How to Draw Action Poses Step by Step
Just like the line of action, the “two cans” technique is another key ingredient in giving the character an exciting, dynamic pose. To create comics’ characters in new poses in this tutorial we will master a new technique based on the line of action.
What is this Technique
“Two cans” method means the shoulders and pelvis performed in the form of cylinders located at the ends of the line of action set by you. Start with drawing the line of action. Then, draw two cylinders, one on each end of the line.
Creating a Dynamic Posture
Using this approach take into account that each cylinder has two options: sideward and vertical motions. When moving sideward the shoulders and pelvis can rotate within 45 degrees around the line of action. In vertical movements, the shoulders and pelvis can go up and down to approximately 45 degrees.
The best of dynamic postures are obtained by moving the “cans” both laterally and vertically. When adding twisting motions to the character’s pose, you can get a higher drawing volume.
Along with rotating the “cans”, you can also adjust the distance between them.
Drawing Human Bodies of Different Types
You can also create unique body shapes by changing the size of each “can”, see the figure below. Physically developed characters may have a larger “can” depicting their shoulders and a smaller “can” for their pelvis.
Any less sporting characters have it vice versa.
A shoulder and thigh of a well-built women will be at an angle of 45 degrees opposite each other, and thighs are bigger than the shoulders, as shown below:
The Depth and Perspective
You can enrich the technique by depicting one “can” bigger than the other, which brings in a sense of depth.
The below examples show the poses obtained by using two “cans” and the line of action. If you are using photo references or drawing from nature, “locate the two banks” before adding details.
The “two cans” technique in combination with the expressive line of action, can diversify the poses of your character, making it more dynamic and easy to understand. This flexible method is easy to apply at any style of drawing. I hope you’ll find it quite useful.
Schemes for Various Actions and Poses