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TatoTuts: Body Language Notes

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An example of a redline critique for my classes I teach at :icontatotuts: This month's lesson is Expressions and Body Language.
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I would love to see an extended version of this. Body language is so tricky and there are rarely tutorials as informative and simple as this one.
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ThirdPotatoProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! There are books on it that aren't necessarily in the art-realm but more related to psychology and public speaking!
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Gyzmo-GrimHobbyist General Artist
I have a few characters were the head and body are two separate entities and can come apart. this is going to be very helpful when drawing Atlas, Nero, and Taylor(the names of the bodies, the heads are named Chronos, Amari, and James).
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KnuckerDragonHobbyist Digital Artist
Very clear and very helpful. :)
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Wolfbane9Hobbyist General Artist
This was a very interesting read. Thanks!
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WufWoolzHobbyist Digital Artist
that is soooooo helpful XD to bad i missed it D:
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DragonFlame123Student Traditional Artist
Hmm interesting
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FreckrisStudent Digital Artist
Thumb displays are always a HUGE sign of (perceived) dominance. I like that you put that in there x3
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Katrina20Lin10Student Traditional Artist
nice work!
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I must study this... o.o
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chocoboheroProfessional Digital Artist
Dat ambition = admirable!
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AzureInfinityStudent General Artist
If you put feathers on it, it's a sassy birdling! :3
Nice job though. I just can't not think about chickens, the way the head/chest moved at the end there |D
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AJInu-OkamiStudent Artist
The quote and some of the poses makes me giggle :giggle:
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.... Yes i see what i'm missing and I regreeeeeet!
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powerJAMStudent Traditional Artist
This is super helpful ^^
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secoh2000Professional Digital Artist
Yeah this is just awesome, thank you so much for the critique, i'm going to make changes to the assignment to better convey what I was aiming for based on your critique here.

Awesome help this is! :D
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ThirdPotatoProfessional Digital Artist
No prob! Your stuff's great, so I'm glad to be able to use it as an example!
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bagasuit091Hobbyist General Artist
Great help!
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ToaOrkaHobbyist General Artist
Ooh, this is very useful! I've been needing to do
more dynamic posing, this should really help! Quick
question though, say I wanted to do this with a
species with different anatomy, say, something
like this [link] or this [link].

I'm assuming I'd follow the same basic formula
behind posing, but as of now I've only done basic
standing poses with these two just because I'm
so unsure of their anatomy. How can I get more
comfortable with different species' anatomies?
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ThirdPotatoProfessional Digital Artist
By all means! As long as you've got a spine, limbs, and head, and even if you don't, the notes still apply. Lurching forward into the opponent's "space" is seen as an offensive gesture, sticking limbs close to the body is seen as passive and defensive and other such notes.

As for drawing unique anatomies, understructure is the key point. Being able to find out the underlying simplified shapes will help you to recreate it again and again. [link] this one should help!
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Thanks a bunch, I'll be sure to refer
to this when I start working on more dynamic
posing for my aliens! :D
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