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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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heartle55 Oct 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
make another one of these please!
This are really good :D
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 ;)
Awesome expressions! Can you look at my pics because I believe my anatomy is wrong in some way.. :/
Sure thing, but it looks like you have only 2 pics, which one do you want me to look at?
Um the simpsons one
drawitbig Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This will help me a lot! For a character I have I'll really need this! [link]
..good job, thank u! :)
This helped a lot! Faved. :) ^^
Adenora Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist
Good tutorial! Thank you! :)
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