The main character of my mystery-solving-bug-collector book likes to describe the people in her life by equating them with different insects.
As I've worked on the book I've also been creating insect woodblocks of the different "characters"-- just for myself, not as artwork FOR the book.
Here are a few:
The lady she babysits for is like a Monarch Butterfly, "dressed to the nines and beautiful in a precise, but kind of distant way."
Her family friend Dell, an elderly man is like a Luna Moth: "Sturdy but light. Handsome but not showy."
The collages within the woodblocks are made of postage stamps from the 40s and 50s.
The father of the child she babysits for, Mr. Anderson, is like a Stag Beetle, "Big and showy, the male stag beetle likes to compare the size of its horn with other males."
My etsy shop is here.
Do you use art (home made or on the web) as you ponder your characters?