Poopenheimer wrote:I've been doing a bunch of body language tests i.e Writing an emotion and drawing a stickman underneath displaying said emotion, but my main problem is that I can't get the legs right. How can I draw legs to Give out the desired body language?
The same way you draw upper body language effectively - through studying the real thing. Unlike upper body language, we don't usually consciously control lower body language, which is why it's hard to just imagine what you'd do with your legs if you were expressing some emotion. So, the best way is to look at other people use their bodies in a natural setting (that is, don't ask
to see a certain emotion, but watch them express their emotions naturally as an observer).
Potentially useful resources:http://www.spyingforlying.com/
(sometimes discusses lower body language)http://changingminds.org/techniques/bod ... nguage.htm
Also, don't forget that everyone expresses emotions slightly differently. This includes facial and upper body expressions too, not just the lower body. Make sure you study lots of different people and don't just use your own body language in your comics! You can use these differences to emphasize that your stick figures are different characters.
Another thing to keep in mind that I briefly touched upon in my last post is how body type affects body language. Study that too! A sickly and frail person isn't going to have the same body language as an energetic kid or an overweight person. The safest way to study these variations is by observing real people in the real world, but candid videos work as well (and photos can work too in some cases). Acted/set-up photos and videos can be misleading, but they also have their uses.