Mark Crilley: How To Draw A Realistic Manga/Anime Character
And here we have Anime artist Mark Crilley back with another fantastic how to draw video tutorial showing you exactly how to draw a very realistic male manga face.
He begins by drawing out a perfect square box with which he has decided to use 2 inch measurements for the edges. He draws out the grid within this square to form 9 smaller squares all of varying sizes to help set the standard proportions needed to guide you through the drawing of the manga face. The top left is reserved for the first eye and at this point he mentions the importance of these squares for helping you with line placement and layout as well as encouraging confidence with the pencil.
The top right hand square will contain the other eye but because the square has been drawn smaller the eye will appear more compact and keeps it within the laws of perspective by giving the eye the impression of being set further back than the other (larger) eye.
Crilley moves down to the mouth and discusses the difficulties of drawing the mouth and mentions how it is crucial to use faint lines on the outer surrounding areas as opposed to the hard darker line which will naturally fall in the middle of the mouth due to its obvious tonal values.
He uses a ruler to set out an almost 90 degree angle at the base of the chin to set the lines of where the jaw line will be drawn to help shape the face. The final part of this art drawing tutorial shows Crilley drawing in the hair with a nice freehand technique and then uses his beloved black Prismacolor to tackle the shading and tonal qualities of the skin to add body and dimension to his manga drawing.
This is another fantastic well narrated and easy to follow step by step drawing tutorial which provides great value for the beginner to intermediate sketch artist. Have fun.