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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!

rufftoon:

makanidotdot:

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

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start to put on features

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fix stuff

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put on more stuff

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fix stuff again

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erasing and flipping and stuff a whole bunch until you are happy with it or stop caring

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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. 

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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.

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mikikoponczeck:

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?

cosplay-gamers:

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

zoocanvas:

Animating and Drawing 4-Legged Animals
(Author Unknown)

ricelily:

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"

"Soliloquy"

Suggested Reading/Books:

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

Exercises/Practices/Tutorials:

Lettering

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?
Anonymous

characterandwritinghelp:

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.

-Headless

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