A lot of times, when I come up with an idea for an alien/mutant/otherwise weird-looking character, I draw them first. The purpose of the drawing is not to use it in the book, as I don't draw that well and my art is far from professional. The purpose is to make it easier for me to picture the character when I am writing. Hopefully, the character will look/feel realistic to the reader when he/she is reading the novel, but the crude drawing helps me wrap my head around what they look like.
So, for this post, I would like to share some of my favorite crude drawings of characters that ended up in my books in some form or another.
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