In this cartoon drawing lesson we are going to use the cute character 'archetype'. In cartooning, "archetypes" help us to communicate ideas about different types of characters. An archetype is a way to describe something universally accepted. While the details vary, you'll recognize this general type of character from many cartoons, from Charlie Brown to Atom Ant, from Felix the Cat to the Smurfs.
The body for a cute character will be basically the same, even when the characters are different. This universal body shape often includes big heads, with small bodies and arms, and legs.
Certain character types will be less similar between genders, but because the cute character takes its features from children's features, these characters are quite similar regardless of gender. They represent a time in life before the body fully matures into an adult or adolescent form, and thus gives it the "cute" appearance. So as you will see, you can use these basic principles to create a boy, girl or animal characters. So click through to the next page and let's get started!
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