Hands Up! Gestural expressions made easy?

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There is no shortage of great tutorial content on Youtube, and a recent one I was made aware of is great for webcomic artists. The tutorial is by Aaron Blaise, a former Disney animator. Check out the video below, and then read on for more info.

So Very Handy!

Aaron Blaise’s work history is impressive. He spent 21 years at Disney working on films such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more. He also co-directed Brother Bear. You can also find him on Instagram.

Blaise’s technique in this video makes a lot of sense for figuring out body language and expressiveness for webcomics. While facial expressions are obviously key in conveying emotion, so too are hand gestures. This technique of drawing the hands first and then doing the arms puts the emphasis on the gesture where it needs to be.

It also, funnily enough, makes drawing the arms quite a bit easier. At least, that has been my experience in practicing this technique myself.