Ques­tion

How do you draw people, while keep­ing your lines to a min­i­mum? Kenny Har­ri­son, US

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An­swer

Tony replies

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.

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