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Posing, Silhouette, and Line of Action References

Getting strong posing, lines of action, and clear silhouettes in your animation are very important, and over my time in AM, I've found a few sites with some nice examples and discussions on these topics, and I figured I would share them with you all:

Nail's Life- A Study in Posing

The Importance of Good Silhouette
Twins and Tangents - Silhouettes

Willard Mullin - Animated Line-of-Action
Twins & Tangents - Lines of Action in Poses

If you have any good references for posing, silhouettes, or lines of action and would like to share them, that would be awesome!

Cameron Pratt

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What a gesture should be

"Gesture-The Soul of Drawing" with Matt Jones and Alex Woo

What a Gesture should be

Loose
Fluid
Tells a Story
Try a red pen base to get line of Action
Don’t be a slave to the model

7 Principles of Gestures

Line of Action
Shapes
Silhouette
Space
Exaggeration
Extrapolation
Story

Line of Action

What is the MAIN IDEA of the Pose?
How do I represent that idea with a LINE?
Show the main idea of the pose with 1-2 lines
It’s a base for your drawing
Harsher,Dynamic poses = Angles and straight lines
Relaxed poses = curves and soft lines

Shape

Represent the pose in a simple shape
Dynamic pose = Obtuse Triangle, Extreme Rhombus
Relaxed pose = Semicircle, Relaxed Peanut

Silhouette

Needs to be clear/readable
Should be able to tell what every part of the body is doing

Space

The model in relation to 3D space
Avoid always placing the feet on the same plane

Exaggeration

Avoid a literal translation of the pose
Push the pose
Communicate the idea, not the pose

Extrapolation

Draw animals from the model using the same pose
Push past what you see for the idea/emotion

Story

Tell a story with the pose
What is the main idea of the Pose?
How do I best communicate it?

[The Science of Drawing] v/s [The Soul of Drawing]

Anatomy                                   -Emotions
Light                                          -Feelings
Proportion                                 -Ideas
Technique

[Science of the Soul]

Draftmanship vs Vitality
Tedium =/= Sophistication
Realism =/= Quality

How to do a Gesture drawing

Observe the pose for 10 seconds
Try to find the main idea/feeling of the pose
Grab a loose basic drawing or a small thumbnail
Push that pose
        No one will know you changed it!
Emphasize the pose, don’t always make it dynamic
Use the model as a jumping off point
        Go with your first impression

by Matt Jones and Terry Song

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