Mark Crilley: How To Draw People Kissing In A Pose
Here we have another excellent video art tutorial from leading manga and anime artist Mark Crilley where this time he shows you how to draw a couple kissing but placing emphasis on the pose more so than the actual kiss itself.
He begins by drawing a rectangular box roughly on a 45 degree angle and divides this with a vertical line and a horizontal line. This box will form the basis to hold the proportions of the two manga character’s heads and their upper bodies which just makes everything much simpler when you apply further detail to your drawing.
Crilley explains that the standard and most recognised shape for a manga head is almost a resemblance of a tear drop and so he draws in very lightly with his pencil two of them in the two right hand side boxes. There is an additional diagonal line drawn in which goes from the upper left to the lower right of those right hand boxes and this will be a key line to align the manga facial features especially the eyes.
The left hand boxes as Crilley explains is reserved for the male manga character’s shoulder and upper arm and also the exaggeration that is needed for the female character’s wrist in the sense that it is important to make the wrist more narrow and delicate to emphasise the male masculine body. Again this is all drawn lightly in pencil gaining all the correct proportions and as Crilley says at this stage a lot of the picture you are drawing is interpretative so really use your eye to study what you are drawing and ask yourself questions like ‘Does this look in proportion’ so that if it doesn’t it easy easy to erase and amend.
Throughout the video you will draw of a lot of features and and really get to grips with visualising how a manga pose should be drawn and if you follow Mark Crilley’s step by step instruction then I would say you will have accomplished a very advanced layout in the world of manga and anime. So reach for your pencils and get going with your romantic manga drawing.