Are you a fan of anime, manga, and all that japanese stuff?!
Well maybe not, but if you like drawing, and you want to learn how to draw better this is your chance! 😉
I am indeed a fan of manga drawing. I enjoy drawing very much, although I am really not real good at it, but I can say I really became better over the years.
Learning how to draw without a teacher is a hard road. Most of us are really busy with some other stuff, work, study, projects, and can’t manage to have regular drawing classes. However, even though that’s my case, I really enjoy ‘studying’ how to draw on my free time.
The technique I most used to ‘study’ how to draw without a teacher was copying drawings I really liked and scrutinizing all the proportions and details of the drawing that made it look good. That was really hard work. I spent almost like 2 to 3 hours making a single drawing, sometimes more. I would sketch the initial drawing (in another scale, usually making it bigger) trying to imitate the original image . Then I would add darker lines in pencil, then black ink. After many redraws and erases I would have my final drawing in black ink and a really bad looking white piece of paper with many eraser marks and pencil scratchs. So I would get another paper and put it on top of my original, place a white light under my glass table to make the page translucent, and then draw the final outline lines. Then shade.
Shading is really hard. I bought a collection of pastel chalks to color my drawing and the truth is that you must really learn the technique before painting with pastels, as all the chalk dust will get everywhere and screw up your drawing. So I decided to perfection myself on pencil coloring first.
An advice is to start coloring in black pencil. Shades can look extremelly good, and its much easier than combining colors and most times looks more proffessional (since it’s easier to get good results 😉 ). The trick -even though no one says it- is to get different hardness pencils. Buy a 6B, 2B, and HB pencil at least.
Here is key:
- Use the HB pencil (or H pencil, depending your taste) to draw the outlines.
- Use the 2B pencil for soft light shadows.
- Use the 6B pencil for dark shadows.
So the key actually is not just to press harder with the pencil, but to actually change pencils while drawing.
Anyways, I was going to the fact that learning from books is a really hard way to learn drawing. Most of the times you need a person to show you were to start to draw and end each line, and books don’t give you that. I have a collection of Manga Drawing books and they are useful, I am not saying that, but there is that part that is missing.
So here, I present one of my findings:
A video that teaches you how to draw an anime face (manga, is the right word actually! Many call it anime too.)
Vango will teach you how to draw a manga character live! She draws awesomely well.
At the end of the lessons you will get to see some cats… but don’t worry, they are harmless (and add some music to the lesson). Check it out and you will see what I am saying! haha
Until next time,
P.S: If there is anything you are intrested in particular about drawing post your comments and also recommend other resources! 🙂