To begin with, I had my first serious critique of a chapter of my novel today. I got a lot of feedback (we have a class of eight, so we go pretty in-depth). It will streamline the story, make everything better. I want moar! This is fun! I wish, wish, wish, we had serious critique groups where I live. If I lived in a big city or a suburb, this wouldn't be a problem. But we just don't have stuff like that around here. We don't have writer's conferences nearby either. I would love to get a group of novelists together and meet once a week to talk about ways to improve. Wish I could.
So, Lady Glamis had this picture of one of her characters. Jealous! I have a hard time visualizing my characters. I do the minimal, necessary description, and I back off. First, I personally am not a fan of authors going on and on about what their character looks like. Second, as a writer, I want my readers to have their own impressions. Movies destroy that (and I'm skeptical of books-turned-movies). But for my own reference, I want a picture of my MC. I don't like actresses or photos. I prefer drawings. I'm old skool like that. I dabble around DeviantArt sometimes, but I still haven't found the drawing/painting that makes me go, OMG, THAT'S MEG. I need a cool artist friend who will draw her.
Do you like some visualization of your MC? Do you prefer hardcore description from authors or is a basic hair/eyes rundown okay?