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Sunday Sketch #9

A page from my sketchbook.  I am practising drawing sword-fighting by copying freeze-frames from combat videos.  When we get some actual fighting in Epic Fail I want it to look right.  Don’t be suprised if you see some of these poses used in the comic.

Oh! And for those who want to pre-order Epic Fail #1 today is your last chance, after that they are closed.

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6 replies on “Sunday Sketch #9”

These are nice contour sketches, but if you want to add life and power to your drawing, you need to go beyond tracing what you can see.

The two main tricks artists use are:

1) draw the through/ action line. This is where the main line of action is in the body. People tend to lean into an attack or lean back when defending or reacting to a blow. By starting with a curved line through where the backbone will be, you can put emphasis on the way the body curves in battle so that it’s clearer to the viewer. Try redoing the above drawings with the people leaning forward or back a little more and you will see how much this helps.

2) Make the hips tip opposite to the shoulders. If you are leaning forward or backward, your weigh will be on one leg and not on the other. Bring this out more then what will naturally occur so it reads clearer to the viewer. The shoulders then to shift in the opposite direction to counter balance the body. You can see this in real life but it helps to push it a little more so the action will be that much stronger.

It’s good that you’re drawing from real life. You need to know how people move naturally before you can push that action further. However, if you don’t push the action the people can look stiff; like they are posing rather then actually fighting.

I hope these tips help. Keep up the great work.

These are nice contour sketches, but if you want to add life and power to your drawing, you need to go beyond tracing what you can see.

The two main tricks artists use are:

1) draw the through/ action line. This is where the main line of action is in the body. People tend to lean into an attack or lean back when defending or reacting to a blow. By starting with a curved line through where the backbone will be, you can put emphasis on the way the body curves in battle so that it’s clearer to the viewer. Try redoing the above drawings with the people leaning forward or back a little more and you will see how much this helps.

2) Make the hips tip opposite to the shoulders. If you are leaning forward or backward, your weigh will be on one leg and not on the other. Bring this out more then what will naturally occur so it reads clearer to the viewer. The shoulders then to shift in the opposite direction to counter balance the body. You can see this in real life but it helps to push it a little more so the action will be that much stronger.

It’s good that you’re drawing from real life. You need to know how people move naturally before you can push that action further. However, if you don’t push the action the people can look stiff; like they are posing rather then actually fighting.

I hope these tips help. Keep up the great work.

@Purnightshade – Oh wonderful! I would indeed be interested.

@Dungeon Warden – Yes comics are all about exaggeration. Good tips on creating movement in a still image. I’m going to have to make up a lot of my poses because the characters mainly fight monsters which are all shapes and sizes. But I want to ground myself.

@Purnightshade – Oh wonderful! I would indeed be interested.

@Dungeon Warden – Yes comics are all about exaggeration. Good tips on creating movement in a still image. I’m going to have to make up a lot of my poses because the characters mainly fight monsters which are all shapes and sizes. But I want to ground myself.

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