So during my post "And again..." I sort of threw out that Marc Davis constantly repeated "10 or 12 basic rules of drawing" or something to that effect, with "silhouette value" being one of those things. Well I was just shooting my mouth off without thinking, as usual, but sharp thinker Steve left me a comment asking me what the other 9 or 11 might be.
So I will force myself to come up with as many as I can - what I think Marc was talking about. Let's see how I do! Here's the first installment...2 things you can do to liven up any drawing (or 3D animation pose, for that matter).
Simple but effective. And, like silhouette value, easy to learn but hard to remember, especially when you're drawing a really difficult character or struggling to animate a complicated design, or trying to draw an especially elusive expression, or boarding a really tough scene, or trying to find the right staging on your boards...you get the idea.