What we look like influences how others react to us. Beautiful people often are hired and promoted well before others.
Plain people are often overlooked or dismissed.
Because of this, it’s important to know what your character looks like.
Your task is to either use visualization to bring up an image of your character or use an actual photo of what you think your character looks like.
Have a tablet nearby.
Start at the top of the head. What shape is the skull? If there is hair, note not just the color and style, but record elements such as wispy, fly-away strands, clumps of hair that stand out on their own, hair sticking out of nostrils and nose. Eyebrows and eyelashes.
Forehead. Is it large or small? Does it protrude over the eyes? Are there wrinkles or is it smooth?
Eyes. Distance between them. Shape and color. Are there striations in the pupils? Do the eyes sparkle? Are the lids low-hanging? Where do the eyes sit in terms of the width of the face? In terms of length?
Follow this exercise as you work your way down to the neck.
When you are finished, your understanding of what your character looks like should be complete.
Have fun with this one.