Exaggerating and distorting the head

One of the great things about cartooning is the ability to stretch and distort things in a way that helps give life to the art. You can distort your character's head to convey emotion, expressions, and exaggerated reactions to what's happening around him. If a character is yelling, for example, exaggerating the length of the head as the character's mouth widens and opens can visually express to the reader how loud the yelling is.

Figure 6-5 shows an example of a distorted head at rest. A head at rest is one that's not talking or moving around or listening to another character talk, for example. However, the head in Figure 6-5 stretches even more, giving the impression that the yelling is getting louder. You can draw this in a series of panels in a comic for effectiveness.

You can also distort a head to express an exaggerated emotion. Figure 6-6 shows an angry figure who's yelling. Notice how distorted the shape of the head is. Also notice how the mouth is wide open in exaggerated fashion. The head is also leaning slightly forward in an aggressive manner, which gives the reader the sense that the character is really upset and screaming loudly.

can be used

Figure 6-4:

A triangle head shape to create a variety of character types.

can be used

Figure 6-4:

A triangle head shape to create a variety of character types.

Figure 6-5:

Distorting or exaggerating the head can help convey emotions like excitement or anger.

Figure 6-5:

Distorting or exaggerating the head can help convey emotions like excitement or anger.

Exaggerating Emotions

Figure 6-6:

This guy is yelling so loud he may wake the dead!

Figure 6-6:

This guy is yelling so loud he may wake the dead!

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