Draw Little Act Big

Today’s lesson is on the arc of exaggeration.

In cartooning exaggeration is a key tool in getting your point across. Pushing your poses further to see where acceptability ends. The magic of making and faking some might say. Disney believed that there were limits to this, their focus was on realism at one point only presented in a wilder more extreme form.


Exaggeration should be used to define the best drawing for the emotion that is trying to be conveyed in that particular scene. Going to far with an exaggeration can cause a drawing to confuse or “overawe” the viewer.

Figures in similar poses

Above a small edit can exaggerate a characters action line, or emotion.

If you gained anything from this, please check out Dermot O’ Connor’s Foundations of Drawing Cartoon Characters for Animation over at Lynda.com


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