TOPIC: What makes a character come to life for you visually?
Details that help set a character:
distinctive item of clothing
hands and feet
How to achieve:
Draw characters over & over until you "know" them
Draw in many different poses, fram all angles
@wardomatic shared a sketch sheet from his book on Michael Phelps:
Practice gesture drawing; animators' "line of action" to set gesture for entire body
Play with shapes: sharp angles for harsh characters, rounded shapes for soft characters
@KatGirl_Studio shared this transition from Google image to illustration:
http://www.exoticleatherrugs.com/images/tigrillo.jpg to http://fav.me/d1xds10
hanging out with real kids
How to Draw Animated Cartoons, by Preston Blair (Walt Foster books)
Scott McCloud's books on comics
Tweet of the night (a twofer):
"A character comes to life when you can see them breathing on the page. There is almost an aura around well drawn characters."
"I don't think in advance what a character should look like. I let them tell me."
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