Consider line quality
The drawn lines of which your character design is composed can go some way to describing it. Thick, even, soft and round lines may suggest an approachable, cute character, whereas sharp, scratchy and uneven lines might point to an uneasy and erratic character.
Ørum recommends balancing straight and curved lines. “Straight lines and curves give your character design a rhythm. A straight line (or a simple line) leads the eye quickly, while a curved (or detailed line) slows down the eye.’
It’s also worth considering the balance between stretch and compression. “Even a neutral pose can lead the eye by applying these two approaches, resulting in effective character design,” says Ørum.