Artist Q&A

Je­nine Wood­house, Aus­tralia

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Ad­vice from pro artists on dy­namic fig­ures, mu­tants, Aurora Bo­re­alis, magic wands, dec­o­ra­tive stone, and more.

An­swer

Michelle replies

Dy­namic poses are fun for the artist to cre­ate, ex­cit­ing for the viewer, and can strengthen the story and com­po­si­tion of your il­lus­tra­tion. They’re best achieved with loose ges­tu­ral thumb­nails or sketches, in which you can visualise the pose, an­gle and com­po­si­tion of the char­ac­ter.

Dur­ing the ini­tial sketch stage, a fig­ure can be­come flat or stiff, tak­ing away from the dy­namic en­ergy and sto­ry­telling that an artist wants to cre­ate. Some com­mon sit­u­a­tions that can cause this in­clude lack of depth, in­ac­cu­rate per­spec­tive or fore­short­en­ing, a non-dy­namic cam­era an­gle, and a pose that’s not based on the be­gin­ning or end­ing of an ac­tion.

You can turn a non-dy­namic pose into a dy­namic one by cre­at­ing ges­tu­ral thumb­nails. Work on top of a cho­sen ges­tu­ral thumb­nail with cylin­ders, blocks, vol­umes and per­spec­tive, be­fore flesh­ing out the fi­nal pose with light­ing, ren­der­ing, de­tail and spe­cial ef­fects.

Won­der Woman – or any heroic char­ac­ter – prac­ti­cally de­mands to be placed in a dy­namic pose.

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