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Try drawing from photos or from real people -- not just from manga. 

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Here is an action pose from the 'Record of Lodoss War' manga, which doesn't look quite right. She is supposed to be running toward the reader, but if you cover up her facial expression... she looks like she is dancing.
 
Always sketch out the basic pose first.  If you start drawing a really detailed arm, then decide later you want the arm a little to the left -- you're in big trouble!  Draw a stick figure or skeleton to start, then add details once you have the pose just the way you want it.
 
In this example, I traced the original manga pose (shown below, left), then found a runner's magazine so I could see how a real live person runs (center).  I combined the two poses into a new pose, and sketched it (far right).

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After sketching the new pose, I looked back at the original manga character to add in the details (below).  Her expression, hair and clothing are the same -- but the pose now looks like she is running, not dancing.

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Try this technique with your favorite manga!  Find a pose that doesn't make sense, then find a photo -- or a family member or friend willing to pose for you -- and correct it.  You'll get practice drawing your favorite characters, and you'll improve your action pose drawing skills!
 
Need Review?  Hands    Body Types: Women
 
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