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Show, Don't Tell by PhiTuS Show, Don't Tell by PhiTuS
The rule of Show, Don't Tell is much like the 180 Degree Rule: it's really important, but not many people follow it.

[link] <-- Here's the 180 Rule by the way.

Now I'm not saying to eliminate words completely, but just shave off any that you don't need, or simply make it so that it really does fit the situation.


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More about expositions - Overusing these is like trying to explain a joke to someone who didn't get it. If he didn't get it in the first place, it probably wasn't that good.

The Anime Strategy Syndrome - If you've watched anime, especially something like Yu Gi Oh or Naruto, then you've no doubt seen the characters think out loud with their entire game plan during a tense battle. They talk so much that the action is drowned under exposition. Things like "Ah! You thought I was gonna do this, weren't you? I thought ahead and did that instead. And now you are paralyzed!"

Idiot-Proofing - While you shouldn't assume your audience is a bunch of retards, you should also make everything obvious enough so that even an idiot can understand it. Subtlety is good, but not when no one can even notice it.

Using Compensating as an Excuse - So you can't draw that good. BOO FUCKING HOO. No one gives a shit. Try harder, so you don't have to "compensate" with writing
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AsianFreak22 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
very informative
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SykeLiam Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Being a writer I can testify to the usefulness of this rule, especially in conjunction with 'Brevity is the soul of wit' :D
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Coool
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justduy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
"STOP BEING SO FUCKING WEAK! Now go home and touch yourself."
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orlyman Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student General Artist
The Goofus and Gallant of the art world
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
They make such role models.
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Thundermane Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
You're really great at making very comprehensible tutorials Phi. I think you can make money out of this in some way. I hope it'll work out for ya.

Btw it's semiotics you talk about in the end. Something to add: People tend to prefer what is on the right of what they see. That's why good guys often come from the right, and bad guys from the left. If you do it the other way around, it probably means you like the bad guy more than the good guy, or try to make the bad guy actually look good in a way.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Huh...weird.

I would think that (for English speakers at least) that you would look from left to right.
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Thundermane Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Ah yes that's true, but it's more the choice of: Do I pick the object on the right or on the left? In that case people often take the object on the right. Maybe also because it's convenient if you're a right-hander. Though I'm not sure it has something to do with that.
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PhiTuS Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hm...reminds me of the superstitions people have about right-handedness. I wonder if that's related at all.
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