How to differentiate between a cool boy and a cute boy illustration
3 points for drawing a cool boy and a cute boy illustration
The key to making your characters striking is to differentiate them from others.
Today we are going to learn how to differentiate between male illustrations, between a cool boy illustration and a cute boy illustration.
The left image above is the cool boy and the right image is the cute boy.
There are 3 points that are important to make the characters different.
- Position of the eyebrows
- Shape of the nose
- Neck thickness
To make them easier to see, the points are surrounded by red circles.
Point 1. Position of the eyebrows
If you are drawing a cool boy, close the distance between the eyes and eyebrows.
This makes the face look chiseled and gives a cool vibe.
For a cute boy, on the other hand, you can separate the distance between the eyes and eyebrows to make the character look cute.
You can also separate the distance between the eyebrows.
Point 2. Shape of the nose
You can draw the nose sharply from the right below the eyebrows to make it look cool.
Draw discreet lines if you want it to look cute.
These are both male characters though, so instead of drawing no line at all, you might want to draw at least short lines to make your characters look like boys.
Point 3. Neck thickness
Draw strong, thick necks for cool boys.
If you are drawing monochrome illustrations, you could add shadows along with the neck muscles.
For cute boys, make their necks a little thinner.
Be careful not to make them too slim.
How to arrange facial parts beautifully in balance
In addition, to make the facial parts look beautiful and balanced, you should draw the eyes and mouth so that they fit into an equilateral triangle, as shown above.
If this balance were to collapse…
The facial design would lose its shape.
This happens when you draw characters with long shaped faces, so be careful!
Hairstyle to match the facial atmosphere
I gave the characters hairstyles to match their facial moods.
Hairstyles are another crucial element in making characters impressive.
If you can differentiate between cool and cute faces, it will expand your characters’ expressions!
I hope you find this tutorial useful.
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