Character Design


Outside the Studio Ghibli Museum. This is one of the only photos I have of the museum since photos were not allowed once we entered the building. You can tell it’s the Studio Ghibli Museum if you look at what is on the roof. ;P

And yes to answer the questions in regards to whether or not there have been One Piece characters present in all my Japan pics so far. I did say early on that my obsession with the show was reignited ;). It doesn’t help that I have a small One Piece line-up currently hanging over my computer. My only regret after leaving Japan is not trying harder to find more One Piece keychains so I could have the whole main crew hanging on my board. ;P

A height chart I made free to use. This chart is intended for character artists drawing characters who can be of far above average adult human height, such as athletes and fantastic races.

HOW TO USE: The chart goes by American feet and inches; feel free to convert metric measurements or modify the chart yourself. The thicker dotted line indicates the 6 inch line, meaning the height is halfway to the full foot in measurement. The thinner  dotted lines indicate 3 and 9 inch lines above the 6 inch, should your character be taller or shorter. You can then roughly guess where to place your character’s height should they be on any other measurement such as 2 inches, 4 inches, etc.

The rest is simply eyeballed. Draw your characters side by side, in however order you want, to compare each others’ heights. Not only is this useful in designing diverse heights, but especially to maintain consistent scale between characters should they interact.


  • As much as possible, keep the characters’ feet flat on the bottommost line to keep heights accurate. Avoid drawing thick heels. If your character MUST wear heels, the heels of the feet themselves (not the footwear) must be drawn along the bottommost line and then you can just extend the feet below that line accordingly.
  • Dynamic poses are fine, but bear in mind they often tilt the character or have them bend their hips, legs, or spine, which can shave off some height. Keep your poses fairly simple and static, or at least their backs straight and head high.
  • Hats and other headwear don’t count. You can, though, include an outline or copy of the character with and without the headwear.
  • Hair is not indicative of height; even someone with unstyled straight, thin hair can deceive the eyes of true height. Draw your character “bald” first before adding the hair to maintain height accuracy.
  • If you are drawing anthros or some other fantastic races, head height is what you should use to indicate true character height while other physical attributes such as long ears or attanae are to be added accordingly.

And that’s all there is too it! If you can’t fit all your characters in this chart, you are more than welcome to adjust it accordingly, or even crop off some of it if none of your characters reach higher than the 6 feet range. How you use this chart is entirely up to you.

I would appreciate credit and a reblog/link of your work if you choose to use this!

Happy drawing!