The animated M&M candies characters have been around since 1995 when they were introduced as part of an advertising campaign for the brand. The red, yellow, green, orange and blue M&Ms were each given an animated character, each with a distinctive personality and attitude. The characters are now popular subjects for graffiti artists and illustrators alike, thanks to their simple-but-expressive features and body shapes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Marker pen
Use a pencil to draw the character before going over it in marker pen. Draw two oblongs for the eyes. For the yellow and green characters, these are quite long thin oblongs, while for the others they are just slightly stretched circles. Draw in a curved line inside of each, forming the crescent shapes of the eye lids. Draw in the black dots of the pupils and the crescents of the eye brows above each eye. The positions of these three elements define the character's expression, so draw raised eyebrows and lowered lids for a cool look, but scowling brows with slit eyes for anger. The green M&M also has thick eye lashes.
Draw the mouth. Again the expression will decide the shape you choose. The characters are usually drawn with smirk or a slit of a smile pulled open at one side, so draw a sweeping smile shape and open it up to one side of the eyes. The green character is drawn with full lips, so put a soft M shape above and below the centre of her mouth line. For an open mouth draw a large half circle or half oblong with the flat edge turned upwards toward the eyes. Draw an M shape in the bottom of the mouth for the tongue and draw a central line on it. Now colour the rest of the mouth in black.
Draw the body shape to fit around the facial features. The eyes sit right at the top of the body with the mouth just less than half way down. Draw the "m" beneath the mouth.
Draw on tubes for the arms and legs. Pose them to fit the facial expression; folded arms for cool, a big wave for dopey etc. Draw any props you want the character to be holding and draw the hand around it. Don't worry about the lines for the hand and the prop overlapping for now, they can be rubbed out later.
Draw on the shoes and rub out any overlapping lines left on the drawing. Go over all the lines with marker pen. Angle the pen as you mark each line so that the thickness of the line changes. Use this technique to thicken and accentuate the central, protruding sections of lines such as the top of the arch of the eyelids.
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