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Posted 1/29/15
I've recently had the interest to broaden my artistic perspective outside of music into something more tangible. I'd love to be able to draw anime-style! I don't wanna do anything too elaborate. I'm not looking to be a manga artist or anything, but being able to draw really good characters would be amazing. And I think it'd open a lot of doors for me.

Can anyone here tell me how they started? Or maybe why they started? How do you feel when you finish a drawing?
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Posted 1/29/15 , edited 1/29/15
I have an art book by Mark Crilley and have used that to help me learn. I should really start practicing again. Mark Crilley also has a YouTube. I suck at drawing, but I want to learn. A friend of mine is the one who suggested Mark Crilley to me
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I'll have to look that up. That would be great! I'd love to be able to draw my favorite characters in my own pictures. Posters to hang on my walls and stuff lol.
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I would love to draw like that, but I'm no good at it. I spent most of my time in high school drawing graffiti, and I got pretty good it. It just took time, and baby steps. So my advice is to go simple, don't worry about the detail yet. Keep it nice and simple. Good luck dude!
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Thanks a ton Noodle! It's just a little side project I wanna work on. I do tend to pick up artsy stuff really easily though, so I'm having some high hopes for it!
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First, find something you really like, and latch onto it like a lamprey. You're going to need to leech a lot of talent to get started, so who better than that plump trout who's good at catching things with its hinged jaw?



After spending a good chunk of your time using someone else's style to gain footing, you'll want to expand your horizons, looking onward toward your terrified targets, with love and affection and a tad bit of seething hunger.



Don't fret if you've yet to take in the necessary amount of blood and organs you need to move on your own, mainly because there will always be a need for new and exciting flavors of grotto. However, you will fall into this stage no matter what, as even the titan that is The Oatmeal, ends up here every now and then.



Eventually, just like fatty Mc fat fat up there, you will find yourself happily going along on your own, still rampantly feasting on others.
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Posted 1/30/15 , edited 1/30/15
I legitimately have no idea what I just witnessed...
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jettyjetshow on youtube has some really good tutorials for learning. There are generally a few things you need to get down before you manipulate them into your own...
1. There are a lot of rules for human anatomy and they shift just a bit in manga format. A few tips to remember on faces that will show instant improvement.
a)pupils are drawn directly in the halfway point of the face.
b)eyes should be one eye width apart.
c)tips of ears line up with eyes.
d) nose is about half way between eyes and bottom of chin
e) mouth is about halfway between nose and bottom of chin.
f) head is generally about 1/8 of the height of the entire body.
These are loose rules that you can change in time but it's just the basics to learn.
2. Learn 1-point, 2-point and 3-point perspective drawings. Easy to learn and look great, it's a good way to test everything you know and find new techniques for things like shading. Just youtube them really fast and you wouldn't believe how much they can help.
3. learn different types of filling techniques. Stuff like crosshatching helps fill a picture and shades very well if you can use it right but there are things like small accent marks to tack on that just help fill the character. Naruto was really great at that part IMO.

Once you have got some of the basics down the best way to set your drawings a notch above the rest for manga specific style (though of course it help immensely in all, but really pushes it over the edge in manga) is LINE VARIATION . Learn to add different thickness to your line correctly and there is no end to how much it can help.
Hard bold lines towards the bottom of an object help add weight to the object and make it look like it has mass.
Lighter lines placed correctly can help show lighting.
Line variation is an excellent way to put depth into any drawing as well and make it look more three dimensional.
Mixing line variation correctly helps make a softer fleshier figure and coarser fabric clothing.
Learn it, learn it, learn it!!!!
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Punk_Mela wrote:

jettyjetshow on youtube has some really good tutorials for learning. There are generally a few things you need to get down before you manipulate them into your own...
1. There are a lot of rules for human anatomy and they shift just a bit in manga format. A few tips to remember on faces that will show instant improvement.
a)pupils are drawn directly in the halfway point of the face.
b)eyes should be one eye width apart.
c)tips of ears line up with eyes.
d) nose is about half way between eyes and bottom of chin
e) mouth is about halfway between nose and bottom of chin.
f) head is generally about 1/8 of the height of the entire body.
These are loose rules that you can change in time but it's just the basics to learn.
2. Learn 1-point, 2-point and 3-point perspective drawings. Easy to learn and look great, it's a good way to test everything you know and find new techniques for things like shading. Just youtube them really fast and you wouldn't believe how much they can help.
3. learn different types of filling techniques. Stuff like crosshatching helps fill a picture and shades very well if you can use it right but there are things like small accent marks to tack on that just help fill the character. Naruto was really great at that part IMO.

Once you have got some of the basics down the best way to set your drawings a notch above the rest for manga specific style (though of course it help immensely in all, but really pushes it over the edge in manga) is LINE VARIATION . Learn to add different thickness to your line correctly and there is no end to how much it can help.
Hard bold lines towards the bottom of an object help add weight to the object and make it look like it has mass.
Lighter lines placed correctly can help show lighting.
Line variation is an excellent way to put depth into any drawing as well and make it look more three dimensional.
Mixing line variation correctly helps make a softer fleshier figure and coarser fabric clothing.
Learn it, learn it, learn it!!!!


Thank you so much for this! This is a massive help and I really appreciate it!
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Thank you so much for this! This is a massive help and I really appreciate it!


No, problem at all. If you have any questions or want an opinion feel free to message me on here or IG: Chuuni_Art (not to make cheap plugs at my IG ) I generally love talking art with people so hit me up.

Posted 2/3/15
Why I started? It was just the most natural thing for me.

How I started? I just drew existing characters that I liked then eventually decided it was time to work on original stuff and practiced anatomy a couple of years ago which is mad important.

Just mimic people you like for awhile and then find a way to make it your own. I want to say "don't try too hard" at the whole making a style unique to you because I've read people's attempts online and it feels so forced but it does take effort to make a style of your own so… Don't try too hard but try as hard as you can. You'll understand if you do it right, I guess.
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Watch a bunch of tutorials on youtube, practice as much as you can, and don't get discouraged if your art isn't turning out the way you want it it to, just keep on drawing!!
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