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 :)
1. LOOK FOR REFERENCE IMAGES

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

2. STUDY THE CHARACTER’S FACIAL FEATURES

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