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Unique Features Tutorial: Pt 3 by jeinu Unique Features Tutorial: Pt 3 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!

Check out part 1:The Body-
Check out part 2:Lady Faces-

Part 3: Male Faces! Long awaited I know. I'm terrible. Next one's in two-three months, on age and weight! I am quite terrible at giving estimates. Hopefully it'll come out in August!

All those characters up there are copyrighted to their respective owners, I do not claim ownership to any of them.

This tutorial series was inspired in part by an article on the TvTropes website. Click there to see more examples!
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cutabelle Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This is great
ahldskjsjkgdf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
Oh no... seing how these subtle changes affect the whole character's personality makes me worry about my lack of concern about keeping proportions and features regular from scene to scene D: . From now I think I'll pay more attention to them in order to keep a realistic, constant personality all the way through with your advice in mind. Thanks a lot.
VirtualDesignerVixen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job on this tutorial!
Nizrindane Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woahhhhh This will be helpful!
GlyphBellchime Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This will come in handy. Thank you.
PaperAnomaly Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! thanks a lot!
nanaIchiigo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Hey there!
I found your tutorials through a tumblr post and I have to tell you, I'm so glad for this! I've only just come back to drawing (had quite a long break) and now that I've somewhat achieved my own style, I wanted to tackle this exact topic, but I was rather unsure how to start. You gave me really cool input, so thanks a lot for that :)
yihzi Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
really nice tutorial !
Phoenix677 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This will help me with my manga so it will not look like the faces are the same thank you very much.
waterystar Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very useful and well presented tutorial.
Terenazar Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student General Artist
I found this and our other Unique tutorials and I almost cried.  Thank you so much for making these!!
CrystalGreene Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
please do more tuts! you make THE BEST tuts on DA............ no joke. (tyesha and ai-bee are good too but dont have as many as you either.)

NEED MOAR TUTS! Jester Juggle - NaNoEmo14 Day 6 
varletlegion Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Facial hair lineup.

Row two. The second guy to the left.

Looks just like Iningo Montoya.

You killed my father.

Prepare to die.
opaller Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Isso ajuda muito! Valeu!!
BouCoupDinkyDau Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice.  Thank you for this.
HopeSwings777 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Somebody, send this tut and the other two in the series to every producer of anime and manga. Please!I like and collect anime and manga, but sometimes it is just too damn hard to tell the characters apart! Seriously!
imaginaryelle Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse me while I just favorite this whole series. Thanks!
Willsdarklady Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm such the beginner, & this is so wonderfully helpful. thank you for posting this! Clap 
random-ftw Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
this is really helpful !
Junsei-san Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is perfect
DANNPAINAPPURU Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW oUo!!! StareDad:plz: 

Estoy sorprendido de este tutorial!!

Explica de forma excelente los diferentes tipos de cabezas y sus formas de dibujarlas... en verdad nos servira de ayuda... muchas gracias!! ^_^ 

I'm surprised this tutorial! StareDad:plz: 

Excellently explains the different types of heads and ways of drawing them ... will serve us really help ... thank you very much!!!^_^ 
capensis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial!
Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
You drew Inigo Montoya
SublunaryComet Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for these!  They are very helpful!
ScribbleMutt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is fantastic, thank you!
Croquettecat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!! ^ w ^ 
Zombier Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
Thank you so much...
The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial :) Thanks for making and sharing it!
SpicePrincess Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I hope you don't mind I added this 3 part tutorial to my Monster High character creation/development guide!
Thank you so much for making this beautiful nugget of beautiful information.
jeinu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for linking me! I'm glad you found it useful enough to include in your guide, I hope others find it informative as well :--)
SpicePrincess Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
No probs! 
It's such a huge headache when everyone's ocs in a fandom look like barbie dolls from the same mold. Or characters for anything really.
I'm glad I found this...just wish I had sooner XD
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SweetenedVenom Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again!
MoonchildLadyShadow Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your facial hair <3 I honestly stopped looking at the rest and kinda got stuck on how lovely it was X3
Lykos-Ultra Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If someone paid for a commission of part 4 would that get it done faster? Just a thought...
jeinu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i hate to say it, but yeah. Paid work gets moved to the front of my schedule. 
thesilverhaze Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when you draw the faces do you use a base first (big oval and then draw the lines for eyes, noses etc) or just draw the shape instantly...?
i'm sorry if my question is confusing...
jeinu Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dno't worry it's not confusing. For faces that I'm familiar with (like characters in my comics) I don't usually need to sketch the underlying structure because I've drawn it so many times. But for most characters, I do draw the underlying circles and basic shapes to make sure I've got it right.
Valravna Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have any tips on drawing for example a tall male and a short female, without making the female look like a little kid? Generally drawing height differences in a good way?
jeinu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If they are adults, I would suggest making the woman more obviously grown up (curves and the like). if the female character is more boyish looking however, then i'd suggest making changes to the face (making eyes smaller primarily; large eyes on a small character makes people assume they're a child).

anytime that you do big height differences like that you should particularly keep in mind that the head-to-body ratio and the eyes-to-face ratio! big head, small body with big eyes makes people assume "child" (say, for instance, the head takes up 1/4 of the entire character's height). If you keep the head-to-body ratio higher (like 1/6 or 1/7 for cartoony figures) people will likewise assume they are older, because those are the proportions that come with growing into adulthood.
Valravna Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ever so much for your time!
YamiSelina Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose after so many years there won't be part 4? :iconfacepokerplz:
jeinu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have plans on making it an 8 part series but I have mega lagged on it recently.. plus being busy and all. every time someone comes into the comments here and bugs me about it, it gives me a boost of energy to do an illustration or two for it though!! but i haven't totally abandoned it
YamiSelina Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can totally understand that. ^^
If you want to, I can come here and bug you every once in a while, maybe once in a few weeks or how your time schedule would allow it, then you can always illustrate a few things and some day it'll be finished :meow:

Also, THANK YOU for making this tutorial! I'm currently trying to design 4 new OCs [I like the story I thought of so now they need names and looks XD] and this has been really helpful, especially the body structure! ^^ Somehow I realize that I mostly used the "Rectangle" type of body ^^; Though, since I still need to make decent references of my OCs I guess I can still change that and say the old drawings look so different because of my lack of drawing skill.
So now my sharkfolk OC has the inverted triangle body type, the orcafolk one is probably going to be rather muscular and for the other two [dolphinfolk and lungfishfolk] I still gotta think of one later :p [Though I'd probably better work on one at a time, otherwise I'll only be confused :S]
Sorry for the spam ;_;
jeinu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lmao i'd be fine with someone bugging me every now and then to get it done! i'm glad this series was able to help you out this much too, always great to hear that :--)
PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Really awesome tutorial series! 

As someone who's a beginner in character designing (and I've always wanted to use different features and body types for my characters! :la:), these are all really helpful! :hug: I love the tone and sense of humor! :lmao: It's really understandable (love the questions, they're good for second thoughts on a design), and pretty encouraging to beginners. The layout is really well done too. :D

Continue sharing your knowledge with the curious, and nurture improvement! Have a nice day~
jeinu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm glad this was so helpful for you :--)
IridescentDragoness Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These tutorials are all great! I'm going to have to try some of these tips.

M'kay, now how do I draw Benedict Cumberbatch?
jeinu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've actually been considering doing an addendum for this series specifically for drawing caricatures for people without them being too realistic but still recognizable.. Knowing me, it probably won't happen for a few months, so in the meantime just try singling out his most unique features (long face, broad cheekbones and high, narrow eyes with shaggy hair) for now >.>
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