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How to draw action fight scene

Here's CD's How to design your own manga/anime fight and action sequence quick tutorial....

This fight sequence is used here:

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WHAT this tutorial aim for: To bridge the gap between using reference and knowledge to designing fight scenes on page.

WHAT this tutorial does not do: Providing various martial arts references or teach you anatomy, you can get that on youtube or other sites.

Suggested books:

Suggested artist:
安藤真裕 - Masahiro Ando [link]

Blog post discussion related to this: [link]

I am doing this note, tutorial for my friends who have fight sequences in their manga but don't know how to do it.


I only came to realize how little there is out there on this topic on the net, after talking to a friend of mine about her manga she wants to do, but have struggles with action sequence designs.
When i search, i couldn't find good tutorials right away, that's a sign that people don't talk about this. Most of us who got ok at it just purely learned on our own, and usually does not discuss in tutorial form i believe. Those who are good are too busy doing work for others.

So here's some of my free tips for those who wants it.

I can't say i am particularly good at designing action sequences, but at least i don't have major problems...

As long as i am not doing...
Stare...SLASH, enemy falls.... fight ends.

ERRRRRRK... that's the cheapest.... scene... ever.

(Edit: But One Piece used it with Zoro. lol It works somewhat with Samurai fight style, and you don't need a great fight design for a great story, but it requires no skill in designing this kind of fight, I don't recommend using it and I will not use it personally.)
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FantasyRebirth96's avatar
Quite the amazing looking piece of work! Yes very well done overall here! Really hope you do tons more action scenes!
umbrella4c's avatar
thanks for shearing it ^^ 
DarkXxXDistraction's avatar
good stuff. ill keep it in mind.
Aeternayum's avatar
Thanks, amazing tut!
Darkwizardsethlet's avatar
Al the other tutorials I found were USELESS. This is so helpful! Thanks!
ShaozChampion's avatar
wow thank you for posting this up ^^
MMPR's avatar
whats the rule in regards to backgrounds?
mayshing's avatar
general perspective rule, and camera filming rule applies. :) 
umbrella4c's avatar
thanks so much this is really helpfull
plangkye's avatar
Oooh, thank you for this!
Remle11's avatar
this is really helpful thanks.
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Coperation025's avatar
Im definitely using this
Laugh-Butts's avatar
Thanks! This helps a lot!
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Xedarix's avatar
Thanks a lot!!!! I'm making a sword fighting scene and I have to search for references, It's kinda ilustration, but I want it a little bit dinamic. This was very useful X3
Thanks for the advice its really helpful.:)
jennacreator's avatar
this was very useful! thank you!
Vrandiel's avatar
cool... thanks for making this tutorial
AzakiShimo's avatar
love this sketch... but my brains hurt everytime im trying to draw the fght... too hard.. any other tips that could help me, bro? :O
Denpa's avatar
Hmmmmmmmmm...............I guess i'mma just study how manga artist do fight scenes.
SooCatArt's avatar
this helped alot :P im making a manga atm and its my first time doing so. i still havent mastered drawing the body and stuff but i really got the hang of it xD but whats hard is to know how each character look like from different angles. and i keep drawing too big and stuff and its hard to get both of the characters in one panel because i tend to draw very big, because if i dont its gonna look very very small and stupid :P but the reason why im making a manga instead of drawing a drawing of bodyparts a thousand times :D and sorry for this long comment
mayshing's avatar
your problem is a basic drawing problem. Try to construct the characters like they do at Disney and you might have an easier time.
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