Character Posing Tips and Tricks

By Anna Warfield

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Since so many stories and comics center around dynamic characters, it is essential to convey the right emotions and actions in our storyboards. The drag and drop feature makes it super easy to get characters into your storyboards, but what do you do next? I have made many a storyboard in my time. Let me share some of the tricks I have picked up!

Character Posing Info
Create your own at Storyboard That Default Pose Triple Poseable Pre-made Poses The default pose of humanoid characters is standing and smiling with arms at side. Most of the humanoid characters can face forward, sideways, or backwards. Many monsters and animals have separate pre-made poses.


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The humanoid characters are used most often and they have a very wide range of capability. If you just want to get the main idea across in a few seconds, choose one of the quick poses from the blue drop-down menu on the editing palette. The available quick poses from the drop-down menu are pretty basic, and you cannot select a side or back view from the list. The quick poses get the job done for the simple poses like walking and speaking, but there is so much more to character posing.

The story of Hamlet has a great deal of emotional charge, action, and of course, death. Hamlet's confusion and hesitation to act are very important to the plot of the play, so we need to see the emotions on his face and in his body language. Take a look at the plot diagram for Hamlet below. Notice the shock, concern, confusion, and various death positions.

Hamlet Five Act Structure
Create your own at Storyboard That EXPOSITION CONFLICT RISING ACTION CLIMAX FALLING ACTION DENOUEMENT In Denmark, the former king has died and a group of soldiers tell his son, Prince Hamlet, that they saw his ghost. Hamlet learns his father was poisoned by his uncle, who has usurped the throne. Hamlet feels he must avenge his father’s death. However, he struggles with the authenticity of the “ghost”, and indecision about his actions. Throughout the rising action, Hamlet uses tactics to prove Claudius killed his father. He requests that a theater troupe act out a play that depicts a king being poisoned in the ear. Claudius' reaction will prove his guilt or innocence. Claudius leaves the play and goes to pray for forgiveness for killing Hamlet's father. Hamlet overhears this and wants to kill him. However, Hamlet thinks if he kills Claudius while he is praying, he will go to heaven. Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius, Claudius wants Hamlet to be hanged, Hamlet escapes back to Denmark, and Ophelia drowns. Hamlet is challenged to a fencing match by Laertes who blames Hamlet for his sister's (Ophelia) and father's (Polonius) deaths. At the match, Laertes poisons the tip of his sword. Claudius poisons a cup, and Gertrude dies. In the end, only Horatio is left standing to tell the story.