Monday, August 8, 2011

New Program: FantaMorph!!

I love Monday Miribilia. I get to talk about the random things that inspire me.

Like this program I'm using, called FantaMorph.

It's the coolest program! You can take photos of two people - or just two things, the choice is up to you - and create ONE new person, or creature. How cool is that?

I created a prototype of the character I am now in the process of revising, and I just LOVE having a face to put the voice to. It's amazing how much easier it becomes. For instance, here's a face I came up with that is absolutely BEGGING for a voice and a story:

I'm not sure who she is, or what her story will be, but isn't she so CUTE? Don't you wish you knew someone like this?

As an exercise, try this. Come up with a name that you think fits this character, and give her a character trait, a personality, and maybe a little bit of a voice.

Here's my effort:

Here name was Vanessa Heather Raine, but everyone called her Ness. She always seemed to be smiling, even when she was nervous. Then, you could only see her uncertainty because of the way she'd reach up to play with her hair.

She was mostly easy-going, but there was a strong stubborn streak inside her that was the bane of her existence. "I'd wish that someone could get rid of that stubbornness for me," she'd say, twisting a bit of hair between her fingers before tucking it behind her ear, "except that no one would recognize me without it."

That was fun! Thanks for reading! God bless and see you next time.

Oh! Don't forget, we're heading into Week Two of the Writing Buddy contest. Head on over to Cat's Mathoms and let's see your submissions.


  1. That is cool! I kind of like to keep my characters in my mind's eye when I write. I've never used visuals for them. I don't know if I could truly capture what's in my head--at least it would probably take me a long time and I can't give up my writing time. There aren't enough hours in my day as it is.

  2. Cool software, I'll have to remember that one!

  3. This is like the coolest thing ever. What fun!
    I don't usually have a strong visual of my characters when I start. They kind of reveal themselves to me as I go. It might be an interesting exercise to start with a picture first - as inspiration.

  4. Kelly, it's the thing I do at 10pm, because it's the only time of day I've still got. LOL

    Catherine, it really is cool. You can get a trial version to test, but the trial leaves a big UNREG watermark on the faces, which is annoying. Other than that, it's cool to try it before you buy it.

    Luv, it IS fun. I'm quite addicted. :)

  5. Awe-some! Love what you did with your new software. That is completely amazing, and I agree that it's much easier to write with a visual in front of you. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Isn't that fun? I really like how it turned out.

  7. Wow, that IS cool! Definitely a useful tool for novelists! Great idea using it, Cat. Use it to your advantage! :-)

  8. Irene, I plan to. Isn't it awesome? I spent hours creating different faces.

  9. That is fantastic! I hadn't heard of that. Thanks!

  10. I think her name is Lily, and that she is a rabbit herder on a misty island. In her spare time, she knits whimsical ear-warmers and writes steampunk graphic novels, and tries, not very successfully, to teach her rabbits to sing.

  11. Very cool. =) Now we'll be able to vision our characters so much clearer.

  12. Lena, I only heard of it through my friend. She had it and I thought, BINGO!

    Kate! I LOVE it. Oh, c'mon, I'm SURE she could teach her bunnies to sing.

    Claudine, glad you like it. It is WAY cool. Seriously.


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