Drawing tutorials and inspiration to jump-start your learning.
Get faster with quick pose figure drawing.
Drawing quick poses with time limits is a great way to help you get faster and hone your gesture drawing and dynamic pose skills. Learn more in this case study of action poses that artist Twosenseless created using Adobe Fresco.
Learn character design fundamentals.
Follow along with illustrator Sam Peterson as he shows you how to render 3D figures and capture the human form. Get tips for digital drawing and painting as Peterson takes his artwork from sketched line drawings to finished art.
Illustrate comic book characters.
In this step-by-step art tutorial, illustrator Logan Faerber draws comic art of Black Panther from start to finish. Comic book art is a great source to find cool poses with lots of action, such as foreshortened angles of characters fighting.
Get your art references from the pros. Absorb concept art from films, video games, comic books, and beyond, and you’ll gain exposure to a variety of top-notch character design references. For instance, every frame of a Disney movie is a chance to study dynamic character drawing in action. A quick Google search for your favorite characters could inspire your next great pose reference.
Don’t be afraid to get messy. Pull out your sketchbook or digital drawing pen and start making quick strokes. “It’s muscle memory,” says Levens. “It's like riding a bike: The more you do it, the more you’ll remember the motions and how the pieces fit together.” Keep practicing and focus on ingraining the movements and motions into your hand.
Dynamic poses are all about exploring the human form through its many movements. Start to put your drawings in motion and don’t be discouraged by what you perceive as mistakes. Always leave room for the unexpected. After all, drawing true-to-life motion is more about fluidity than rigid precision.