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Draw Cartoons: Long Heads

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When drawing cartoon faces, the basic structure is usually the same no matter what character you are drawing. Earlier I showed how to draw round heads. Drawing long heads is a similar procedure, but there are a few differences. In this example I will draw a bulldog, but it can be used for many other creatures as well.

Time: 25 minutes

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Draw an egg shape.

Draw draw a curved vertical line down the middle of the egg to give it dimension. You should also draw a curved vertical line at the back of the head as well, but these should be dashes to differentiate the space between the two.

Repeat this step, only this time draw the lines horizontally.

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to give the character eyes and a snout, draw a butterfly shape, using the lines as a guide. The eyes should be the size between the horizontal and dashed horizontal lines. The snout should be a slightly large mirror image.

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Here, start filling the individual features of the character. Give the character eyebrows, draw a chestnut shaped nose in the centre of the snout, and put in some protruding teeth.

Make the jowl overhang from the original egg shape, put in an upside down 'v' at the base of the egg to create the chin.

Rub out the framework lines.

For the dog's ears, they should be level with the top of the eyebrows. Give them a floppy appearance, by extending the line within the inner ear, further than the joining point.

Draw a curved line from one ear to the other, and rub out the pointy tip of the egg shape to give the character a rounded skull.

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Colour in your character.

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