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Tutorial 8 Push your Poses by shermcohen Tutorial 8 Push your Poses by shermcohen
#8 in a series of 12 tutorial sheets created for the SpongeBob crew in 2005 (4th season) on "Pushing Your Poses." You can often turn a plain old pose into something much more expressive...just treat your drawing as an actor and "ham it up!" Exaggerate the acting and put the most emphasis where the emotion affects the movement.

This sheet is basically a demonstration of the "line of action" principles from the earlier tutorials. Dynamic angles (see tutorial #7 ) have also been used to replace the more straight-up-and-down weaker poses.

More in this series:

Check out lots of free video tutorials on my blog at >> [link] << See you there!
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:icontorchu325:
Torchu325 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Pose pushing was used at Carbunkle Cartoons by Kelly Armstrong. Whereas many animators tone down poses, she turns them up.
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TwinkletoesKat Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist
I saw this in my animation class (: Really helped with back curves.
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kay-la-la Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks to you, i'm much more confident in character posing! now i can add as much emotion as i want, because i know how. thanks, man! :D
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FoocheZ Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
We have this picture in my art class, always gives me inspiration :)
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Raveneesimo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
A nice reminder. :)
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NerdyGeekyDweeb Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Witty, simple, and impressive altogether.
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acreator24 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant, Sherm. Thank you for sharing this with me. Dave
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itland-9-13 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is brilliant! Thank you so much!!
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ecozay Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this! I'll keep these tips in mind :)
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IceValaxy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
"This is dumb." "This is dumber." That part made me giggle so much xD But very helpful :D I'll keep these kind of things in mind :D
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KaraszKun Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Now these and the rest of your tutorials should be useful. :)
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erisabesu-kuro-gosai Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Student General Artist
This has inspired me. .___.
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tLRoH Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Here's my second attempt!

[link]

I hope you like it! :dummy:
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tLRoH Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, this is so helpful, you have no idea! :iconiloveitplz: I hope you don't mind if I post something similar? I'll credit you for the idea, of course! ;D
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Please do! I'd love to see it :)
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:icontlroh:
tLRoH Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I did do this one... > [link] < But I plan to do a better one since I didn't really try on the first two sketches.

When I do, I'll link you, if you like. =3
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TheRealTDAGeena Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student General Artist
hahaha
"this is dumb, but this is dumber"
:heart: lovely
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Bardigon29 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:iconvictoryscreechplz: this is awesome.
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Pirs4x Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
..Dumber! *__*
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Rocky-O Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
WOW! You're sharing with us a GOLD MINE :D
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FroggysHop Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
It could always have a bit more dumb, am I right?
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CookiePhantom Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Filmographer
I really need to remember this! Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful tutorials with us :heart:
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Canis-ferox Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student General Artist
This is awesome. ^^ I love "This is dumb. But this is dumber." It is indeed dumber, in a positive way = D Yay for expressive poses!
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Cappybara Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I laughed at "This is dumb, but this is dumber"
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
why does the new Spongebobs more uuh TOO detail and gory like when he got the splinter on his finger THAT WAS GROSS
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ruthcruz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this. It makes you want to push the cartoon to the extreme so it doesn't look so bland
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KittyTheNekoAlien Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"but this is dumber" LOL!!!
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Snow-Shogun Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Dude that's awesome! Definitely faving this!
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gracie-is-a-pie Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Student General Artist
That last part made me giggle. :3
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hilawo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Interface Designer
SO helpful!! :D
THANK YOU!
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katheb Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Oh man these tut's rock!

Also I was a complete fool before I saw these.

now I am only partially foolish.
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kms007 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
love it! It's so important to push character's poses. Thanks for sharing, Sherm!
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Vampirelupin10 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
When doing poses, does emotions play a part also?
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CartumanBrasil Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks for help! ;)
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:iconbarlee:
Barlee Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010   Filmographer
My teacher at school brought in a packet of all these tutorials to show us last year. They are incredibly helpful. Thank you so much for making these!
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Hi Barlee...that's so awesome! Thanks for telling me that...it really makes my day ^_^
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spongereload Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS 4 this tutorial!!!
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SymphIV Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
oh gawsh <3 inspiration lol
its cute :3
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hairology Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Isn't Line a wonderful thing....
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elixirXsczjX13 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Very interesting! Both pose and expression are extended to the best! As always, this is great :+favlove: Really enjoy seeing these :heart:.
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much! Glad to hear that you like it!
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RagdollZombie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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bonzaibox Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
This makes me want to draw exaggerated hand gestures. :D
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:iconshermcohen:
shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Fantastic! I hope it helps push your stuff further :)
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ScittyKitty Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Student Digital Artist
lol, nice. :D Man, i need to start pushing my poses. ^^:
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks...and keep pushin!
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LazyAsHell Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I somehow can imagine how many people like to draw simple poses. Because it's easier to draw mostly! :XD: But it's amazing how little changes can make a pose much more effective, like turning the head, leaning back/forward, etc. :D It also makes the characters look more like themselves instead of generic. :+fav: I'm happy to know you keep up submitting those tutorials. :dance:
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:iconshermcohen:
shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks...I'm happy to know you're following along!
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LazyAsHell Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, they're fun to watch and to read. :bounce:
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artgel Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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