I make quite a lot of amigurumi creatures and so am interested in the science of “cute”. So many times I’ve made things where the shape is fine, it looks like the idea I had at the beginning, but it’s just not “cute”.
Take this helicopter I’ve just made for example:
I was making it for my 2 year old nephew, and as such it is fine for him, he will love it, but it’s not what I’d call “cute”
Google’s definition of cute is:
Attractive in a pretty or endearing way
But is there a formula to achieving cuteness?
The website CartoonBrew, lists the following as attributes of cuteness
- Head large in relation to the body.
- Eyes spaced low on the head and usually wide and far apart.
- Fat legs, short and tapering down into small feet for type.
- Tummy bulges—looks well fed.
And I guess it does follow the above attributes, but as for my helicopter, I think I need to go back to the drawing board. Watch this space for a new updated version of the helicopter, once I’ve been off and “cutified” it.