The character has to express a feeling without the need to have the character saying something.
Back then, animations didn’t have sound, so it was a challenge. And now, with all their discoveries, we can learn how to pose our characters.
First of all, what is Non-Verbal Communication?
It’s all the things that the character says without talking.
And Verbal Communication?
What the character says with his or her voice.
So the key is to understand Non Verbal Communication.
In other words, Body Language.
What poses can you do with your character?
Easy, just go to Pinterest and look for Character Poses. You will get some ideas.
Now, let’s not lose focus here. Remember that our objective with the character’s pose is to have the Audience Involved.
With that in mind, what you are looking for is: TO EXPRESS EMOTION with your pose.
If your character is in a pose that is not suggesting a clear emotion, it won’t be irresistible to keep watching.
In animation, you need the audience to be interested in your character, but most of all, you want the audience to care about what happens next.
For that, you need to express an emotion with your pose.