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Boosting my vocabulary!

GodfatherGodfather Registered User regular
edited January 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So i'm currently an animation student stationed in Toronto!


One of the things we do in our life drawing class is quick gesture studies. I'm not the greatest at them, but I try very hard to rectify my problems, and one of the things I like to do is read art books on the subject.


In one of my books it states that one of the greatest secrets of establishing a sturdy, convincing gesture is to think in terms of verbs instead of nouns, then relay that expression onto the page! So in short, the greater my wordbank becomes, the stronger my knowledge at conveying the model's pose on the canvas will be!


What's the best way to steadily build up my vocabulary? Something that I can do a little each day that will expand my mind to help me search for that perfect string of verbs and nouns that will convey the emotion the model is portraying in front of me?

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2010
    Read challenging books, and keep a dictionary available.

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    Kewop DecamKewop Decam Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    what oc said. Everytime you see a word you don't know, highlight it, look it up in the dictionary, and write it down on a sheet of paper with definition.

    Go over the words and remember how the word was used by the author. Best way to learn words when you can remember the context it was used and why.

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Same thing you do when you want to learn to draw/paint more things. Draw lots of them.

    You want to learn more words, so you read more of them. Reading older public domain books on Google Books is a good way to stretch your vocabulary. A lot of the words have fallen out of use, so you're less likely to get bored with words and ideas you're already familiar with.

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    DemerdarDemerdar Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Crossword puzzles are good for this.

    That, and they are pretty fun :^:

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2010
    Demerdar wrote: »
    Crossword puzzles are good for this.

    That, and they are pretty fun :^:

    It works to a degree, but I've found that words I find in crossword puzzles very rarely work their way into my vocabulary because they are used out of context. I'll still know the definition, but I'll very rarely use them.

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    GodfatherGodfather Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Doc wrote: »
    Read challenging books, and keep a dictionary available.

    I actually already do this, but it takes forever to go through them and I only have enough time in the day to read (I have a lot of books to catch up on).


    I was thinking of some sort of cheap program I could pick up that would go along well with the other mentioned methods?

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    FubearFubear Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
    - Amazon link
    - $6.99 +tax

    Vis Ed cards
    - Site
    - shouldn't be more than $15
    - They provide an example mnemonic sentence along with each definition

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    ueanuean Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Read Calvin & Hobbes, a lot. It puts a lot of words into some great context.

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    KendeathwalkerKendeathwalker Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I have to ask, what the title of the book is. This is definitely a unique concept..

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    starmanbrandstarmanbrand Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
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    KlorgnumKlorgnum Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Doc wrote: »
    Read challenging books, and keep a dictionary available.

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    The CatThe Cat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2010
    Doc wrote: »
    Demerdar wrote: »
    Crossword puzzles are good for this.

    That, and they are pretty fun :^:

    It works to a degree, but I've found that words I find in crossword puzzles very rarely work their way into my vocabulary because they are used out of context. I'll still know the definition, but I'll very rarely use them.

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    seriously. Read novels, or compilation books like 'Best <whatever> writing 200*'. Newspapers used to be the go-to, but they aren't what they used to be as far as writing quality goes, and they'll also make you very angry because the world is a bit of a mess.

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    MacGuffinMacGuffin Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Get your hands on some books, and not the Tom Clancy sort of book.
    You could also get something like this.

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    edited January 2010
    The Cat wrote: »
    Doc wrote: »
    Demerdar wrote: »
    Crossword puzzles are good for this.

    That, and they are pretty fun :^:

    It works to a degree, but I've found that words I find in crossword puzzles very rarely work their way into my vocabulary because they are used out of context. I'll still know the definition, but I'll very rarely use them.

    elan

    ewer

    adze

    seriously. Read novels, or compilation books like 'Best <whatever> writing 200*'. Newspapers used to be the go-to, but they aren't what they used to be as far as writing quality goes, and they'll also make you very angry because the world is a bit of a mess.

    With tremendous elan, he smashed the silver ewer in a single swing of his mighty adze.

    I used to have the dictionary.com word of the day via email and then via RSS. It's sort of a slow trickle of new words, usually with several context sentences to reinforce them.

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