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Anonymous asked: I've been trying out different styles as well as expressions for character's lately and I've been having a hard time. Figuring how to make the expressions and actions look more natural on the character, I was wondering if you had any good advice or knew of any books. That would be able to help me out with this thanks!


Answer:

In a way this kinda goes back to the acting question. Expressions are really tough to get right, and each character is different, which makes it even harder!

One of the best things you could read on this subject is Tracy J. Butler’s Lackadaisy: Notes on Expressions

You may also want to pick up Tom Bancroft’s Creating Characters With Personality


But first and foremost, think about the character’s personality—that shapes the expressions the most. Each character has their own set of expressions.

And one last thing—I wish I could have found the video from the Beauty & the Beast DVD where Glen Keane talks about his process of creating the Beast and his expressions, but I couldn’t find it online. So if you have it on DVD, I highly suggest you watch the behind the scenes stuff. In the meantime you can read this and this on it. :)

Hopefully this will answer some of your questions! Keep practicing and studying.

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