The first week’s assignment was on creating convincing attitude poses. I received Barry’s submission a few days back. Barry has done a good job of conveying solidity in his drawings – they have volume and take up space. But when the character poses are silhouetted it’s very difficult to readily guess the attitude poses from the drawings. The hands across the arms usually indicates tension or stress – in a front view it may be ambiguous to know what the character’s attitude is. The middle pose shows a hint of the attitude “tired” with the head tilted forward. The pose on the right could possibly suggest anger, but it’s not clear.
In each of the poses, my suggestion for Barry would be to really push the line of action, or through-line, of the character. The line of action corresponds to the character’s spine. The appendages, head, and body should all support the line of action. Another suggestion I have for Barry would be to make the characters a bit off balance. Raise one of the legs – have the character in the air. Avoid pure verticality in the pose – try bending or twisting the characters, while maintaining clarity of the silhouette. A profile view may be better at conveying a character’s attitude than a front view, depending upon the attitude being conveyed.
Below are my interpretations of the three attitude poses. I have drawn the line of action through each character (in red) to highlight its role in the character’s attitude pose. Something else to note. The character’s description is that of being overweight. I have exaggerated the torso (and belly) over the head, on purpose, to support the notion that the character is heavy. Proportions are great way of accentuating a dominant character trait. Smart characters have large heads, tall characters have long legs, etc.
As always, I welcome your questions and comments.