9 Break­ing the rules

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Artist Insight Caricature Art -

Even when I’m do­ing more re­al­is­tic pieces, anatom­i­cal knowl­edge can be just as use­ful for know­ing when to break the rules for ef­fect as for ad­her­ing to them. For this Mod­esty Blaise im­age, which ap­peared on the cover of Agent X9 mag­a­zine, I de­lib­er­ately gave her an un­nat­u­rally long neck. This gives the viewer a clearer pic­ture of her face (it be­ing the most im­por­tant clue to the char­ac­ter’s iden­tity) and also adds, I think, a lit­tle el­e­gance to a strong pose. The prob­lem is, now that I’ve pointed this out, it’s go­ing to bother you… so let’s just go back to be­fore you read this and pre­tend I never said any­thing!

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