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
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!
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!
ah ha… i like the idea of these two..
i like what they’re doing with mako’s character
self indulgent sketch of kisses between two people who have no resemblance to any characters out there none whatsoever
i just thought of something that would make me appreciate book 1 of korra a whole lot more
i say korra needs a life changing field trip with zuko
the ridiculous treatment of women in LoK’s narrative has gotten to the point where I think about amazing shows that treated their female characters so damn well but were for some reason or another canceled, and I almost break down crying because I’m. so. angry.
All of this. BLESS.
There is not a single point there that I did not find myself agreeing with.
This series has been beautiful so far, but wow, for something as progressive previously as “Boys didn’t care that she was a girl, they just said she was awesome” it sure has backslid.
I’m going to continue watching it, because there are some really gorgeous and interesting concepts that I would like to see fleshed out, but thus far this new season has really soured on me fast.
Finally, some criticism that isn’t “KORRA ISN’T PERFECT LIKE AANG! WHAT ABOUT AANG!” But I do agree on these points. I really hate the Bolin/Eska relationship too. It’s not funny, it’s abusive. If you can’t see it, switch the genders. It’s creepy.
lbr you don’t even have to switch the genders at this point, it’s someone who’s so afraid of their significant other that they are forced to hide, then run away from them. It’s not funny, even though the narrative is trying to frame it as such.
I think, though, what people are really saying when they compare Aang and Korra like that, is that Aang was fleshed out and had a legit backstory to him. There was a weight to what he did and the things he said. That’s why he felt REAL. He wasn’t a perfect PERSON, but he was a good, solid character who was written well. Korra, on the other hand, barely has any of those things, and the few things we DO know about her feel either forced or don’t seem to matter in the long run. Korra doesn’t feel like she has any experiences that shaped her into who she is. She doesn’t seem to have any significant life events that affected her. We’re on ep 17 overall, right? In ATLA at this point, we had gotten some VERY fleshed out backstories from not only Aang (especially in The Storm), but from Sokka, Katara, Zuko, and even Zhao. We knew who they were, we were given a sense of where they came from (that they had been living their lives and experiencing things long before the show started), and we were even given the reasons straight out. And yet before we were told these reasons, we could feel they were there. It was just a matter of peeling back the layers of the character. Right now, Korra’s DAD has more of a backstory and history than she does, but it just feels…unnecessary? Like, we only have 14 episodes to get through this arc, should we really be focusing on
more political corruption between brothers and tribes instead of exploring Korra’s character and clearly moving her towards gaining spiritual awareness? Yeah, cool, you guys came up with some new stupid shitty hilarious di..ffer..ent characters, yay, good job, but in the long run, are they REALLY necessary for KORRA’S legend and story? Korra’s practically alone most of the time, her (supposed) closest friends are off doing other shit or barely existing (Asami, why are they treating you like this??!?!? T_T) while Aang’s friends were always there for him and contributed so much to him and the story, even while having their own arcs and developments.
my heart still beats for borra I can’t deny it
and I took too long cleaning this up sorry about that
I was asked to make this a rebloggable! UvU
Thank you! Ohman, this is EXACTLY how I felt about the whoooollleeeeeee Korra issue~
"WHAT HAVE I JUST AGREED TO???"
Animation Tidbits: Pages from the Legend of Korra Book One: Air Art Book
A beautiful scene of Korra fighting the metal bending police with Republic City in the background. While Korra seems to be having a good time, I can’t say the same for the guy holding on to her…
What looks like some early drawings of Korra. It’s interesting to see how her character design developed.
A nice sketch of Korra water bending and fire bending at the same time, which is pretty cool. Also those are some pretty funny Korra faces. I love the one in the bottom right.
Here we see some of Korra’s outfits and drawings of cute baby Korra. “I’m the Avatar and you gotta deal with it!”
This shows some intersting shots of what looks to be the slums of Republic City, where I assume Mako and Bolin grew up. Also some cool early early character designs for the brothers.
Here get see the finished designs for Mako and Bolin. Mako looks as broody and angsty as usual while Bolin looks as sexy as usual.
Some hilarious Bolin faces with a few Mako drawings as well. Bolin really has the best expressions.
The Legend of Korra: Book 1: Air - The Art of the Animated Series
I’d like something with Tahno, the Wolfbats, Asami, Korra, or any combination of the above. It can be fluffy or angsty or funny, I have no preference!
Message from your Santa, emirra:
Happy New Year and Merry Belated-Christmas quillery! I’ve decided to draw Korra and Asami getting ready for a New Year’s festival. I hope you like it and enjoy the rest of your holidays!
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(this is beautiful ;w;)