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Hi! I'm really sorry to bug you with the question if you've had it before: How do you draw a face and make it look the same? Like in a comic book or storyboard or something? Do you have a process or any tips? Thanks so much and love your art!!!
I’ve had a question about diversity of faces which you can find here and while it’ll relate, this this is a pretty different question overall. What I like to do here is character design/redesign and fashion illustration so my focus isn’t really on art you’d find in a comic book but I’m happy to share my observations :)
So the challenge we’re facing here with comic art is there are time constraints, space constraints but you also have to have your characters be easily visually identifiable. Now one could go the Peanuts route and have pretty much one style of face and let things like clothing, hair, etc. be your difference markers. In college I gave a series of personal essays a graphic novel treatment and that was the way I went. Character faces had this kind of eye, this kind of head shape, etc. and it’s all kept very simple. I snagged some shots of my character throughout the book.
Setting a simple design makes it easy to keep someone looking the same throughout. I mean, you’re gonna draw them again and again and again and again so you’ll settle into a pretty consistent way of rendering them. There are a lot of works utilizing this kind of simplicity so, hey, it’s an option. But! You asked about faces so you’re likely interested in working on something where all the faces are pretty different.
My suggestion is to make decisions about key parts of the face. That probably doesn’t make sense so let me talk at you some more. The list of facial features I have in my head are eyebrows, eye shape (specifically the bottom lid) bridge of the nose, tip of the nose,the shape of the line between the lips, and jawline. That’s what I look at to make sure I get likenesses. I recently finished up this commission where she wanted a more stylized illustrative piece so I had to put a person’s face in a more simplified style.
I noted how the bridge of her nose was very straight, the tip pointed out, her lip line came to a sharper downward point and she had more of a square jawline. If I were to take this and make a comic about her, I would always make sure I hit that check list in any expression she’s making to give an audience visual cues that this is the same character. Having a list to go back to helps with consistency, or at least appearing consistent. Something you might want to look at are Daria character designs. The style is very simple and allows for the consistency a tv show demands, but characters have their own thing going on in those different parts of the face
the was maybe a lot longer and less helpful than you’d hoped for but I gave it my best shot. Happy drawing!
Dot Matrix - owner of pretty much ever business in Mainframe
I squealed at your art, but the news article is from last year. When Rainmaker first got the rights the only thing they did was try and shut down fan sites. I love ReBoot so much and I hope it works this time.
oh no! what’s the point of shutting down reboot fan sites? those have to be, like, geocities sites from 2001? justice for dot