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freeglassart asked:

You may get asked this a lot, so please excuse my ignorance - but how do you go about constructing character expressions and body language and such? Thanks!

rufftoon:

makanidotdot:

Besides The Basics (construction of heads and skulls and muscles and skeletons and how they move), I’ll go over some things I’ve been trying to work on myself lately:

1. Treat expressions as a single gesture of the face/head, as opposed to a head and then individual features dumped on a plate and arranged into an expression.

First, just get down the big shapes of your expression, just like you would for a pose.  

So say I wanna do a low angle angry pose.  I know the features are gonna be all mashed down at the bottom because of perspective.

 Scribble it down

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start to put on features

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fix stuff

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put on more stuff

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fix stuff again

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erasing and flipping and stuff a whole bunch until you are happy with it or stop caring

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2. Just like a facial expression, jot down where the important parts of an entire pose goes first.  You can force the rest of the body to fit the pose.

So here I knew I wanted the shoulders tilted a certain direction, and te hand to be in that particular position in front of her face. 

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That’s the simplest explanation I got.  Don’t be afraid to push and pull faces and bodies around! Worry about being “on model” last!

All great tips, plus bonus Zhao.

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solidarity-xvx:

commanderabutt:

friendly reminder that asexual people can have sex.
some of them will have sex for their partner’s pleasure, and some of them, despite their lack of attraction, enjoy the sensations that sex gives them.

there’s nothing wrong with that and there’s nothing about that that doesn’t fit into even the traditional definition of asexual.

The reason it sounds so weird is because people think sexual attraction, drive, and pleasure are all the exact same thing, when they aren’t. Asexual people can love to masturbate, can enjoy the feeling of sexual pleasure, or want to have sex but it’s the fact that they don’t experience sexual attraction towards others (to whatever varying degree) that designates it as an orientation.
People just need to realize that all of those facets of personal sexuality are not inherently intertwined and inseparable.

asylum-art:

Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked

Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths.

Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head – or to fill it with ideas!

I’ll leave you with an excellent quote from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works while you enjoy these images; “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

  1. Autumn In The White Carpathians : Janek Sedlar
  2. Rhododendron Laden Path, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA: Robert Ziegenfuss
  3. Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium: Kilian Schönberger
  4. Autumn Path In Kyoto, Japan: Takahiro Bessho
  5. Autumn Path: Lars Van Der Goor
  6. Bamboo Path In Kyoto, Japan: Yuya Horikawa
  7. Hitachi Seaside Park Path In Japan: nipomen2
  8. Dark Hedges In Ireland: Stephen Emerson
  9. Winter Forest Path, Czech Republic: Jan Machata
  10. Path Under Blooming Trees In Spring: Emanuel Costinas

 

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