Subtext again is the answer here. Taking the time to define why the character is the way it is, and understanding it's psychological state will help simplify your choices. Learning which poses elicit the best audience response, knowing which camera attributes to modify and by how much, and what controls work best will all come through study and experimentation.
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(uplifting music)…- If you took less than five minutes…in the previous challenge,…then you did it wrong.…And I really want to stress here…thinking, exploring and sketching.…I want to stress study, and subtext.…Understand why the character is the way they are,…and how you can use things from your study…to really enhance the pose.…For example, I googled a lot of images of happy people.…Happy moms and cute babies, and I found that…they all had nice, strong, curvy shapes.…
So, in this case, I decided our little guy was…going to have some really nice, strong curves.…I focused on rotating everything and just pushing…it a little further.…I brought up his foot as much as I could,…and really stressed how happy and joyful he was.…Maybe he's just seen, say, the cutest baby…on the planet or something, like that, right?…And then I brought his shoulders and his hands…together and made this almost kinda holding…each other, in almost a bit of a prayer pose.…Just wanted it to look cute,…and almost maybe even like a dog on its…two hind legs.…
Animation has evolved tremendously in the last century, but some principles always stay the same. This foundation will serve you for a lifelong career.
- A history of character animation
- Squash and stretch
- Pose-to-pose animation
- Secondary action