How does talking affect your posing? Will your character be talking? Should they be?
Instead of just getting the “general feel” of a scene, if there is going to be interaction between two characters- WHAT ARE THEY MOST LIKELY SAYING? Are you doing all your renders the same way, with all talking, or all action and no talking? Are both characters doing the same thing all the time?
Determining the character’s speech vs no speech is how I start my posing, and how I rendered Kaetl.
First, I had to decide that she would not be saying anthing-she found it so humorous that dragons are afraid of a beautiful bug- but she is trying to hide it SOMEWHAT and be supportive. Well, tolerant. She is a warrior after all. In other words, if the dragons turned and looked, they’d see her smile, but that smile could be taken as a SLIGHT “Isn’t that gorgeous?” She’s not thrilled with baby dragon-sitting. So a half smile is most appropriate.
That wasn’t by accident that the mouth is at that angle, you can see the corners of the mouth curve up, but it is not the focus of the scene, it’s a supporting element. But getting those corners turned up was planned and experimented with from different angles. But I’ll be posting about use of space, and it had to meet those requirements too. (So many posts, so little time, it’s 75 degrees and gorgeous and I’m not out horseback riding, why? Answer- I love this stuff and appreciate all of you who have stopped in to my little corner of the world. So let’s keep going)
One of the first things that may help you when you’re posing would be to decide if your character is talking or not- which means you simply HAVE to get in that character’s frame of mind. What would they be saying? At the point in time that you have captured, are they keeping their thoughts to themselves, would it be more effective to be sharing them, or have they finished the encounter? (and the outcome was ? Basically you show outcome with level of energy, shoulders up, down, backward forward, head same thing- etc.)
Could I look at your stand alone scene and without a title, tell what the character is THINKING? Go check your renders right now and come up with three thoughts that character could have if you were a newbie looking at them. (Hey, this could be fun to share!)
I’ll be back with some different views of Kaetl’s mouth that you didn’t get to see. It wont be spot rendered, I’ll just use the light that came with the studio.