markquestion asked: To expand on the prior question, do you have any tips on action poses. I'm having difficulty and need some exercises to practice with!
Pick the coolest pose in your head and draw it out! But it seems most everyone and their mom hate that answer, so allow me to attempt to expound on that:
It’s actually not difficult to make cool action poses-it’s more or less how you look at it and choose to portray it! Let’s take a generic action, like this badly drawn knave running
Okay, that’s some pretty cool action! But a principle in cartooning is to push, or exaggerate your poses and action. Let’s put some more conviction into his running!
Whoo, intense! Just by making him lean into his sprint, now the dude looks like he’s really exerting himself by running for his life, making the picture more exciting and dynamic. The same thing applies to other fundamental actions such as leaps, throws, and kicks!
This is another thing most people don’t think about, but explore different ways to depict your actions! Changing up the perspective and camera angle does contributes a lot to the mood and motion of a picture. Let’s demonstrate with running once again.
So by changing up the perspective and angles, even something as simple as running can turn into something more action-packed than a straight on view
Hope that helps somewhat!
Justin K Thompson