Analyzing shapes and poses in creatures and characters

When you work on a design, you will want to spend your time communicating something that makes sense. This could be an iconic bulky warrior or a design for a creature that’s not what it seems like. Either way: You won’t be doing something random as that’s just a waste of your time. Understanding what shapes communicate is one of the most basic skills you need to have, especially when it comes to creature designs.

Shape language basics in art

Shape language, you probably heard about that before. Shapes can communicate something to the onlooker. It sets a mood or tells something about a character. We especially see this in comic styles where shapes are a lot more telling than in daily life. Traditional movies apply it too, and we even do so in our own households. In this article we specifically look at the basics of shape language when applied to characters and creatures, and what they communicate.