Exaggerating the defining features of your character design will help it appear larger than life. Exaggerated features will also help viewers to identify the character’s key qualities. Exaggeration is key in cartoon caricatures and helps emphasize certain personality traits. If your character is strong, don’t just give it normal-sized bulging arms, soup them up so that they’re five times as big as they should be.
The technique of exaggeration can be applied to characteristics, too. Anna Mantzaris‘ hilarious Enough film shows everyday characters in mundane situations, doing the things we’ve all dreamed of doing on a bad day. “I think it’s fun with animation that you can push things further, and people will still accept it as real,” she says. “With live-action, it would look absurd. You can also push the emotion further.” See also: Exaggerate the curves