http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/M ... Snowflakes
Captain LeBubbles wrote:This may have been answered before, but I'm late to the party, so: did you intentionally have Stan and Lisa's Dad look similar, or was that just a hilarious accident?
Accident. You design enough characters, eventually two of them look alike. (This is especially true when most of your comics are black and white.
lists many counterexamples. It does note it's easier to do when you're not concerned about making everyone particularly attractive.
Heh. "The Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang contains approximately 8,000 terracotta soldiers. And each one looks different. "
Not quite what I'm talking about. Even snowflakes look similar,
even if only in comparison to how different other snowflakes look. I'd be willing to bet that if you look at most cases where the overall cast of characters (including minor extras like Mr. Winklemeyer) exceeds 50, you'll probably find two who are similar enough that you'd say "they could be related..." And I was speaking of Gisele's work as a whole, which means the number would be more like 125 by now.
"Particularly attractive" is a factor too, especially when it comes to Gisele's work. I've teased her occasionally for not being ABLE to draw unattractive people.
This is also assuming other "cheats" aren't factors. I note with no small satisfaction that Guilded Age
is one of the examples at that link, but it has an easier time keeping things varied, considering that it's juggling a variety of fantasy races.