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Learn to Draw Action Heroes by Robert A. Marzullo

Learn to Draw Action Heroes
Learn to Draw Action Heroes

My new book is now completed and off to the printer! Super excited to share this with everyone. I have been working on this for months and I had to keep it under my hat which is tough for someone like me that likes to blab a lot!

The book is “Learn to Draw Action Heroes!” It is a 144 page monster with all kinds of step by step examples. I did my best to break down all the parts that go into drawing dynamic action heroes.

It is being printed and distributed by Impact Books. It is also available for Pre-Order on Amazon. The actual book will be released on September 13th 2017. Get your copy here – http://amzn.to/2soW3Yp

I put a lot of work into this one and I would love to know what you think of it if you decide to get a copy. As with any of my products I am here to help if you have any questions. Feel free to leave an honest review so others will know what they are getting.

If you like you can also watch a video of this cover being inked and colored here on my Youtube channel –  https://youtu.be/ZDTw4_NzC8E

I will be sharing some samples pages real soon.

Thanks for tuning in and good luck with your art! 😉

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

How to Draw Comic Style Hair – 3 Ways – Narrated Lesson

How to draw comic style hair 3 ways
How to draw comic style hair 3 ways

Here is my next lesson for Drawing Comic Style Hair 3 different ways.

This started as a request from one of my Patreon supporters. I have done some other tutorials on my Youtube channel but this one is a more in depth look with art files to work along with.

I have struggled with getting the right look for hair for many years so I know what others mean when they say they just cannot seem to draw it properly. It is one of those things you will always be studying to get better at. Just like hands, faces, and feet. ( Yuck! I hate drawing feet. lol )

So don’t beat yourself up in the process and just take your time. Draw from as many resources as possible to gain your perspective on the subject. Great artists are not made overnight. It takes lots of time and lots of studies!

In this lesson I will walk you through my process step by step in real time. You will see how I built up the shapes and design the hair style I am after. I then show you how I place the shadows and add in the render lines or texture of the hair. I also talk about the importance of simplifying the process for your comic book style art.

So I hope this lesson will shed some well needed light on that subject matter for you and keep in mind that I am here to help. If you have any questions or requests for future content I am listening!

Get this Lesson here – https://gum.co/gSXXs

Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics

Figure Drawing Foundations – Proportions

Figure Drawing Proportions
Figure Drawing Proportions

Figure Drawing Foundations – Proportions by Clayton Barton

Hello fellow comic art guys and gals. I have a pretty cool offer for you if you find yourself wanting to get better at drawing comic book hero proportions. We have all struggled in that department a time or two and it never hurts to work on that subject as much as possible. So here is just the thing to get those mental gears working on that topic.

Figure Drawing Foundations – Proportions by Clayton Barton. Clayton has done a stand up job at breaking down the barriers when it comes to understanding proportions. He goes into great detail on this subject and sheds light on this tricky topic. He also gives you a nice variety of tiers to choose from. Since one size doesn’t fit all, you can choose from a few packages to suit your level of interest for this topic.

In the various packages you get video walkthroughs, PDF’s, access to a virtual classroom, and lots of finely crafted lessons. I have been drawing a long time and I must admit that I am finding some great tips and tricks in here that I needed to learn. He has done an excellent job at covering all the bases to understanding body proportions and character designs. He breaks it down in an easy to follow manner which is so valuable when doing these types of studies.

So if you need that level up on your character work this is the course content to check out. And please share the work. Clayton is an amazing teacher and to keep him creating great content sharing the work is essential!

You can get his content here and good luck with your art!

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics


Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Working in Perspective

Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 - Working in Perspective
Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Working in Perspective

Digital Painting in Manga Studio 5 – Working in Perspective

In this course I walk you through using the perspective tools inside of Manga Studio 5 / Clip Studio Paint. We first delve into the basics and the setup in one, two, and three point perspective. Then I walk you through the use of the special rulers. A lot of students have expressed a certain confusion about these tools but the reason they are difficult to understand is because they have lots of options for controlling the perspective.

I demonstrate these tools and show you how to make them much easier to work with. A few programs have now adopted perspective drawing tools but none of them are as functional and versatile as these are. The special rulers alone are huge time savers for comic book illustrators.

After I run through the basics I think take you through the entire process of creating the image you see above. ( Scroll to the next slide to see the entire picture. ) The majority of this course is all in real time with only small amounts time lapsed in areas where I have already explained the process in real time and didn’t want to bore you with repetition.

I also teach you how to setup and edit your work efficiently by making proper use of the groups and layers. As well as give you a better understanding of the blending modes.

By the end of this 5 hour course you will have worked through the entire image with me and learned what techniques I use to create my digital paintings.

With this course you get –

-19 Step by Step Video Lessons ( 5 hours of Narrated Content )

-City Scape Art File – Manga Studio 5 Format ( You can also request a PSD )

-Custom brushes that I used in this course

Like any other products you get from me on my Gumroad I am here to help you with any questions you have. I appreciate your support so don’t hesitate to ask, and giving me feedback for future lessons is greatly appreciated!

Good luck with your art!

Robert A. Marzullo

Ram Studios Comics

If you would like to take this course then visit this link – https://gum.co/KfBEj




How to Draw Hands – 6 Different Poses – Narrated

How to Draw Hands – 6 Different Ways – Video Lesson

In this video I discuss how to draw hand poses and things to look for to make this process easier.  I talk about some of the primitive shapes that are noticeable in the hands when designing your art pose. As well as study methods to commit more of this to memory.

Hands are always a tricky topic but it is important to not shy away from them because you find them difficult to do. We learn a lot from drawing hands and they are in integral part of telling a great story within your illustrations.

If you have any questions about this video lesson then please feel free to comment and I will do my best to help you if I can. Either in a response or through and upcoming video.  Good luck with your art and thank you for reading!

To support my work and get additional video course content you can visit my Gumroad here –


Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics

Art Year in Review 2016 by Ram Studios Comics

Art Year in Review 2016

Best Art of 2016
Best Art of 2016

Well another year in the books and it went by all too fast. Now it is time to reflect and make some well needed improvements to my art. I am decently happy with some of my creations of this year but I have also found some real chinks in my armor. I don’t want to sound negative but I feel it is an integral part of growing one’s art abilities to find our flaws. To fix something you must first acknowledge it’s presence. And it is easy to look the other way when our work is less than perfect. A bad habit to get into if you want to improve.

So here are some of the things I will be working on this year and what I see wrong with my current work. First and foremost I will be focusing on my proportions. Exaggerating features is common in comics and science fiction illustrations but it must be kept in check or your art will border on the realm of amateurish. So to hone my skills and perception in that arena I will be doing lots of figure drawing studies. I don’t think there is any better excercise for that problem.  Unless I can get my hands on one of those machines from the Matrix where you can just upload the data to your brain box.

The next thing I want to improve this year will be my knowledge in adding colors. I think a few of my pieces came out nice but my ability with the coloring process could be much better. I am confident with the application of the colors and digital painting but I need to know more about moods, color balances, color theory, and all that jazz. I have always enjoyed creating the line work the most but now it is time to grow past that.

And finally, I want to improve my backgrounds and compositions. Drawing cool characters is great but you can’t bring them to life without amazing backgrounds. So I will be doing lots of studies where I break down the composition from all my favorite comic book panels. Don’t worry, I won’t steal any bodies work. I will just study the work and figure what my scenes are lacking.

There are lots of things I can complain about when it comes to getting better at my craft but I don’t want you to think I am an unhappy camper. I am extremely grateful for where I am at with my skill set. I just really want to be the very best that I can. So I am excited to learn all that I can in 2017 and I will do my best to share that process along the way. So if you enjoy comics like I do, please stick around! We can learn together.  😉

Robert A. Marzullo                                                                                                     Ram Studios Comics

Free Lesson from my Course on How to Improve Your Figure Drawing

Free Lesson from My Course on How to Improve Your Figure Drawing

This is lesson 2 from my course on How to Improve Your Figure Drawing Step by Step that is available on both Udemy and my Gumroad. This will give you an idea of what you can find in the full course.

In this lesson I show you how to break down the arm with basic shapes to make drawing it from your mind much easier. This won’t replace knowing your anatomy. That takes years to accomplish. But this will give you the fundamental knowledge to build upon. I create these types of studies all the time to continually improve. You will also get the art files from each lesson in this course.

The entire course goes through each of the body parts of both male and female. This is a basic approach to figure drawing. This entire tutorial is 3.5 hours.  I share techniques that I have used over the years to create comic book illustrations and storyboards for television.  You will learn how to systematically break down the various parts of the body into simpler shapes.  As I illustrate each area step by step you will follow along and learn from my studies.  This will give you insight into how I create my artwork and create poses from the mind.  I also share what techniques I use to improve my knowledge of the human form.  Things like gesture drawings, timed studies of the pose, negative space drawing, foreshortening, perspective, organic versus angular lines, and much more.  You will also be given a copy of the art files that I have created here so that you can work along and study from them.  By the end of this course you should be more confident in constructing your figure drawings from the  mind and have a better understanding of the human form.

BONUS Content!  ( Only on my Gumroad ) Now by getting this course you will also get my lessons on How to Draw and Shade Muscular Arm Poses just to sweeten the deal.  Includes the art files as well! 😉  Sample Video – https://youtu.be/0w6m3KiMfZ4

Get this course on Gumroad – https://gum.co/dPDEp

Get this course on Udemy – https://www.udemy.com/how-to-improve-your-figure-drawing-step-by-step/?couponCode=RAMSTUDIOSCOMICS101

For any questions email me in our contact form and I will do my best to help. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your art!

Robert A. Marzullo                                                                                                      Ram Studios Comics


How to Draw Foreshortening for Comic Book Superheroes – Tutorial

How to Draw Foreshortening for Comic Book Superheroes – Tutorial

In this video lesson I show you how to draw the superhero arm in a foreshortened perspective. I explain the process while drawing this step by step. I go over the techniques that I use to create this type of artwork quickly and effectively. This entire video lesson in narrated and in real time.


If you enjoy this video then please share it on your favorite social media to help me keep producing new content. I upload new videos on the subject of drawing comic book superheroes each week. I also teach how to digitally paint using a variety of programs and tablets.

To get my Custom Brushes and Video Lessons follow me on Gumroad – http://www.gumroad.com/robertmarzullo

To Support my work and get Patreon only art files and videos visit here – http://www.patreon.com/robertmarzullo

Thanks for watching and please comment! For more lessons on How to Draw Superheroes please visit my Step by Step section here –

Step by Step Drawing Lessons


Robert A. Marzullo
Ram Studios Comics

To Create this artwork I used a Wacom Cintiq and Sketchbook Pro 8.
It was recorded using Camtasia for Mac.

How to Draw Superheroes Step by Step

How to Draw Superheroes Step by Step

Welcome to Ram Studios Comics.  Here you will find step by step instructions on how to draw superheroes.  The lessons on this site will be easy to understand.  I will cover all the basics of drawing comics and the  characters within them.  I believe that anyone can become a great artist if they love to create.  It is the passion that drives us not the talent.  If you love to create comics then you can do it!

On this site you will find simple drawing methods.  Sometimes they will appear to be basic and maybe even boring at your current level of artistry.  But, I assure you it all serves a purpose.  By studying the basics we can make the complex drawings easier to accomplish.  Superhero drawings are complex when we try to draw them at first.  After learning about the smaller parts to the whole, it becomes much easier to do.

You can also head over to my Gumroad and get my course on How to Improve Your Figure Drawing Step by Step here –



how to draw superheroes

How Long will it Take me to Learn Superhero Anatomy?

I get this type of question all the time.  How do I learn figure drawing?  How long did it take you to learn how to draw superheroes? And the list goes on and on.  There is no quick answer to these questions and there is no quick road to success.  It takes years to develop the skills to draw the body well.  I also cannot proclaim to know if you will learn quicker or slower than I did.  All I can tell you is that drawing the human form properly is hard work.  But, like I said previously, “The passion drives us, not the talent!”  The talent is a by product of the passion.  So be ready to work hard and also be thankful that there is not an easy road to success.  This is what makes your desired profession out of the reach of so many others.  Like the old saying goes, “If it was easy, everyone would do it!”

To get started, head over to our step by step section where you can find study guides.

Step by Step – Drawing Lessons

More lessons are on the way and let’s us know what you think of the site.  As well as what you need help with in your own superhero drawing process!




Step by Step Drawing Lessons

Step by Step Drawing Lessons

step by step drawing of batman's mask
Batman’s mask Step by step Drawing Tutorial

Here is a quick step by step drawing of Batman’s mask.  This character is a great way to test your level of drawing.  He is very recognizable so the mistakes will be easy to spot.  I always revisit popular characters for that reason.  And they are just fun to draw.  I will be doing lots of these so as I get them uploaded there will probably be a gallery or something dedicated to them.  You can also make requests so that if and when I get some time I can create them.

This is the way that I have always gotten better at my drawings.  I want to show other artists that this can be a great way to learn complex drawings for comics.  By breaking down the simple parts like this, you can make those tough drawings easier to accomplish.  That’s how I do it anyways.

Drawing Muscular Arms Step by Step Tutorial
Drawing Muscular Arms Step by Step Tutorial

And of course we can’t forget about the guns!  Can’t have superheroes without big muscly arms. 😉  I will also be adding some more step by step drawing lessons on proportions as well.  That is another sticky topic area for most of us.  I constantly struggle with them myself.  One of the reasons I like to create these is that I get better with my own artwork as I am sharing these with my fellow artists.  Everyone wins that way!

So make sure to check back real soon for more step by step drawing lessons.  Share this blog post if you find it helpful and informative.  I need lots of feedback to make this site work for everyone.  More of these are on the way and let me know if you have any questions.  Good luck with your art!

Robert A. Marzullo                                                                                                      Ram Studios Comics                             www.gumroad.com/robertmarzullo