freeglassart said: You may get asked this a lot, so please excuse my ignorance - but how do you go about constructing character expressions and body language and such? Thanks!
Besides The Basics (construction of heads and skulls and muscles and skeletons and how they move), I’ll go over some things I’ve been trying to work on myself lately:
1. Treat expressions as a single gesture of the face/head, as opposed to a head and then individual features dumped on a plate and arranged into an expression.
First, just get down the big shapes of your expression, just like you would for a pose.
So say I wanna do a low angle angry pose. I know the features are gonna be all mashed down at the bottom because of perspective.
Scribble it down
start to put on features
put on more stuff
fix stuff again
erasing and flipping and stuff a whole bunch until you are happy with it or stop caring
Whole head is a gesture!
2. Just like a facial expression, jot down where the important parts of an entire pose goes first. You can force the rest of the body to fit the pose.
So here I knew I wanted the shoulders tilted a certain direction, and te hand to be in that particular position in front of her face.
That’s the simplest explanation I got. Don’t be afraid to push and pull faces and bodies around! Worry about being “on model” last!
Anonymous said: Hi there! So I noticed you break down your torso with two ovals instead of trying to outline the ribcage, that's really interesting! Esp. for dynamic shoulder movement. Did you learn it anywhere specific or did you just kind of figure it out? (:
Oh, that’s something I learned watching my buddy sketch her stuff.
I used to doodle torso in my own way, see left on the picture below. It was somewhat difficult to position the neck and the middle of the chest. Had to draw the collar bone first, which wasn’t a bad way, really. I managed to draw proper anatomy with it.
But as I got deeper into animating stuff, I figured doodling two ovals instead the ribcage alone makes it all easier. It goes faster this way. Take a look at the picture, the second doodle has a nice flow to it and it keeps the body together in this squishy way you can manipulate. Oval, oval, and I know where the neck should be, where the shoulders are, where’ll be the boob gap. Let me link you her videos. She does the thing there.