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How to Use References for Drawing Action Poses

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Many aspiring artists believe that they have to draw everything from memory, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Even the masters like da Vinci and Michelangelo used models for their drawing studies.  Why should digital artists be any different? Images are great reference material, but it’s best to take multiple photos of a real-life 3D object,  so you can examine it at different angles.

In the video below, artist and animator, Evan Burse shows how he uses his Hulk statue as reference to create an action pose when drawing on his Wacom Cintiq Pro 24. The large screen on the Cintiq 24 allows Evan to have his reference photos handy, while still providing plenty of drawing room for his sketch.

About Evan Burse and Cartoon Block

Evan has been an animation professional for over 12 years working at Warner Bros Animation, BET Networks, and Marvel Animation Studios.  He’s worked on such shows as Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Black Panther, Marvel’s Hulk and The Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Teen Titans.

Since 2009, Evan has been passionately teaching aspiring artists how to draw their favorite characters on his YouTube channel, Cartoon Block.  The channel has accumulated over 250,000 subscribers and over 26 million views.  Evan enjoys sharing his passion for drawing superheroes while inspiring young artists to follow their artistic goals.

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