Some Notes on Body Language
Here are some notes 1 took with the goal of improving my comics.
Human body language is a combination of bobbed instincts and
socialization. Because of the role socialization plays. some things
vary widely depending on region and culture. so 1 mostly just
stuck to general things. Hope this helps someone out there!
Mods ' Harms
Open palms often symbolize
openness D honesty (or someone
trying to appear open and honest!)
C fl character concealing (behind the
6 back or in pockets) or Usaine
darwing/ doodling/ Cooking/ etc...) their
hands oan be showing that they dent
want to talk. or have something to hide.
When a person crosses their arms. theere hiding behind a barrier.
Superior types may not cross their arms at all. because they feel
no need to be defensive (those types are always on the offense!)
Defensive Defensive ,
D hostile yet dominant restrained,
see Thumb negative
People often have sneaky ways of
crossing their arms and hiding
These two gestures indicate frustration. and rise as the frustration
increases. The one on the rig ht is a way of holding yourself back.
This is a courtship pose in which the
person is symbolically offering their
face on a platter (that sounds weird...)
ll This gesture indicates confidence
The is an evaluation pose. when the person is still
interested in what is being said. The support is boredom.
The chin stroke is neutral evaluation.
The person has neither negative or
positive feelings about what they
The neck rub shows frustration
or even fear.
our instinct tells us to cover our months
when we lie. Rs we age. the motion
mums less obvious (but children can
be shown with their hands clapped
E over their mouths!)
These are examples of thumb , used by dominant.
assertive ' aggressive characters. Low status characters should
not make thumb displays.