A fun way to study.


If you play a lot of video games like me, you’ll probably come to admire the character designs, and poses. I thought it would be interesting to study some of these. So in this case, I paused the game on a few poses from Super Smash Bro’s Melee. Here are a few cool poses that the character Marth displays in the game.

It’s a really neat way to do some reference drawing. There are so many characters with very different poses, you could go on for a long time this way. I just slowed down the game, and paused the character on a few choice poses. The cool thing about this game is that you can change the view of the pose while the game is paused. It’s also great for breaking down the animation and drawing those key frames. I suggest everyone give it a try!

About Randall Whiteis

Artist out of Florida.

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  1. sweet as, dude! pity I’m a fan of top down sprite games like Baldurs Gate :D No guilt-free gaming for me :(

  2. IdiotApathy says:

    Hahaha you nut! I love it.

  3. That’s a good idea.

    It’s similar to what I like to do; whenever I watch a film, I pause the DVD and do some gestural drawing of the poses. It’s especially good for keyframes like you said, and the only disadvantage is that you can’t rotate model as you’re sketching.

    For example it’s cool if you want your character to be kinda ‘Bruce Willis-ish’ or have a ‘Jackie Chan-esque’ physicality.

  4. nice, fighting poses, simple. I likes it :)

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