2238 // creative challege #1

In the past two years, I realised I haven’t been doing as much creative stuff as I used to do (e.g. writing, drawing comics, singing etc.) because life is pretty hectic right now. I thought it would be a good idea to just set myself a weekly/fortnightly (I’m not sure yet, we’ll see) “creative challenge” so I have a chance to exercise my imagination, even if it’s just in a small way.

My last post was about names, so I kinda wanted to do something where I come up with a person/character based on the name, like what they look like, how they behave etc. Sadly, I cannot draw humans to save my life, so I won’t be putting up pictures or anything, but I’ll do my best to bring them to life with words.

Freckled, tousled brown hair, hazel eyes. He’s five, and refuses to be separated from his toy giraffe. His mum dresses him- long white socks, blue sneakers that have clearly seen better days, light brown shorts and light green T-shirt with an unidentifiable stain on the front. He smells like grass, innocence and sunshine, and he smiles like real life hasn’t quite caught up to him yet.

Fifteen and popular. Plays basketball, and plays it pretty well. Straight, dark brown hair that keeps falling into his eyes, tanned. Athletic build, but shoulders are narrower than he would like. Dimples. Recently started figuring out that he cared about how he dressed, and as a result wears a lot of short-sleeved button-downs. Has yet to figure out that they don’t exactly go with basketball shorts. Always wears the same white shoes. Confidence fairly oozes out of his walk and talk, and his laugh is infectious. Has a fairly attractive habit of running his hands through his hair when he’s thinking. Seems to have trapped a little of the sky in his eyes.

Thick, brown hair. Wavy, falls down her back. Brown skin. Moss-coloured eyes. Probably plays the violin. Hates jeans, loves dresses. Favourite colour: gold. Favourite music: the kind that sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a particularly cheesy love scene in a particularly cheesy movie. Could pass for a wood-nymph if she tried.

On her seventeenth birthday, she cut her hair without her mother knowing, and now she has a really shaggy pixie cut. Cheekbones so sharp they could kill a man. Fair. Enjoys a good cup of hot chocolate. Reads a lot about sharks and dolphins. Has a shirt that says “Save the Whales”. Takes a lot of selfies with her tongue out.

Smiles a lot. Grey eyes. Rough hair, bleached brown by the sun and swimming-pool chlorine. Stunningly white teeth, considering the braces. Really obvious tanlines, and has given up trying to cover them up. Big fan of tank-tops. Wears slippers everywhere (green and yellow Havaianas).

So! That was pretty fun. If you’ve made it to this point, thanks for reading through four paragraphs of my nonsense. Also, let me know: did you visualise Kai as a girl or a boy? Just curious.

If anyone else wants to do this, please let me know! I’d love to read whatever you guys come up with.