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Unique Features Tutorial: Pt 1 by jeinu Unique Features Tutorial: Pt 1 by jeinu
Hey! I have two webcomics where you can see this in action: Miamaska and Trial of the Sun. If you liked these tutorials give them a shot!

part 2: female faces here
part 3:male faces here

WELL ! I felt like making a handful of tutorials after taking some notes for myself and this is the result. I hope somebody out there finds this a little helpful. The next two parts will focus solely on faces, and i think everyone will find them much more interesting. Just wanted to get this one out of the way first.

See if you can guess all the characters on the bottom !!! All are copyrighted to their respective owners, I do not claim ownership to any of them.
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LedianWithACamera Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
is that second one crazy frog
Vaultdroid Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Hmm, I'm going to gamble and say the characters are:

Cruella DeVille, the main potagonist from Psychonauts, Bugs Bunny, TF2's Medic, Crash Bandicoot, Mckey mouse and Carl(?) from UP.
I really need to learn to develop a sense of body shape, all my characters kinda look the same... This looks really useful though! Thank you! :D
Wow it really helped me thanks
AwesomeRaptor21 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
Faving for future use
xemprox Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Helpful post. I like it very much. :3
VirtualDesignerVixen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpful. Thanks for posting this!
Ashen-Phoenix Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The concept of unique silhouettes was something that struck a real chord with me. Nicely done tutorial!
Black-Velvet-Sama Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
characters on the bottom left to right
Cruella D'vil - Disney's 101 dalmatians
Razputin Aquato - Psychonauts
Bugs Bunny - Looney Toons
Medic - Team fortress
Crash Bandicoot - Game of same name
Mickey Mouse
Carl Fredrickson - Pixar's Up
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting and good! I write, rather than draw, but the same basic ideas apply to writers, vary your characters, both as to body type and personality.
The former of these is a problem for me in two ways, I have a strong preference for one kind of women's shape, and worse, a lot of my characters are at least loosely based on people I have known, and while each one was very individual in many ways, basic body type wasn't one of them, all were curvy, tending to quite busty. It's the kind of figure I've had a liking for for many decades, and isn't likely to change. Makes physical description more difficult because the types are quite similar.
However that may be, this is very good about pointing to ways of avoiding my trap. Again, well done.
alittleofsomething Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're a life savior.
FishingJB Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
Ayior Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Razputin AND the Medic. Awesome.
(Plus Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, The guy from Up, I think the Villain 1st from Layton and idk :D

Great tutorial!
Daphne-Phantom Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist
Honestly, from the silhouettes I could only make out Mickey and Bugs. However, your advice is certainly a wake up call! I'll try to vary my seven characters body shapes. But considering only two of the are have hit puberty, I'll have to find other ways.
Katrinava Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know're right! You're completely right! I'll try making my characters different.
Rad-Puppeteer Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really useful! I've been stuck making the same bodied characters for quite a while so this will help me get out of that rut!
Crystalline-Fantasy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Take note, Dinsey
SterileRitalin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
old joke is old
AstraIKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student General Artist
McP13 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Digital Artist
And that's how Medic lost his medical license.
YunikoYokai Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! There are tons of resources for female characters but if you are like me and have 7 male characters...well, it becomes so much harder to try and make them physically unique. 

Quick question: have you any tips for creating a male body/face structure that is fairly feminine? I am creating a character that is described has having a feminine build but I'm not sure what the best features to exaggerate/soften are.

Thanks again!
jeinu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do have some tips regarding that in part 3, towards the top. For body structure specifically, I would actually recommend doing an exercise where you draw the character as the opposite sex a few times (and each time, give a different body structure; curvy, slight, athletic, etc). This'll help you to recognize what you want from the design (narrower shoulders, less muscular build) as well as what you don't want (perhaps breasts and an hourglass figure might be too girly). 
YunikoYokai Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant, thank you very much!
Clashe Featured By Owner Edited Jul 29, 2014
Awesome tutorial, thank you! Any suggestions for when you're making fanart from source material in which most of the characters already look similar or have similar body types ( because of the art style)?
jeinu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'd either recommend exaggerating the most unique characteristics already given to a character or making the character's personality a part of the design. So maybe for one example, if one character is friendly and bubbly, I'd give them a rounder face, bigger eyes, very open and expressive face. A mean-spirited or cruel character, I'd likely lengthen the face, give a lower brow on smaller eyes, make them a little gaunter. That's probably a little cliche, but it'd help to differentiate them at least haha.
Clashe Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
ah okay, thank you for the advice! :)
imaginaryelle Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! This is pretty much exactly the kickstart I was looking for. Thanks!
Hatsumiyo-momichi Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing , thank you so much for sharing!
Theres nothing as boring as the typical clone body type in manga style D;
cg-E Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
you get dumb watching all this weird shapes.. thats why i prefere manga, they dont "mess" with body shapes. cartoon is so dumb D;
AdventurerClicks Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Artist
So very helpful. Thank you very much for this. 
Moguryuu Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how the examples at the bottom included two characters (Raz and Crash) from my two biggest influences when it comes to drawing different body types lol
treegarchie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This was extremely helpful, i've slowly been developing my own manga style though time, I've been careful with different body type for men and women, but this shows how you can play with shapes to create a more unique cartoony feel and that's what I was looking for. Thank you so much!
PseudonoobDA Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I couldn't recognise the first two silhouettes. 
AngieAngel3 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

hmm... maybe i'll try to draw Humanized versions of my OCs

















By my self

Mithrilanna Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I really like the way you have broken this down
Pieces-Mod Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have at least 3 characters with the hourglass shape...the second one that is.
FoxTone Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah wow! Thanks for making this! Now do you have any tips on a art style? Somedays I wish my art style was different and more cartoony but then I want to make it more realistic...
jeinu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art style is something that will develop over time, so I guess the best advice I can give is to just keep drawing reguarly. Borrowing from other artists is fine, but always remember going back and understanding the basics (realistic life drawing, gestures, portraits etc) will solidify whatever style you choose. 
maddiethehedgie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see you Raz :pft: 
DyingMarshmallows Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Holy shit! Thank you so much for this tutorial!
RoseHeartStudios Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Even though I try to do this anyway, this is such a great visual reminder.  Thanks for sharing!  
LilietBorodina Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013

Woohooo! Thank you very much! I could never draw the same character twice, except by accident, but now, with this awesome reference material, I decided to give it another try... and it works! Character drawn with the same face and body types actually look alike!

You. Are. Awesome.

CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love that how they can help us.
Shawasia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful, thank you :)
HissingRaven Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
This really helps!!!!!
Halasaar01 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Artist
I always like these tuts!!!
mrnekokat Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a good thing.
HolyScream Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Thanks a lot for this, great tutorial! :D
xenodelphii Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i absolutely love your tutorials! thank you! :D
Leone-Legender Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Me: Whoa nice tutorials man, really helped,

*read : "hey have a look at my webcomic" *

Me: Yeah sure, pretty fair, let's take a look at the ...


Me:... oh god , what?! It can't be, I just found the author of one of my favorite webcomics by accident, fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

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