Mark Crilley takes on another manga character in this manga drawing†tutorial. To make the tutorial extra special he draws the†Chibi manga character but combines the picture with a decorative element which could serve as a nice gift card to give someone.
With his pencil he begins drawing the head shapes of the manga character before slowly progressing into a stylish spikey haircut. All of theis is done in relatively light pencil work so he can go over any areas which he feels are potentially out of proportion. The card and decorative element of this video has already been pre drawn and inked in before hand and so the Chibi manga/anime character is drawn straight into the box to the side.
Mark Crilley mantions how guidelines aren’t used as much in Chibi manga as they are when drawing conventional manga where the detailing is often much higher with regards to the outfits they wear and the facial expressions they use.
Once he is satisfied with the head shape he goes on to draw the mouth in an open position to imitate the character screaming and also places the eyes at horizontal angles just as lines. In Chibi manga this often indicates laughter or excitement but in this video it will represent crying.
There is no nose in this drawing which again is very common of Chibi characters. He goes in with further pencil detailing when he draws the tears which are exaggerated in size to add a fun element to the sketch. All the features in a Chibi drawing are very simple and often come across as very cute so it isn’t long before Crilley reaches for his black Prismacolor to firm up the outline on his Chibi character.
What you will learn from Mark Crilley in this video are the basic underlying principles which are required to draw competently. Line work and feature placement are the biggest factors in this online tutorial but there is also a small amount of basic sketching to firm up the drawing.