Monday, March 07, 2011

Work in Progress: another figure

Each kid figure for me at the moment is kind of a hurdle. Kids are tough to draw, and I've been spending a quite a bit of effort and time trying to figure them out.

Drawing Asian Faces

So here's my first attempt at drawing an Asian character. Getting the eyes right was an interesting challenge. The eyes don't have to be more narrow exactly, the lids are just subtly different. The shorthand cartoonist's trick that I discovered was simply to make the lower lid connect with the tear duct. In cartoonist shorthand for western eyes, the lower lid doesn't connect with the tear duct. In a more detailed face you might do that narrower almond shape, but when you're drawing a face this tiny and need less detail, the tear duct trick seems to do the job. It's one of those weird things, like when cartoonists draw teeth as a big white mass, it only looks right if you put gums on the top. If you put gums on the bottom it looks weird. Who knows why?

Of course this is just one way to do it.


  1. I love this drawing. It's very sweet and cute, and captures her personality!

  2. Thanks! The finish is here if you haven't seen it already::