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Tutorial 6 Squidward Acting by shermcohen Tutorial 6 Squidward Acting by shermcohen
#6 in a series of 12 tutorial sheets created for the SpongeBob crew in 2005 (4th season) --More on Line of Action

I first encountered the notion of the "line of action" in the classic animation book by Preston Blair. He was an animator for Disney and MGM, and he popularized the concepts that were developed and being used every day by the masters of Golden Age animation.

The good news is that this book is available for free online, and the specific page you'll want to look at is about a third of the way down on this page>>>[link]<<<

Check out lots of free video tutorials on my blog at >> [link] << See you there!

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adam-ant2 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017
My Storyboarding teacher showed me these exact sheets.
They were quite helpful in drawing character actions.
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hunlin Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Student Filmographer
Squidward's acting has fascinated me to no end. His movements are this great combination of graceful yet belligerent. 
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Nat000Frog Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is handy!
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hunlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
I LOVE THIIIIS... HE'S MY FAVOURITE CHARACTEEEEEEEEERRRRR!!!!!! <3
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
thanks...so glad you enjoy this one :)
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:iconhunlin:
hunlin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
No problem. 

I did an essay partially on him last term explaining how he's so solidly drawn and appealing!
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hunlin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
This guy. Only sympathetic character on the show, for most part.
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SuperMaster10 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So,this is what i've been doing wrong with my pictures,Poses were too boring.Man,i need some practice time.Thank you for posting this,its really helpful :)
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MaryHalley Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful work as always Sherm! Love it.
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grendawn Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
cool
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katheb Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Doodles on a page teach so much. Thank you.
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GreenLandchrin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
thanks really help alot
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Rocky-O Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, such a simple idea.. but it really conveys a lot!! Thanks for sharing Squidward's acting!!
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ThePavi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
ooooh i adore you <D
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TrexMwix Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I never realized how important the line of action was until now. Thank you and keep up the great work :)
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I'm super-glad you found it helpful :) The importance of a strong line of action can't be overestimated.
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PantheraCorax Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I've always read about the 'line of action' but I never really understood it until now.
For that, I thank you.

I will have to keep all of your tutorials in mind when I get into Ai for media arts <:
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much for telling me about your "breakthrough." I really appreciate hearing that -- makes me want to make more tutorials ^_^
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hilawo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Thanks
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
My pleasure ^_^
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1me0 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Thank you so much for these tutorials! Until I saw this tutorial, I always used the line of action because I felt obligated to, without really knowing how to use it to make my drawings look more logical yet cartoony. After seeing this, I realized that the line of action should pose the character in a communicative way that helps to tell the story more simply and effectively. My drawing has improved a bit since (none of my new ones are on deviantART yet).

Besides the Preston Blair book, are there any other art/animation instructional guides that you'd recommend?
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
WOW! Thanks for that very insightful comment about line-of-action. You really described it better than most! I'm glad to hear that the tutorial has been a help...please let me know when you've posted those new drawings!

Regarding other art/animation instructional guides that I recommend, I just posted a whole list on my deviantART Journal: [link]
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NatalieTheAntihero Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't refuse to giggle at the stiff Squidward for some reason. :giggle:

But I can agree with many other deviants: It's very useful to know how to make poses more lively. :D I really should be careful not to draw too stiff poses. ^^;
Plus Squidward is my favourite character from Spongebob Squarepants, because his character is more believable. :XD: :+fav:
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi Lazy...and thanks! I've learned from watching classic cartoons that characters act a lot more with their bodies than I had ever previously thought! The best place to see this in action is in silent films from Chaplin and Keaton and Laurel&Hardy...they had to use their bodies because that's all they had to communicate with ^_^ PS..I LOVE drawing squidward...especially when I'm feeling crabby :)
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NatalieTheAntihero Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. You can call me Natalie by the way, since I only use the username because everything else was taken. ^^; Oh, I used to watch Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy when I was 11 and drew badly drawn people back then. :XD: In Germany Laurel & Hardy are called Dick & Doof, which means "fat and stupid". I don't even know why they came up with that, but I think they're fun to watch anyway. :D Ah, that's great to know. The only characters I can draw the best (I think) are Patrick Star and Plankton. ^^; Heheheh.
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elixirXsczjX13 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
OOOOO This just sprinkles joy! These are really helpful! I'll have to try out line of action in future drawings! Comparing the first to the others, it really does make a difference! :+favlove:
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi elixir...I love your description: "sprinkles joy"...that's high praise indeed. Thanks!
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DrZime Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I have the same book with the line of action thing in it. XD
It didn't really work for me at first (because I was really young when I first tried), but once I got better at anatomy it all started falling into place.

Your work illustrates it very well!
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks zimeta...a lot of times I've had that same experience with drawing books. A lot of it doesn't make sense until you've worked your way thru the problems yourself.
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DrZime Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true. There were no anatomy books that could teach me how to draw bodies - I learned through trial and error. Good times. :)
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hairology Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Extremely useful...
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Hairology! Stay tuned, there's more on the way.
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Verkins Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009   Digital Artist
This really helps, the lines of action are very useful when I draw my characters. :)
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi Verkins...yes, a good strong line of action is literally the backbone for any good dynamic drawing ^_^
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Verkins Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009   Digital Artist
Indeed. :)
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SpaceCricket Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
these tutorials are really helpful! Thanks for posting, I sure could use the practice
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi cricket...I'm sure glad to hear that you're finding the tutorials helpful. Thanks!!
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LillayFran Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
This tutorial is very useful :)
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you Lilly! Many more to come...
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Kocoa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Student
Thanks for posting this! Useful help as usual! :D
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi Kocoa...thanks...I'm glad to know it's helpful ^_^
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