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Tutorial 7 Dynamic Angles by shermcohen Tutorial 7 Dynamic Angles by shermcohen
#7 in a series of 12 tutorial sheets created for the SpongeBob crew in 2005 (4th season) on Dynamic Angles

We all too often draw figures in straight up-and-down poses. To give a character life and visual interest, try to keep the character off of the horizontal and vertical axes.

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Azixel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm studying comics/cartoons on an art college and our storyboard teacher showed us this tutorial today,glad I could find more of your tutorials for more help :D 

Keep up the great work,always loved it!! :heart:
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suddenlyahat Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
These guides are wonderful!
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Sky-Chair Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch for tutorials, you really seem to know a lot about drawing dynamic stuff! I have a lot of troubles trying to make anything look exciting and dynamic.
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redneckgaijin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Excellent point. Another reason for dynamic angles: perspective. The illusion of a three-dimensional image in a two-dimensional medium is fragile. Static full-forward or full-profile poses destroy that illusion. Dynamic poses help trick the eye, making the image feel more "real".
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well-said! And the extension of the three-dimensional illusion is to help get the viewer/reader immersed in the story. Thanks for the input :)
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SherlockianHamps Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The odd thing is, there is nothing here that I didn't already know, only I'm just now really... getting it.
Thanks for posting, these are really good.
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Aloixe Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, this is very useful, thanks a lot for posting it ^^

and now, I think I have to go and watch spongebob :D
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Bummerdude Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I find this one to be the most motivating out of the bunch. I have to remind myself to be more daring in my poses and perspective every now and then, but it feels nice to have it on paper!
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embrio Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Adorable drawings.. and of course tons of movement. Great advice as always. :) Its funny how some seemingly simple principals can have such a big impact.
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:icondeathknightcommander:
Wait, is it even possible for Spongebob to punch something to make it move? I mean, everybody knows he barely has any muscles to even lift a drink! I call for OOC, here! :XD:

Also, awesome tutorial. =) Currently practicing this and this will help me a lot. Thanks! ^_^
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hilawo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Spongebob <3
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revereche Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! This is really helpful.
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SajuukkuujaS Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
angles, they are certainly an matter for themself.
Just as hands are... *shudders*
sometimes i could get an crysis at it.

Neverless, i really enjoy your tutorials!
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! It means a lot to me to know that artists like you find these things helpful!
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dwightyoakamfan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009   General Artist
Yet another great tutorial,
angles are always good to
practice with, otherwise they
come out stiff, and not alive.

Your tutorials are a ton of help,
especially with remembering the basics.

I can't wait to see the other tutorials!
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks...I sure appreciate hearing that they're helpful!
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tedikuma Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Good things to remember. =)
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Tedikuma! I hope you'll like the others in the series too ^_^
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Zimeta Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh-ho! I'll keep this in mind while drawing my comic. :D
Angles, Zime! Angles!
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi Zime! Glad you like that tutorial page...I think you'll really dig the ones that are coming up soon ^_^ Thanks --sherm
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Zimeta Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't wait! :thumbsup:
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ScittyKitty Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
"Hi, I'm Bopo!"

lol that clown made me think of a Rugrats episode... good times.


But yeah, I DEFFENENTLY need to use this! :D
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you Chaos...I need to remind myself of the same things! Thanks again --Sherm
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Kirbtaro05 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
I was thinking the same exact thing! :XD:
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ScittyKitty Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
lol, that is a win! :highfave:
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hairology Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
makes sense...
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MistyTang Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Ooh! More excellent points!
Keeping the things inside of the border filled with angles is especially a good point. I like to make little comics (well, back before school and commissions were eating my free time), so that really speaks to me. :nod: I've gotta stop taking the easy way out and put more fun angles into my panels. :bounce:
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MysticArk Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
Seems tough...
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi Mystic...I think you'll find it's not so tough -- I just took a look at your gallery, and you've actually used this principle in your piece called "Deviant ID."

Happy drawing! --Sherm
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MysticArk Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
I see. I am currently studying them AND I keep character tutorials (to help me practice) and various Techniques, such as Porportions, Lines of Action, and Skeletal Poses (The 3 key techniques that I need to learn) into my special Composition Book, that way I can use it for reference. Because it is easier for me to learn it if I actually do it myself.
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
You're right on the money! I couldn't learn perspective from a book...only when I tried to work out the drawing problems could I finally understand all the things the books were saying! Draw on, my friend ^_^
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MysticArk Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Thanks, Sherm! I learn by being hands-on, meaning that once you do it yourself, you'll be able to learn it. Keep it up on your awesome storyboarding, character designing, and cartooning! Hopefully you will probably meet me in a few years, once I get to California.
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