Your questions Artist Q&A
Tina Wright, US
How to paint directional pull, depth, glowing heat, light sources, quick reflections, moods and much more.
When yanking your character about in an action scene, consider the physics of the situation and how it affects the human body. Arms and legs will fly and flap about, and their positions can be used to highlight the motion you want to convey. When people stumble or fall, they’ll often make frantic motions to try to correct their balance. Capturing some of that desperation will add that energy to your image.
A recent spate of Alien franchise discussions inspire this whimsical space monster scene. I want to examine three varied poses, with each one being created by an external force pulling on the figure. I make these up out of my head, so they’re a bit loose, but such as exercise is excellent for teaching yourself how to make this kind of pose convincing. Try sketching a lot of these, and don’t worry – there’s always more brave spacemen where these came from!
Bedridden at home with no Wacom or scanner access, I ink my drawings and captured them with the iPad’s camera – a handy and quick solution. Always watch those air ducts! These three spaceship crewmen risk their lives to demonstrate possible solutions for having a character pulled quickly in different directions.