How can I draw three girls who look like sisters, and avoid them from looking the same?
Anthony Dufraine, US
All we’re talking about here is family resemblance. I need to convey the similarity of features – enough to show that certain individuals have come from the same gene pool. Let’s take three sisters as requested, and naturally avoid identical triplets because that dodges the question.
I’m looking to deliver similarities, not perfectly matching features. So I need to be aware that general build and physique plays a significant part, unless I need to deliberately contrast the individuals for some reason. A fat versus thin, or short versus tall sister for example (which may be attributed to the builds of two parents). I have a tendency towards caricature, but that should help here.
Assuming these are the first characters I’m creating (in other words, there are no parents or other relatives to refer to), then an easy way to begin is to decide on a prominent feature or face shape. Do they have a large or small nose, prominent ears or a lantern jaw? What shape are their eyes? A character’s eyes are always important because they’re one of the first things that a viewer will look at.
Pick a feature, or features with character that you
can have on all three. Note the big ears, chisel
nose and small mouth.
Distinctive facial features such as a high forehead can be applied to all three characters, reinforcing the family connection.