freeglassart said: 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!
Anonymous said: Hello there, anon here, loving your art as usual, and I was wondering, you're old animation of Hannibal and Will with the two pieces you used, how did you transition the two with that static(?) effect? I'm a bit new to animation and I was wondering if you have any tips :)
Hi anon! I know next to nothing about animation but for that particular gif I just ran the two images through here and saved a couple of versions with varying glitchiness. Then I dropped them into Photoshop and manually arranged the frames in Timeline. If you open my gif in Photoshop it should show you all the layers I used.
Anonymous said: what brush settings do you use?
I tend to use the default settings that the brush comes with but I will usually turn on Pen Pressure under Transfer and also mess around with Flow to give it a more painterly look.