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Storytelling Practice -Communication- by Django90 Storytelling Practice -Communication- by Django90
I've been in Life drawing for animation for only two days and I've already learned a LOT.

Animation is about communication and storytelling; You're characters can tell a story just by their body language.

What do you think is happening in this scene?

Leave a comment below so I can see if I was successful
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:iconsirquacky:
Critique by SirQuacky Sep 1, 2012, 1:47:41 PM
I have to say, even though it is not coloured or inked, this image speaks a lot to me. As I said in a comment for this sketch, I get the feeling that the cheering fox is happy since her blushing friend has finally tried on a dress she hated and never thought would work for her, the cheering fox thinks otherwise though. But later on she realizes that her cheering friend was right and the dress works.

Now if I am correct to assume that that is the story taking place in this picture, I really identify with that idea. There are so many times in my life where trying out things I disliked turned out well.

Overall, the poses and staging of the scene are quite nice, especially for a pencil sketch. I look forward to seeing more from this artist. Great work!
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Great9Star Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm...
:iconthinkingwrightplz:After examining the given picture a bit...
:iconwrightpapersmack1plz::iconwrightpapersmack2plz::iconwrightpapersmack3plz:
:iconwrightpapersmack4plz::iconwrightpapersmack5plz::iconwrightpapersmack6plz:
:iconwrightpapersmack7plz::iconwrightpapersmack8plz::iconwrightpapersmack9plz:This is my analysis:
<Analysis:>
Two female characters (either friends or siblings) went to a store that sells clothes (be it a mall or a popular clothes store). The reason that they went there was possibly to give the character on the left of the image a new look/makeover, they quite possibly tried a few styles and looks that may have been good, perhaps decent, or quite possibly not even close, but nothing that ever topped the this last look. Now, given the sudden frame shot here, and the expressions and body language... I would have to assume that the one who was changing was kind of nervous or uncertain about this last look, while the one on the outside was possibly feeling eager to see what her company's new look would be. Quite possibly there was a pause before the unveiling, and the two possibly were exchanging words. The one behind the dressing door exchanging words of doubt, while the one outside probably giving words of encouragement, or possibly even anxiety or impatience. Eventually the one behind the dressing door would give in and come out. Thus we have our shot:
The girl on the outside is completely thrilled about her company's transformation and believes it's absolutely perfect, while the one standing inside the dressing booth(?), perhaps feeling uneasy at the first moment she opened the door, after witnessing her company's reaction, and maybe receiving many compliments finally starts to ease a little, smiles, and possibly starts asking things like "you really think so?", and the delighted company continues to sustain her opinions. The girl on the left is feeling exhilarated while as the girl on the right is feeling quite bashful.

<End of Analysis>
:iconthinkingwrightplz:...
:iconpheenieplz: ...O-Of Course that's just my analysis. I have no real way of proving this, ergo I could be completely wrong. ^^;
:iconthinkingwrightplz: This is just my my take one picture, my theory if you will.

(Also, I used company as in an individual who is accompanying another.)
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
:iconedgeworthplz: I see... a very interesting analysis indeed...

Kudos, sir. You have made my day ^_^
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:icongreat9star:
Great9Star Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconpheenieplz: Ah-Uhm, yes... well, *EHEM!* Well--, it was my pleasure. ^^; Thank you for giving me such an opportunity!
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
:icongodotplz: It was my pleasure :3
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:icongreat9star:
Great9Star Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconphoenixwtfface::iconphoenix--wrong: Uh-uhm, sure... (was expecting Edgeworth.)
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Arrowfrogtmt2 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stacey: "OH MY GOSH! NIKKI! You look so kyuuute!"
Nikki: "I dunno, sis. It's so embarrassing!"
Stacey: "Nonsense! You look adorable!"
Nikki: "But sis, this skirt is too short and I don't know if I really like the Rainbow Dash embroidery."
Stacey: "Oh, we're going to look so cute together this weekend at the beach! And the embroidery is just <giggle> AMAZING! Hoof Bump!"
Nikki: <sigh> "Ok..."
:iconbrohoofplz:
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
XD Another interesting analysis :3

I should probably use my characters next time I do this sort of thing

I liked this one

:iconbrohoofplz:
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:iconarrowfrogtmt2:
Arrowfrogtmt2 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Specifically, I like that the characters "expressions" involve the entire body. Utilizing body language is an important and often difficult art form as you have to correctly arrange and draw the body precisely to match the face in order to send a clear message. Stacey is excited, as is clearly seen in her giant smile but more than that she is clasping her hands near her face in a readily identifiable "excited" pose. Add to that her lifted leg and perky tail, her whole body is communicating "excitement and glee"!

Nikki is looking away and down with arched eyebrows and a half grin, typical of a shy or embarrassed expression. Her body compliments that emotion with her arms crossed in front of her (as if she's hiding behind them) which is a common action when one is feeling very shy or embarrassed. Her legs are bent and her knees pressed together which is another common body signal of submission, shyness, or embarrassment. Last of all, her tail is tucked between her legs which is used by canines to express fear, embarrassment, humility or shame. All together it is a total package of expression, and I commend you on being able to effectively use all those techniques together.
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks ^_^ For all intents and purposes, I'll say that I subconsciously drew Stacey...

Although Nikki wears glasses so I'm not entirely sure who I drew here... seems kinda random to me :iconpheenieplz:
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Arrowfrogtmt2 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nikki does wear some cute glasses and the shy fox has none, but she does favor Nikki and I added in the bit about the contacts/ no glasses to account for Nikki not having them. Hehehehe
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Still, These characters were more random than planned...

Ah well, I did ask for other people's input so Thanks for your participation ^_^
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Arrowfrogtmt2 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconobjection1plz::iconobjection2plz::iconobjection3plz::iconobjectionplz:
:iconobjection4plz::iconobjection5plz::iconobjection6plz:
"Your Honor! These characters are clearly modeled after Stacey and Nikki whether the Prosecution wants to admit it or not!"
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
:iconjudgeshockedplz::iconsaysplz: M-m-mr. Wright! Do you have any evidence to back up these claims?
:iconedgeworthplz::iconsaysplz: Yes, Wright. Where do you come up with these wild accusations?
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Arrowfrogtmt2 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nikki: "Can I PLEASE wear my glasses? I don't have my contacts with me and I can't see..."
Stacey: "Don't need them!" <grabs Nikki's hand> "Let's go!" <runs out the door pulling Nikki after her>


I suppose I ought to comment on the art directly. It's very nice. Both characters look very cute and have nice expressions. Their forms are natural (as natural as an anthropomorphic fox can be, anyway)and pleasing to look at. You can read a lot into the facial expressions and body language of the characters. I would enjoy seeing this sketch cleaned up a bit and colored if you ever had a desire and the time to do so.
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
I would, too, but for now I'm keeping it simple :3

Gotta crawl before you walk, then you gotta walk before you run ^_^
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:iconarrowfrogtmt2:
Arrowfrogtmt2 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In the Army we say "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast."
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Now that's confusing XD
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:iconarrowfrogtmt2:
Arrowfrogtmt2 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The premise is that if you do something slowly enough times you get smooth at it, and once you are smooth you get faster.
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ooooooh... That makes sense
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meowchi75 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I get the feeling that the shy girl on the left is blushing over the fact that someone asked her out and her fox friend on the right is happy for her shy friend and she wants to hear all the details.
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yet another great analysis. I've been getting pretty good feedback so far ^_^
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:iconmeowchi75:
meowchi75 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's cuz you did a good job on the picture :)
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you :)
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:iconsirquacky:
SirQuacky Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, I get the idea that the cheering fox is happy since her friend has finally tried on a dress she scorned and hated for years but cheery thought it could work on her. And in the end the friend will think so too.

Great work on the poses and designs! I love your sketches :)
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much ^_^
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:iconsirquacky:
SirQuacky Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your very welcome :) I hope you like the critique, it's the first one I've ever written.
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
It's the first one I've ever gotten XD Thanks!
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:iconsirquacky:
SirQuacky Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome :) I hope I'll be able to do some more some day!
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
I hope so, too :3
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:icondb1993:
db1993 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
That neat place.
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
I spent a little extra time getting the area to look decent :)

Any other thoughts or comments on the subject matter?

I'm practicing my storytelling technique ^_^
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:icondb1993:
db1993 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
What next on your storytelling.
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
I actually have a couple ideas I wanna try out... wait and see ^_^
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:icondb1993:
db1993 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Sweet.
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Already working on one of em :D
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:icondb1993:
db1993 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Nice. what is it.
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Well, all I can say is I was staring at the Shaun of the Dead DVD case for a while.
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Nafyo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm for what i see, the vixen adores her new dress to her girlfriend and she kind of shy with her new dress style.
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you for your participation! It is highly appreciated ^_^
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Nafyo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anytime :)
Nice work though and hope you make an Animation scene sooner or later :)
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'll work my way back up to animation. For now, I'll focus on storytelling and sketching :3
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it!
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
Would you like to expand on that ^_^? Any comments, criticisms? I'm trying to see if I did things right :D
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the way you draw your foxes, it reminds me of some of the late great cartoonists. I am definitely impressed and pleased by your abilities. ^^
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you :iconcryforeverplz:
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:iconiametoh:
IamETOH Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course! :D
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute :3
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
Any other thoughts about it? Critiques are welcome, too ^_^

I'm learning a new concept and trying to see if I succeeded
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks to me that the one on the right is trying to help her friend get ready for a big date. ^_^
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:icondjango90:
Django90 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
Another interesting analysis. Thank you for your participation ^_^ It helps a lot!
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