don't hold back. give me a real fight. i've been waiting for this.
Had Yael out this weekend, spent some time playing with his jointed hands and thinking about doll body language? Something like that. I always complain that I can never portray Ysrael as violent as I like, that I have a hard time getting that tension and energy in his poses.
People also sometimes ask me for tips in posing dolls and I have a hard time articulating responses besides "make it look natural". 8); You just have to step back and think "can a person actually pose like that?" and "does this posture convey what I'm trying to get across?" and act out the poses yourself to get a feel for how the body works and should look. It's not enough for it to look right to you
. You shouldn't have to explain outright what your doll is doing or feeling, you should make it as visually obvious as possible to everyone. For me, it's a lot of little minute things about a pose that add up to something good.
When I started taking photos today, I started out with Yael like this: [link]
Didn't like it though, wasn't what I wanted. He looked too much like he was praying, or maybe about to bow. Not enough force in his arms. After doing a bit of flexing and posing of my own arms and body, I realized his elbows needed to be raised and pointed outward to get the body language I wanted. His head also needed to be tilted to the side rather than forward; a forward tilt looked too acquiescent. Tilted to the side was more arrogant.
Unfortunately, his arms wouldn't stay up the way I wanted on their own, even with sueding. 8); So I stuffed some white tack inside his shoulder joints to get them to stay. I do this A LOT when I can't get arms to stay where I want them. Rubber erasers, white tack, spare eye putty, they're so useful when it comes to posing.
And... yeah. I don't know, I'm sure I'm just spewing out shit a lot of you already know. And these shots aren't really exemplary of really awesome posing. Like at all. orz But it was fun for me, I spent a bit of time thinking about this while editing, so I figured why not tl;dr for a bit--
As always, you can find extras on my Tumblr: [link]
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