Thoughts on: drawing sword (fighting) styles?
That is one good question! Actually I haven’t given much thought to it lately, even though I really should…
Most of my critical thoughts concern films, not drawings, but I think you can apply some of it to art.
- Don’t make your characters locked in a close range struggle, or make them turn the fight into wrestling.
Take that scene from, say, The Force Awakens, where Rey and Ren are balancing on the edge of a precipice, close enough to smell what the other had for breakfast, pressing their swords full force against eachoter.
And then Rey somehow has the time to relax.
Now, this only makes the already non-HEMA-accurate scene even more riddiculous. What should have happened at this point is for Ren to kick her in the knee, hit the back of her head with the handle of his sabre and be done.
- Katanas and non-light sabres have one cutting edge, make sure to make them try and cut with that, and not the blakn side. (This seems like a no-brainer, but I’ve seen this messed up. On a tattoo.)
- If you’re drawing a longsword, make sure to make the handle long enough for two hands.