Cartooning: Drawing Bodies and Poses

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Cartoonist

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10 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:38
    • 2. Tools

      1:46
    • 3. Let's Talk Torsos

      4:04
    • 4. Applying Gravity

      1:53
    • 5. Cartoon Aerobics

      4:07
    • 6. The Action Line

      2:14
    • 7. Hands and Feets

      5:38
    • 8. Poses Part 1

      13:03
    • 9. Poses Part 2

      15:18
    • 10. Class Project / Wrap Up

      0:58
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Project Description

Assignment:

Your class project is to draw an emotive cartoon character! 

Materials:

Use whatever pencils, paper, and markers you have available. I recommend:

  • Prismacolor Premier Non-Photo Blue Pencils
  • Strathmore Sketch Pad
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Ohuhu Dual Tip Markers, Sharpies, or Microns

Project steps:

1) Choose an action word like the ones I used in the Poses chapters (watchful, joyous, sleepy). You can even pick a word I used and put your own twist on it! Below are my examples. You can also download this reference sheet to print out.

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2) To help you with character proportions I've included a proportion template for you to print out and draw on.

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3) Time to design your character! Do your best to stay focused on expressing the word. If you get stuck for character details, research popular cartoon characters or actors that come to mind when you think of this term and take inspiration from them! 

Sharing Your Work:

Share your final illustration and progress shots with the class by uploading to the "Your Project" section. If you have any questions or need more tips, please let me know! I'm happy to help! Here's an example of one of my favorite poses from the class... CRANKY KING!

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