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Character References

posted Feb 5, 2013, 7:08 AM by Ben Kreucher   [ updated Feb 5, 2013, 7:08 AM ]
I often wonder if other authors use references from real life when designing characters.  I don't mean flaws or strengths from friends and family to help flesh out and balance a character so he/she feels real.  I mean, using a picture to model a character description.

Often the tiniest detail can make or break a character; but what if you model your character's appearance on a real person?  Does that help or hurt their believablility?  Can that be considered invasion of privacy?

Certainly, we shouldn't base a character's personality completely off one individual; but perhaps appearance is less strict.  After all, if we need a guideline to choose a face, when not take one from the familiar?

But, then, do we need to give credit to that person or ask for permission?
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