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How to draw action fight scene by mayshing How to draw action fight scene by mayshing
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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plangkye Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, thank you for this!
Remle11 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
this is really helpful thanks.
mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
ur welcome.
Coperation025 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Im definitely using this
LaughButts Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! This helps a lot!
mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
ur welcome.
Xedarix Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
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
SparingDemon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Thanks for the advice its really helpful.:)
jennacreator Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this was very useful! thank you!
Vrandiel Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
cool... thanks for making this tutorial
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