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Draw comic action poses

by Adam Smith. 25 Dec 2012

See how to create different stances, all suitable for alternate action scenes

Halt

The female figure in the forefront points her weapons at the creature in the background to intimidate him. This super agent – extremely skilled with her guns – keeps her attention firmly focused on her purpose. Her posture is statuesque and rooted to the ground, and her muscles are tense. Haughty and self-confident, she is ready to use her guns to halt her adversary.

Draw comic action poses

Attack with nunchaku

Here I have drawn a character who uses the nunchaku as his weapon. He’s launching it against his adversary using his full force. Notice the muscles of the legs that anchor themselves firmly on the ground. The trunk in torsion shows the effort required to launch the weapon with his right hand, while a few lines going from the bottom upwards underline the hand’s movement. The nunchaku is pushed towards the outer side of the image.

Draw comic action poses

Where’s the exit?

In this sketch our female superhero is flying away as fast as possible from a violent explosion. The lines of movement give the idea of high speed, making her feet and coat elongated. The structure of the body is very slender to and therefore more aerodynamic.

Draw comic action poses

Flying punch

This pose is slightly more difficult to draw because to strike with a fist would normally require the superhero’s feet to be firmly anchored to the ground. In this case, the action takes place in the air and the force of the punch is given mainly by the speed of the superhero rushing against his opponent. The faster the momentum, the stronger his attack will be.

Draw comic action poses

To the rescue

To give an idea of the strength of this female superhero, I drew her in the act of lifting a car. Her strength is enough to lift the machine with just one hand while with the other she tries to catch the person in trouble. Her left bicep is contracted and swollen from the effort while the right arm is stretched out to reach the poor victim who unfortunately ended up inside a manhole.

Draw comic action poses

Victory

Here our superhero raises his hand up as a sign of victory and to show off his great strength. It is poorly defined but full of animation. With short dashes and some thicker lines you can easily emphasise the muscles of his arms, which are contracted and inflated to give more strength to the figure. His pose is very sinuous, with the torso tilted sideways to give balance to the body structure.

Draw comic action poses

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