by Caleb Goellner

How To Draw Basic Mouth Poses For Animating Speech

Alex Kropinak knows a thing or two about animation. Or, in the case of animating mouths, a thing or seven. A veteran animator across the 2-D and 3-D stop motion arenas, Kropinak has been walking the walk that makes characters talk for the better part of a decade on Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?!. He's also perfected his craft on numerous toy commercials, comic book trailers and more. Through it all, he's mastered seven basic mouth poses, which he shares with aplomb in this new tutorial video starring an '80s ruffian.

Learn how to create basic animated mouth shapes below: 

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