Friday, September 21, 2012

Posing: FRAMING one character's pose with another's

 This is a good technique to use with the others I have been tailing about.
 You can have one character's pose create a frame around the other's.
 The frame is created by the space between the 2 characters.
 This makes the 2 poses easier to read and it looks swell too.

You can also use background elements as framing devices.

The master of this (and other posing techniques) is Harvey Kurtzman.

John K Stuff: Harvey Kurtzman - Opposing Poses, LIFE


Ethan Harper said...

Oh man; that Kurtzman stuff is INCREDIBLE. Thanks, as always, for sharing (and educating), John :)

Anonymous said...

Informative posting. I imagine John K likes his blog or he wouldn't have one? I'm on Blogger because it sounds better than Word Press. I like the B. I noticed "Bucket List" was on Turner yesterday. I liked that Story. "Shawshank Redemption" was another good Story. "I posted a yellow gesture drawing under my "Scribble Your Gesture." It was done at a free figure drawing workshop held once a month by a Man who has a Career. His daughter posed because the model didn't show up. One of his Models helped with my Grandma which is how I found out about him. I went along once and it was just she and him and it was comfortable. He talked freely. I attended a few times with the groups of people drawing and It wasn't comfortable for me so I quit going. Whether it's one on one or a group, I like fee communication along with comfortable quiet. I don't even mind people interrupting each other if they're happy/excited. I hear John Tesh for a few min when I drive sometimes with his Psychological Studies. I don't disagree with any of the reports really. He talks about everything. That to me is comfortable.

Curt Rivadeneira said...

A hard thing for me is taking into consideration the caption bubbles and the space they take up along side the characters and bg elements. I never know how big to make them, or what size the letters should be. My bubbles end up being too big for my dialogue or vice versa. Then that messes up my composition. bleh...

The Belt Buckler said...

You are an absolute king.

Stephen Archie said...

Id love to have a book with all these lessons in!

Paul B said...

Another attempt at Slab.

Slab 6th attempt

m__a++r**K said...

Hi John,

If you've got time, I attached an image of mine where I've attempted to use the same principles as instructed in your lessons with regards to posing.

Here's the link to my image

More images via my website


MickeyCat said...

I know this has nothing to do with the topic, but did you paint/design these awesome backgrounds? They look beautiful and they remind me of the wonky backgrounds of the wonderful Harlem Shuffle video you made. The colors and lines are fantastic.

Paul B said...

Hi John, I think I've finally achieved! take a look:

Slab 7th attempt

Ken said...

>>Hi John,

If you've got time, I attached an image of mine where I've attempted to use the same principles as instructed in your lessons with regards to posing.

Here's the link to my image

More images via my website .

Thanks <<

I'm no genius, but I think I can point out a a few things that you could improve on.

The poses are readable, but it's done in such a way that their limbs just jut out in awkward directions. Their body parts need to be attached to their body. Otherwise, it'll look weird.

Some of the drawings on the website could use a bit of construction too. Also, a lot of those drawings seem to be canadian influenced as far as I can tell. Is that right?

kurtwil said...

Very interesting and thanks!

Framing seems non-existant in most modern animation, especially animation heavily based on live action.

Does any live action attempt this sort of character framing? I don't know of any.

Perhaps it's because Live action characters have to balance against gravity: The strongest framing poses would force them to fall down.

Paul B said...



Facundo Ezequiel said...

Mr. K!
Could you please take a look at my inking and tell me how it is?:



Thiago Levy said...

Hi John. I have been working on all the pointers you gave me since Taffi. Structure, continuity, clean drawings, more cartoony... I wrote it all down! One think that is helping with my drawings is copying almost frame by frame, good old cartoons. Especially Tex Avery and Bob Clampet's. Reverse engineering is the best way to understand how they performed such miracles. You really opened my eyes man! Hopefully I will get really good and return the favor by working with you. I also got my hands on Toon Boom. Thanks for sharing the production stuff for Cans.


HemlockMan said...

Kurtzman was brilliant. The best of the best comic book cartoonists.

All of those Gold Key/Dell funny animal artist have never gotten their due with comic book fans like me. I don't know their names and know almost nothing about their careers. Were they picked out of the animation studios to shepherd the comic books (when comic book lines were important to studio)? Kind of like the way Disney plucked Carl Barks out of the studio to do the Duck books at Dell Comics. Or did they fall into the jobs in other ways?

Max Hodges said...

wanted to share this one with you

Max Hodges said...

Wanted to share this one with you

Max Hodges said...

wanted to share this one with you

peter dylst said...

trying to get my first comment on your fantastic blog here...