Mark Crilley: How To Draw Female Manga Eyes
Mark Crilley is back with another instalment of how to draw the manga eyes. In this art tutorial Crilley tackles an old video which was earlier done in a poor resolution and this time has taken the advice of his fans and produced a video in HD for the most popular question asked of ‘how do you draw manga eyes’.
When people hear the name Mark Crilley they instantly think of anime and manga. Manga has become very popular over the last decade with more and more people wanting to be able to draw their favourite characters as well as create their own. This is where Mark Crilley has really come into his own and created a vast archive of easy to learn from manga drawing tutorials.
This drawing tutorial begins with Crilley sketching out the young girl’s face in a time lapsed approach to a near complete state where only the eye section remains for development. This video drawing tutorial will have Mark Crilley drawing the manga eyes in real time for you to learn from and talk you through the necessary steps he takes to complete the young manga girl’s face.
He begins by drawing a couple of very faint horizontal lines which are slightly off parallel due to the twist of the head and the natural perspective which occurs. This basically gives Crilley a sense of how big the eyes should be in relation to the rest of the head. Finding and drawing the placement of the left hand eye is the next step he takes. He describes the shape of the eye as a ‘kind of smooth triangle, or a heart on its side’ so while he is drawing the eye he must consider this at all times. Manga eyes come in many shapes and forms and this example from Mark Crilley is just one style which works very well for him in his manga drawings and characters so it is very likely that you could elaborate on this with a subtle change and have your very own unique style of manga eye. He draws the outer ring of the iris and begins to press harder on the pencil to start progressing to a definite form for the eye. Because the manga character is looking back at you the iris has to be drawn as an oval as well as being placed to the corner of the eye. If you don’t follow this rule then the perspective will be off and the character will appear to be looking somewhere else.
Mark Crilley explains that a lot of people have trouble drawing the second eye because it doesn’t appear to match the first eye. In this video the angle of the young manga girl is probably about 30 degrees away from us so the second eye shouldn’t be drawn exactly the same as the first eye at all, instead it should be compressed both vertically and horizontally to fall in line with the natural laws of perspective.
Before Crilley goes into any further detail with the eyes he demonstrates how to draw the placement of the eyebrows around your manga eyes. On this style of manga drawing the eyebrows have been placed high above the top of the eye but do not impose on the middle section of the face, so the face still remains elegant representative of a young manga girl.
Crilley now goes on to zoom into the eye area and begins by drawing a small fold above the left eye to represent the upper eyelid. This style of manga eye will include two highlights within the eye but it is up to you whether you want less, more or none at all, it is again down to your personal preference for drawing manga and what works best for your own manga characters. The highlights are the white areas that remain white even after you have shaded everything else in the eye region. Crilley mentions at this point that this is a fairly exaggerated manga eye so after he draws the outline of his highlights in the bottom left and top right of the eye he draws a large pupil taking up just under two thirds of the eye. He uses his eraser to rub away a small section of outline forming the bottom left of the eye because with his style of drawing Crilley does not like to draw the entire outline of the eye for the simple reason that through trial and error he has found that ‘less is more’ in certain areas of manga sketching and drawing. The same process is repeated once again on the compressed right eye using exactly the same shapes for both the highlights and the pupils but obviously drawn smaller once again for perspective reasons.
Anybody who knows of Mark Crilley will by now know his passion for the black Prismacolor pencil which he uses to draw the finishing stages of any of his manga creations. This is his style so it is possible for you to use maybe a marker pen or some form of inks to outline and finalise your pre sketch on your manga character. He uses this Prismacolor to go very dark on the areas such as the pupil and the upper eyelid of his female manga character and uses varying grades of thickness with his line work to set off and finalise the eyes. Crilley pushes down hard on the pencil and uses a hatching motion to work the pencil down the iris starting with very dark shading at the top working down to the bottom of the eye with a much lighter pencil shade. At this point the left eye is starting to look much more complete and is really starting to take on a three dimensional quality. He reproduces the same techniques on the compressed eye, cross referencing his pencil work with the first eye to make sure he has an amount of symmetry within his pencil work.
Any of his initial pencil lines which remain are quickly erased and it is the ‘blushies’ which complete the final stages of his manga drawing. I hope you enjoyed this how to draw manga video with Mark Crilley and you can take your new found skills to the sketchbook and start creating your own style of anime and manga characters.