When he is studying illustration, the school principal used to say: “We are big on the shoulders of giants”
If you are lucky to work in a studio, and you will have available the storyboards, las animaticas, recordings of actors , the work of the department of art and animation department preproduction (Tests, reference videos, bibles characters,…) which will help enough to create your plane.
But however extensive it all this material, I only give you a starting point…
Your best ally for documentaros and increase the quality of your internet will obviously actings, because it puts at your disposal a database of almost infinite…In counterpart, if you do not know how or to look, It is easy to get distracted and lose the day (as finishing watching videos of kittens, for example…)
That's why, I leave my here methodology when looking for reference and not get lost along the way:
Nothing better than a good video own reference for understanding the dynamics body. But occasionally we face that we can not perform movements. So it comes well have a look at these different databases to understand the movement, biomechanics, the weight and balance:
• Reference! Reference!
• Endless Reference’s channel
• Rhino House
• Global Zoo
• Popular Actions channel
The next step is to find photos to find attitudes poses, ie representing poses a whole body what a character is thinking or feeling. There I fixed on the lines of action, poses and facial hands.
• Google : Pose
• Pinterest : Types poses
Personally, I turn greatly animated GIFs to document myself to actings. This format is widely used today to illustrate conversations in chat rooms or forums and tend to synthesize some specific messages. I usually associate the word gif in the google search engine with a type of emotion or expression to find gestures and timing information.
• Emotion & Reaction GIFs
• Reaction GIFs – Say it with a GIF!
• Getty Images
At last, to motivate and inspire the work of great artists, Indeed a look at some libraries of drawings and animation to give exaggeration appeal and my acting.
• Frame by frame
• Living Lines Library
• Too many disney gifs
• Disney Screencaps
Once you may have all this material, you can do a quick edit in Quicktime for just stay with the items that interest you. ( Usad the Rotate, Flip, etc…)
I hope that was usefull…