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Tutorial 7 Dynamic Angles

#7 in a series of 12 tutorial sheets created for the SpongeBob crew in 2005 (4th season) on Dynamic Angles

We all too often draw figures in straight up-and-down poses. To give a character life and visual interest, try to keep the character off of the horizontal and vertical axes.

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H20CNacL's avatar
The is so super useful, thank you
Hi Sherm, I was watching you draw SpongeBob characters on SpongeBob Season 3 DVD, and you are very talented. I was impressed by the fantastic work you do, and Googled your name to find out what other things you have worked on. Please continue creating, Patrick Star is my fav. I think you have a nice smile too, if you don't mind me saying so :) Have a great night! -Ashley
Ndzhang's avatar
Huh, never really consciously occurred to me...
Akarichi-Dono's avatar
*v* teach me senpai  i must know it all.
Sireternal-1's avatar
Your tutorials are so usefull! thanks for share them! :D
Azixel's avatar
I'm studying comics/cartoons on an art college and our storyboard teacher showed us this tutorial today,glad I could find more of your tutorials for more help :D 

Keep up the great work,always loved it!! :heart:
suddenlyahat's avatar
These guides are wonderful!
Sky-Chair's avatar
Thanks a bunch for tutorials, you really seem to know a lot about drawing dynamic stuff! I have a lot of troubles trying to make anything look exciting and dynamic.
redneckgaijin's avatar
Excellent point. Another reason for dynamic angles: perspective. The illusion of a three-dimensional image in a two-dimensional medium is fragile. Static full-forward or full-profile poses destroy that illusion. Dynamic poses help trick the eye, making the image feel more "real".
shermcohen's avatar
Well-said! And the extension of the three-dimensional illusion is to help get the viewer/reader immersed in the story. Thanks for the input :)
SherlockianHamps's avatar
The odd thing is, there is nothing here that I didn't already know, only I'm just now really... getting it.
Thanks for posting, these are really good.
Aloixe's avatar
wow, this is very useful, thanks a lot for posting it ^^

and now, I think I have to go and watch spongebob :D
BummerForShort's avatar
I find this one to be the most motivating out of the bunch. I have to remind myself to be more daring in my poses and perspective every now and then, but it feels nice to have it on paper!
embrio's avatar
Adorable drawings.. and of course tons of movement. Great advice as always. :) Its funny how some seemingly simple principals can have such a big impact.
DeathKnightCommander's avatar
Wait, is it even possible for Spongebob to punch something to make it move? I mean, everybody knows he barely has any muscles to even lift a drink! I call for OOC, here! :XD:

Also, awesome tutorial. =) Currently practicing this and this will help me a lot. Thanks! ^_^
hilawo's avatar
Spongebob <3
revereche's avatar
Thanks! This is really helpful.
SajuukkuujaS's avatar
angles, they are certainly an matter for themself.
Just as hands are... *shudders*
sometimes i could get an crysis at it.

Neverless, i really enjoy your tutorials!
shermcohen's avatar
Thank you so much! It means a lot to me to know that artists like you find these things helpful!
dwightyoakamfan's avatar
Yet another great tutorial,
angles are always good to
practice with, otherwise they
come out stiff, and not alive.

Your tutorials are a ton of help,
especially with remembering the basics.

I can't wait to see the other tutorials!
shermcohen's avatar
Thanks...I sure appreciate hearing that they're helpful!
tedikuma's avatar
Good things to remember. =)
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Thanks Tedikuma! I hope you'll like the others in the series too ^_^
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