Your ques­tions Artist Q&A

Tina Wright, US

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How to paint di­rec­tional pull, depth, glow­ing heat, light sources, quick re­flec­tions, moods and much more.

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Dave replies

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.

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