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!
I only consult on huge summer blockbusters but I appreciate your niceness
I go over a lot of this in my book words for pictures but I think the top five avoidable mistakes when creating anything are:
don’t try to make something you think everybody wants, make something you want. there’s no such thing as something everybody in the world wants and you can drive yourself insane trying to reach for something that doesn’t exist
be clear. clarity. clarity of storytelling. clarity of thought. I see a great many people trying to be clever and in their cleverness they lose the most important thing which is clarity.
show yourself. don’t hide. put yourself on the page. those things that embarrass you about yourself are the things that most people will identify with. use your work to make yourself feel better and the only way to do that to pick at the mental scabs
ask yourself, and be truthful with yourself: would you buy this?
put the draft away away for a while and come back to it with fresh eyes.
Ha! Tbh tho I can’t help but hear Kate Mulgrew (Flemeth in DA) or alternatively Tress MacNielle (Mom and every other old woman in Futurama and Simpsons) hahaha
Mulgrew would be amazing, especially if she called Korea twinkletoes.