Focusing on all those teeth

A mouth wouldn't be a mouth without teeth (ask any great white shark and he'll tell you the same). A character's teeth can say so much: Nice, straight teeth give the impression that your character is an upstanding, honest person, while crooked or missing teeth can give the impression that your character may be a hillbilly or a rough bully type who lost some teeth in a fight. And big teeth can give a cartoon character a goofy or wacky look.

To draw teeth, utilize the center guideline so that the upper row of two front teeth line up in the middle with the center of the face. The left teeth should be on the left side of the vertical guideline, and the right teeth should be on the right side of the guideline. The top row of teeth is generally larger than the bottom, and the width of teeth gets slightly thinner as the teeth move toward the corners of the mouth. Figure 6-23 has a variety of styles and shapes of teeth for you to consider and study when creating a set for your own characters. Who knew cartooning and cosmetic dentistry could overlap?!

Figure 6-23:

Don't forget to floss!

Figure 6-23:

Don't forget to floss!

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