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How to Draw Heroic Anatomy with Three Shapes!

As you may know, I’ve started drawing my own comic. The problem? I have a chibi style which really doesn’t go well with the theme of the comic (or the mood or genre). So I’ve been teaching myself how to draw in the Marvel style. I have to design seven demons for this comic, four of whom are male, so I’ve been practicing the male torso. I tried to break it down into its most basic shapes and found out there are about three main ones that anyone can use to draw their superhero. If you can draw an ellipse, a pentagon, and a rectangle then you can draw a pretty ripped male comic book hero that looks complicated but isn’t!

I’m working on creating a “how-to” page to go along with the video.

Check it out and tell me what you think in the comments. Thanks!


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Pick a Starting Point to Draw

I’m working on drawing my own comic. Not an easy task but I’m up for the challenge! Before any drawing program, there needs to be a starting point. Where are you at in your skill set? From there you can plan a clear path to where you want to be or where are you aiming towards? I drew an image of a generic, heroic character with his fist raised in a dramatic pose (look below).  That is my starting point. Looking at it, YES! I could use some improvement. If you follow any of my rubrics (I’m a teacher by day) you would see what I see. I need to develop my structure, anatomy, and fluidity.

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Okay so I’ve narrowed it down to three categories. That’s too much. I need to break it down further. I’m going to narrow it to working on creating more natural looking characters with more ease of movement, in other words, fluidity.  How do I do that? Practice making an action line when I draw gesture. What is an action line? The imaginary line that runs down the spine of your subject.

I think that by utilizing this principle of using an action line to establish the pose is a solid one that will yield favorable results. So that is my drawing goal. (Don’t forget to create a goal so you don’t practice aimlessly.)

After that, I’m going to read artist’s anatomy books to help me draw the musculature more realistically. I also want to create that exaggerated look in comics’ muscles (they keep adding muscles that aren’t there but it still looks good). Okay, I have another goal, now I can plan my drawing time!

While I’m going to be drawing gesture drawings (at least 30 per day), I’m also going to be practicing drawing women’s and men’s faces (5 each in three-quarter view). Why two different things? I can divide my time and break up the monotony of drawing the same thing over and over (drawing combined with reflection, is necessary for improvement). Also, switching female and male faces I break up those drawing sessions even further. I can change angle and gender for added variety and a sense of freshness so I won’t be so easily frustrated. So I have my drawing session planned: gesture drawing and faces. Remember to always break up the time to avoid boredom or creativity blocks.


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More Tutorial Videos

I just barely started getting into my tutorial videos this summer. 2019, however, will be a new start and that means – MORE VIDEOS! I’m currently working on a series of videos to help  anyone wanting to draw in the comic book style art as well as how to draw hands. Everyone, myself included, could always use a little help with hands. I’m also continuing with my sketch series because sketching helps improve drawing immeasurably!

Stay tuned and keep drawing!

Tucson Comic Con 2018

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Comic conventions are a lot of fun to attend but they are also very tiring. There is literally so much to look at and see from the art to the toys to the costumes, that you can overdose on your senses! I’ve gone to the Tucson Comic con EVERY year. This year I premiered my reboot of Venom.

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