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!
Something really fun is that almost all of my clothes are sopping wet, and I don’t really have a good way of drying them. I need to be wearing something in 2 hours!
mightyriot replied to your post “I’m tempted to say 1 to 15 but that seems like a bit too much work…”
Good work around though. Poor answers of 15, though to be fair I guess that one could be true for about 80% of female characters, on TV at least. Lol at my new picture. I will now proceed to send everyone lots of asks.
I really like Game of Thrones, but poor Sansa and Arya, they’re having a horrible time. I guess I should really have watched a couple of episodes from the new series of DW, but I can’t be bothered to spend the little time I do have on it.
Also at first I thought you were judging my answers for 15 - “poor, could have tried harder”. As a payback for asking if you even listen to HHGTTG :)
Where are you?
I’m at home briefly.
Cho Chang is like fifteen when a boy tries to change the subject and she replies “But I need to talk about it,” which 1) HERO, LIFE GOALS, and 2) she then adds “Surely you need to talk about it too” like she’s worried about this dude’s mental health while also pleading for a kindred spirit. Protect this child.