Drawing Manga I How to Manga Ep 1 I #MangaMonth

Drawing Manga I How to Manga Ep 1 I #MangaMonth


Hi! I’m Chie Kutsuwada I’m a originally from Japan and I live and work as a manga artist in the UK at the moment. Today I’m going to tell you how I draw manga style characters. Today I’m drawing a character which I just came up with and first of all when you are drawing you have a plan you plan in your head and also on the paper and do a lot of sketches. I usually first you roughly get the head if you draw the head the size of the head the body is usually 7 or 8 heads tall as a balance. So roughly speaking I create that with my eyes and start drawing. A lot of people somehow forget to add a neck and shoulders so be careful with that area. And think about sections of the bodies and also I’m usually don’t draw human figures with clothes on directly. I first draw some kind of mannequin you know, a naked kind of body first because it’s a manga-style character you don’t have to draw them in an extremely realistic way but you have to be careful with the body balance like with the length of limbs and how they balance with the body. Drawing bodies is always difficult but I think it’s a balance you can easily make the head bigger and somehow the palms and hands and feet way too small this is a common mistake you make when you are drawing a body. And then also when you are drawing a body you have to think of the pose and a natural pose. There are certain natural poses but quite often you end up drawing a character standing up very stiff or like when you want to draw a character running but your character is just posing and stiff and looks like they are stopping So that kind of thing is quite difficult to draw when you’re drawing bodies. I always check because, even though I’ve been doing this professionally for a long time now I still get doubts about how I draw bodies I try to be very careful about it. You need a consistency of your drawing Especially when you are creating stories you need to know how ordinary female character look or how ordinary male characters look in your story. Then if you set that average look you can make other variations for younger characters or slightly taller characters or fatter or you know And then once you set the average and you have that consistency then the world that you are drawing looks more believable which is very, very important. So I will start with the face because it’s very, VERY important So when you’re add the face first you need to know what kind of person or character this is. And then think about what kind of facial expressions this character might have. And then for the balance of the face …well… do the kind of traditional “cross-thing” and get the right balance because there’s no such thing as “one perfect balance” because it’s all about your style so some artist draw longer faced characters some manga artists go for a shorter face for cuter characters it’s totally up to you but my recommendation is don’t be afraid to make mistakes and adjust it just draw and draw and draw until you get the right balance of it. Now I’m adding detail for the costume Why I didn’t draw the costume first is because you always have to remember that under the clothing there is always a body and for me I need to know there’s a body so I draw the body first then I’m thinking about how the costume sits on that body and how it’s creases and everything look. Now I need to rub out a little bit because it’s getting too complicated now. Why I am using this feather? It’s just to try to do less damage to the paper so no oil from your hands gets on the paper. Ok, so I’m going to add a little bit more details before inking Some of you already know this but this character is not entirely human This has a tail Ok I’m adding a little bit of background now But you don’t have to use rulers and calculate everything at the end of the day if it looks right that is what’s important. It’s not like if it’s… even if the number is correct if it doesn’t look right, it’s not right So trust your eyes which I’m trying to do now. So this is a vanishing point And I quite often hand draw this kind of thing without using a ruler because if… it really depends on what kind of drawing you like sometimes if you use rulers too much your drawing looks a little bit too… mmm… how do you say…. too cold or too stiff. The question I get most is “how do you draw hands?” I’ve done quite a lot of workshops but I’ve never had a workshop without someone asking “how can I draw hands?” and my answer for that is always “I’m sorry but hands are…. …it doesn’t matter if you become a professional hands are still very difficult to draw.” But one bit of advice from me is when you are drawing hands first of all know what makes a hand a hand. We have a palm we have a big muscle here the thumb is shorter this finger is always longest and that kind of thing. You need to know that kind of anatomical thing about hands. Then maybe you should start drawing mitten-kind-of-hands first And then also look at the differences. Use your hands. Take photos of your hands doing the pose I always do that when I’m drawing quite difficult hand poses or positions I still look at the differences or ask my friends to do the pose or I do it myself. I still find drawing hands is really, really hard. And because sometimes I use my hands as a model my character’s end up having chubby hands so I have to change it later. So I’m quite satisfied this Ok. I think I’m almost done with the pencil stage. I’m going to do inking with fineliners next Hey! Thanks for watching! We have something new for you next (this) Thursday It is the theatre curtain 17 metres! Fantastic! from 1880. The video is short, but sweet. So put down your G-pen stop drawing manga – just for a little bit on Thursday and stay tuned. Here. Thursday. for the theatre curtain

18 thoughts on “Drawing Manga I How to Manga Ep 1 I #MangaMonth

  1. Not into manga nor drawing but found this fun and interesting to watch. Thank you for the experience.

  2. In case anyone was wondering, it looks a lot like she's using the Pilot Color Eno 0.7 in light blue. It's a mechanical pencil.

  3. I get why you normally want to use nonphoto blue but it would be easier to see if you used something darker.

  4. This is ridiculous – it might as well have been just an audio track. It's impossible to see what she's drawing. If this were some amateur video, I'd assume they simply didn't understand how to record videos, but come on – this is the British Museum!

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