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The principal parts of the head are the skull and the jaw. The shape of the skull is a globe sort of. Actually, it's a globe with the sides lopped off, because the sides of a head aren't perfectly round either. Extend a line down the center of the face, then make a few marks along that line to indicate where the hairline, the eyes, the bridge of the nose, the mouth, and the chin will go. By varying the distances among these marks, you can create different characters. Another method for...

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Drawing Figures Action

Now let's apply what we've learned, taking it step by step, and finish with a detailed figure. Most pros start with the second step, because the first step has become second nature. But no pro starts with the precision of the fifth step. They always sketch roughly first. After you've gotten the hang of it, you'll begin at the second step, too. Continue to define the form in this way. This will give your drawing more authority. Start with a simple line drawing. Keep it loose. Try to feel the...

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Learn these basic hand poses and store them in your arsenal of techniques. Notice how all the joints of the fingers are apparent, even when they aren't bent. Best used by an angry boss threatening to fire a reporter. Note how both the heel of the thumb and part of the palm heel are visible in this pose. This is a standard hand pose, for when you don't need a specific hand gesture. Note how flat the tips of the fingers appear. Use this one for heroes or villains who have been knocked unconscious...

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Dramatic Hand Getures

The tips of the fingers bend at a more extreme angle than on a normal hand. Artist Frank McLaughlin says, The key to all comic book-style illustration is to exaggerate the form at the outset, then tone down whatever looks too extreme. Don't draw realistically and then try to soup it up. Your drawing will look overworked that way. Below are some helpful hints on drawing the heroic hand. The tips of the fingers bend at a more extreme angle than on a normal hand. The webbing between fingers...

Facial Feature

How Draw Women Eyes

As you draw your hero's face, consider the complex angles of his nose and ears. The nose begins at the forehead. About halfway down the nose is a slight indentation that's where the bone ends and the cartilage begins. Although it isn't always noticeable, it is often indicated in comic book illustration because it gives a dramatic look. Pay close attention to the planes of the nose top, sides, and bottom. If you look closely at the interior of the ear below, right , you'll notice a tilted Y...

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Drawing Guidelines

Ecause professional comic book artists don't always have access to live models, they've created a system for drawing a perfectly proportioned head. The proportions used in this method of drawing the head can be seen in some of the world's most popular comic book heroes. To make it easier to see how we arrive at these proportions, start by placing the head inside of a rectangle. Then think in terms of halves. Divide the rectangle in half with a horizontal guideline that's where the eyes go....

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Drawing Cartoon Hair

There are as many facial expressions as there are faces, but some are better suited to comic book illustration than others. You could draw a guy with his eyes popping out and his jaw on the floor, but chances are you'd be better off working in an animation studio or locked away where you wouldn't be a danger to yourself or others. Draw only the lines that actually create the expression. The width of the jaw will vary, depending on whether the character is clenching his teeth. Eyebrows curve...

Female Hand

Slender Hand Poses For Drawing

While men's nails are drawn as squares, the nails of men are drawn as ovals While men's nails are drawn as squares, the nails of men are drawn as ovals Female hands are more slender and graceful than their male counterpart's. Female hand poses tend to be less extreme, and the palm's thumb muscle is less pronounced. Avoid heavy knuckle lines on a female hand, and leave off the rings and jewelry unless they're part of a secret weapon or power.

The Heroic Female Figure

Draw Girl Body Line

The heroic female figure has a fairly wide collarbone, resulting in square, well-muscled shoulders. A woman's rib cage, bones, and all of her muscles are smaller than a man's. Her torso tapers sharply at the waist, but her pelvis is wider. As a rule, comic book women are drawn with more curves, while the men are drawn with more heavy angles. For detailed information on how to draw comic book heroines, see Beautiful But Deadly, pages 56-75. The center of balance is an imaginary vertical line...