Pencil Sketching example part 2: how to draw manga tutorials

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This will not be a step-by-step of “how to draw manga easily†tutorials, as I haven’t figured the dynamics of making it simple yet. However any reader may pick up some tips on drawing

Did anyone notice that the face of the above doodle look surprisingly familiar? It was taken from my previous post here, where I was trying to let everyone see that the step-by-step method of drawing manga eyes worked well for me.

I had only completed the head of my doodle.

And then I was thinking to myself that the head looks good for me to continue on, so I completed a near full body (I wanted it to be a full body but somehow I drew on a corner of an A4 size paper, and I couldn’t continue the legs), and this is how it looked in the end.

So readers, if someone who isn’t talented to draw like me could draw a doodle, you can do it too. We just need to find out some of the basic systematic drawing of professional manga artists or comic artists, we could at least begin to doodle.

I will continue to explore on techniques to make it simple, so that everyone can learn.

How did I manage to draw such a doodle?

In the post about my first doodle art (where my manga teacher gave me her accessment of my doodle), my manga teacher was telling me that the usage of references is very important; every professional Japanese manga comic artist uses references to draw their characters.

And the source of these references can be anything you want to draw from: a picture, photo, magazines and so on etc.

16__520x440_turtleneck.jpgPicture on the left from caught in a turtleneck

This is an example of a reference to draw from. I didn’t use this exact picture, but another picture of a lady shopping in a turtleneck with denim outfit.

So looking at the reference, while maintaining the pre-drawn head before, I used guidelines to sketch out the anatomy I want, then put in the details that is needed to produce the exact turtleneck with denims outfit.

The thing to look out for is details. The picture has many details, such as the crests and folds of the cloth, how the shadows of the crests and the folds give the picture volume.

Especially for a girls’ or ladies’ chest, how to allow the shadow and the fold of the cloth be drawn accurately, so that the chest doesn’t look flat, droppy or just out of shape.

First pencil sketching example try

My first pencil sketching example of the above doodle didn’t look so well because I didn’t draw the chest of my character properly. I overtly tried to display the chests of my character, which made it look unrealistic.

18__520x440_girl003.jpgPicture on my left is my first try

After submitting for a critical review in a forum, many commented of the following things:

  1. The chests just looks awkward. That’s because even in a tight-fitting turtleneck a girls’ chest would not be so defined on the cloth. Need to take out the shading in the middle and the defining lines, while replacing it with a better sketch.
  2. The hands are abit too small.
  3. Overall, it still looks good.

So it gave me abit of confidence, and I changed the chest, and now the doodle that sits on top of the page is the final product!

Anyway, I haven’t change the hands, because I am still exploring how to make the hands look better. And I will allow my manga teacher to give me a critique about this doodle very soon.

Final words for this post

There are a few key things to note.

  1. Use a reference to draw. Drawing it out of pure imagination may not do the trick because our ideas and imagination tend to flunctuate and change while we are drawing. (Advice from my manga teacher)
  2. Always take note of details; while drawing from your reference. Every detail you can spot will make the picture look better and realistic.
  3. Be not afraid to make mistakes; its not embarrassing to want to learn.
  4. Get opinions from others to improve your work.

That will sum up today’s post. This article is edited and taken from my blog at , where I blog about my experience and learning curve of becoming a semi-professional or professional manga comic artist.


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