Facial Recognition

So you like to draw comic book stuff. You create your own characters and start to flesh them out. Each drawing you do you get better and better.

And then it hits you… or someone says… how come everyone you draw is the same?

What am I talking about? Well, I’m sure you have seen this before. Take a look at the illustration I did here. The blue sketch is the basic fundamental structure that is used on the next four drawings to the right of it.

I don’t mean to knock known artists that do this. I don’t know why it happens. It might be subconscious, it might be because no matter what they do their default training has brought them to this point, it might be because they are lazy. I don’t know… Some might say it’s their style.

I think as aspiring artists, (and those out there already in the business that are guilty of this) we need to strive to flesh out our characters more. We need to be able to identify a character not just by their hair colour or costume.

So I challenge you to push yourself and give your characters individuality. It is something that I am going to strive for.

I drew the four characters again. Even though they are all Caucasian males, I can at least tell that they are not all the same. Granted, I don’t feel they reflect the actual characters well enough. I would probably need to spend a lot more time thinking about them and trying things out than just one head drawing to capture them correctly.

Look around you, you probably know a ton of people that you can draw reference from. In this day and age we have the internet, you could base characters around actual people, or even mash them up. Like the nose of this guy, the eyes of this one, the jaw of so and so… and so forth. You get what I mean. You don’t even have to keep the proportions the same, but I encourage you to push the limits.

Next: Who’s that girl? Facial Recognition 2.

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