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Female Character Design for Comics

A course by Marcio Takara
Comic Book Artist. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Joined October 2019
, Comic Book Artist

Learn the traditional techniques to draw a female figure with volume, movement, balance, and expression from scratch

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  • 91% Positive reviews (193)
  • 6229 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian

Learn the traditional techniques to draw a female figure with volume, movement, balance, and expression from scratch


  • 91% Positive reviews (193)
  • 6229 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • Updated on 08/04/2020
  • 16 Lessons (2h 50m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
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This course was updated in August 2020 in some of its video lessons and additional resources, expanding and deepening the course’s content to improve your experience.

Gone are the days when women in comics were portrayed only as sidekicks or love interests. Nowadays, a new breed of female characters and superheroes are taking the comic book world by storm with powerful storytelling and stunning visuals.

In this course, Marcio Takara—comic book artist with experience drawing comics for Marvel and DC—will teach you how to draw female characters from scratch. Starting from action lines and composition, this course will show you how to add volume, movement, balance, and expression to your creations.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation, Research and Pencil Lines
  • U3
    U3. Hair, Faces and Hands
  • U4
    U4. Ink!
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Marcio Takara introduces himself and talks about the projects he has worked on over the years for Marvel, DC Comics, and others. Before showing you how he creates his drawings, he talks about his favorite materials.

The idea is to show how you can mix the figure's movement, with volume and anatomy. Marcio shows you how he comes up with the composition while placing the figure on the page, the use of negative space, as well as black and white areas.

Start using pencils for the basic shapes and layout, and then introduce ink and brushes. Marcio explains the idea behind his style of using brushes for different line weights and texture, while also talking about light and shadow.

Then it's time to talk about how to pick and use different clothes and costumes, as well as face and hand expressions. And how Marcio draws thinking ahead about different hairstyles.

Finally, learn how to introduce some grey tones using ink wash.

What is this course's project?

You will create a finished piece with a female character from scratch, starting with layouts, showing the pencil stage, and finishing it with inks.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Illustrators, comic book artists, and people who wish to expand their skills in character creation.

What you need

You'll need basic drawing skills and, as for materials, you'll only need a pencil, eraser, ink, brush, and paper.


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Marcio Takara

A course by Marcio Takara

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Comic Book Artist

Marcio Takara is a comic book artist who has lived in Toronto and Rio de Janeiro over the years and has worked on comics for Marvel and DC, mostly. He used to be a graphic designer but made the switch to working with comics in 2006.

He has done work for videogames, ad agencies, and toy companies but spends most of his time working with comics for Marvel and DC, doing the covers and interior art for the books. Some of his most recent works include Detective Comics, Nightwing, Birds of Prey, and Hellblazer for DC Comics; and Captain Marvel, All-New Wolverine, Jessica Jones, and Wolverine for Marvel Comics.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do in this Course
  • U2

    Preparation, Research and Pencil Lines

    • Materials
    • Picking Reference
    • Preparation - Composition
    • Refining the Figure Pt.1
    • Refining the Figure Pt.2
  • U3

    Hair, Faces and Hands

    • Hair
    • Hands - body expression
    • Face - Details and Expression
    • Costumes
  • U4

    Ink!

    • Lines
    • Ink Texture Pt.1
    • Ink Texture Pt.2
    • Grey Tones - Ink Wash
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Female Character Design for Comics

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Female Character Design for Comics. A Illustration course by Marcio Takara Best Seller

Female Character Design for Comics

A course by Marcio Takara
Comic Book Artist. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Joined October 2019
  • 91% Positive reviews (193)
  • 6229 students