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Pixar’s 22 rules to phenomenal storytelling (click in the pictures to zoom)

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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!



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


start to put on features


fix stuff


put on more stuff


fix stuff again


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

Whole head is a gesture!image


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. 




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.



Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language

We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.

by Amanda Patterson

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As an artist, you’ll have to draw turned heads countless times. But when the head is turned, drawing the far eye poses a special challenge. This is because we must foreshorten that eye more than we’re used to, and because we’re tempted to shape it like the near eye, which is less foreshortened. Therefore, it’s useful to practice drawing the far eye by itself, without the near eye to throw you off. Print these sheets, draw the eyes, and you’ll save yourself great difficulty later.

Note that all of these eyes are facing our left. You’ll need to practice right-facing eyes as well, so flop the sheets in Photoshop, print them again, and draw those also.

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Animator Island » 51 Great Animation Exercises to Master ›

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Tuesday tips — Costume Design 101.

Costume design is a very important part of character design.  It tells you a whole lot about your character; ie. age, personality, what she/he likes, time period, strength, … etc.  It supposed to enhance a character’s personality.  

Here are my process in tackling costume design.

1.  Find a good reference.  Inspiration is key!

2.  Look for a good shillouette that is recognizable and different from other characters.

3.  Pick one shillouette and find smaller shape within.  Do tons of variation and have fun.

4.  Color variation.  Use variation the same color combination for all the design.  Keep it simple!

5.  Finish up and have fun.  It will also a good idea to think of texture and material.


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i’m dead and it’s because of this

seitoro replied to your post: status: needs motivation… !!!!!!!!!


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literally the only art tutorial you will ever need.

If you’re an artist, no matter what your skill level, you HAVE to watch this. This could change the way you see art completely. 

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Welcome to the next part of The Serendipity Gospels!

Act Three, Chapter One will take place through Tumblr, have a three-chapter format and be semi-interactive with a commands prompt at various points. Once a chapter is done, it will then be uploaded to AO3. The warnings for Serendipity Gospels in general still apply, and due to the nature of the way we’re doing this act, visual eye injury warnings (though nothing graphic) can be observed.

The format has been changed experimentally due to time constraints on the part of both the artist and the author; we preferred to make an attempt to get this story finished rather than leave it unwritten, and we’d like to take advantage of the gigapause to do so. Thank you for bearing with us, and moreover, thank you for supporting this fic over the two years we’ve been writing it.

Updates on the story will begin this weekend.

Hey guys, we are doing a thing. It’s going to be pretty neat. Yes. 

onewayworld asked: Oh my gosh, sorry! More proof that I really should be in bed by now. @@ In that case, adult!John talking to a modern!Dolorosa on a park bench while petstuck!Vriska (tries?) to play with a petstuck!Signless for paperseverywhere? I barely share anything in common with them at all, but I do follow them and they make very nice things. Those four characters are the ones I associate with them the most, so a cute scene for them would be nice. Again, sorry for the mishap!



This is technically fanart for the LoopTroll universe, which is a name I just made up for the world in which SaccharineSylph’s Loophole and CeruleanCynic’s Unwanted Free Ugly Troll take place.  But mostly Loophole, because Vriska and John.

but at its heart of course it is a gift for the wonderful paperseverywhere who deserves all the love and also all the art

all of it

>Requests are closed!

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OH NO THTA MINI STORY, ROSA’S Background wHY ;;; Also that picture with her talking with John and aaaaahhhhhhbluadgsh

yes please, i like my heart broken over fctional characters if you ever decide to write it i will shower you with fanart

Anonymous asked: Psst.Hey. Keep being awesome. :D

You too dear. :)


1 year ago on 09/03/13 at 10:15pm


The Artist’s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head

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