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After makani posted her spirit possessed Azula (http://makanidotdot.tumblr.com/post/98064871231/more-of-my-post-spirit-possession-azula-she-is) , I just had to draw her.

Then Zhao arrived.

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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!

makanidotdot:

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

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start to put on features

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fix stuff

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put on more stuff

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fix stuff again

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erasing and flipping and stuff a whole bunch until you are happy with it or stop caring

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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. 

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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.

<3

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Some ATLA nostalgia (and my dash needed some Zhao). 

(Source: tim5555)

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makanidotdot:

assorted junk, couple co shenanigans, and a reference to this post

Holee crud, if Tenzin did that move, I’d flip!

Yay for Red Lotus basketball!

You make me want to draw Zhao again. I mean BADLY want to draw him!!!

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scienced:

Just finished Rufftoon’s comic Water Tribe thanks to Anoia and have had a total blast drawing some celebratory shirtless Zhao for it. I love this character! I guess I just have a soft spot for villainous old men, and the military, and damn good characterization.
Also thanks to Anoia for helping me suss out his left deltoid, just drew it a biiiit off.

Aaaaw, I&#8217;m touched that people still enjoy reading it. :)

scienced:

Just finished Rufftoon’s comic Water Tribe thanks to Anoia and have had a total blast drawing some celebratory shirtless Zhao for it. I love this character! I guess I just have a soft spot for villainous old men, and the military, and damn good characterization.

Also thanks to Anoia for helping me suss out his left deltoid, just drew it a biiiit off.

Aaaaw, I’m touched that people still enjoy reading it. :)

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So many shirtless guys in ATLA and Korra: not pictured: King Bumi, Ozai, Zuko, Prison Iroh, Guru Pathik&#8230;well, you get the idea.
Warm up doodle of the day with quick colours slapped on.

So many shirtless guys in ATLA and Korra: not pictured: King Bumi, Ozai, Zuko, Prison Iroh, Guru Pathik…well, you get the idea.

Warm up doodle of the day with quick colours slapped on.

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Moar Zhao!

The last one is making my head spin.

(Source: rabalogy, via rabalogy)

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Old inside joke- Zhao loves cake
(sorry-not sorry)

Old inside joke- Zhao loves cake

(sorry-not sorry)

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avatarparallels:

Zhao meets the Airbender.