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Illustration for Comics: Anatomy of a Superhero

A course by Ariel Olivetti
Illustrator and comic artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined July 2018
, Illustrator and comic artist

Learn to draw the skeleton, muscles and poses in order to transmit the true power of your characters

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Illustration for Comics: Anatomy of a Superhero

Learn to draw the skeleton, muscles and poses in order to transmit the true power of your characters

English, Spanish
  • 98% Positive reviews (620)
  • 13177 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish, English
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 16 Lessons (1h 56m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Every story has a classic hero who makes extraordinary feats, but there is a character who surpasses it before unimaginable threats: the superhero. His superhuman powers are shown in his abilities, but also in his anatomy, something that comic artist Ariel Olivetti has been studying since 1993 and working on it for publishers such as Marvel or DC Comics.

In this course you will learn to draw the male superheroic anatomy used in comics, knowing the proportions of the human figure, the main muscle bundles of the body and the different poses.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Different anatomical proportions
  • U3
    U3. Muscle packages and proportions part by part
  • U4
    U4. Poses of the character
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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To begin, you will learn more about the work of Ariel Olivetti, who will tell you about his beginnings as a professional comic artist and the artistic influences that most marked him during his career to this day.

You will learn the different proportions of the human figure that you can use to build your character, be it a man of normal proportions or a superhero. You will also discover his method to build a head, from the internal proportions to the main features.

You will see in detail the different muscle packages that make up the body and how they are drawn. Understand the mechanics or functioning of the muscles of the torso, arms, legs and hands, to achieve an exaggerated and realistic result.

Later you will pay attention to the superhero poses. Ariel will show you how to build a doll with different proportions and then position it in the positions that interest you and explain how to place the muscle packages in their place.

To finish the project, you will learn to add light and shade to your superhero to give a more realistic feel to your drawing.

What is this course's project?

You will make a complete illustration of a superheroic human figure, from the skeleton to the muscular packages.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

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

What you need

To carry out this course it is necessary to have basic knowledge of drawing.

With regard to materials, you should have: pencil, paper and eraser.


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Ariel Olivetti

A course by Ariel Olivetti

Illustrator and comic artist

Ariel Olivetti was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires but his passion for the drawing of the human figure and the creation of characters led him to draw covers for the prestigious Argentine comic magazine FIERRO en los' 90; He was also co-creator of the cartoon The Hunter. He has been working as a comic artist and illustrator for over 25 years, publishing in various editorial magazines such as Dark Horse, Valiant, Sideshow, MARVEL, DC Comics and Upper Deck.

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

Illustration for Comics: Anatomy of a Superhero

A course by Ariel Olivetti
Illustrator and comic artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined July 2018
  • 98% Positive reviews (620)
  • 13177 students