How can I draw three girls who look like sis­ters, and avoid them from look­ing the same?

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An­thony Dufraine, US

Nick replies

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.

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