I have this hat box where I keep pictures I've collected from magazines of faces that grabbed me. Some are actors, some are random pictures from the newspaper or candid shots, others are nameless models. I've been collecting them for probably twenty years now. Then, when I start getting an idea for a story in my head, I'll cull through the stash and find a face that fits the character. Most times when I add a picture to my stash I don't know if it will ever be used. But it's there in case I ever need it. Other times, like yesterday, I find a picture and know beyond a doubt that this picture will become a character.
I arrived at work yesterday and the newspapers were on the table. The Globe & Mail has a magazine that comes with it every few months or so called Driven. It's a car magazine, near as I can tell. I usually flip through and see if there are any character pixs I might want to grab, but the magazine is usually pretty dry. Except for yesterday. Yesterday a few pages into the magazine, this picture jumped out at me, smacked me in the hormones and said HELLO.
I cut it out of the magazine, scanned it and brought the hard copy picture home. I don’t know who he is yet, but I know he's going to show up somewhere soon.
Does anyone else do that? Collect pictures? How do you find your faces for your characters?