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How To Exaggerate by batangbatugan How To Exaggerate by batangbatugan
UPDATE: I've realized that this'll help more people if I place it under Tutorials, so there. =D Thanks to all the deviants who suggested it ^___^ I also moved "WHA-PAK" and Sam: Threefolds to the tutorials section as well.

A lot of aspiring comic artists seem to focus only on style, and not much on storytelling and characterization. Being a comic book artist not only requires the ablilty to draw, but also, the ability to tell a story. And to be able to tell a story visually, you have to be able to give life to the characters- make them look more animated and energized on the page.

One way to do it is through exaggeration. You can give life and energy to the most simplest and boringest situations, and you can apply this to any style. See above and compare the actions on the left with those on the right. I think you'll agree that it's really not that difficult. And I'm not exaggerating! :lmao:

This was actually part of my lecture during last week's seminar, but I don't think the audience was able to see these clearly so I'm posting it here for your convenience. ^__^ Hope this helps folks!
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Given 2010-07-19
Suggester's words: How To Exaggerate by *batangbatugan is a wonderful reference for any artist if they want to learn how to exaggerate their work more. ( Suggested by All-These-Kiwis and Featured by FantasyStock )
carlces73 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017
very interesting
YellowLuckyPig Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting and liked
BMLulu Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Excellent and informative tutorial. Love your lineart, as well.
Casandraelf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
did you draw cloud and sephiroth arguing and integra bitching someone out? they look damn similar!

great tutorial
rbingham2000 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
That boss does look like Integra. And we all know just who she's mad at!
FishingJB Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I need that! Thanks! :D
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
TheWhiteJewel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
It tells more a story that way! Very nice. 

It's sort of like when you're on stage, you exaggerate a lot of your movements so people up the back can see you better.
ga-ren Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great tutorial!
J4B Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, I like this one. Nice way to make things even more expressive.

(I also use hand expressions when on the phone.)
Faithful-Imagination Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
TheOpt1onal Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Artist
Most excellent!
Trudos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really cool! And it carries the point across well. Thanks for posting! :)
elegantgeisha Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing haha!
Miss-Ashlynn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist
This was very helpful to me! Faved!
Willow-Pendragon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconwhutplz:I need more of this.
ddd09ish1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are all really good. Thank you for posting this
BluejacketVT Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Honestly, this is really good advice, but sometimes, maybe the comic artists/writers want to keep it low-key. But still, really good tutorial with really good artwork.
MADlSASTER Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very informative. I gonna try this while drawing wolves.
HenryTrettenbach Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Helpful yet funny! :la:
FujiwaraMokou Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I see a Sephiroth xD dbhwfjsehjkfbhkj
Flek-Lola Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Really great! I need to try exaggeration some time! Thanks for the examples!
Ncole Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
notkewlio3 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this is really helpful!!

Skirt flying wheeee!!
comicscomixcomikz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very informative. THX
PandoraLewis Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is very helpful!
itland-9-13 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is brilliant! Thank you so much!!
dotdotdelete Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist
I lav it. Seriously, this looks like it will be super helpful. :D Thanks so much for sharing. :)
lightnstuff Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is a helpful one. Really gets the dynamic part on the running!
DARK-I-GRAPHICS Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For the first and second section I see as more as a progression thing. Like the left side is how the situations started of and the right is the climax of the scene, but if the right side is how you want to start off, I guess thats good to.
GosieKin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely awesome! Not only giving the useful tips - but it's funny, too! Love your comments to the drawings.

PS. I too have no idea what that "thing" on the shorter guy's arm is... ;)
ArinaFoxy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist
ElaineRose Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student Writer
Hey there. I references this in a text-lesson on writing subtext (here). At the moment it's a thumbnail, but I prefer redundancy whenever possible--is the direct link for this piece disabled?
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
I checked the link and the thumbnail loads the deviation fine, so I guess it's OK now?
ElaineRose Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Writer
Looks like it's working fine now, thanks. =)
Sabinalibertad Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Awsome tutorial !!! thank you so much!!!!
Latharion Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Student General Artist
great work! thanks for posting this! very helpful!
VACANAL Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
very useful thans a lot for sharing
Artagedden Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Will you be posting more tutorials
soon in the near future?
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Thanks, I plan to eventually, just can't decide on what to feature next ^^;
Artagedden Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Let me be the first
to know.
morikun-rinari Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Artist
:iconhurrhurrplz: I never thought I'd see a more interesting tutorial than this. Sometimes I like to do short comics, or maybe even a long one (I've done it once when I was in my freshman year in high school. Looking at it now, I've got to figure out what went wrong in terms of how I formatted the panels and human anatomical points I have to work on). This tutorial also gets extra points from me because I....admit-tingly Sephiroth. :heart:

Anyways, I better pay attention to the stuff mentioned in this tutorial if I really want to improve. :o
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Thank you, and sorry for the inactivity. I really appreciate your thoughts and the fact that this silly little thing is still helping other deviants makes me really happy. =)
morikun-rinari Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Artist
You're welcome! :D
songstressoflight Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
: D
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great! I love expressing the feelings/wholenesses of the characters with poses, and thus this tutorial was really helpful for me! Thanks a bunch! (My favorite section was that Running Girl part.)

By the way, is it just me, or why those first two guys bring to my mind Cloud and Sephiroth? And then there is Tifa in the background...? Wait, and in the running girl picture there may be Alita/Gally and Daisuke...? And the boss is Integra...?
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Thanks, and no, it's not just you :XD:
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha, I'm not in need of new glasses after all! xD
amidarosa Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
how do you exaggerate contained anger? If you can exaggerate OUTBURSTS of emotion, can you exaggerate characters who try to bottle their emotion?
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Of course you can do that too=D Although maybe not too much or else they might look like they're about to pass gas:XD:
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