I want to show a char­ac­ter in a state of an­guish – any ad­vice?

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Leon Ge­orge, Eng­land

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To con­vey strong emo­tion, I make use of all the el­e­ments in my im­age: pos­ture, ex­pres­sion, set­ting, sto­ry­telling, colour, mood and com­po­si­tion. I first gather ref­er­ences of an­guish from the web, recog­nis­ing that it’s very close to phys­i­cal pain – hence the screwed-up eyes and fur­rowed brows. In sketch­ing out the ba­sic pose and com­po­si­tion, I try to tell the story of the rea­son for the char­ac­ter’s pain, in this case the de­struc­tion of his ro­bot friend.

I choose the cam­era an­gle to fo­cus at­ten­tion on his fa­cial ex­pres­sion but also pay at­ten­tion to the pos­ture, which com­mu­ni­cates his an­guish. I then de­tail the im­age with line art, clar­i­fy­ing his fa­cial ex­pres­sion and all of the im­por­tant de­tails in the im­age. When the line art is fin­ished, I add the colour and light­ing to fo­cus at­ten­tion on the key ar­eas, with the face high­lighted and red el­e­ments to draw the eye to both the char­ac­ter’s face and his ro­bot. Else­where I use cool colours to cre­ate a sad mood, and add rain to show that the en­vi­ron­ment is rainy and moody, em­pha­sis­ing the sad­ness of the scene.

Here is the fi­nal art­work of the young in­ven­tor, Zack, in an­guish over his bro­ken ro­bot friend as the rain sadly pours down on them.

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