Their are no rules in drawing comic book characters, they only bend or break the rules in doing real people. Once you're proficient in doing proportions
of real people it's easy to draw comic book characters in any way you want. If you hone your skill with these characters, perhaps
someday your creations will fill the pages of graphic novels being sought after in the pawn shops in NYC by avid collectors.
Here are a few examples of characters that have been created, and have done more than well on comic book shelves as well as in the box offices. This is what they look like without all the color and hype. Remember when your creating your characters that after a little bit of shading and color, anything can be brought to life.
1. This character has normal proportions on the body but has more bulkier and linear muscles. The hair is exaggerated, it's wild, stands up and turns to golden yellow when the character shouts and suddenly bursts into flames... you know what I mean.
2. Some American style superheroes have their lower legs longer to give a taller more heroic look. Females are more voluptuous while males have bulkier muscles.
3. Cute anime characters are more slender. In some styles, the legs are longer and the torso is shorter to make them look leggier.
4. You can make the muscles bulkier, more linear, and wider to make this berserk, green, gamma-radiated hero to life.
Superheroes are brought to life through your imagination. Capes, cowls and boots are the general classics, but your hero can have as little or as much extras as you want. The more unique and different, the better. Play around with your newly learned techniques of proportion and foreshortening to get a realistic looking dream on your piece of paper.
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- Paolo Libunao