How do you draw people, while keeping your lines to a minimum? Kenny Harrison, US
If you’re just going for the simplest image that can represent a human face, one thoughtful line can do the trick. The goal of many pioneering animators was to convey emotion and depth of character with as few lines as possible, so the films could be animated relatively quickly. This economy of drawing resulted in many of the cartooning styles we know today. See Milt Kahl’s original sketches for Alice in Wonderland to see how much can be done with just a few lines.
Considering how sensitive our ability to see faces is, you can get away with just drawing the features that you think are the most important. Maybe it’s just eyes and a mouth, or a nose and some eyebrows, but the idea is to boil your subject down to its most important bits.
Use colour to spice up your lines a bit. Lock the layer first to keep everything nice and tidy. Shapes that echo the eyes, nose or mouth can engage viewers, and putting enough information
in your line(s) to suggest all three will
create a face.