Monday, July 31, 2017

Good Old Squash and Stretch

"Anything composed of living flesh, not matter how bony, will show considerable movement within its shape in progressing through an action."

- Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston,  The Illusion of Life

- Squash and stretch is not purely an animation concept. It has existed since primitive man was able to draw figures.  It has been used by the old masters.

- We don't have to go into gross caricature seen in rubbery animation but it can inform the spirit of our drawings.  

-  Some use it for exaggeration. It also can be used for clarity in the contour of the figure.  

- It can also clarify the direction of forces in the figure. 

-  It aids clarity.  It emphasizes dynamic and dramatic action! 

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