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Quicky Faces Walkthrough by Altalamatox Quicky Faces Walkthrough by Altalamatox
Alright, ~desirabletruth, I hope this was anything like what you were looking for!

I've been asked a few times how I go about drawing people, honestly I don't do anything fancy, I imagine this is a pretty standard way to construct faces. Did this on my tablet so pardon my fugly lines.

Er, as I say this is pretty general. I'll do my best to answer questions if there're things that aren't making sense to you. (:



How do I get better at drawing cartoon people? Personally I studied animated movies when I was first learning, pausing and sketching expressions and faces I liked (I still do this when I have time). I also got a hold of some nice books on portraiture (very focused hints on how to construct faces) and figure drawing. Seriously, put some time into sketching realistic human faces, it WILL make your cartoons infinitely better, I promise. Your realism doesn't even have to be any good (mine's awful), it'll just make you look critically at how faces are built.

How do I get better at drawing? Very, very simply: draw all the time and draw everything. (Find a reason to draw obsessively, mine is my storytelling bug.) Tutorials are great, observing others is great, collecting artwork that inspires you is great, and practice will bring together what you're learning.

How do you work/what do you use? Almost everything I have on dA is mechanical pencil on copy paper, scanned into Photoshop CS2 and cleaned up/painted with my tablet. My scans are 200dpi unless I'm doing a commission or something else important and then I'll do 300dpi, higher for signage type stuff or printing.

I'm often asked how I get my line art so clean, I think the mechanical pencil helps, that nice sharp point, and I do most of my messy construction lines as lightly as possible and erase them cleanly as I go.

When I need clean digital lines I'll use a combination of freehand and the pen tool and I always have a pencil sketch underneath to work from. I very rarely do inked lines because the time it takes me makes me want to kill baby animals... and I like the look of raw pencil, I suppose.

Can I hug Tom?
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lonedragon155 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice. I really need to do more tutorials. Got a few sucky ones in my blog but that's about it. Tutorials are harder than they look, you know. SCRIBBLESCRIBBLESCRIBBLE. There. That's the thought process of me and any other artist I know when they paint or sketch. Btw, I like the way you draw eyes. Gotta try it. My eyes look WAY to manga-ish. Need to get away from that. "I love your manga style," everyone says. "Uh, thanks," I say. "GGGRRRRRR," I think. Yup, that's me.
WTFmoments Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
"Nose down = ears up
Nose up = ears down"
I really did not know that, this is an amazing tutorial! C:
Chikasa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student
Hi, really hoping you'll answer this, because it seems pretty important. At step 6, you said that they eyes and chin aren't parallel, could you explain further on that? Because I really don't understand >.< Also, what other features should be parallel to one another? I have a terrible time trying to draw faces, I'd be eternally grateful if you answered :D
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
No problem! This might be helpful to you for lining up features:…

And for cartoons, these animation notes of Belle might be interesting to check out. They're a little in-depth, but maybe you can pull some useful relationships out of them:……

Mostly, no matter how you tilt the head, you need to make sure all features are tilted together. I didn't do this for some reason on this tutorial, probably because he's not tilting his head in any complicated way, but I often draw several lines across the empty face shape before I begin, one where the eyes go, one for the nose, one for the mouth, so they're all lined up. Does that make sense? 
Chikasa Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student
Yes it does, thank you so much for replying
The Belle link is especially in depth, very  helpful.
CrikeyItsLauren Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow, thank you so much for this it has greatly helped me and my art has improved greatly! Keep it up!
XavierAriel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Isso foi muito ˙til. Estava estudando seus sketches, tentando entender o processo dos seus desenhos. Repetir um rosto e manter as caracterÝsticas. Thank you and congratulations.. that is amazing
artst04 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I have a serious question...  What makes a cartoon image ... well a cartoon image?  In other words what characteristics does an image have that makes it look animated or that it could be in an animated film rather than looking realistic?  I think one of the features is the eyes. I also think for something to look animated it requires a certain type of simplicity.  What are your thoughts on the matter?
foreverfluk13 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it may not seem like it but the eyes make an insane difference. Then again, it depends on the kind of cartoon you're thinking of. Some animated characters lack proportion whereas others look more realistic. It's like comparing anime and Disney; both have exaggerated features that cause them to differ from realism, yet they still look very different compared to one another. I guess it just depends :)
artst04 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
That is similar to my theory
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