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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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76 Action Analysis — Hands and Feet

In life drawing classes there is a tendency to start somewhere around the head and end up somewhere around the knees. Perhaps the students are influenced by the thousands of sculptured torsos and portrait paintings that fill the museums, galleries, and art books. However, for the animator, such a restricted area of study is for all practical purposes useless.

Pantomime plays an important part in animation, especially in scenes that contain no dialog. Even those scenes with dialog are greatly enhanced and, of even more importance, caricatured by pantomime. If the animator were to study the mime, he would find that the hands and feet are one of the most important parts of the body in the representation of an ...

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