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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


fix stuff


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!image


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!

All great tips, plus bonus Zhao.



Hey everyone,

Even though the issue with the art thieves is not yet resolved, I got a few messages that made me think this post might be useful/necessary for all you artists out there. It’s just a short summary but hopefully it will clear up some questions.

What’s copyrighted on the internet?


The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim - Daedric Armor by Cat-Sup


Animating and Drawing 4-Legged Animals
(Author Unknown)


All these pages are 8.5x11, 300 dpi. Feel free to print it out in full size if you like physical copies

Comics and Comic Artists

Jake Wyatt- deviantart tumblr

"Welcome To Summers"


Suggested Reading/Books:

Scott McCloud’s “Making Comics” (entirely done in comic format)



Speech Bubbles Mistakes

Paint Bucket Resource

Storyboarding and Camera angles

What is DPI?

Transferring Traditional to Digital (Photoshop Tutorial)

My question for you: I have trouble when it comes to creating place names for cities/towns in my character's world. Any advice/tips?


Check out our super-fabulous naming tag and our first Writer SOS post about naming people and places (honesty time: I waited to answer this question because I was still researching and completing that post!).

When it comes to naming cities and towns, there are a few naming conventions you can observe if you so choose. You can name it:

  • After a part of its surrounding geography (after a natural feature or in geographical relation to something else)
  • After its founder or a prominent historical figure
  • After what the town does or serves as (such as Coalville)
  • After nothing at all, and use a name you happen to like

Alternatively, you can decide to create a name completely from scratch. There are no rules for creating names. You can:

  • Create a set of rules (or if you have an established conlang, use those)
  • Use conlang rules and words with the above naming conventions
  • Pluck a name from thin air
  • Smash letters together and rearrange them into a readable/pronounceable order

Naming places is tough, I hope this helps you out of your rut.



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