Saturday, August 25, 2007

How to Draw Manga - Some Tips

Japanese style cartoon figures or manga has own the hearts of millions of cartoon fans all over the world. If you are like me you are also a fan of manga style. I enjoy this style of drawing very much. And let me tell you one secret you can have lot more fun by drawing beautiful manga style characters than what you can have just by looking at the art created by others.

And drawing manga is not too difficult either. No matter whether you are an expert artist or a rank beginner you can pick up manga drawing skills with some honest effort.

There are some typical features in a manga style character’s body and face. Once you are aware of these you can create beautiful manga and amaze your friends and family.

In manga style some body parts are exaggerated and some parts are represented using very simple hint-lines. Like, eyes are drawn bigger and expressive and for nose and mouth small lines are used.

Girl’s eyes are larger than boy’s eyes and most of the evil characters are drawn with really small eyes. Body is drawn taller than normal. Limbs are generally thin and long.

When drawing hair you have more than one option --you can draw lots of individual lines to represent hair, or you can use volume hair as if hairs formed a number of thick tubular structures. Both the styles are popular, use which suits your temperament and your characters mood.

Few precautions: when drawing head start with an oval shape and draw the eyes at the half way from the top if you draw the eyes above that level you run risk of ending up with a character with flat looking scalp.

While drawing exaggerated eyes make sure eyes do not cross the cheekbone this is a mistake beginners often make.