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SpongeBob Tute3 LineofAction

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#3 in a series of 12 tutorials created for the SpongeBob crew during 4th season

I first encountered the notion of the "line of action" in the classic animation book by Preston Blair. He was an animator for Disney and MGM, and he popularized the concepts that were developed and being used every day by the masters of Golden Age animation.

The good news is that this book is available for free online, and the specific page you'll want to look at is about a third of the way down on this page>>>[link]<<<

Check out lots of free video tutorials on my blog at >> [link] << See you there!

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hilawo's avatar
Plankton looks awesome :D
JazylH's avatar
Thank you so much for sharing these Mr.Cohen.
JazylH's avatar
Thank you so much for sharing these Mr.Cohen.
x-LcartoonOangelE-x's avatar
wow this is just great!! really love it. I have that book from Preston Blair to, use it a lot when I draw, and I just try to draw spongebob to, but its absolutly not that good!;)
violetoctopus's avatar
Wow, it's great! :D
shermcohen's avatar
Thanks! I hope you'll check out the others in this series ^_^
ScittyKitty's avatar
oui oui, ze most wonderful character in ze world~ Plankton! XD sorry, alittle bit of bad French in this comment

Where did you get the idea to use lines like that for showing emotion? Do you learn that in school or what? :)(horribly worded, but it think you get it. XD)
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I first encountered the notion of the "line of action" in the classic animation book by Preston Blair. He was an animator for Disney and MGM, and he popularized the concepts that were developed and being used every day by the masters of Golden Age animation.

The good news is that this book is available online, and the specific page you'll want to look at is the third one down on this page>>> [link] <<< Check it out and let me know what you think!
ScittyKitty's avatar
*looks though* very interesting! :) I think i will try that out for myself. Thank you for the link! :manhug:
Verkins's avatar
These tutorials will greatly help me express my own characters, even the big dragon. Nice work on this man! :D
lilfirebender's avatar
Aha! Now I know what the grrr line change should look like. :XD:

...but seriously, these are very helpful, for comic work, too. Again, thanks for posting.
AmpleBlue's avatar
Sweeet! This is pretty helpful.
shermcohen's avatar
Thanks Ample... and thanks for the fave too!
AmpleBlue's avatar
Looking forward to seeing the rest of them.
Kocoa's avatar
Wow, this is great :o

I'm really trying to learn to use action lines, myself.
shermcohen's avatar
Hi Kocoa...glad you find it helpful! It's probably the most important concept for getting life into drawings ^_^ I'm still working on getting better at this stuff too!
RikuZegram's avatar
I love Plankton :D
shermcohen's avatar
Yeah...he like drawing something in between a jelly bean and a mini hot dog!
RikuZegram's avatar
I always thought he looked like a really gross jelly bean that no body wanted to eat... like belly lint flavor or something XP
shermcohen's avatar
Thanks! Wow...you're FAST!
K-A-S-S-A-B's avatar
My pleasure ^^
Yeah, I am
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