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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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umbrella4c Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
thanks so much this is really helpfull
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
AzakiShimo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student Artist
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
cskadoz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013   General Artist
Denpa Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Hmmmmmmmmm...............I guess i'mma just study how manga artist do fight scenes.
SooCatArt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
your problem is a basic drawing problem. Try to construct the characters like they do at Disney and you might have an easier time.
SooCatArt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but i dont know how they do it at disney :P but thx for the advice
MiuSalubri Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
I have been struggling to draw fight scenes for my web comic.
You have been helpful.
tjones57 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Looks pretty good
DjRoguefire Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you saved me. i've been working on my first shounen-ish manga and the action scenes were attracting flies. haha. the main reason my names get rejected a lot. -_-'

so thank you thank you thank you.
AquaXranoX Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very informative, was just talkin to my friend about how to do one
Zunachina Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, bless your heart and have a very merry christmas *now look at my profile pic* :D
RainboomSlash Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I'm starting a martial arts comic, this will be helpfull. And that Masahiro Ando it's really good.
kmathel94 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist
Ramonerdna Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
I LOVE how I keep finding you randomly on the internet! 1st youtube then smackjeeves now HERE!
mayshing Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
white-beast Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
its very informative and I thank you for that it is also pretty sweet
mayshing Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
ur welcome.
Hoshino-tantan26 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Uwah! thank you! this is soooo gonna help me with the action comic that im planning to make TTuTT
4everEvergreen Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful indeed ._. And btw this IS the only decent tutorial i found out there... That's odd _ Anyhow, THANKS!
PurpleFresca Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Are you saying Oda can't do fights? :/
mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Oda is one of my fav mangaka, and a hero, but it doesn't mean he always do no wrong.
PurpleFresca Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist
I figured you weren't really, for lack of a better word, dissing him, I just wanted to make sure. Very nice tutorial BTW. :)
mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
mayshing Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
He does fighting just fine, but his sword fight is "out of this world," that's his style.
YES, some of Zoro's earlier fights was bad, (namely, vol 1) zink, woosh, done, that was "bad" as in,
99% of the mangaka could have done it. It's bad fighting design, but not bad paneling.
It wasn't a bad manga because he used the angle, the techniques well.
Luffy's earlier fights were better.

Later all of Oda's fight design got a lot better though.
But no one will expect his fighting to be like say... Cowboy bepop, where the realistic fight routine is designed by a real martial artists. That takes more knowledge, more consideration, thus in my opinion makes much better fight design.
LauraDkechan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! This is very usefull information!
sirkrozz Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
How to illustrate manga battles?

Read on Tetsuya Sariwatari's TOUGH.
Nice tutorial.
dieingcity Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
this is very useful information thank you for sharing ^_^
Executor-Haruko Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the suggestions, this will help a lot in my manga!
daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm trying to find a tutorial that will give the basics of showing movement in sketches. In your sketches you've used a lot of action lines and movement and blocks and that's what I'm looking to learn, but I keep finding tutorials about lines of action (for posing characters) or action lines (the really basic straight or radial lines used in manga) - I'm looking for what you've got a great example of here! Lines that don't just show action in a panel, but action in a single limb, or torso, or head. Do you know of any tutorials like that?
mayshing Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
no idea. O_o
Sorry can't help you there, i don't find good action sequence design tutorial that's why i made one quite frankly.
You can research on "gesture drawing" or " animation sketches" and you will find stuff like this: [link]

Not tutorials but it uses the principles which you might need.
Grey-Wyvern Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
This is the first fight tutorial I've ever seen! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll certainly use this! :love:
ReidRo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So helpful, even for someone like me who dosnt do manga, this is amazing :squee:
pklcha Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks you a lot for this!
phikaphi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Omo, thanks for sharing. I love drawing fighting scene.
Mushkikizou-chan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the tips!~
Allumai-Burns Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks for this, I haven't been able to find any good tips on action scenes before ^^
Art-Stream-Man101 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Very good tips. :)
imaginary-ang3l Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~~
Hotoki-chan124 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
THanks, this REALLY helped me >.< I am FOREVER in your gratitude
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