Do you want to simplify a face of a certain character, but still capture the likeness? I’ve put together a list of tips for you :)

I usually use Google Images or Pinterest. Search for:
  • Images of the character’s ‘real’ face (how it looks like in the movie/animation). Make sure you have at least one image showing the face from the front (so that you can see the correct proportions and distances between the features of the face).
  • Cartoony images of the character. There’s so many inspirations out there – toys, drawings, clay figures, kawaii illustrations… Someone out there has probably already simplified the face you are trying to make :) Print the images you like the most. I suggest printing them the same size you want the topper to be, so that they can be a size and shape guide.

Templates used: Cute Princess


Look at the character’s face and determine what makes the face recognizable and unique (which features are important to capture the likeness). Look at:
  • the shape of the head
  • the positioning, size and shape of:
    • eyes
    • nose
    • mouth/lips
    • eyebrows
    • ears
    • distances between the above features
  • the hair:
    • colour and length
    • hairline (where does it start and what’s the shape of it)
  • other characteristic elements such as colour of skin, wrinkles, headwear, hair decorations