How To Draw Cartoon Faces
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I'm now going to show you how to draw a cartoon face. First of all, you need to draw a U-shape, then a cylinder shape underneath, representing the neck. Next, you have to think about which way your cartoon character is looking, so I'm going to have mine looking this way, so I'm going to do a central line, about here which marks the center of the face. Then I'm going to do a line across the eye, a line across the nose, and one for the mouth, the ears, and this is the same for doing realistic drawings as well, the ear starts around about the brow line and comes down to the nose. You kind of want to keep that the same as much as possible, even though this is a cartoon. So, next, we can map out the nose and we can really have fun with the nose. A nice, bulbous funny looking nose, there it is, and then, maybe some button eyes. If you want to do more realistic eyes, you can, and then we're going to give him a really big broad smile, and this is a cartoon so we can exaggerate anything, and then an indication of the bottom lip. And then we're going to work on the ear, I'm actually going to make it come out more this way. Let's rub out my original box. Now, we need to do the shape of the face. Even though this is a cartoon, we still need to consider the brow bone, the cheek bone, and the fact that he's going to have a chin. Now, we can define the neck a bit more and the line from the back of the head down, and we can put some eyebrows in. He looks quite jovial, really, and then we can do some really simple shapes for the ear. I do an arch this way, and an arch that way for the top of the ear, and for the bottom of the ear, you can just do a shape like that. Because this is a cartoon, you can simplify things right down. Now, we need to give him a hairstyle. Again with the hair, whenever you're doing hair, cartoon, realistic, whatever, keep the pencil-work nice and light at first until you've worked out exactly where you want the hair to fall. You don't want to draw it out beautifully and then realize you've got it all wrong. Plus again, you don't want to add too much detailing, initially, you just want to map it all out, and don't forget the crown of the head. Everybody has a crown, so I'm doing mine there. Even though it's a cartoon, you need to consider these things. I find a lot of cartoon drawing is actually based in reality. Best cartoons really. You study them in detail, they're actually anatomically correct. Books by Herge, they originally got real people to pose for them, and they actually did the original sketches with real people, and cartooned them, and that's why they're so accurate. Same rule applies here. Now, I'm going over it a bit more, I'm making my lines much more confident, I know I've got the hair the way I want it. Now I'm getting rid of my visual guidelines because you don't really want those there. So, get rid of those. And then of course, if you want to color in your cartoon, you can, but there is a very basic cartoon face for you. .