Q&A: wob­bly loads

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Jon Gael, Eng­land

Tom Fox replies

For poses to look off-balance, the weight has to be clearly drawn to one side or an­other. One way to check the balance of your fig­ures is to draw a straight line through your pose, which shows the di­rec­tion of the lean. The closer to hor­i­zon­tal this line is, the more un­bal­anced the fig­ure ap­pears. To help ac­cen­tu­ate the lean in your char­ac­ters, put limbs into awk­ward po­si­tions. Feet turn­ing in­wards and arms thrown out for balance help cre­ate the il­lu­sion of panic.

Wide-an­gle lenses show both a large char­ac­ter, and plenty of en­vi­ron­ment. They cre­ate an unnatural re­la­tion­ship be­tween the sizes of ob­jects, adding to the feel­ing of im­bal­ance.

I broke the frame with birds, petals, and plant life spring­ing up around my Spirit of Re­newal’s feet to show her pur­pose in the charred land­scape.

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