I couldn't draw a human figure if my life depended on it, so I've tried drawing the Katawa Shōjo girls as stick figures, in an ‘artsy’ attempt I've called xKSd (as an obvious pun between KS and XKCD).

My first attempt seemed pretty satisfactory to me (to the point that I felt it was good enough to share on reddit), with the idea that future work would be aimed at tuning the pose or something like that, and remarking that I might have gotten something wrong in my calculations.

xKSd (v0)

xKSd (v0)

Apparently, the image was successful enough to be linked even from the official Katawa Shōjo forum, where it was promply demolished by pointing out that I had gotten the head/body proportions all wrong: due to a brain slip, I had essentially doubled the size of the heads of all characters (using the diameter as radius), achieving a ‘chibi’ effect, as my wife likes to call it (even though the proportions are slightly over 1:4 rather than the 1:2 or 1:3 ratio to which the ‘chibi’ term has ended up referring at least as a Western import).

So I set up to correct the drawing and achieve the intended 1:8 proportions. After some distractions and recomputing, the base image has finally been completed. This is then how it was intended to look like:

xKSd (base)

xKSd (base)

Honestly, I can't say that I'm particularly satisfied with the result. Overall, the previous version, while less correct in terms of proportions, has a better visual appeal.

Am I still getting something wrong in my calculations? Or could it be that ‘chibi’ proportions are more appropriate for stick figures, since the lack of ‘thickness’ in the torso makes them otherwise appear abnormally long?

Whatever the case, it definitely looks like my work here isn't done yet.