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View Silhouette

Silhouette in the traditional sense is the opaqued view of a given subject.  Much like the art projects done as children, silhouettes are used by animators to determine if a pose “reads” as intended.  If intent or feeling can be inferred from the silhouette of a pose, then its a sure bet that the final, rendered version will read as well.  Do not discount this exercise when creating characters, especially when animating.  Body language is universal, and a good silhouette sells intent.  Bad silhouettes are ambiguous and hard to read.  They are to be avoided.