Posts Tagged ‘daily drawing’

“Manga for the Beginner”: Manga Girl Profile

Continuing with yesterday’s drawing of a Manga Girl. Today is the profile view. After today, I’m not going to keep posting the full breakdown of steps I take since I don’t want to undermine the greatness of Christopher Hart’s “Manga for the Beginner”–even though I’m posting more broken down steps than the book does ^_^

Even still, I wanted to present a few details that are left out of the book and that I feel are really important (but I won’t republish all the great hints and tips that are throughout the book :). Again, reverse order:

Manga Girl Profile – Step 6 – Final Ink:
At this stage, I went over my 0.1 Sakura Micron pen with a 0.2–just to darken up a few places.
Manga Girl Profile - Step 6 - Final Ink

Manga Girl Profile – Step 5 – Time to Erase:
Unlike the examples in the book, I’ve left most of my original pencil in place up to this point (even the ruler guidelines and temporary structural marks). The inking here is done with a 0.1 Sakura Pigma Micron pen.
Manga Girl Profile - Step 5 - Time to Erase

Manga Girl Profile – Step 4 – Starting Ink:
I just wanted to point out where I begin inking–the flower is the frontmost object, so I figured that was a good place to start. Then the Eye and the rest of the face, followed by working into the hair.
Manga Girl Profile - Step 4 - Starting Ink

Manga Girl Profile – Step 3 – Final Pencil (HB):
Here I switch to an HB grade pencil for a little bit darker touch.
Manga Girl Profile - Step 3 - Final Pencil (HB)

Manga Girl Profile – Step 2 – Hair
Manga Girl Profile - Step 2 - Hair

Manga Girl Profile – Step 1 – Form (2H):
I like to start my drawings these days with a 2H. It’s light and a little hard (but not nearly as hard as the 6H that I used to start with). I’ve been working my way up as I become more confident in the lines I’m creating–but everyone likes to start with a different grade–some even like to start with heavier grades.
Manga Girl Profile - Step 1 - Form (2H)

I’ll probably continue to take pictures of the steps as I draw them and I might upload them to my flickr account here:

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Daily Drawing: Manga Girl

I picked up a copy of Christopher Hart’s “Manga for the Beginner”, which has a ton of great info and step by step guides for drawing manga. I’m just starting it–so here’s my take on the first lesson. I took pictures of it along the way, breaking it into a few more steps than the book had. I’ve arranged it in reverse so you can see the final product first :)

Step 7 – Ink:
Anime Girl - Step 7 - Ink

Step 6 – Final Pencil:
Anime Girl - Step 6 - Final Pencil

Step 5 – Detail:
Anime Girl - Step 5

Step 4 – Hair:
Anime Girl - Step 4

Step 3 – Eye Detail + Nose, Mouth:
Anime Girl - Step 3

Step 2 – Eye Position and Relation:
Anime Girl - Step 2

Step 1 – Basic Form:
Anime Girl - Step 1

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Daily Drawing: Strange Seed

I found this strange seed tonight at the playground. Ilya was digging up the sand, filling up a pail to make a cake and she uncovered this thing. So I took it home and sketched it a bit–and then played with it a bit too :)

Daily Drawing: Strange Seed

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Tezuka Boy + Misc Sketches

Well, it’s been one of those weekends. Yesterday, I had a totally short lunch (yes I work on Saturdays–but I get Monday’s off)–so I just drew a few random sketches. Today, I did a quick Tezuka character–though I don’t know the characters name:

Daily Doodle: quick random bits
Tetzuka Study

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Portrait: Lena Eivy (@applena)

So yesterday, I (sort of) randomly drew a portrait for my daily doodle. I showed my wife and she was like, “Why didn’t you draw a picture of me or Ilya?” and I was like, “yeah… uh… I already thought of that. That’s what I’m drawing tomorrow.” So today, here’s a sketch of my wife. Beware that it’s a bit rough and the mouth and eyes didn’t turn out like I wanted. I’m going to ease off portraits for a while before getting around to drawing Ilya. I want to focus on building more of a comic book style form–and get better at shading. I have no intention of drawing portraits very often anyway–I’m going through a few drawing tutorials and haven’t quite gotten to those parts yet. So tomorrow, no portrait.

Portrait: Lena Eivy (@applena)

I went back to the art store to pick up some missing pencils. When I first went to the art store in August, I didn’t know the difference between pencil grades and I didn’t think I even wanted to learn much about pencil shading, which I’m still working on (a lot) so I just grabbed a range (6B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 6H). They didn’t have anything beyond 6 in either direction so I figured I was getting the spread.

But I figured I should fill the gaps so I got the missing ones–or so I thought. After I left (and the store closed), I realized that when I reached into the 4H box, I grabbed an HB. So I’m still missing a 4H and I’d like to get an 8B or 9B (or maybe just some charcoal)… anyway:
(yay pencils)

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Portrait of John Griffin (Darkened)

I’ve got to spend more time with Manga Studio before I get the hang of inking my sketches but I figured I should at least pull out the 2B and 6B and darken up this one on paper:

Portrait: John Griffin - Darkened

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Daily Doodle: Portrait of John Griffin @JohnnyRingtone

My friend John Griffin (a musician from Tennessee) asked me to draw him a profile picture today. We’ll this is my first lunch break attempt:

Portrait of John Griffin

I’ll have to get some more practice turning John into a comic character as he will appear, playing guitar on the sidewalk, as a cameo in my first graphic novel.

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Daily Doodle: Faces

Got a little more time tonight to sketch so I went for a page of forward faces. Maybe tomorrow I’ll draw profile shots.

Faces 1 of 3
Faces 2 of 3
Faces 3 of 3

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Daily Doodle: Cars and Tony Chu

Continuing in the Marvel book, here are some cars. I like to sketch out with a 6H so they are pretty darn light but then I feel a little more free to just let lines go rather than be all meticulous. I want to get in the habit of drawing lots of rough sketches, scanning and inking over using my pen tablet. But I need my scanner, which is in Seattle. Soon.

Drawing Marvel Cars (light sketches)

Also, since Rob Guillory is freaking awesome and I’m totally obsessed with this comic “Chew”, which he illustrates to John Layman’s killer scripts, I figured I’d do a little learning from the master and sketch out a Tony Chu (I learn best through imitation). I love the way Rob angles features. It’s a really fun yet intense style.

Rob Guillory Fan Art: Tony Chu

You can find Chew here: (the chew blog) and here: (Amazon).

And examples of Rob Guillory’s sketches of Chew:

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Daily Doodle: Self Portrait (Quick Sketch)

Finding it tough to get time to draw around here. Had a really fun day with the family though. Got settled in the living room with bad lighting but managed to sketch this out before getting distracted again:

Daily Doodle: Self Portrait

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