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Photo Reference

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I normally collect a lot of photo references when I write.
Internet is great (Pinterest is great!)
I fill whole folders, whole CDs of images – places, buildings, clothes, animals and plants, tools, jewels, weapons, old illustrations of beasts and creatures… and of course, faces.
Finding the right face for my characters helps me feel more precisely the way they speak, act, move.
Gives them a sort of mass, of reality.
Of course, one has to allow for some maneuvering  space.
It’s hard to find the perfect face – and looking for it might be time consuming and futile.

And yet, sometimes one finds a face that’s absolutely perfect.
Like… like this…

amunet 2

I was absolutely awed by this face.
This is indeed the perfect face for my character, Amunet, in my Aculeo & Amunet stories.

This beautiful lady is a model, and her name is Idda van Munster (Aida Dapo).
I’m posting this image here as a tribute to her beauty, and a sign of gratitude for being of inspiration for my work.

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Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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