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6 Simple Steps for Modelling Cute Characters

Posted August 19, 2016 by Carlos Lischetti


When modelling characters in sugar the proportions of the figurines affect whether they look cute or more realistic. If you want to make cute characters like Carlos Lischetti does, follow these simple steps from his best-selling book, Animation in Sugar.
1. Basic Proportions
Carlos Lischetti basic sugar modelling proportions guide for a person

If you make the head (A) roughly the same size as the torso (B) you will end up with a cute-looking character. You can vary this head:torso ratio if you want to create a specific type of figure, but this basic rule applies if you want to create cute human or animal characters.

2. Arms and Legs
Carlos Lischetti modelling arms and legs in sugar

When creating a human-like character, take the modelled head or torso as a unit of measurement: a good height for a person is five or six heads high, the legs are two-and-a-half heads long, and the arms should fall slightly higher than the knees.

3. Stylizing your Figures
Carlos Lischetti stylizing sugar model figures

I would always encourage you to discover your own cute proportions for modelling and to use the ones suggested here as a starting point. As well as experimenting with different head:torso ratios you can make the legs, arms or neck longer to stylize the character.

4. Babies and Children
Carlos Lischetti modelling babies and children out of sugar

You can portray different ages simply by moving the eyes. Once you have made the head, draw an imaginary line across the middle of the face. To make a young person, place the eyes below this line.

5. Older Characters
Carlos Lischetti modelling older characters out of sugar

For an older person place the eyes on or above the imaginary middle line. As a rule the higher the eyes are above the line the older the character looks.

6. Creating Expressions
Carlos Lischetti creating expressions on sugar models

The eyebrows are part of an imaginary circle that sits around the eye: this imaginary circle can be stretched or squashed to achieve different expressions.

7. Attaching the Ears
Carlos Lischetti how to attach ears to your sugar model

The height of the ears should be between the eyes and the base of the nose.

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