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Cartooning 101: Bodies and Poses

Ira Marcks, Illustrator

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10 Videos (51m)
    • Introduction

    • Tools

    • Let's Talk Torsos

    • Applying Gravity

    • Cartoon Aerobics

    • The Action Line

    • Hands and Feets

    • Poses Part 1

    • Poses Part 2

    • Class Project / Wrap Up


About This Class


Welcome Cartooning 101: A guide to the illustrative language of comics and cartoon art!

In this class I'll be teaching how to draw a cartoon body. We begin with the basics of proportion, torso styles, limbs, hands, and feet. Next, we'll apply gravity to the situation and give our new character a sense of balance. Then we apply our skills by creating a series of emotive and action-packed poses!

If you want more cartooning tips check out my other classes!

Cartooning 101: Faces and Expressions 

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16 of 16 students recommendSee All

A great introduction to drawing cartoons. From the initial static pose through to adding action, gravity and dynamicism! A must watch if you want to learn how to draw yorur own characters.
Robin Slee

Let your inner artist out!

This class was excellent and well worth the time! Ira provides you with the keys to give your characters balance and weight, as well as tips to exaggerate their expressions to really get the point across, and his examples are super charming and funny - I will be on the lookout for his next class!
Great insight into posing and proportion! I really enjoyed taking this class! I found it very interesting! Thanks So Much!





Ira Marcks


His books include a graphic novel, Witch Knots, an illustrated adventure book, The Aquarium Drift, and a kid's guide to artistic careers, Creative Every Day. His work is inspired by vintage cartoons, science fiction, poetry and children's books.

Ira's freelance work is a blend of illustration, design, and narrative. He has worked with large-scale public art projects, craft breweries, performing arts centers, educational programs, roller derby leagues, and culture papers.

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