Sunday, March 9, 2014

Characters in a Scene

It has taken me over two months time but I have finally gotten out of all the introductory drawing and into a little bit of two character interaction. Putting two characters into a scene may seem simple enough. Just put two heads in a picture together facing each other and presto, a scene. But there is a little more to it than just that. You have to consider positioning, layout, the moment, and one's interaction with the other.
My first drawing was turning one of the characters in a sketch scene towards the reader. Put them close together with distinct emotions and you'll take their interaction and project it right on to the viewer. Opening the engagement to the reader created the feeling of a third person in the room. This felt like another step in the right direction. It was the first time that I sensed I was creating a new kind of activity on the page.
My second illustration was the reverse angle. I started this sketch from behind one character. Here, a subject interacts with the other from a closed view. It helps to put the two subjects in close quarters. As I learned, the closer I could put them together without smashing them the better the life, and putting them too far apart lowers the energy.
Having both characters face the reader is another under utilized and effective technique. Its useful to overlap them here as well. It doesn't always have to be an overlap of the heads. Shoulders are effective too.
In my last sketch I created a scene where an intimidating bully hovers over my boy. I decided to call the nearer subject my boy. C'mon, you gotta root for the underdog. This is a complete overlapping of characters and use of perspective to create a visceral moment between the bully and the little hero (can't help myself). Thanks for visiting.

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