How to draw Awesome Poses: Figures in Action

Learn how to draw powerful poses that tell a story for your comics, manga, concept art, storyboards, or even fine art.
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  • Lectures 28
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

If you want to draw awesome comics or manga or even concept art, then you have found the course you need.

In under 4 hours, you will learn everything you need to know in order to draw awesome poses, characters in action that tell a great story, a story people will not be able to put down.

How your characters look is very important. Just like an actor must act well, move his body well, so must we draw our characters in poses that show emotion, that tell the story. You will learn to do that.

What are the requirements?

  • I draw in Manga Studio 5, but you only need a pencil and paper and eraser to take this course
  • It is beneficial if you have already taken a course on how to draw figures

What am I going to get from this course?

  • How to draw gestures for awesome poses
  • How to draw poses that tell a story and show emotions
  • How to draw characters interacting

Who is the target audience?

  • This course on drawing awesome poses is for all who wish to draw better comics, manga, or concept art

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: What this course is about

Want to know why you should take this course? This video tells you why you should.


Check out everything you will learn in this video.


Hey, learn a bit about the instructor, like where he went to school.


You don't have to know this stuff to take the course, but it is a good idea.

Section 2: What is gesture drawing?

Learn how important gesture drawing is to drawing powerful poses for your comics, manga, or even concept art. Also learn how to draw gesture drawings.


We take what we have learned about gesture drawing and draw a gesture, then add some details.

3 pages

Here are some of the drawings from the course

Overview of gesture drawing
Section 3: Movement limits

The body has limits. Limbs can only move so far, and understanding this is important so you can draw your awesome poses. My girlfriend models so we can learn these limits.


We continue to learn the limits of the body.


We continue to learn the limits of the body.


When drawing poses, it is very helpful to know what parts of the body can move and which cannot. We learn that in this video.

Overview of section 3
Section 4: The elements of awesome poses

We learn how to keep are figures balanced because when they are not, the pose looks odd.


In this video, we learn how to find the balancing point(s) in your poses.

Overview of balancing figures

Part of drawing awesome poses is drawing characters in motion. We learn how to do that in this lesson. There are some rules and concepts we learn that will make drawing characters in motion much easier.


Of course, a character in motion must also be balanced. The concepts are different than when drawing a person not in motion.

Overview of characters in motion

Drawing characters that we just cannot forget, means we must draw characters with emotion. This doesn't mean just in the face. The whole pose should show the emotion. We learn how to do that in this lesson.


We continue to learn how to add emotions to our poses.

Overview of drawing characters with emotion

Our poses should tell a story. Afterall, that is what we are doing when we draw comics and manga. However, even a good piece of art should tell a story. We learn how.

Overview of telling a story with poses

We learn how to draw characters interacting. We learn to treat them as one gesture.


In this lesson, the instructor quickly draws many common poses we find in comics and manga.

Overview of the last two lectures

Here is everything we have learned in this course. Now you can improve your comics, manga, concept art, etc.

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Instructor Biography

Neil Fontaine, Art Instructor-Comic Artist-writer

I'm a best selling author on Amazon for "How to Draw Awesome Figures."

I studied art at different schools, one of them being a community college in San Jose, Ca. Over the years, subjects in art finally clicked. I teach these subjects in ways that make it easy to grasp. It's hard to brag about myself, but students have written me emails saying how they have learned more from me than they did in art schools, art schools such as Academy of Arts in San Franscico. That blew my mind because it's supposed to be a great school.

I'm also a writer that has sold novels.

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