rrrtaz3 said: You have VERY quickly become my favorite artist on tumblr, and a huge inspiration! Do you think you'll ever draw adult Sokka and Toph hanging out? Their friendship was so cute.
Thank you!! Decided to draw some- I honestly don’t really have a good idea of what their relationship would be like as adults! I think I like them as close friends that don’t see each other as much as they’d like due to other responsibilities, but Sokka’d be as much the fun uncle with Toph’s kids as he was with Katara’s, and they prob did the do once or twice but nothing serious came of it.
I could see several possibilities with them! No matter what though, I think Toph would be quite sad when he moved back to the SWT.
freeglassart said: You may get asked this a lot, so please excuse my ignorance - but how do you go about constructing character expressions and body language and such? Thanks!
Besides The Basics (construction of heads and skulls and muscles and skeletons and how they move), I’ll go over some things I’ve been trying to work on myself lately:
1. Treat expressions as a single gesture of the face/head, as opposed to a head and then individual features dumped on a plate and arranged into an expression.
First, just get down the big shapes of your expression, just like you would for a pose.
So say I wanna do a low angle angry pose. I know the features are gonna be all mashed down at the bottom because of perspective.
Scribble it down
start to put on features
put on more stuff
fix stuff again
erasing and flipping and stuff a whole bunch until you are happy with it or stop caring
Whole head is a gesture!
2. Just like a facial expression, jot down where the important parts of an entire pose goes first. You can force the rest of the body to fit the pose.
So here I knew I wanted the shoulders tilted a certain direction, and te hand to be in that particular position in front of her face.
That’s the simplest explanation I got. Don’t be afraid to push and pull faces and bodies around! Worry about being “on model” last!
All great tips, plus bonus Zhao.