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What is a Faceclaim?

So you’ve reached the point in your outlining process where you’re designing your characters. Faceclaims can be pretty helpful when you’re trying to design your characters but there are also a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to using them. A faceclaim is oftentimes a famous person who you use to represent your character and they essentially “play” the character. Faceclaims can be helpful, but oftentimes they don’t match the character’s age and ethnicity so they aren’t always an accurate representation of the character.

If you’re a writer (or even a roleplayer) and you want to accurately design your characters, here are some resources that might be more helpful than trying to give your character a faceclaim. 


Artbreeder is a great free website that you can use to create portraits, landscapes, paintings, albums, furries, etc. If you’re looking for the most realistic design for your character, the portrait feature is probably what you’re looking for. It’s user-friendly and the finished products are often beautiful. There are also features where you can combine two designs to see what their children would look like, which might be helpful.


Another really great resource that you can use is Picrew. It’s a Japanese avatar maker website and there are hundreds of different avatar creators that you can use. Most of them are completely customizable and there’s a huge variety of themes (such as fairy, royalty, demonic, etc.) so there are plenty of different options. Something to keep in mind is that some of the different Picrews don’t provide any options for darker skin colors and there are many that have a very small variety of hair colors and eye colors, so that’s something to keep in mind.   


Zepeto is something I see a lot of writing accounts use for their characters and it’s something that I personally use as well. It’s a free app available on the App Store and the Play Store, the only catch is that you don’t have the freedom to make as many avatars as you want to. The best way to design more than one character is to make a new account for each character and then follow your main account. You can always add another character to your main account but Zepeto charges $1.99. Aside from that, there are plenty of customization options and it’s pretty easy to use.


Bitmoji is another app available on the App Store and the Play Store that is free and easy to use. You can’t create multiple avatars with one account, unfortunately, but there are plenty of options when it comes to designing your character. I think Bitmoji is a little bit easier to use than Zepeto, but they’re both pretty easy to use.

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