Body Language Mastery
Body language can be any expressive aspect of a person. It can be as simple as a facial expression or as complex as a way of walking. It includes the way a person moves and the specific position a person assumes in any given situation. Some aspects of body language are cultural, such as bowing or shaking hands, while others are universal, such as narrowing the eyebrows for anger and slumping the shoulders when one is tired. The custom of shaking hands, as shown in Figure 5.23, originated back in the days when men carried swords or knives. If someone offered you With an understanding of how to incorporate body language into your drawing, you can express almost any emotion. The pose in Figure 5.25 indicates surprise. Her body posture and her facial expression emphasize this emotion. Her
Great Literature provides many comparable experiences. In painting, it is possible to achieve the same thing. The reader is referred to Rembrandt's Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver for an excellent example. The depth of Judas' remorseful anguish is compellingly conveyed by his body language as well as his facial expression, and the viewer cannot help but be deeply moved upon viewing it.
The way I wos taught to understand animals was to compare them to us, bring them into our world. The first step in accomplishing this is in comparing our anatomies. Once you can relate an animars anatomy to your own, you will understand their body language and in turn, their actions.
There are no shortcuts to improving your drawing skills. The more you persevere, the better your drawings will be. Have a go at drawing everything around you, no matter what. Copy the drawings done by skilful artists. It's OK to do it just for the fun of it. Do it over and over again until the research you've done pays off and you have the material to draw what you like.Observe everything in your everyday life. Watch everything around you people's expressions, their gestures, the way they talk, the way they move, the way they dress etc. Do the same with things. Observe the position of the light source and the shadows, colors, shapes, size, textures. Before you know it you will find yourself watching everything without even thinking. Watch, think and draw. The more, the better. Both quality and quantity are important but the most important of all is the feeling If all that you draw is void of feeling, it is easy to get into the doldrums. If you do end up feeling like this, you must...
In class, the exercise students perform for story is similar to the hierarchy exercise I described in Chapter One. I have a nude model figure out an occupation or story point that can be read through his or her body language. He or she takes a five-minute pose. Students write down what they think the model is expressing for the first minute. Then they draw the model with this story point in mind for the last four minutes. This exercise is excellent for learning about the importance of body language, and also silhouette. In one class, the model took a reclining pose that clearly showed her scurrying away from an opposing force. The students behind her, though, who had an unclear view of the story, thought she was relaxing on a beach.
As you begin to sketch your cartoon character's body, every decision you make conveys a little bit of information. You can express the character's emotions and actions through facial expressions and body language. You can convey an amazing degree of animation and information just by the way you position your character's head, by how he holds his arms, or by how he bends his legs. For example, a character with a wide neck, large shoulders, humongous arms, and tattoos probably isn't going to be taken for the church pastor. Readers will know he's a tough cookie especially if he's sitting on a Harley-Davidson
I happen to hove a dog named Adrianne. Why Adrianne My in-laws have a dog named Rocky. Adrianne is great to observe. As I write this book, she has just become one year old. It's fun to see her thinking. Her body language is so similar to ours. It's strange how most expressive animals say the same things in the same ways. When she is happy, she jumps and wiggles around when she is punished or sad, she droops her head down or sighs. Curious or alert, she becomes wide eyed and stands at attention. As every pet owner will agree, each animal has its own distinct personality, yet there are definite similarities in physical communication.
Body Language Magic
Most people don't often mean what they say. How to Efficiently Decode People's Inner Feelings and Emotions Through Their Body Movements, and How You Can Use This Knowledge to Succeed in Your Career, Relationships, and Personal Life! What I am about to tell you might shock you. Many people think that the most popular way of communicating with other people is through the mouth. But what they didn't know is that actual verbal communication accounts to only around 10 or even less of the overall means to convey a message.