7 Shape Poses and Body lan­guage

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It’s im­por­tant that a char­ac­ter’s body pose com­ple­ments their fa­cial ex­pres­sion. For ex­am­ple, you can achieve so much with in­ter­est­ing hands. I re­alise it’s tricky to draw hands, but they’re a great way to con­vey emo­tion, and will al­ways catch the viewer’s eye. Hands can help ex­ag­ger­ate an arm ges­ture, in­ter­act with the char­ac­ter’s body or even re­lay a stronger emo­tion than a fa­cial ex­pres­sion. Then I think about the shape of the body. I al­ways try to cre­ate a tan­gi­ble feel­ing of weight. All as­pects of a char­ac­ter’s body – the nose, hair, hands, shoul­ders, cos­tume, arms, legs and so on – must be af­fected by grav­ity. This helps to en­hance the re­al­ism of the de­sign.

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