How to Draw Manga Poses with Weapons

When illustrating an epic fantasy manga, your characters will probably deal with weaponry at some point. Sword battles are essential to a fantasy! In order to craft the perfect manga poses with weapons, we’ve pulled together helpful instruction from Mina “Mistiqarts” Petrovic’s brand new book, Manga Crash Course Fantasy. Scroll down to learn how to draw manga poses with swords, daggers, scythes and more.

Drawing Hands Using Weaponry

Fantasy anime and manga characters are seen wearing gloves almost all the time. The gloves help protect the character’s hands while they’re using their chosen weapon. They can also just be a fun accessory choice! Whether these are leather or fabric gloves, they come in two main shapes: fingerless and full. Just like in clothes, the glove adds volume to the hand, contains seam lines and has creases on the main finger joints.

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 manga poses | fantasy art | manga fantasy | characters with weapons

Make sure to plan out the nail shape when drawing the hands. Use a U-shaped nail for a masculine hand and an elongated nail shape for a feminine look.

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Weapons have a distinctive way of being used, held and worn. Make sure to check photo references beforehand for the best results in drawing fight scenes.

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Full Manga Poses With Weapons

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When overlapping body parts, draw the covered parts, too. It will help you keep track of where everything is in the pose.

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Long swords must be held with both hands. Make sure the main body axis makes a straight angle with the floor. You want your character to look confident and balanced.

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Limbs going behind the body look shorter or smaller due to foreshortening. This effect makes your pose look more 3D and creates dynamic results.

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Shields have inner sleeves or belts to secure the hand to the shield. Sometimes a harness can be worn to strap the shield to the character’s back or side as well.

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Gigantic swords and scythes represent ultimate weapons meant for the strongest characters. In fantasy manga and anime, it is common for these objects to not be actual weapons, but rather magic forces in the shape of weapons. Is it also very common to see an oversized weapon that would be impractical in real life.

Even if the weapon seems impractical, try to give your character a believable pose.

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You can find this tutorial and more in Manga Crash Course Fantasy by Mina “Mistiqarts” Petrovic. It’s available now!

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