Character inspiration is one of the things I love to do most when researching my stories.
Why, you ask? I'm a visual writer - I NEED to see my characters to really nail their movements, mannerisms, expressions - etc.And, being the movie-addict I am, I tend to draw most of my characters from actors and actresses. So I get to spend hours searching for my ideal character images. I know, it's hard work - but someone has to do it, right? I have a lovely Greek Gods chart with 'my' cast of characters photos taped over those printed on the poster. When I get stuck I can stare at my character and visualize them 'in motion'. I know it sounds weird, but it really works for me... most of the time.
But sometimes I get stuck. Ares is one of those times.
Imagine, if you will, a pretty mental dude. He lives for battle, death, violence, and blood. He's a visceral reaction, a nightmare, an adrenaline jolt that leaves no doubt that he will kill, torture, and maim without the slightest hesitation or regret. He has to have crazy eyes. The kind that intrigue, terrify, and demand... So, there you have it. I know, he sounds awesome, right? And yet, I need to make him irresistible to Aphrodite - without softening him one iota. Finding that person, visually, has been tricky.
I'd love to hear your suggestions. Below are my top two contender, but you can give me someone new to consider.
Here are my top contenders - and they're both yummy:
Have a great almost Friday - Sasha :)