Hi, I’m CK (virtualcara on Tumblr), and I draw stuff. I’m mostly seen around by my pinups or sketchcards (mini-pinups!), but I also draw comics and sometimes I animate things. Karine has been trying to recruit me to redraw some panels since she started this blog, and now that I’ve found some time I hope I can add something to her already fantastic de- and re-constructions (she sets a really high bar!).
Something I see very often in comic art, is iffy framing and how line of action is often nonexistent, or doesn’t follow through. ESPECIALLY in things that are supposed to be “sexy”.
To illustrate some of this, I’ve pulled out a panel of Starfire from Red Hood And The Outlaws #1 (Kenneth Rocafort).
Notice how there’s a strong movement with her hair that frames her body very well, bringing extra focus to this beautiful bronze space princess… where it just stops at her chest because there’s no follow through.
There is no cohesive line of action through the body, it’s broken up into segments and fails to draw the eye down the body and highlights just how off the anatomy is in this particular panel, because the framing with her hair is pulling your eye RIGHT TO IT.
To alleviate this, I smoothed out the curve of her spine and changed her stance so that her weight could rest on the back leg and carry on a line of action through her body
I also added some weight to her, and in the process made her breasts larger (to even out her figure) and shaped less like her bikini top is too small. However note that even with larger breasts, they’re less of a focus now that the framing line of action doesn’t lead directly to them and STOP, but leads into another smooth line.
Now, instead of a picture that draws you right to Starfire’s chest, you get one that highlights all of her gorgeous figure.