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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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Created by Neil Fontaine
Last updated 8/2014
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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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course on drawing awesome poses is for all who wish to draw better comics, manga, or concept art
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What Will I Learn?
How to draw gestures for awesome poses
How to draw poses that tell a story and show emotions
How to draw characters interacting
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  • 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
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 28 Lectures Collapse All 28 Lectures 03:56:41
What this course is about
4 Lectures 02:58

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

Preview 00:42

Check out everything you will learn in this video.

Preview 01:26

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

Preview 00:30

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

Preview 00:20
What is gesture drawing?
4 Lectures 24:42

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.

Preview 12:39

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

Preview 11:57

Here are some of the drawings from the course

Drawings from the course
3 pages

Movement limits
5 Lectures 41:25

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.

Learn the limits of the body in movement part A

We continue to learn the limits of the body.

Learn the limits of the body in movement part B

We continue to learn the limits of the body.

Learn the limits of the body in movement part C

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.

How to draw poses with flexible and solid parts

Overview of section 3
The elements of awesome poses
15 Lectures 02:44:33

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

How to keep our figures balanced

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

How to find the balancing points in your pose

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.

How to draw characters in motion

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

How to balance a character in motion--opposing forces

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.

How to draw your characters oozing with emotion part 1

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

How to draw characters oozing with emotion part 2

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.

How to tell a story with poses

Overview of telling a story with poses

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

How to draw characters interacting

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

Common poses 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.

About the Instructor
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13 Courses
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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