Jan062017: Same Face

“I’m still a pretty new artist, but my biggest problem is that a lot of my characters have pretty much the same facial structure. How do you avoid that? All of your characters look so different! (I also don’t quite yet have my own style of drawing, either)”

There are tons of tutorials out there that address same face (anyone who remembers any, please link in the replies!), so I won’t attempt to repeat most of the stuff. Instead what I’ll advice you on is a kind of self-awareness and mindset you may wish to adopt when approaching characters.

1. Self-awareness: observe the people around you. Observe yourself. What aspect of their face stands out to you? What do you find unique and interesting (not just beautiful!)? What kind of personality do you think is behind the face? What shapes make up their nose, their eyes, their head?

2. Attitude: Take your time to learn how to appreciate the diversity of faces. Everyone looks weird in their own way, and even if they aren’t conventionally beautiful, you can still find them beautiful! Don’t be afraid to draw ‘ugliness’ and prominent features. That’s what makes you and your characters and everyone unique!

I suggest drawing faces from real life – in the tram, in the train, in school, your family, friends, whoever!! Nobody is safe. Draw people whose faces you find interesting. Be brave with your shapes – if someone’s head shape looks like an eggplant to you……draw it. Serious. Don’t try to neutralise it. And when you’ve pages full of faces you can go back to them for inspiration on your own ocs. Mix and match!

If you aren’t going out, you can still do those exercises at home: draw random faces that pop up in those hashtag campaigns (like Selfies Day or something like that), on TV, from this lovely blog that catalogues faces, from HONY, wherever.

The wonderful thing about character design is that there are characters everywhere in the world!! Steal God’s character designs, basically.

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people I saw in the mall.

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

Melbourne / Kuala Lumpur

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