Mark Crilley: How To Draw Manga Hairstyles On Boys And Girls

Advanced, Beginner, Drawing, Featured, Pencil | 16 Sep, 2012

Another cracking art tutorial for all you manga fans. In this video you will learn how to draw in pencil four completely different hairstyles for both the male and the female manga character.

Crilley is an expert in conjuring up ideas in the world of anime so be sure to give this video a thorough screening if you want to be on the top of your game with creating and drawing anime. The top two characters are drawn in real time so you can follow easily at your own pace so have your pencil ready to follow Crilley’s easy to follow ‘how to’ approach.

Like nearly all of his creations he uses basic geometric shapes to act as a guideline for him to elaborate and create his freestyle art work. The hair styles he displays in this video are a mixture of long and cropped so he is really covering all bases here, so grab your drawing kit and have a go yourself!

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    1. Wow! 8o I love your drawings! Thanks for making these tutorials they really help ; ) Do you think you can do a tutorial on how to draw different backgrounds, like a forest background or an ocean view background? Thanks! πŸ™‚

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    2. LOVE YOU MARK!! You taught me everything I know! Since you inspired me, maybe I could inspire you! If you have the chance, will you watch my videos? I’m the one with the darker hair. (it’s me and my friend) Maybe in some of my videos, I could show some of my anime! Please watch and subscribe. Watch our information video to find out what our show is all about, mainly we do dares, you can give us dare ideas or anything you want us to do! Thanks!

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    3. OMG mark, you are awesome πŸ™‚ I just found your videos today and Im learning to draw to. Thank you for taking you time out to draw this for us πŸ™‚ I tried drawing one but it was like a monkey. ( just to tell you, im really bad at this.. πŸ™‚ But yeah thanks and I really enjoy reading your books. thanks

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    4. They just decided not to try. I’m THE worst at drawing hair, but when I followed along with this tutorial, I drew the first one and it looks pretty darn good (haven’t tried the other 3 yet, too tired to do so. It’s really late XD)

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    5. hm.. didnt you used to have a tutorial on how to draw the two female faces on this? ? i remember trying to draw them ages ago (lol) and i really wanted to try and learn it again and perfect it.. i hope the video didnt get taken down T_T’ i cant find it anywhere o;

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    6. I’ve found that Mr. Crilley’s video’s don’t teach me anything… And yet they help me improve immensely. Let me explain. Whenever I watch, I think, “Damn, I wish I was as good as him…” and then by the third or fourth video I’m all “Screw sitting and watching, I’m gonna go practice!” So even though I’m not following the tutorials verbatim, they still inspire me to draw. Thanks, Mark πŸ™‚

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    7. Well, no matter, just practice πŸ™‚ I personally have a notebook that is for drawing only, and i draw regularly at school… My drawings kinda suck compared to all the pros out there, but I still like to do it, and it makes me happy when I finish a drawing… It doesn’t matter if you’re good or not, if you like it, just do it, just by doing it you’ll get better at it πŸ™‚

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    8. Well Asian to me, someone who was born in Asia, Asian blood ( 100% ), knows Chinese, Japanese or Korean.I am “Asian”, and its even insulting that you would call it “asian” because even Indians, are Asians yet you distinguish them differently, remember there are multiple types of Asian, meaning that Japanese itself should be on top….

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    9. by watching other peoples manga drawings that people mad I get an idea of what I should draw I don’t know why but Mark Crilley just only seems to give ideas. I still won’t unsubscribe him I just might only watch his new videos, its only the people who are above my level they aren’t to high above my level they inspire me to draw more manga, I get this twist in my stomach when I watch them I sorry Mark Crilley it just seems tutorials just seem non-inspiring to me for some reason I’m sorry.

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    10. Anime artists don’t take the time for details, but they do color and hell, they make moving pictures o-o Manga artists draw pretty details that might make you stare (drool) a little longer at a picture. Don’t have a battle of the artists… It’s all about art.

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    11. Hi, Mark!! Your videos are awesome, they helped me a lot!! do you think you can do a video on how to draw braids? Cause i want to make this hunger games fanfic thing for a friend of mine. Just a suggestion, AWESOME VIDEOS!!!

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    12. Enfoirι…t’as un compas ou une rθgle implantι dans ta main ou quoi ?! Tu dessine trop bien ^^ enfin bref…j’ai des progrθs ΰ faire…Et merci pour cette vidιo continue comme sa mec :)(Trθs impressionnant tes traits prιcis, moi je tremble en permanence…)

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    13. You oughta make a bunch of how to draw books. One for each aspect of characters: Clothing, faces, hair, poses, character placement, scenery…I have a book with all of those in one, but one book for each of those would go so much in depth, and be so helpful

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    14. Hey, could you upload a tutorial on how to draw those base heads? I’m new to drawing manga style (in fact, just new to drawing in general). I watched your “eye placement” tutorial and did a fine job if I say so myself, but that’s the only head I can do…Can you help?

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    15. I’m making a manga/comic, and i’m not sure HOW i should make the panels, what material i should use for the cover and back(i dont want to publish it, but i want it to sort of look like it was published…) if you can, PLEASE help me out here….~Madoka chan =(

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    16. Hey Marc, Can you do a video again about all the basic face styles its awesome that we practice all the advanced stuff but we sometimes forget the basics like the face and hair so can you do a video about it plz. .Rate if you agree.

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    17. Hey Marc, Can you do a video again about all the basic face styles its awesome that we practice all the advanced stuff but we sometimes forget the basics like the face and hair so can you do a video about it plz. .Rate if you agree.

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    18. Mark, you are amazing! How can I get in contact with you? I want to become really good at anime, and there’s no one who teaches with simplicity the way you do. Anyone can grasp things from you because of the way you teach πŸ™‚

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    19. Is it alright if, in my first drawing tutorial, I put a link to one of your manga tutorials in the description? I want everyone to know how awesome you are. XD Even I look up to you, and I’m not easily impressed about drawings, being a manga artist myself. πŸ™‚

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    20. The first one that you started with reminds me of a girl version of Aang the Avatar! Avatar The Last Air Bender, come on people…. I’m not alone on this one…………………… or, maybe I am……………… yet again. Love your drawings! ^-^-FDOB

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    21. hey mark i commented once on 1 of your vidoes and i asked you which software should i use if i iwanna start drawing n the pc and you told me gimp or some thing but i really want to learn how to draw manga by hand i made some drawing but they dont come near to the level you draw i have the most problems with drawin simetric eyes and drawing a nice hair

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    22. Well done! This honestly helped so much, it gave me so many pointers and tips, and I actually feel inspired! By the way, I noticed how you held your pencil, your fingers were far up, and your index finger bent like that. You’re double-jointed, right? Is that possibly a good way to hold your pencil when drawing? I hold my fingers very close to the brown part of the pencil. Once again, lovely job and I’m looking forward to watching more of your videos! You just earned a subscriber!

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    23. i drew the first person and then i showed it to my step-mom and my dad and then my dads friend was there to and they all said that i couldn’t have done better. then my step-mom leans over and says “what is up with your hair” any way thnx alot!!!!

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    24. Hey mark. Hows it going?I love the drawings and have found your videos really really helpful. But one question.Im after a new set of pencils and wanna get it right and buy somethin i can use and get used to. Was wonderin what pencils you use? If you could get back to me with what you use and recommend would be great. Thanks πŸ™‚

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    25. umm….what tools did u use to make the base of the anime heads and their hair n everything? my mom is gunna take to to a art’s supply store and i need the right tools to make sum perfect anime because im extremely good at it! πŸ˜€

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    26. Your drawings: BEAUTIFUL!Mine: A menace for human eyes :SAs for the spiky hair:Me: Wow, it looks a little… messy :SYou: “If you want to keep your character’s hair from looking like one big mass make sure that you do choose a point or part where the hair is originating from…”Me: (looking at the drawing)… dammit…. πŸ™

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    27. Can you do human/animals hybrids like foxes, cats, snakes, spiders, and other hybrids from Japanese myths & legends. Also can you do mecha/human hybrids & any weapons & military stuff? With that I’ve set the challege before you.

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    28. @irio3333 >> Ur only jealous or what? Like this person have talent. I don’t even know why the fahk you’re here for if he “sucks” that much. Go get your own life before going on the internet. I wach his video because the fahking retarded has I am suck at drawing and wanna learn so shh.

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    29. hey can you please draw Asa’s hair from Shuffle! please. But not normal hair, at the end of the series something happens and im not going to spoil it but her hair grows. so what she does with it is make this huge ponytail and i want to learn how to draw it. thanks πŸ™‚

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    30. Hey,dumbass why would you say anything about him,his drawings are spectacular.Your probably jealous because your drawings sucks a lot of dicks and his obliterates yours.DUMBFUCK!!! ARE’NT YOU THE DUMBFUCK FOR HATING THIS OUT OF 1,000,000 VIEWS AND 10,000 LIKES!! YOU NEED A LENS THERAPIST IF YOU THINK HIS DRAWINGS SUCKS OR YOUR TOO SPECIAL EDUCATED TO FUCKING UNDERSTAND MANGA!!

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    31. Why do I even talk to dumbasses like you man,just kill yourself man please.The world would be a better without dicklickers like you.PLEASE JUST GIVE A WORLD A FAVOR PLEASE!!!! Or just stop being a dick.You are what you suck right?

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    32. I agree he should stop watching the videos, but the internet is a place of criticism and opinion. This isn’t kindergarten where the “don’t say anything at all” rule applies. He has his own right to say what he wants as stupid as it may be.

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    33. have you tried drawing your friends but in a anime style πŸ˜€ that would be awesome im sure lots of people would love for you even to draw them too, they send a pic of themselves to you and then you draw it πŸ˜€ id like pay you somehow!

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    34. I’ve been watching your videos for awhile and they are so helpful as I have been drawing manga characters and stories. However, I’ve noticed that the first boy you drew on this video looks almost EXACTLY like the protagonist of the story I’ve been working on since I was 10 (though I admit, you’re better at drawing him than I am, heh heh). I just thought that was pretty cool. If I make a “how to draw” video or finally get a deviant art account, would it be alright to send you a link?

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    35. cuase most of us are trying to learn how to draw and he knows this. if he draws things tooo good know one would be able to draw what he draws. this is for amateurs and it has helped me a lot since im a casual drawer. so fuk offf.

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    36. yep πŸ˜‰ i also speak 3 languages (tough my english writing could use some practice) and i can also play the piano as well as im verry inteligent and creative, also im in the medical highschool πŸ˜› so YES i AM full of myself and i think thats awesome πŸ˜€

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    37. yes, im verry good at animals and plants humans are just very hard, and also i learned how to draw verry good manga faces in a few hours, and art isnt neccesarry drawing, it can be playing an instrument too πŸ˜› or modeling clay πŸ˜›

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    38. Please do a video on noses! i want to use a more “sturdy” looking nose for my male characters, and i know some noses like that…. but i always don’t know how to do it at a front view! help me, mark crilley; you’re my only hope.

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    39. hey i absolutely love to draw but im not gonna lie im not that good like i dont know i follow the steps it just doesnt look as good as it should and when i follow your videos it really helps but can you please make a video with a tutorial on the hair and the face an possibly sholders because it seems like certain hair goes better with certain emotions i love to draw i have potential i wont give up but please help me and i just hit subscribe thank you hope you help me

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    40. ATM there is 172 people who dont like this video ??? how can u not like this . . .the guys artwork is clean and smooth and his voice and mic are clear. . . 10/10 for teaching man dont let those 172 people get you down they prolly just cant draw and raged ur dislike button!!! great vid

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    41. My wife and i were very ecstatic that Emmanuel maanged to conclude his inquiry while using the ideas he came across while using the weblog. It is now and again perplexing to just continually be giving away information some others have been trying to sell. And we fully grasp we now have the writer to give thanks to for this. The explanations you have made, the simple site menu, the relationships you will help foster it is mostly powerful, and it is facilitating our son and the family believe that the subject is enjoyable, and that’s very serious. Thanks for the whole lot!

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    42. If you were really talented you wouldn’t need help at drawing faces neither would they be such a huge pain. Btw making a manga face in an hour is no big feat, it’s simple and easy (especially if it’s one you saw someone else drawing it). Making a face with lots of details in one hour or so (final fantasy characters for example) is a challenge. My 11 year old cousin who has no clue at drawing can draw a decent manga face if he sees a video with instructions. No offense ofc.

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    43. Mark Crilley, you my friend are one of the most insperative people ever (Sorry if that doesn’t sound right, but I can’t spell too good.) It’s because I’ve been watching your videos that I draw all the (failed) anime sketches I do today. Don’t stop making these videos

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    44. I said that faces alwas used to be a pain, im talented for other thing, esoecuall dragons and tribals, just becouse im talented doesnt mean i need to be tlendet IN ALL things πŸ˜› ok i understnad that you say you 11yo bro can do it, but trust me (and i dont take it as offense πŸ˜€ ) i was really terrible, i watched the vid, i learned it and now i can do it mself πŸ˜›

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    45. I don’t think he was trying to show off or say He was better than anyone else. Hes simply stating hes more confidant in his drawings and is improving all thanks to the help of Mark Crilley. I myself can see drastic improvement in my art and I’m very appreciative he gives anyone the time of day and make these videos. I don’t think he would like to see his viewers insulting each other over improvement he’s made possible.

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    46. People’s please check out my vids about manga and tutorials, I’m a 11 year old artist and jus want people to check out my vids and critique my art so plz plz plz check out my manga and tutorials!! Thank you Ll for your time and respect!!(ps I also draw in the style of arina-senses, Author of full moon wo sagashote)

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    47. So arrogance is just SAYING you’re a talented artist even though you actually admitted to having flawed art?Arrogance would be saying “I’m better than everybody at drawing” not “I’m a talented artist but faces used to always be a pain.” -kufkuknightThere’s a fine line between arrogance and confidence, sir. I myself am quite the artist but I have the silliest mistakes and plenty of flaws and no problem admitting such. Is that arrogance? No. It’s acceptance and confidence.~

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    48. Manga (???) are comics created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language.Quote wikipediaTechnically, one can create manga if they are American as long as they know enough Japanese and their slang to do so. Right?But yes, Mark is only making manga styled comics in this case, seeing as he normally doesn’t use much Japanese if any in his comics.

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    49. I just finished rendiag this book and found so many questions answered to my family’s past. My gg-grandfather went of to fight in the Civil War and never came back. He was assumed dead but once we started to genealogical research found he had started a new family. His wife remarried but her son from her first husband never lived with her once the census was restarted. I always wondered why he lived close by but not with them. Your book gave me a possible answer to that questions. Thanks.A very enjoyable read that I have already recommended to two friends who are Jane Austen fans.

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    50. Thanks for giving your ideas here. The other elemnet is that any time a problem arises with a computer motherboard, people today should not have some risk involving repairing this themselves for if it is not done properly it can lead to permanent damage to the complete laptop. In most cases, it is safe to approach your dealer of any laptop with the repair of its motherboard. They’ve already technicians who’ve an skills in dealing with notebook motherboard issues and can get the right analysis and accomplish repairs.

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    51. I can’t even believe that You are 47 years old) and that’s wonderful that Your attitude to the painting is so careful and kind of “carried away” like a little boy. I hope You will continue Your work and show us Your other masterpieces later) Hallo from Russia!)

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    52. I was already calm. And how can one know if something over the internet is a joke or not? Some people have trouble telling either way in the first place so overreactions are inevitable in all cases.I also can’t tell if you read any of the original comments correctly if at all…

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    53. So you were calm. Good. I agree, you couldn’t tell if it was a joke. But my comment was just to inform you, and anyone else that was going to bring the comments up again. Yes I did click “show comment”, just in case someone tell me wrong. My comment wasn’t really built for a reply, okay?

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    54. Thank you so much for these tutorials. I’m watching and following any of your videos, that’ll help me. Your Head Shape and Facial Features video…Oh My God!!!! Thank You so much for that. I follow that video and next this video. I quit drawing free hand anime and manga becauseI sucked so much at it. I recently am going back to drawing anime all over my old notebook with extra paper, and now my drawings are amazing compared to my old ones. Also, the two male characters in this are pretty much me

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    55. I heard you say you were using a black colored pencil, but then you used a regular old pencil for shading. Have you tried some of the Prismacolor pencil sets? I personally use the Prismacolor mixed media set for all of the drawings that I do. Your drawing is so awesome by the way!

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    56. thank you mark for inspiring me and giving me examples and ways to draw manga. i appreciate how much you do for us and for others. you are one of the greatest manga artist i know and i hope for you to keep doing what your doing.

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    57. Different people have different way of learning. Some people learn better by watching, others learn by listening, and others by reading. That’s why good teachers approach a single subject in various ways. Lectures and practices being some of them.

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    58. true, but some subjects, like math, can’t be understood through theory. A teacher can talk about how to solve for the area under a curve all they want, but the student won’t be able to apply that knowledge to a math problem unless he actually sees a similar problem being done by the teacher. btw, this is a friendly argument; I’m just sharing my view on this. No hard feelings πŸ˜€

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    59. are you people kidding me! this is a “how to do” video and all i hear is I put a line here and put a line there. that doesn’t really explain much if you ask me. also, you can’t explain how to ACTUALLY draw hair in a simple 10 min video ether. there is a LOT that goes into drawing hair as in gravity wise including manga gravity wise. physicals into it man!!!! and i’m not a hate, just explaining the true. i have bought one of his books.

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    60. for explain, when he is shading the hair, you must keep in mind of spacing,placement, and lighting which explains which places are dark then others as you can see him shading in more down back in the lower areas of her hair sense the lighting is most likely coming from above her. there, that’s your lesson for shading. congrats

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    61. hey i love your art and tutorials its been a great help. i have a question could you possibly explain how to get a book mass produced and possibly a video of how to make a manga with an actual cover because everytime i find a video they use printing paper and staples -_- thanks

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    62. A thought a lot of that would be either common sense or you’d learn that yourself eventually…This is just a basics video after all, not some two hour step-by-step tutorial. And as you’ve said already, if you really want to delve deep into drawing like this, then you could buy a book that explains it in much greater detail.

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    63. The first guy’s more of a brooding type of guy, not your average guy that you’d normally see. Also, another thing I’ve noticed is he kinda reminds me of those old, ancient tales where the men wore traditional Chinese men’s garments, such as the men of the village. The men of every village had the traditional men’s garments where the women more/so had the traditional Chinese women’s garments. This guy looks like he could fit right in with those ancient tales.

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    64. The men don’t look too peppy. In fact, the first one looks more brooding, where the second guy looks more evil, more of a mean type of guy, not the type of guy you’d want to be around. He’d probably attack you if you came anywhere near him, as he’d probably throw a punch and probably KO you with one good blow to the head.

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    65. Hi Mark, I know you get a lot of comments and your a very busy man, but I was wondering, Im wanting to go to school to get some art instruction, mostly drawing, painting, and inking. Are there any programs on line that you can recommend? Thank you.

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    66. Portraits draws Julia Waic. Look at the video it is certainly not a professional but I think worth seeing πŸ™‚ I think that if people would watch her ??videos, they will be professionally soon πŸ™‚ We just have to maintain it, that she would continue to develop his talent πŸ™‚

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    67. Mark! I’m a very large fan of your drawings! I’m 11 and I was wondering how long were you learning to draw manga? And can I ask you can you try and draw a Lion or a White tiger/Leopard? Please I would really Love that! Thank You πŸ™‚

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    68. Well, obviously, I’m not Mark but seeing as this vid was uploaded three years ago and I’m not sure if he’ll reply I’ll try to help. Seeing as there are no standard art courses that are the same everywhere, it varies from school to school (or collage, depending on your age). I would just research all the schools and collages near you (again, whatever fits your age), I’m sure you can find one that has a part time art class on certain days that you like the look of. Hope I helped πŸ™‚

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    69. Are you an artist? Like, well, obviously you most definately ARE an artist! But is it your job? If not, it should be! How long has it taken for you to be this good? I always imagine really awesome, cool, drawings but they never work out how I want… πŸ™

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    70. I am amazed a your skill, I love to draw, and my friends call me talented, but comparing with you, I’m like a my little cousins (they are 4 and 1) well, luckily I have umm… well a lot of time to improve, judging by the fact that I’m almost twelve.

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    71. I have watched a lot of ur videos and u have inspired me to draw my own manga I love to write and have been writing a script for about a year now and I’m finally going to draw it , my manga probably will never be published but just the taught of having ur work drawn out in front of u , makes me feel freakin awesome So thank u for all ur help ur a big inspiration

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