Mark Crilley: Drawing Hands In Two Different Ways

In this video Crilley satisfies a viewer’s request by demonstrating how to draw hands in two different ways. He adopts a boxing in style to get the basic geometrics sorted before he goes on to adding details like knuckles and palms etc. One hand is male and the other is female, so the selection is there for you. Good narration as you come to expect with Crilley as he guides you through his drawing tutorials.

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    1. i think hands are pretty hard to draw yes but what helps me is this: i think about how my character would hold his hand just from the natural pose he’s in and then i hold my own hand this way and start to copy it from what i see from my hand. that works most of the time

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    2. you sir, are quite an extraordinary drawer, i’m assuming you went to college for this sort of thing, because if you didn’t, you are CRAZY talented, i mean, you are as it is, but without college education, you capabilities are off the charts!

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    3. You help me so much! I see my work improving with every page of my sketch book sense i started watcing you! Thank you SO MUCH! And i find open hands alot harder to draw then closed… Maybe another video on that ? so i can really get that down. any ways THANKS:)

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    4. How to learn to draw a hand (or anything at all) : There is no secret way to draw these things, you have to learn the way i did and this guy did. Get reference and draw what’s infront of you, not what you think you see. keep doing it till your blue in the face, drawing different things and you’ll get better, then you can draw anything and everything. its all just lines from point to point. but I stress! draw what’s there, not what you think you see, look at your subject all the time.

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    5. Hi, I try to buy to Kindle Edition (Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley: 30 drawing lessons from the creator of Akiko) on the Amazon, but “Pricing information not available.”, so & I can`t buy. :/ Can U check pls the web page?

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    6. this is true! this is the trick i did to master the drawing also got some helps from my older brother and i still remember the first thing i draw in front of me was our pet cat but i used to draw her only when she’s sleeping kinda way too hard to draw her while she’s wondering around the house at the time the first anime charecter i ever mastered to draw was captain tsubasa i remember i used to sell the tsubasa artworks i draw my self to other kids at school when i was little.

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    7. i have no difficulty in drawing the legs but some time it’s kinda hard to draw hands so i usually get a mirror in front of me so i can see the front and rear sides and do different hand poses with my left hand and draw it with my right arm.

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    8. it is hard to draw good hand / leg when u trying by yourself,get some example from those people (something like you are student and them are teacher) it is ok to copy at start,when you get used to it,start walking your own path by changing the style of your draw,study alone take more time then asking someone who know it,teacher will lead you to one point , and is left to you to start your path , successful path.

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    9. Thank you so much for taking your time, explaining what you’re doing, and pacing your video so well that someone who is unfamiliar with the concepts you’re explaining can follow along. So many videos on here go by at blazing fast speeds, the artist assuming that the viewer is an experienced artist themselves and can follow along at the same pace, whereby their “tutorial” just turns into “watch me draw something.” Your video is fantastic. Thank you.

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    10. Mark, you really inspire me to draw. I didn’t like to draw a lot until 15 years, now I’m drawing whenether I can. I think that the most important thing is patience and I learned to be patient (besides technical side of drawing) from you.

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    11. how mark draws a fist: in a series of small steps building up to an amazing picturehow normal people make a fist: step 1. punch someone in the face or punch a soft claylike structure. the mark left will look liiiiiiike~ an elephant-wait no, a fist

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    12. People normally would have to pay hundreds of dollars to gain this kind of knowledge, here we have Mr. Crilley freely giving of his time to show us how we can improve for practically free. Kudos to you, your an all around genuinely good man and artist. Thank you.

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    13. When i was younger, Mark Crilley was able to teach me to draw so well that can see anything in everything. In the first initial shape i drew for the hand, i saw a head looking sideways and i just created a character off that, thanks Mark.

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    14. “even if i tried”.. why not try, still? trust me, its no talent, it’s plainly practise… i know everybody says that, but it’s true… you’ll keep thinking you’re drawings suck, and just at one point, it will be, omg i can’t belive i drew this… trust me, just give it time, and most important, believe you can do it 🙂

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    15. I’ve been watching your videos for a while, I don’t do cartoons, but watching you do a basic outline first has really helped my drawing. I used to start out with the right eye and end up completely of the paper somehow by the time I got to the ear……such a simple thing, but not everything can be done as a straight contour, maybe after a life time of drawing (I’m just about there, actually). Thanks!

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    16. hi I just found your work and would love to see if you would be willing to do something on shading… I don’t know, explain how the shading works for those of us that it doesn’t come naturally too. I’m pretty good at drawing but it’s the shading that is giving me the most problems so nothing I draw looks like it should..

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    17. Here are a few ?’s.What do you use to draw..like everything? Whats your favorite manga?Do you live in america? (dont hav to answer)How did you become a manga artist?Can you make a 3/4 view manga tutorial?PLEASE ANSWER YOU ARE MY INSPERATION!!!!!!!!!!DONT LET ME DOWN!!!!!

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    18. Here are a few ?’s.What do you use to draw..like everything?Whats your favorite manga?Do you live in america? (dont hav to answer)How did you become a manga artist? Can you make a 3/4 view manga tutorial?PLEASE ANSWER YOU ARE MY INSPERATION!!!!!!!!!!DONT LET ME DOWN!!!!!

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    19. Here are a few ?’s.What do you use to draw..like everything?Whats your favorite manga?Do you live in america? (dont hav to answer)How did you become a manga artist?Can you make a 3/4 view manga tutorial? PLEASE ANSWER YOU ARE MY INSPERATION!!!!!!!!!!DONT LET ME DOWN!!!!!

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    20. Here are a few ?’s.What do you use to draw..like everything?Whats your favorite manga?Do you live in america? (dont hav to answer)How did you become a manga artist?Can you make a 3/4 view manga tutorial?PLEASE ANSWER YOU ARE MY INSPERATION!!!!!!!!!!DONT LET ME DOWN!!!!!

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    21. I know right.Eye’s are so easy to make its funny to me the hands could be this hard. well after messing with the thumb ennoff i got it strait and it doesn’t look the best. but its pritty good.(sorry for my english. i’m not that good at typing.)

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    22. “and wanna do now is dr. criminal I’m for the novels.” Is actually one of the captions.”and especially the middleton uncles”and my favorite, when the music plays, “but bep.” It’s nice to know that humans are still superior over computers…. sometimes.

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    23. hey how you all doing …i know its been a long time since the last time i posted something but i got this little video of me drawing mileena one sexy character from MK9(MortalKombat9) for those of you who dont have any idea what that means ..right rosa …lol…comment it ,like it ,suscribe to my channel and share it please…thanks alot and i hope you all like it… check my channel out

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    24. I like drawing, nice way to pass time, but it’s hard and I am not good. Plus every time I look something I finished it looks a little of the way I wanted it but for some reason my eyes see it as something else. I wish I had your talent, you are good!

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    25. I don’t get your question… are you asking for good pencil suggestions? I like Tigonderoga. They’re more expensive though, but you can find them pretty much at any art store or some where they sell office supplies, or places like Walmart and Target.

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    26. The first thing my husband and I did when we moved in together was look over our art work and check out the way we had drawn our hands. It is interesting to see different techniques and learn new ways to draw. Thank you for your videos.

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    27. for people whose talents are drawing, are each of them skilled in different types of drawing? Like such as yourself you can draw realistic things and more three-dimensional, and for example someone that draws cartoon stuff?

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    28. I can draw manga free hand, but Mark do you have any tips for drawing tall chibi characters because everytime i draw a tall chibi it ends up looking like manga but i want to draw a chibi not a detailed manga you get what im saying? thanks! x

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    29. Hey guys, im a 13 year old boy. That loves art. Please take a moment to read this: I have always had a dream about posting videos to youtube and get a little bit known. I’m posting out tutorials and videos to my channel. I really wanna get my channel to grow. So please go to my channel and if you could please press the subscribe button, that would be really nice. Please let this comment be at the top so everyone can see, Ps: ( i posted my first video today) Thank you guys <3 🙂

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    30. the drawing is good but u r a bit off in positioning. when making a fist, the thumb makes absolute contact with the ring finger, so if you weren’t looking to draw a cartoon/manga style hand then you may wish to change this.

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    31. Hey, I know that 80% of you wont read this but, I just wanna say that im a 13 year old boy, that loves to draw, paint and do art. But im new, and i know that noone gonna subscribe, but please take some time to checkout my channel, i only have 1 video but it will be more, so please subscribe if you like what you see, thank you 4 reading this <3

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    32. Watching you draw hands makes me jealous! I can’t use my right hand a reference anymore because I sprained my middle finger. It has a splint kind of thing on it and makes it look like I am constantly flipping people off. xD

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    33. C’est trs gentil a toi de nous apprendre de dessiner les mains, mais faut dire que tu as quand mme un sacr coup de crayon…que tu as acquis grce a des annes de dessin.Enfin j’veux dire par exemple tu fais un doigt en 2 seconde et moi je vais pas arrter de me tromper mais bon tu me diras surement qu’il faut que je m’entraine et que sa ne viendra pas tout seul et c’est ce que je vais faire ^^ merci encore pour ta vido.

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    34. Hello everyone! I am EpicOpic. I myself draw too. Id just starting drawing on youtube and Id like people too see it. Id also love to get comments on what to draw next! 😀 Im bad at ideas 3: . But I believe that I draw really good 😀 Just Advertising my videos on this great artist video. Thank you…

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    35. for ppl who dont know, if you take your index finger and your thumb on one hand, then measure your pinkie on the other hand then flip your pinkie with your other thumb keeping your index and first thumb the exact same distance apart while measuring your other thumb. youll see that you pinkie and yur thmbare the exact same size 🙂

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    36. it took me maybe 1-2hours just to get both of the hands looking SIMILAR! they look slightly like these shown on screen, but for the longest time i was angry and confused and referencing every single line i drew. FINALLY !!!!!!! ITS DONE!!!!!! I HAVE 2 HANDS THAT OF WHICH ARE NOT FULL OF BROKEN FINGERS!!!! YEY…now i hav a whole page dedicated to hands…. and nothing to put them on!!

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    37. Hi Mark,I LOVE anime and i love to watch all of your videos. I’ve tried out my own by following your videos and it came out quite well. Can you make a video on how to draw a Vocaloid which is a Japanese singer. If you do can you please reply back.Thanks so much.

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    38. I think you’re gay for saying he’s gay, I think you just want him to be gay. Sorry but you have no right to say that, you can’t even see him and you don’t know him. And if he was gay, so what. I’m straight and I wouldn’t really care, it’s about the art.

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    39. YOU wouldnt brag but HE/SHE would. is there a problem with that? is there a problem for being annoying? by saying bragging is annoying, you just insulted half of the people because i KNOW they would brag too. the truth hurts. 🙂

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    40. I need help, I’m a prodigy, and no one understands, I take art but I’m better than the teacher, I have creativity to the point which its almost overpowering, and I need lessons, from someone with skill, anyone, through Skype, I just need help, email me please!

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    41. mark crilley, man u inspire me soooo much. sometimes i just want to give up on art because people are way better than me. but i want to be just like you. doing all different types of art. right now, i only know how to draw a basic manga body (i don’t do poses because i suck at that). and a close up of the face. I’m working on the eyes. u make me jealous. 🙂

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    42. you are an idiot, not everyone is a native English speaker and offensive language is usually the last thing you learn. Also she was accepting a different opinion, she said she believed that the other guy doesn’t brag but she also said that it’s not always a bad thing to brag in her opinion. But you just couldn’t accept that opinion of hers and had to offend her. Who is the douchebag now?

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    43. I use my hand as a model , put it in the shape I want then if its still hard I draw the outline like he did pretending my hand is in a mitten then putting the details inside and erasing the left over lines . I taught myself hand drawing

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    44. The General Technique would be to use your own Hand! Just look at it and draw it!! Its really easy and the more often you try it, the more often you get much better in it!!! Thats how I do it all the time, when I need to draw more deteiled Body parts like a hand.

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    45. This is really good and helpful. Thanks. The only criticism I have is the hand-arm proportion. The arm is a bit larger than you’re drawing, but if you are a graphic novel illustrator, then I understand why you would use that style. Thanks again!

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    46. i know how to draw hands, but i at a fair distant, which fair distant for me is pretty close up, so like when i’m doing a full body drawing i always struggle with the hands, i know you don’t have to be so detailed since its further away, but that not the problem, i can draw the shape of them right when they are smaller, they just look like tubes hanging on a box.

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    47. Hi everybody, I’m twelve but can dises hand draw but I can not draw for my old beat me but your hand shit I can not stand why??? I want to be a comic or manga illustrator illustrator ferfickte but your hand I can not draw

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    48. i need some help from artists, I can draw cartoons if i see them,i can even copy real world stuff in short amount of time,but i dont like it so much, i dont like drawing and painting though i like 3d,i use 3d programs to make actual graphics,anyways what i cant do is straight from my imagination in the 3d world so i have to draw it first, i see an image draw it my way and then make it 3d…what i want to ask is what pencils to get and what markers..

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    49. OMFG!!! Bitch this is the internet! you Dont have to SPELL everything correctly! WHAT THE FUCK! stop pissing people off if u wanna correct people so damn bad go on ygs! but for a fact my grammar is perfect! understand! do i have to explain! do people a favor stop being an ass.

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    50. Hi, I’m a 18 year old artist/graphic designer and it would be greatly appreciated if you went to my facebook page and looked at my artwork. I just started my page and if you like my art, like my page so you can see more of me. I make real cool crazy stuff that you’ve never seen before. You definitely won’t be disappointed. Link is on my channel. Thank you!

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    51. Why …why why why didn’t you do better I bought brodyghost . I thought you would have done colors not but that’s all right but why why didn’t you do the book like one on your sketches by taking ten fifteen minutes on on thumbnail I do comic too but worst than yours but I was hoping it would be perfect it is but not like I was hoping but good job I’m a fan keep up the good work

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    52. @xekkddq a yep. i seriously couldnt believe when my brother say this to me. but i can show you now, my step mom used to receive an amount every month for taking some tests and surfing web. its worth a try here : bit.ly/RMtP2I?=mgzgsms

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    53. I know you get a lot of comments request ironing things but if you are reading this,I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on plain straight hair and curved bangs because I really don’t get how to do it!! Straight hair and curved bangs -Manga style would be great thanks <3

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    54. Yes there is a correct pencil grip. I’ve been a professional artist since the early 80s & when I was a art college we were taught the correct grip. There’s a reason for it too (1) It allows the artist the maximum dexterity & freedom of movement with the pencil (or brush) (2) It reduces hand fatigue. Saying there’s no correct pencil grip for an artist is like saying there’s no correct way to hold a professional violinist.

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    55. Unfortunately in the mid 80s, teachers were told not to correct a student’s pen grip (if incorrect) as it was thought that creativity was the only important factor. Thankfully this opinion is now being questioned & things like correct pen grip are being re-taught. Have a look here on Youtube. There are many videos explaining the correct way to hold a pen or pencil. You’ll find it opens new doors.

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    56. Yes there is. I’ve already explained this. Would you tell a professional golfer there’s no correct golf club grip or a violinist there’s no correct way to hold a violin? The two reasons for a correct pen grip are listed in my earlier resopnse. The reason why people don’t think there isn’t a correct grip is because teachers haven’t been teaching it since the late 70s. Type in ‘correct pen grip’ here on Youtube to find lessons.

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    57. Who cares! If he’s comfortable holding a pencil that way, then it works for him. Each artist has different things that work for them, and different individual techniques. Stop being a nazi and get over it. Who cares how you get to it, it’s the end result that counts. -,-

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    58. The thumb lengths and proportions are off. The thumb on the first hand is too short and the thumb on the second hand is placed too far up in relation to the palm.They’re still alright for graphic novels and beginners, though.

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    59. Dude. You’re ragging on EVERYONE who says there isn’t a ‘correct’ pen grip. Your opinion is not THE only opinion. Get over it. He’s comfortable doing what he does, and who cares how you get to the end result. He is being judged on his art, not his ability to hold a fucking pencil. -.- Get your head out of your ass, and stop relying on 30 year old + teachings.

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    60. Hello, I’m your fan, I am Brazilian and I am translating by google translator, many Brazilians see their videos, here in Brazil has many canals drawing, I ask you to make videos without speaking English somehow to be able to understand tambm.Obrigado !

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    61. i learn to draw hands by reading every comic and manga book i can get my hands into and practicing copying each and every one of them, and i realized that they arent as detailed at all but boxes and oval shapes, most dont look like fingers at all…

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    62. i think it’s so he doesnt smudge and make the paper look grey. at least thats what happens to me, i rest my hand on the paper when drawing so i smear it everytime. but if you hold it like that your fingers wont touch the paper

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    63. Dear viewers and art lovers,Most people skip these kind of comments, and most of you stopped reading at this point. If you are still reading, thank you! I’m a young self-taught artist, and I love to show my art to people. On my channel, I do time lapses and videos about my finished artwork. Please come check out my channel. Hopefully you won’t regret it! Give it a chance, please. Thumbs up this comment so other people can see. Thank you for your time.-ArtArtAndMoreArt

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    64. my problem with my hands is not only the shape but what bothers me the most is the sise i have to make it ! I never know how … like could you tell me if the hand should be about the sise of the head`s lenght when it`s open or something like that ???

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    65. Please post a wing video or an maxum ride character video ppllleeaassseeee by the way thank u for posting this hand viedo ot is hard to draw hands o followed your directions and it still dosent look good but its the best i have ever done

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    66. Hey i just wanted to say these video’s are so helpful. I’m a leglally Blind artist and so spacial notice is rather hard for me. I really enjoy this and it really helped. You should, as mundane as it must be for you, do some more videos with hands they are extremely helpful Maybe even do a video on how to use reference pictures. If this is an ambitious statement feel free to note me>

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    67. I just started watching and I have to say that these are refreshing set of How-to’s. I’ve been drawing for a long time [How to Draw the Marvel Way had just been published] late ’70s or so and I am finding these to be great refreshers [to repeat myself]

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    68. One question: I love all your videos and I want to buy Miki Falls but in Spain I don’t find it?? Is it only in english or is it in other languages too? 🙂 However, I love your viedoa and how do you explain it! Continue like this 😀

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    69. Hello everyone :)I recently found my own comics, that i was drawing when i was a kid :)I begun to draw them even better now, and i upload them on the internet!I would be very happy if you could watch it. The first chapter is up!!!Thank you ^_^

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    70. @fzxrwzo yep. i am lucky to get my gift mascara from maybelline for nothing. and i can tell u , is really easy to register for your gift, just give ur email and delivery address. i got it from here. you can also try it -> bit.ly/SRtZsu?=fnnvjv

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    71. Wow It’s Amazing *o* I Can’t Tell My Emotions In English (Because I’m French And I Haven’t A Good English Because I’m Just Twelve) So I Write In French And I Hope You Understand Me :)Wow C’est Extraordinaire Ce Que Vous Pouvez Faire O Avez-Vous Appris Faire Tout Cela? 😮 You Are The BEST HEROE OF DRAWING !!!!! (J’espre Que a Se Dit Comme a :D) Et Je Vous Admire ! Merci De Faire Ces Vidos Pour Nous Apprendre Dessiner 🙂 Bye

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    72. Then it seems the problem is that you want to make 2 eyes that are shaped the same way. Trust me, it’s more realistic if you don’t pursue symmetry 🙂 Just take a close look on people’s eyes. I’m not an expert but I’ve been drawing for ages now.

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    73. Hey guys! I am a 15 year old sharpie artist, hoping to one day get my works featured. I need your help though. Can you please visit my channel and check out some of my videos? Thank you soo much! I really appreciate it!

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    74. yeah. i really got shocked when i receive my maybelline beauty kit without any dime @ my home yesterday. Listen, email and your address is enough to get your mascara gift. i got it from here. you can also try it –> bit.lyWJmpkR

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    75. yep i agree. i am glad to see maybelline mascara which i got previous week as a gift from them. but i can tell you one thing, make sure you tell the address and email properly to send the giftbox. you can also get it from here –> bit.lyYsx6oc

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    76. if your a perfectionist, and your doing a 100% head on portrait view. you can draw one, then select it out, paste, then flip the new layer, and position where it looks right.if your still drawing on paper… then its a little tough to do, just need to build skill. but you actually don’t need them to be 100% exact for the face to look right, just switch your character designing to 3/4th view and you never have to worry about matching the eyes again!

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    77. (This is a good luck chain letter so read it) On the nearest Monday you will wake up in the anime you are currently watching, however this wonderful thing won’t happen to you unless you post comment this comment in 5 anime or AMVs in the next 24 hours, sorry for the chain but I want this to happen to me. The 24 hours start right now, good luck if your doing it! 🙂

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