yeah just practice
Watching lots of movies and shows, remembering actors mimics and choosing them for characters.
You can create a folder for referens pics and download fanart (environment/clothes/vehichle) if it already exists and you don't mind someone elses taste.
>Are they crystal clear
Not clear, just flashes, unless i really take time to imagine a scene.
Yeah, never really thought of dreaming in anime. Maybe when read NHK dorama.
I'll repost what I posted on /hob/ few days ago but nobody cared I guess.
Do you visualize when reading fiction? I never really thought about it until recently. I would just read without putting any effort into precision on whatever thing appeared in my mind's eye. Since I didn't care about the images the sentences were evoking, neither bothered to wait them to better crystallize in my head, I could read really fast. I would be reading, understand everything going in the story, but really just having the most fleeting, incongruous images of places, people etc.
I'm going through the Arabian Nights right now and decided to be really caring about those imaginings, fostering it, trying to be precise about it. For example, if there's a description of a bedroom or a character, I'll almost stop to wait a clear image of it to appear in my mind. This kinda takes a long time compared to just reading something. You know how you can blow through reading fiction when you're just "cerebrally" understanding what's going on? Now that I'm doing this precise imagining thing, I realize how the formation of images are slow and clunky. Another thing that I noticed is how poor my images really are. Time and time again I realize really how much I have no idea how an Ifrit looks like, or a porter working in 10th century Bagdad moves, or how a person dressed in splendid sultan clothing would look like from behind while gazing at the sea from his palace window. Those are description from the books and I'm pretty sure I'm not doing a good job in visualizing those things.
The more I stop to observe the images my mind forms of places and people, the more unsatisfied I am. It's basically all shit. Now I'm doing quick image searches to improve my reference about those places. Another thing I noticed is how stereotypical and shallow my imaginings are. I'll give you a concrete example. Every time I read the word "vizir" in that book, no matter how well described his clothings are, his face, how he walks, etc, all my mind can conjure up and settle on is on Jafar, the evil Alladin's vizir character. It's intriguing and frustrating at the same time. The author is describing this completely different character and I catch glimpses of it, but as far as having a solid image about it, my brain immediately jumps to that cartoony Jafar and won't let it go to the point of being annoying.
Is this a thing? I can't be the first person to think about this, is there a name for this type of reading, or something.. I don't even know what I'm asking here.
I guess what I'm asking is how do you read fiction? Do you really stop to gaze at the scenes going on inside your mind's eye, or is it a more cerebral thing, where you really focus more on whatever machinations going on in the plot, having just fleeting imagery of it all? I hope I made myself clear, really hoping for some responses about this.
no matter how shitty you draw on paper this is where your inner artist shines
I am grateful for your help
If you're reading LNs, try and make it look as accurate as possible. For example, don't make a building look like it has artificial lighting if it takes place in a medieval-ish isekai.
>crystal clear and realistic?
I'm a bit like Temple Grandin on this one. I always picture the events happening in a house I've been in before. Even if the author describes the house very well, I'll just picture say, my house with some modifications. I'm getting good at catching myself w/ LNs - even if the floor plan doesn't change, it at least takes on an anime look and certain objects come and go as needed.