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Tutorial: Expressive Drawings by Morpheus306 Tutorial: Expressive Drawings by Morpheus306
The most important part to drawing any character is to observe what real people do and how they use thier bodies to act out certains emotions. Watching movies, etc. is a good start. Watching the Simpsons is a good reference point because it's all about real life acting. You wouldn't think it but homer moves more like a real human than you think. Another important factor, in animation especially, is that no character should be standing straight up and down. No one in real life does it either, even army kids don't stand completely up and down, their backs are slightly arched.
The one thing that will really bring your drawings to life is the 'line of action' or the imaginary line that dictates how the body will move. You can also think of it as the back bone of a character. This line should always be used in setting up a pose, as you can see in the pic I posted, I get a wide range of emotions with no faces using only their bodies. When all else fails, get up and see how your body bends and shapes when trying to act out emotions. Think to yourself, "how would I be if I just hit a dog with my bike?" or, 'What are different ways I can clap?"
I think the one thing I see the most with people learning to draw is they jump into the details too quickly. They want to get the facial expression and details of the face before establishing the body. I suggest doing what I have done and fill up some pages of thumbnail sketches portraying as many expressions as possible. The body language should always come first, the face just backs it up.
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AF20cartoons Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
So I can Possibly try one of this poses??

With doodles?

I mean, I just draw without skecth
heartle55 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
make another one of these please!
FireryBubbles Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist
This are really good :D
MonsterNooks Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
I've just realized that i do the detail's way to quick when really i just need to take time to get used to doing the pose and gestures first :) thanks for making me realize ;)
OminousHaze Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist
Awesome expressions! Can you look at my pics because I believe my anatomy is wrong in some way.. :/
Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Sure thing, but it looks like you have only 2 pics, which one do you want me to look at?
OminousHaze Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist
Um the simpsons one
drawitbig Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This will help me a lot! For a character I have I'll really need this! [link]
road2wisdom Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
..good job, thank u! :)
M-B-Skye Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
This helped a lot! Faved. :) ^^
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