Character Creation Module 05

 

Rhythms & Gestures of the Figure

Introduction
Welcome to Module 05!!

Capturing a sense of “life” in a character is one of the most difficult challenges facing any character artist. A key to infusing this quality in one’s work often lies in the artist’s ability to understand and correct the rhythms and gestures of their creation. The lectures in this section will outline several different body types, their unique rhythms and other trademarks of form development in a variety of archetypes.

Lets go straight to some videos!

https://vimeo.com/40660534

Video: Posture & Leading a Character

  • Posture: what it says about your character
  • Leading the figure through stance

 

https://vimeo.com/40734002

Video: Rhythms & Gestures

  • Male Archetype

 

https://vimeo.com/38343469

Video: Rhythms & Gestures

  • Female Archetype

 

https://vimeo.com/40665144

Video: Rhythms & Gestures

  • Large male Archetype

 

https://vimeo.com/40717836

Video: Rhythms & Gestures

  • Large female Archetype

 

https://vimeo.com/40725970

Video: Rhythms & Gestures

  • Straights and curves:  form development across design styles

 

Now that we’ve covered several different archetypes of straight-to-curve relationships and leading a character, let’s revisit our Loomis proportion drawing. See if you can locate the straight-to-curve relationships of the lines used to define the silhouette. Look for the “S” curves that flow throughout the character and see if you can identify how they add to the overall sense of the character’s gesture and rhythm. Notice the equal balance of the character over his feet. Compare this to the following image of Superman by Alex Ross. Look at how his character leads with his chest and what that does to the overall stance and balance of the figure.

Assignment: Evaluate the rhythms and gestures of your character. What archetype are you creating? Even creatures embody posture archetypes that help define their character. Are your decisions supporting the story driven intentions of your design?

 

Enjoy these sculpt-overs from previous classes. I’ll be adding some of yours next!! I’ll put them at the top of this list to make them easier to find.

 

https://vimeo.com/64636074

Video: Female Anatomy & Stance Sculpt Over_01

  • Establish balance, avoid even sweeps through the body
  • Proportions and rhythms of the appendages
  • Look for the “C” shape in the gluts
  • Knee structure

 

https://vimeo.com/63573157

Video: Stance and Anatomy Sculpt Over_03

  • Upper to lower leg orientation
  • Grounding the character
  • Strengthening the stance from the feet up

 

https://vimeo.com/63466512

Video: Anatomy Gesture Sculpt Over_02

  • Evaluating arm-to-toso relationship
  • Proportions and limb length
  • Form hits in the gluts
  • Stance

 

https://vimeo.com/63246196

Video: Stance and Anatomy Sculpt Over_02

  • Establish balance, then adjust how the character leads
  • Proportions and rhythms of the appendages
  • Avoid details of the body and face

 

https://vimeo.com/44519358

Video: Stance and Gesture Sculpt Over_01

  • Establish balance, then adjust limb and head placement
  • Proportions and rhythms of the appendages
  • Avoid details of the body and face

https://vimeo.com/44731102

Video: Anatomy Gesture Sculpt Over_01

  • Tension in form development
  • Proportions and limb length
  • Muscle boundaries
  • Stance
  • Balance of the pose

https://vimeo.com/45076697

Video: Creature Anatomy Sculpt Over_01

  • Defining the stance of your character
  • Proportions and limb length
  • Don’t be afraid to pose your character early in the process
  • Rhythms and Gestures
  • Defining unique muscle boundaries

https://vimeo.com/45211131

Video: Lines and Hits

  • Defining a “Hit” point on a curve
  • How to not balance two lines
  • Balancing straights with curves

https://vimeo.com/45203053

Video: Stylized Character Sculpt Over_01

  • Tension of lines
  • Balancing straights with curves
  • Muscle boundaries
  • Truing up your forms

https://vimeo.com/45507387

Video: Female Proportion Gesture Sculpt Over_01

  • Judging head proportion
  • Proportions and limb length
  • Adding subtle rhythms
  • Stance
  • Mouth structure placement

https://vimeo.com/45680064

Video: Creature Proportions Sculpt Over_01

  • Defining the stance of your character
  • Proportions and limb length
  • Use your defining attributes to judge your proportions
  • Rhythms and Gestures

https://vimeo.com/45902918

Video: Old Lady Gesture Sculpt Over_01

  • Defining bone landmarks
  • Proportions and limb length
  • Muscle boundaries
  • Stance
  • Muscle tension

 

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Added

I’ll be posting the sculpt overs from our class here!! If you are not quite ready for a sculpt over don’t worry, I will be making them for the remainder of the class.

https://vimeo.com/76427042

Video: Alien Anatomy Gesture Sculpt Over_02

  • PolyGroup arms to evaluate torso and gesture
  • Proportions and limb length
  • Stance
  • Adding believability to the anatomy

https://vimeo.com/76531512

Video: Facial Features & Head Proportions Sculpt Over_01

  • Defining the structure of the head
  • Proportions
  • Use your defining attributes to judge your proportions
  • Placement of head on neck

 

https://vimeo.com/76757887

Video: Lean & Fit Anatomy Gesture Sculpt Over_02

  • Block in overall head shape and position
  • Proportions and limb length
  • Ground the character through stance
  • Look for the flowing curves of the anatomy

 

https://vimeo.com/76951138

Video: Facial Features & Head Proportions Sculpt Over_02

  • Placement of head on neck
  • Defining the structure of the head
  • Judge the overall head shape
  • Proportions
  • Use your defining attributes to judge your proportions

 

https://vimeo.com/77133911

Video: “Hulk” sized Character Sculpt Over_01

  • Tension of lines
  • Balancing straights with curves
  • Muscle boundaries
  • Forcing rhythms and s-curves

 

https://vimeo.com/77270466

Video: Anatomy Gesture Sculpt Over_02

  • Judge width of torso to limb thickness
  • Evaluating arm-to-toso relationship
  • Proportions and limb length
  • Stance

 

https://vimeo.com/77856631

Video: Stance and Anatomy Sculpt Over_03

  • Leg bow and orientation
  • Face structure
  • Neck and head size