Let's draw dynamic Action poses with CSP




Hi everyone,
Welcome, I am Daniel and I will be sharing my own way of creating a dynamic action poses and as today's tutorial is title [Let's draw dynamic action poses with CSP], so come along with me as I work us through it.

The course for this tutorial center on ways to better draw and render dynamic action poses.
we will be learning ways to better our dynamic action poses and better build up the energy flow, emotion and Body movements.

[Notice how the gesture poses of the right hand Image display energy, emotion and dynamic movements while that of the left hand side does not expression any dynamism]

Hence to better draw dynamic action poses, we have to learn,

The Proper understanding of anatomy

Since today's tutorial is not about anatomy, I will Just be pointing out the considerable parts of anatomy and the various hick up or wrong artist should (Avoid).
Anatomy drawing works side by side with dynamic poses, because we can not draw dynamic poses without having knowledge about "how muscles connect to one another", "how the various body part are arranged" and "how they look when performing certain movements". So having more understanding about Anatomy helps us to understand does and the way the human body looks and works, but before we get started with gesture drawing.
We will need to firstly know the various human body that made up the entire body; they are [the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvic bone and the upper and lower limbs] as indicated below,

Hence, without the proper understanding of this individual body parts, we can not properly draw an effective body poses, for this parts are the (Basic units) of every anatomy be it a human or animal.

Anatomy as a topic can not be ignore when trying to draw pose whether it is a dynamic pose or not.
So talking about the various individual body parts, so let's us start with that of

◾The Head and Neck,

Some artist do draw the heads of their character using the box or oval shape as a guiding method to help in the features laying like the eyes, ears, nose and more,

But I do use any of the both that I feel at that moment can best ease the draw of the head for the pose at that particular time and some time I just stick to using of one method.

I also do not fear experiment with my method by either placing my guidelines like for the oval shape above as the skull while the rest of the face are below or I just use the oval shape to draw the entire face or I draw my box for the skull and triangle for the chin because to me, the canvas is an experimental ground which we can use to find what suits us, so don't be afraid to play around with the various method.

While for the neck, drawing of the neck when attach to the head or not, it is in a round form or pipe like form when we want to draw very fast poses but when we are to detail the neck there are three pipe involved two coming to the front and one big one to the back.

And the are connected to each other by the spinal cord which is behind the human body, which is painted green as show using the square blocking method,

◾For the Chest, Abdomen and Pelvic bone,

They are the main components part which the head, neck and limbs attach to, this three o when together are called Torso,

To draw the torso, we start by following this five steps; Step 1 (draw the chest, abdomen and pelvic bone which is indicated with the red colour follow by drawing two circle at each end of the pelvic bone and the spinal cord indicated with the blue colour, then finish by drawing the legs which is the green colour).
Step 2 (erase the part coloured red)
Step 3 (draw a lineart)
Stop 4 ( add details)
Step 5 (finish it by adding colour).

The torso is the center of dynamic poses which when the chest and pelvic bone bend one side in a 30° angle, that makes it to change from a stationary state to a dynamic state.

Chest, spinal cord and pelvic bone are connected to each other by the spinal cord which is behind the human body, which is painted green [Point C] as show using the square blocking method,

And the rib cage inside the [point A] is shape like a heart upside down and the pelvic bone is shape like a butterfly and it found inside the [point B] with that we can draw subject very easy use this principal as a guideline.

[Note: the torso can be drawing using the common things around us like the pillar, and stack of box's]

And when drawing the up part of the torso which is called the [shoulder] they are something to be applied and somethings to avoid,
Like for [Fig 1], human shoulder can not go down as far as it can raise up, also there is a little curve around the point where the arms and shoulders meet, still the shoulders can still be exaggerated an drawn to be lowered greatly and can communicate to the viewers that the subject is either [sad/calm/ more].

[Fig 2], human shoulder are not curved down but up, the can reach all the way and they more closer to the ears the more stronger and exaggerated the emotion becomes, the slightly raise shoulder tense to show viewers the instability of the subject which is [fear/uneasiness], while if shoulder is raise higher show view that the subject is either [disgusted/anger/ more].

[Fig 3], shoulders are not great at movements but when a hand is raise the shoulder tense to move but in a stiff kind of way with some curve points around the joint. And when the arms are raise it is often for [greetings/interaction/more].

◾For the Limbs,

Limbs comprise of the upper limbs and the lower limbs, which are use during body gestures and to draw them we need to understand them.

The [upper limbs] which are the [Hands] are in sections join together by their various [Joints] which I call "Links" attaching the limbs to the body and them self. They various section are draw with three hips like a mountain, I have indicated the various sections with primary colours and use letters [A to E] to name them individually,

Sometimes when we draw the sections of the hand base on the [where the hand is being viewed from] and [how it's position] some of the sections can not be seen by the viewers like the part B which is indicated with the blue colour and some times both part B and C which are indicated with the blue and green colour.

[Note that when we are drawing the hands either back or front, we should avoid draw them straight because the are not straight but from the elbow tilted a little]

While the [lower limbs] which are the legs are also divided into section, indicated with the primary colours and use letters [A to F] to name them,

The leg sections also when the position face the viewers straight or tilted a little, some of their section tense to be hiding from viewers line of sight like part B, D and sometimes E base on if the view is from above.

[Note that the legs are not draw straight they are curve from the pelvic bone down to the toes, so avoid drawing them straight]

Doll figure a mostly use by artist around the world because I believe the easy relay a good human body anatomy, so I advise as a beginner try getting one but for a form approach you can try out CSP character figures,

Highlights★ CSP has various figure poses already made that are on their assets store, So you can try any of them on.

Now that we now have the proper understand of anatomy, we can now move to the next part which is the

Use of skeleton foundation

We should learn to drawing our gesture poses as fast as we can with lesses time consumption. we’ll want to sketch the basic form using simple regular shapes to illustrate our subject dynamic poses making it as quickly as possible.

We can add detail and correct mistakes later, Using the skeleton blocking as guidelines.

After we are done we can then take off the skeleton blocking by making it invisible.

We should take note, whereas if we are slow, Not only does it mean our drawing would have to been pose for hours on end, but it also means you can cut out [hesitancy] from our drawing practice. Hesitancy in sketches can make an image feel static, slow and time consuming. But if we are able to draw with out been too concern of the lines and with we have having a good anatomy understanding, we will have a good results [as we can see with the male and female ballerina dancers and the mermaid].

With our anatomy understanding, we will notice the various bending especially for the pelvic bone and limbs as shown below.

The human Bodies are shaped differently. Consider how curves and straight lines fit into your character’s form. Head, neck, torso, and limbs are more likely to be curved, Female bodies [circle method of drawing subject alway do fit female subject because the convey cutest and smoothness]

while backs are more likely to be straight for the male bodies and the different between them both are vice versa [square method of drawing subject alway do fit male subject because the convey boldness and strength]

With we now fully understanding the human entire body anatomy, we can now move to the next aspect of the tutorial.

Ways for dynamic posing composition

◾ Movements

A dynamic pose is one that depicts movement in the subject. Rather than a still, static figure, a dynamically posed drawing will portray a body in motion: leaping, dancing, running. Whether you want to draw character art, anime, manga, or just want to get better at sketches of the human body, you can hone new skills by drawing poses that leap off the page.

The body can sometimes bend dynamically into shapes and sometimes letters.

◾ Proportion

Also we can not forget Proportionality, for a dynamic pose of a subject to be spontaneous, the subject need a very elastic like proportionality.

Take this two figures, they are both running but the one at the right show a great elastic expression [Foreshortening].

[notice how the various figure when their body is grid have different expression like for the left figure the grid is like a "normal net" while for the right the grid is like a "moving net" in (motion)]

In order to get a good dimension of the character perspective [Foreshortening] is the right expression, because Foreshortening promote the subjects appear and also help makes the subject bother by bringing it closer to the camera, changing the depth and proportions of the subject within each scene.

And for better display of the motion of our subject there is an effect which we will later talk about called speed lines that we can use to detail the subject or any moving thing for that matter,

The expression of effects for the third figure [fazing] is not a motions effect but the effect for the second figure [moving action] which is the speed line effect is the right and best effect for expressing movement as shown by the subject below.


When draw poses perspective is an effective component to play around with and they can be several viewing points for a subject pose,

When a pose have a very good perspective, it can show the force of gravity and energy flow of the subject like for example when a subject is punch, Kicked or elbow.

The arrow shows the out come of the hit by the other subject and how the perspective layout help add to the scenes.

◾ Imagination

At this point, what comes in play is how we expression and bring out what is in our heads [as in our imagination] to life with either drama, emotion, energy or more,

When ever artist put his or her heart into their art, they results always shows it.

How decisive we can be when exercising exaggerated poses that can be sometimes unrealistic. "Yes" if you are an artist such as myself this particular aspect tense to pose a problem at one point, but I tell now get lost in your imagination, be free and flow with your thoughts. Like as we saw in one of the figure above when a subject elbow and the body of the receiving subject shows to have a round reaction at it back that is an exaggeration of the energy and force of the hit display, same process can also be Express when a subject is punch in the face or more.

Research for real life photo Reference poses

Use real-life references for your gesture drawings by using illustrational photos or models as a basis for your sketches will help us in the expression of energy, emotion and tension into the subject.

It is also recommendable to use people closer to you like friends who like performing, take photos of them in extreme foreshortening or low or high [camera angles] to get a sense of how the body proportions or advances in perspective.

Ways to stitch up a new pose from existing poses

This part is an interesting, fun and easy way of creating pose with no stress of too much think or whatsoever, all we need to do is have to already made poses that can be Marge able like [fig 1 and 2], take the top part of fig 1 which I am calling point A and the lower part for fig 2 as point B, then, Marge the two, we will now have [Point A and B] giving us a new dynamic Action pose [fig 3].

Advantages of effect in a background (within CSP)

This are set of Tools available on CSP [clip studio paint] tools that add lines to the background of a action poses scene or any scene, to achieve this we start by

1.) How to locate the effect tools,

Select the [Sub tool], a dash board with three effect Sub tools will be displayed. Next, we can select either the [speed line/focus line],

but let's start with that of the [speed line] which have the following,

While that of the [focus line] has the following,

2.) How to add Dark focus lines (curved) effect

We can apply them to our background after selecting [scatter] by drawing a curve shape behind the figure,

The scattered lines are created for the upper part of the background.

With the appearing like this,

But we can also create it for the up and down as well.

3.) Ways to adjust the control points,

With the Speed lines created,
We can Select the [Object] tool on the [Tool] palette and drag the control points to adjust [either left, right, up and down] and Also the area of the Any of [speed lines/focus line]. The density of the effect lines is also too high by initial settings.

While the [Object] tool is selected, adjust values such as the [Gap of line] on the [Tool Property] palette, checking the effect on the canvas.

4.) Erase the unwanted part of the effect,

After the effect is created some may pass into the figure if the figure is [not mask]. Create a new layer below and Marge the effect layer to the new layer,

We will now have a raster layer with the effect on it,

with the layer now no longer an effect layer, we can now erase the effect lines passing through our character.

Then have this as our finishing set.

5.) Combination of effects [Dense focus lines and Gloom effect]

Let's say we use two effect Sub tools to add lines to the background, Then erase the part with the red lines,

After, we have repeated this process we did above by marge in the two effect together which will turn it to a raster layer.

And we can then have this image as our final scene.

Advantages of a decisive and exaggerate lines of action

The line of action is the imaginary rhythmic line that spans the length of the figure to produce the effectiveness of the subject in motion. In the set of subject below; this line is modified according to the action performed by the individual body of [a man throwing a ball] at a particular point in time.

[Note the line are the indicated red colour line pass the body of the subject, the are exaggerated lines which help in balance of figure]

If we force the rhythmic line of the body, it assumes a more forced torsion, which translates into a more expressionistic rendering like for instance when [a subject is hit] when boxing or street fighting.

Finishing pointers for draw daring dynamic action pose

Action poses always look more dramatic when the perspective is exaggerated and perspective that keeps the viewers guessing like when a subject is falling down, the camera can either be position from down up or up down. We can use either circles and lines or box's to simple the draw of the subject poses quickly as we previously stated.

We can also Afterimages to show the viewers the movement of the subject,

After are use to show the motion of the subject like where the were before moving to their presents position.

When we are talking about dynamic action poses proper, we are having various expression like dancing, running and so much more, but when we are talking about daring dynamic action poses they pose has to have potential, proportion, tension, energy and so much more,
Take This three for example

This example points out the one subject is invade and the other is defending with the need display energy and impart.

While for this second one the two subject are fighting each other but they are both in an attacking stance with the expectations of dealing a deadly attack to the other opponent.

For an event to be daring the out come of an event needs to be unexpected and this can be seen in this two subject.

Lastly, let's not forget the important of Foreshortening and the usefulness of the different layers,

Which as a digital art, we have to learn how to better use it to our advantage.

◾Who is the alpha male?!

This main illustration we choose out of the other because I feel it better display daring dynamic action pose with unexpected events and to draw this, we start by open a canvas on CSP [clip studio paint], then create layer as the drawing is divided into steps,
Step 1 (Draw the landscape),

Step 2 (Rough sketch the first subject),

Step 3 (Rough sketch the second subject),

Step 4 (draw the lineart for the second subject),

Step 5 (draw the lineart for the first subject),

Step 6 (make them all visible),

Step 7, we click on 1, create the two effect layer which is green and blue, then we can use 4 to adjust 5 by clicking the [control points] 6,

And for the finishing touches, I click on 1, a display board will be display, then we select 2 and change 3 to 5,

Now we are done with our daring dynamic fighting pose.


I hope you have a lot of fun creating these sketches. My advice to everyone reader and I myself also do it, it is to find time to practice because practice make perfect, And practice various dynamic poses from different angles, for now I will be signing off bye.



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