Stunner vs. Spider-Man. Taken originally from Eschergirls.
Okay, I know this is an old one. I don’t know where the skills of the artist are currently, but the picture was still in need of a redline and I decided it was worth doing.
We all know about the fact that her organs are missing and her spine is like a snake’s, but the issue I’m mostly going to focus on is the overuse of the arched back that contradicts the intended action in this picture. It’s something I see happening a lot, and I redlined this in the Masochist redraw. It’s pretty much the same issue.
The current line of action, on top of contradicting the secondary action of the arm holding Spider-Man up, is actually snapped at the pelvis in order to “enhance” the butt. That’s not how that works, artists. Nice round butts are round even when the leg’s back. Don’t be afraid to pose the legs back and draw that butt!
In this case, I changed the line of action to HELP the secondary action. And in order to convey that strength, she needs to have her legs well planted on the ground, and her body’s turned sideways to add to that stability. The contraposto of the hips to the shoulders works better now, and her arms actually convey strength as one holds up Spidey and the other is ready to punch. And, yeah, I roughly fixed Spider-Man’s proportions, because he was teeny-weenie, his arms were way too short and his neck way too long; I didn’t spend too much time on him as he gets chicken-scratchy towards the legs.
But yeah, it all starts with the line of action, which will dictate a solid pose. Think it through, act it out, and THEN draw it.