistent.

And that's a wrap!

Thank you all for reading! 
And Thanks Victoria for hosting the linkup!
Also, would anyone be interested in a character interview with Zayla? She's my focus this month, since the next TRC part is coming from her perspective and I have writer's block like no tomorrow. 

Go do this. It was fun. :D