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!

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!

andbrittlebones:

My favourite translator said that when she was an ambassador for Hungary she took all these Japanese politicians on a tour and she was trying to circumtranslate ‘merry go round’ cause she didn’t know the Japanese word for it by calling it a ‘horse tornado for children’ and they had no blessed idea what she was saying and she finally started running in circles going up and down and they go ‘ohhhhh, in Japan we call those ‘merry-go-rounds’”

1/10 funniest moments from Kuroshitsuji manga | Mey - Rin buying new pair of glasses

rawrsaysreptar:

My puppy was making friends when we were stuck in traffic.

inkydonkey:

ontahb:

HOWREFERENCESWORK

For all those people that constantly ask “is using a reference cheating?”

No, it’s not. THEY’RE THERE, USE THEM. Using a reference is not tracing, it’s cool.

soodyo:

headcanon momo gets freckles after extended exposure to the sun and that’s why he didn’t want to join the swim club at first

jonahscottva:

SNK Cosplayers Be Like

starlight-and-sparks:

What do Black Bulter season one, Black Butler season two, Black Butler season three,and the Black Butler Manga all have in common?

Ciel still cant fucking dance after 200 dance lessons

octoswan:

there’s a comic book store in my town that gives ladies a 10% discount and the people who work there are really friendly so lots of ladies show up to hang out and buy comics and one time i was looking through some new releases and this guy walked in, saw all the ladies, did a double take, and said really loudly and condescendingly, ‘there sure are a lot of girls in here for a comic store!’ and laughed but no one else laughed with him and it was glorious

theussenterprisencc1701:

budweiner:

barebackinq:

barebackinq:

im laughing so hard yesterday we found our front door open twice even though my mom swears she locked it and today she woke up with scratch marks on her chest lmao 

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This is like the beginning to a paranormal activity movie

#why the fuck are you laughing #run for your life

harmounies:

I’M OUT

harmounies:

I’M OUT

nuclearnyx:

my anaconda don’t want none

unless you DEFEAT THE HUNS, SON

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frickyeah-attractivepeople:

i remember even just a year ago, i’d see pictures all the time of people with captions saying “i’m ugly” and stuff like that

but now, just about every day on my dash, it’s gotten to be like a thing where people will say “my hair looked super cute today” or “i’ve been feeling so body positive lately”

how awesome is that