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Stylized Anatomy for Comics

with René Córdova
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Marvel artist, René Córdova, teaches you everything you need to know for drawing comic figures the fun way and land that dream job!
Spanish (original audio), English French [Auto], Spanish, 1 more English
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Beginner
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René Córdova

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René Córdova has over 13 years experience in the illustration industry, working for clients such as Marvel, Lego, DC, Amber, and Karaokulta. He started out as a cartoonist which he still really enjoys.

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What you’ll learn

  • Draw front, back and profile views of male and female figures
  • Best ways to sketch poses
  • Use anatomy guides to drawing figures in perspective
  • Differences in male and female bodies and heads
  • Create stylized characters based on references
  • Take your own photo references of the exact poses you want
  • Transform sketch work into digital line art
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Description

Do you want to be a professional comic or concept artist? Then you’ll need to be able to draw the human figure accurately and stylize it too! In this awesome course, you’ll learn how to do that from the best: Marvel artist, René Córdova! Under his instruction, you’ll see a huge improvement in your figure drawing skills.

Are you ready? Today you’ll get a fascinating peek into the mind of an industry comic artist, discovering how the pros go about creating characters that are both realistic-looking and stylized for comics, like you see in Marvel and DC comics.

René shares personal tips and simple advice on drawing the male and female figure from the front, back and side, including ways to work with references to improve your skills. He’ll also teach you a simple method for drawing hands and feet that will forever change how you visualize them when sketching (a huge help!).

You’ll discover the difference between the anatomy of male and female figures and head shapes, and how to enhance their forms in a cartoon style. With these new techniques and exercises, you’ll have the ability to take the cool poses from your imagination and put them on paper.

You’ll have loads of fun learning various poses in different perspectives and building up a figure from a rough sketch to the final version with clean line art. After this course, you’ll be well on your way to producing your very own awesome comic characters!

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Scroll down and watch some of the free samples now, and if you like it, get started today!

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Who is this course for

  • Anyone interested in learning about figure drawing
  • Illustrators wanting to draw for comics, video games, character design or animated feature films
  • Artists wanting to deepen their understanding of anatomy and posing
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This course includes

  • 3+ Hours of on-demand videos
  • Bonus video content
  • Downloadable brushes
  • 15 Reference images
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll need

  • Just a paper/sketchbook and a pencil
  • Knowledge of basic anatomy
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Lesson Plan

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Introduction

01:50

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Welcome to this fascinating, value-packed course, where you will learn all about figure drawing stylized for comics. Your instructor, René Córdova, will give you an overview of the course contents and all that you can look forward to here!

01

References

03:34

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While it may seem pretty easy to find references on the internet, it can also be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating when you can’t find the exact pose or angle that you are looking for.

René recommends a better way to get the references you need that’s also a lot more fun: Take your own photos of family and friends! In this lesson, he’ll give you tips on how and where to do so and what to look for.


1.1
How We Can Find Our References
03:34
02

Anatomy Turnaround

49:50

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Follow along with René, as he shows you his process for drawing a complete male and female turnaround: front, back and side views.

You will review the basic structures of passive poses to help you keep the body proportions in mind when drawing action poses later.

René will also share insight on the differences in the male and female body shapes, give you tips on how to draw proportionately and show you how he creates clean line art on top of a sketch.


2.1
Men and Women Front
08:58
2.2
Men and Women Side
06:36
2.3
Men and Women Back
06:58
2.4
Clean Female
10:56
2.5
Clean Male
16:22
03

Drawing Heads

24:03

Go over the structures and forms of the male and female heads in this lesson. René gives advice on recommended ways to sketch, drawing in various styles, why sketching fast is important and the advantages of using pens over pencils.

You’ll also learn cool tips such as how to draw features projecting outward (such as the nose and lips), make your characters look older or younger, create a base structure first before adding features and hair, and more!


3.1
Male Head
07:28
3.2
Female Head
07:37
3.3
Sketching Female Heads
05:41
3.4
Sketching Male Heads
03:17
04

Drawing Hands and Feet

34:42

Some artists tend to shy away from drawing hands and feet, as they can seem daunting to draw.

However, with René’s guidance in breaking down their forms in a simplified and geometric manner and explaining the essential aspects to focus on, you’ll find them much easier to tackle!

Understanding how the hands and feet work plays a big part in knowing how to draw them correctly.


4.1
Hands
11:05
4.2
Feet
18:16
4.3
Sketching Feet
05:21
05

Warming Up with Sketches

03:31

Follow along with René in drawing some sketches of simple geometric shapes at various angles and perspectives.

This useful exercise will help you be able to think in 3D better when drawing your characters, so they look realistic and have depth, instead of appearing flat.


5.1
Quick Sketches
03:31
06

Drawing with References

58:05

In this final lesson, René will show you his methods of drawing two comic figures from scratch, using references for inspiration and guides.

First, he will teach you how to outline the shapes and lines that form the structure of the body before drawing it, making it much easier to draw the same figure at different perspectives and in various poses.

Sometimes quantity is more important than quality, as is the case with sketching thumbnails. You’ll learn why this is important and how to go about drawing thumbnails to prepare for the next stage.

René will then move on to adding the clean lines and details to both figures, explaining how he thinks when drawing comic characters and what to keep in mind.


6.1
Drawing with References
17:13
6.2
Clean References
13:14
6.3
Quick Sketches
03:25
6.4
Final Lines Male
16:16
6.5
Final Lines Female
07:57

Lesson Plan

Bonus Material
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Exercises

08:35

In this section, you’ll discover some handy exercises that you can do on a regular basis to improve your figure drawing skills over time. René himself does this regularly as a way to keep learning and growing as an artist. Have fun!


1.1
Exercise 1
02:46
1.2
Exercise 2
03:12
1.3
Exercise 3
02:37

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Росица А.

3 weeks ago

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I'm a beginner and I learned and managed well with Renee's help. It not only shows, but also answers the "how" and "why" questions. :) And that was important to me.
I recommend it for All levels
Skylar Y.

3 weeks ago

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I liked the step by step process of sketching the most, it was very transparent and easy to follow.
I recommend it for Beginner
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Therese G.

2 weeks ago

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This course was definetly helpful to me because I always struggled to draw the male body. Rene clearly shows us through practical sketching exercises how to differentiate between the masculine and feminine structure. From these lessons I can see what I was doing wrong. I like Rene's technique and I
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will practice using it in my own drawings.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Marlon M.

1 week ago

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Loved it!
I recommend it for Beginner
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Aria P.

6 days ago

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Mr Cordova is an amazing teacher. I really enjoy his classes. He explains everything very clearly and he is very methodical. Great work!
I recommend it for All levels
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DIDIER D.

4 weeks ago

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easy and clear process.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Coffee T.

2 weeks ago

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It's a simple sketching exercise
I recommend it for All levels
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Warren A.

3 weeks ago

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This are great examples and demos about how to do it, just don't feel it would be helpful if I didn't have already some notions of anatomy
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Javier A.

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Siempre es un gusto ver trabajar a Rene. Siempre las explicaciones muy simples y claras.
I recommend it for Beginner
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Nicole B.

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Muy buen curso y excelente profesor
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René Córdova
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René Córdova has over 13 years experience in the illustration industry, working for clients such as Marvel, Lego, DC, Amber and Karaokulta. He started out as a cartoonist which he still really enjoys.

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