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SHAPES and Character

Banes at 12:00AM, Feb. 28, 2019


I remember hearing about this notion some time ago, on the dvd special features for an animated movie or show. I don't remember which one.

Characters derived from basic shapes can give a very strong impression of their basic personality type. This can help the audience feel a certain way about the character before the creation does anything. In my opinion, there's something to it!


A character designed around circles has a soft, or at least likable and approachable feel. It's a good way to design a protagonist in certain settings. Examples would be our own kawaiidaigakusei's avatar, The Peanuts and South Park kids, and various manga and anime protagonists and romantic heroes and heroines.


A character designed around a square or rectangle is either a stoic, dependable hero, or tough, sturdy and strong. A powerhouse! See Superman (at least in his animated iterations), Wreck-It Ralph, The Hulk, and the Tazmanian Devil. Of course, SpongeBob Squarepants is a rectangle, but I'm not sure if his personality fits properly…


The triangle is an interesting one. This is often a scheming villain, or if not, a hero we are not entirely comfortable with. Maybe an anti-hero or a somewhat unpredictable character. Check out many Disney villains: Jafar from Aladdin, the Queen from Snow White, Batman, and Pinky from Pinky TA.

Have a good one!


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Banes at 11:30AM, Feb. 28, 2019

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Banes at 11:30AM, Feb. 28, 2019

well, those images are deleted 'cuz photobucket, and it's been a year. it's a useful and interesting subject...and i din' wanna draw something new!

Banes at 11:29AM, Feb. 28, 2019

@jaymonRising - I don't know if it's anything to be 'guilty' about! xD

Gunwallace at 12:23AM, Feb. 28, 2019

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Ozoneocean at 12:22AM, Feb. 28, 2019

Oldie but A goldie... It's great artwork but this is the 3rd time you've used this newspost now man XD

JaymonRising at 12:54AM, Feb. 27, 2019

Yup, I'm guilty with this one: Jim has a round face and is a more dependable and logical/comforting side of me while Shawn has a triangle chin...Plus even Hokusai was known for this:

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