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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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catully Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, this was really useful! I'd link you to my drawing of my OC using this but unfortunately my laptop restarted before i could save /screams
KlutzyNinjaKitty Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, thank you so much! I was having THE hardest time getting human faces correct!
pinchback Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014   General Artist
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 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 útil. Estava estudando seus sketches, tentando entender o processo dos seus desenhos. Repetir um rosto e manter as características. 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
Falconsstrike Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not really sure, but I think it's a lack of detail that makes a cartoon a cartoon. Try comparing a cartoon portrait to a photographed one.
Skully-Keys Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool stuff!
Kikkofan123 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The best tutorial I have ever seen:meolovely:  I draw him with my first try:date: revamp  it was so easy thank you Fangirl Emote Throw-heart 
RMusic14 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks C:
zachri Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant tutorial <3 cheers o 3 o
Scratdoo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the eye's expression and the tutorial in general. I try to do it: [link]
WesternSpurs Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Super helpful & awesome style! ;D
WolfieGR Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Perfect job dude :D
mimmime Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just wanted to say that I tried this and I amazed myself.... which is not easy for me to do because I am EXTREMELY self-critic...
But i actually liked the result...=) I'm going to start drawing a whole new way now thanks to you, and maybe even be a little satisfied with what I draw...=)
Thank You..=)

And of course, I love your characters, especially Thomas and Morgan, they are awesome...=)
Can't wait to see more of your work...=D
half-rose Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
These are great tips. I´ll start practing more.
cool-papyrus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks for making this, ive always loved your style.
ive tried other tutorials with no luck, but yours just clicked for me. now im closer to being a better artist because of you. thanks
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Sipper-Paws Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Thanks for the help c:
The-Patchman Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Soooo helpful!
soapandchampagne Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very helpful! Thank you so much!!!!
Aduska27 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This is awesome.! You're my master now.! ;)
Asemoth Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
really helpful I love following you, your work is always a pleasure to view
DevilBottlesBoy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Looks complicated, but I'll do my best!
MotherOfTea Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has helped me so much! thank you
Altalamatox Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Not at all! Glad to hear it. :)
Backlash91 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
on his clothing, when you colored it one whole color(I'm assuming you put layer to multiply) after this: do you just color over that and continue on or do you erase it out and put the new color?
Altalamatox Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Hmm, not sure what you mean. When I color I put the lineart layer on multiply and keep my colors on separate opaque layers under it, is that what you're wondering about?
Backlash91 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
um, yeah actually! I think....I'm not sure anymore, Photoshop is so annoying now I'm rethinking becoming an animator in the first place. but yoiur art looks so alive and clean that I had to ask! so let me get this straight: you start with the following. a background layer(unlocked or locked?) and then do a sketch layer(or do you scan one in?) and then a line art layer(set to multiply) and no other layers except the separate paints? hmm, Am I missing anything?
Eclrida Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Why am I just seeing this NOW?? I was definitely curious as to how you go about drawing a head. This is quite insightful too, and it only makes me want to practice more on individualizing my characters and keep a careful eye on parallels and angles (and that's a simple way to remember the nose/ears with angles). I tend to draw without constructive thought because half the time, I'm daydreaming (and then when I look at the drawing later, it's not as great as it could have been). And even though it's tablet drawn, you still get your 'signature characteristics' across, if that made any sense (for me, my tablet art is is good but not nearly as expressive or good as my pencil I really wish I had money for a scanner...). One of the interesting things I found was just the little sketches of different head shapes. Since I came from an anime background, I never really stepped far out of my comfort zone and tried more drastic shapes. Now I've been trying to go more cartoon-ish (been watching lots of Disney XD), so that little tidbit sketch was inspirational.

Also, I'm happy to see that Tom here is the guinea pig for the tutorial, I consider his facial structure to be somewhat similar to Ray's (who tends to be uncooperative when being drawn). Speaking of, I shall probably go doodle Ray again...but first I will hug Tom! *huggles*
SaitouuRyuuji Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:D I'm going to definitely fave this tutorial.
faster-by-choice Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A) This is REALLY helpful.

B) "Can I hug Tom?" "YES, MOB HIM I SAY". :rofl: That was so awesome XDDDDDDDDDDD
chielo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
this is really helpful :) especially the nose and ear in perspective thing, because i always mess that up
OnatilopanxNiatpac Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. :happybounce: This is really helpful. Exactly what I was looking for! :D I drew- if I do say so myself- a smashing replica of your Tom character :blush: And then was able to translate what I learned into my own character! THAT'S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. Thanks again, love the style, great job...and all those lovely things :clap:
MulticoloredCow Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Awesome tutorial! It made my day :D
amethystartist83 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Tis' quite helpful. XD Actually, the first decent human to be drawn by the hand of yours truly was made with this tutorial. Thanks for the help ^^
varialome Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really nice
but do you really use guid lines when you draw your characters or do you sketch them free hand ??
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
I really do! The only time I don't sketch guides is when I'm working in pen. Which is why my pen drawings tend to be kinda scary.
varialome Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, i'll keep that in mind
sweets8 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Wait, I thought you had gotten rid of the tube? Or was that for just a little while? I always used to (and maybe sometimes still do XP) have trouble regarding the hairline. I'd draw the face out, with the forehead to where the hairline is, instead of the whole head and then the hairline on top. I think I've gotten better at it. I do have a tendency to free hand a lot, and not even use the shapes and lines thing though, and generally that works for me. Everyone's different. I know I tried the shapes thing once (god, that took forever, and I felt like I wasn't even drawing things right - so I did it the way I always do, and it worked - lol, guess it's like doing math and not showing your work XP more fun though)
Dracorde Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
I want to thank you, this tutorial help me to know that I can draw human other that if they jump to an aircraft ( or higher ), and I love your beautiful (wonderful, marvellous, splendid,...) art.
dawdude Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
his glasses are going through is nose o.o
sweets8 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Naw, he's only got one piece, almost like a Monocle.
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