I wonder if authors are surprised when a character flows out from their pen or keyboard a fully developed personality with a complete life history. I know the usual process is to agonize over every detail and change character traits until it gels into the person which fits the story. Sometimes, or so I hear, the character just flows, as if it wants to be born.
When I started drawing the girl below, I did not have a reference, nor did I have a vision of what I wanted her to look like. She just came to the paper, fully developed.
I look at her now and start to image the details of her life, her likes, her dreams, her personality. It is like having a baby (OK it is not really, but stay with me for a moment). You put something of yourself into the creation, but in the end, they are their own individual entity – marvelously unique. I wish all drawings flowed so easily!
I have some exciting changes going on in my world. I am downsizing from an 1100 square foot 3-bedroom house, to a tiny 500 square foot (or so) 1-bedroom apartment. Yes, I will officially be a tiny house dweller. I will also be renting an art studio in a building with other artists! I am sad to leave my home that I love, but I am looking forward to more financial freedom, less stuff to take care of, and my very own studio space! I will post pictures as I make the move.