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Illustration for Comics: Anatomy of a Superhero

A course by Ariel Olivetti , Illustrator and Comic Book Artist

Illustrator and Comic Book Artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined July 2018

Learn to draw the skeleton, muscles, and poses to convey the true power of your characters

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  • 98% positive reviews (978)
  • 20620 students

Learn to draw the skeleton, muscles, and poses to convey the true power of your characters

Every story has a classic hero who performs extraordinary feats, but there is one character who pips them at the post when faced with unimaginable threats: the superhero! Their superhuman powers are shown in their abilities, but also in their anatomy, which is something that comic book artist Ariel Olivetti has been studying since 1993, working for publishers such as Marvel and DC Comics.

In this course, learn how to draw the superhero anatomy used in comics, getting to grips with the proportions of the human figure, the main muscle groups of the body, and the different poses.

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What will you learn in this online course?

16 lessons & 23 downloads

English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (978)
  • 20620 students
  • 16 lessons (1h 56m)
  • 23 additional resources (18 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a full illustration of a human superhero figure, from the skeleton to the muscle groups.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, visual artists, comic book artists, and anyone who wants to learn about superhero anatomy to show the true power of their characters.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you need basic knowledge of drawing.

As for materials, you need a pencil, paper, and an eraser.


20620 Students
978 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Ariel Olivetti

A course by Ariel Olivetti

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Illustrator and Comic Book Artist

Ariel Olivetti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires. It was his passion for drawing the human figure and creating characters that led him to design covers for the prestigious Argentine comic magazine FIERRO in the 90s as well as to cocreate the comic strip El Cazador. He has been working as a comic book artist and illustrator for more than 25 years, publishing in different editorial magazines such as Dark Horse, Valiant, Sideshow, MARVEL, DC Comics and Upper Deck.

His first work for the United States market was for Marvel Comics with The Last Avengers Story, and later for titles like Daredevil and X-Men. He has also collaborated on a limited DC series called Space Ghost. Other titles he has worked on include: Sabretooth and Mystique (1996), Alpha Flight (1997) and What If? (1997) for Marvel; and JLA: Paradise Lost (1998), Haven: The Broken City (2002), Green Lantern (2003) and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (2006) for DC.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Different anatomical proportions

    • Different anatomical proportions
    • Proportions of the idealized human figure
    • Proportions of a superhero
    • Construction of a skeleton and its poses
    • First sketches: design of our skeleton
  • U3

    Muscle packages and proportions part by part

    • Proportions of a head
    • Eyes, ears, mouth and nose I
    • Eyes, ears, mouth and nose II
    • Torso muscles
    • Arm muscles
    • Leg muscles
    • Proportions of the hand
  • U4

    Poses of the character

    • Poses of a character with basic muscle packages
    • Final illustration
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustration for comics: anatomy of a superhero

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Illustration for Comics: Anatomy of a Superhero. Illustration course by Ariel Olivetti Best seller

Illustration for Comics: Anatomy of a Superhero

A course by Ariel Olivetti
Illustrator and Comic Book Artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined July 2018
  • 98% positive reviews (978)
  • 20620 students