With his usual cool and concise approach Crilley once again reaches for his pencils to this time take on the ‘manga’ head shape and facial features. By beginning with basic geometric shapes like the circle he is able to form all the key features of a manga/anime cartoon character. Essential skills for your sketch pad! So grab your pencils and sketchbook and learn the manga techniques to improve your style and technique in drawing cartoons.
In this video a simple step by step guide has been provided to enable you to draw a hand in the famous “Uncle Sam’s Pose”
The video has been put together in a simple way and there are also three resources that have been provided to aid you with this along the way.
1. Demonstrating the process
2. Is a link to step by step directions on the artists own website
3. A printable PDF file with big pictures and text
If at any time you need to refer to your references on your PDF file, just pause the video at the end of each step.
Now we move on to the drawing itself and how to draw it
Step 1: Make three ovals that get slightly smaller (from top to bottom)
Step 2: Put in the three connected shapes that I just added. Notice the angle that the top and bottom lines create as they slope inward towards each other.
Step 3: Observe the picture (above) and put in the four lines. Notice the direction of each of their curves.
Step 4: Put in the shape for the pointer finger. The small banana shape that you see to the left is the fingernail. Do not close the top!
Step 5: Close the shape to create the knuckles.
Step 6: Put in the triangle shape above the pointer finger.
Step 7: Close the shape at the top by connecting the top of the banana shape with the top of the triangle. Notice the creases of skin on the foreshortened finger.
Step 8: Put in the shape that sort of looks like a birds head from the side.
Step 9: Make a kite shape below the beak of the bird head shape.
Step 10: Close the shape
Now its time to shade. You will need a q-tip or blending stump for this part. The pencils that have been used are 2B and 4B and for the shading an erasure has been used.
This video tutorial successfully shows the keen artist all the different methods and techniques used to draw an extremely detailed eye in pencils. The basic shape of the eye in a simple line drawing is the basis for this video and then in a step by step manner combined with a selection of still images you will quickly learn the stages involved with drawing an eye. The correct places to use tone are highlighted around the eyelid in the drawing and other key areas are talked about. The use of both soft and hard pencils is key to maximise their different qualities, for example when drawing the eyelashes a harder pencil should be used. The video is a cracking representation of how to draw an eye in detail.
In this tutorial The artist uses Bristol Paper, HB pencil, 6B Pencil, blended stump and a kneaded eraser. Once you have the kit then you can learn the skills. With an easy to follow guide the artist shows you what you can expect to achieve with your pencils by showing the photograph from which she works and a still image of the finished drawing. In the following 15 minutes you will be fully equipped to take on your own masterpiece with all the necessary skills to take on any hair style you want!
This artist delivers an extremely thorough ‘how to’ video here where you can expect to using a variety of mediums to learn how to draw a mouth, lips and teeth direct from a reference photo.
The video is in four parts, the first part being the establishing and drawing of the basic shapes to form the lips. In the second part the artist adds the first base colors of tone to the lips and teeth and dissolves common misconceptions that teeth are separated by dark tones when in actual fact there are usually only light and medium tones. Part three is the prep work for his oil paint application and also finishing finer detailed work with the coloring pencils.
Park four shows the introduction of a Winsor & Newton medium Liquin to blend the oil paint and the waxy texture of the colored pencil to soften the impression and appearance of the lips. This is a great video for beginners and intermediates alike.
This video has been introduced to cater for a debate about the fine painting and drawing …which watercolor pencils might best present a really stunning piece of work.
I was inspired by works from an artist Debber from the USA who has produced some lovely works and is hopefully going to produce a video for this site.
Another classic art tutorial from Crilley showing you how to draw two different styles of hand in pencil. Through expert narrative and an easy step by step approach you will come out of the other side with I’m sure a hand you will be proud of. An excellent humble art teacher. He uses artistic pencils to compose his drawing onto his sketch pad first of all in a light style to get the initial guidelines and then once he is happy with his sketch he then works the pencil to produce a coarser more dominant pencil line.
In this video you will learn the basic principles surrounding perspective, in particular ‘one point’ perspective. What this means is there is a viewpoint which leads to one vanishing point. Crilley describes the understanding behind it in some detail. It would be difficult to draw for a beginner or even as a first attempt but the video is more to do with using the perspective lines and achieving correct proportions. The scene is a post apocalyptic world do could be good fun to draw. Reach for those pencils and have a go yourself.
Back by popular demand, Mark Crilley the anime and manga king this time round takes on the task of drawing two different styles of hat, one for a young girl and the other for a teenage male. Armed with his usual black Prismacolor pencil crayon he quickly sketches the characters to the point where the drawing only needs two things…two hats.
He draws the lighter lines to act as guidelines until the point where he is happy to go in to pattern detailing on the hats. Crilley likes to add pattern as it gives a sense of perspective within the sketch, they also give depth and suggest contours on the fabric of the hat. An enjoyable tutorial with clear and concise commentary from Mark himself. Grab your pencils and pad and just have a go!
In this video the artist discusses with you the range of different utensils available on the market which are needed to work at a basic fundamental level for charcoal drawings.
He discusses the range and diversity of charcoal pencils and delivers a brief summary on each of them weighing up their pros and cons, for example the sizes and their different weight and density criteria are played off against one another. He briefly talks about pencils and their graphite qualities and compares them to the charcoal pencils by discussing how they are easy to sharpen and sometimes better for outlining and early stages of finer detailing.
Next is the highlight charcoals which as you can imagine are a white charcoal composite and work directly even jet black areas of charcoal. These are relentless and great for adding body to your work so I would suggest these are a must for anybody getting in the game of charcoals.
To finish with comes the accessories low down where the blending stump, comprised of extremely tight wound cotton which is used as the name suggests only really for blending. It is better than your finger because it does not contain all those oils and grease which naturally occur on almost all hands. And finally but by no means least is your best mate the eraser, personally I would steer towards the kneaded one as it can be moulded to your desired shape to get some very fine removal of charcoal, not to mention it doesn’t leave shavings or residue.
Well hopefully this helps you on your path to being a charcoal artist, so sit back and learn the basics.