Monday, October 04, 2010

Cartooning Pretty Faces


It's harder to cartoon faces that aren't funny looking to begin with, but I'm trying it to see if I can then design some girl characters that aren't stock animation designs. There seems to be only a couple approved ways to design pretty girls in animation even though in real life there are countless pretty faces that all look different.

9 comments:

Rooniman said...

I can't imagine what the results will be like.

Roberto Severino said...

I can't wait to see how that's going to come along, even though you already draw so many unique cartoon girls on your blog to begin with, like Sody Pop, for instance.

Amir Avni said...

Looking forward to see your designs

Kirk said...

I suppose every cartoonist should document in some way the times (s)he lives in, but I just don't have any grasp of contempo-pop, barely any on contempo-celebrity, and though I respond to alot of the caricature you've been posting the last few months, I'm dying to retreat from the spectacle back to the past. I think this is why I loved your old MM stuff- the anachronism of it all!

Michael Anderson said...

--Off topic--

Timothy Q. Mouse from Dumbo
I found these remarkable drawings posted on eBay:
http://gallery.me.com/clubdemer#100164
Play a slideshow and click to control "frame rate".
What a animation lesson!

J C Roberts said...

I think many of the sketches you've been posting are in this category, but animating them could be challenging. You're liable to lose the balance between cute and grotesque in some poses, causing the audience to view the character as being more goofy than attractive.

The usual concession is to make the pretty girl characters simple and to not vary the designs much. That isn't entirely realistic because in real life everyone's face contorts and makes awkward expressions while speaking and emoting.

kurtwil said...

This should be fun.
Also, I wonder if it is possible to make a cute face that contains a lot of detail, as most face designs called "cute" have very expressive, but sparse, features.

J C Roberts said...

Maybe more shading detail if it's part of the look. For an ink line drawing, more lines of detail can tend to suggest too many wrinkles or puffiness, so it's tricky to sell young and attractive. Probably a big reason for the usual simplicity.

Shura said...

i cant wait to see them. so many cartoon girls follow the same boring formula