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.

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    1. mark,you should do a how to draw swords vid,and showcase a short sword fo your own design,long sword of your own design and broad sword of your own design,and have some very handy tips on drawing your own designs for swords,it would be great,thumbs up so he can see

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    2. I think a thirty minute how to draw video would be absolutely wonderful! I love all the videos you give us, and I think it would be watched far more than you might believe. Thumbs up if you agree so Mark Crilley sees this and gives us what we want!

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    3. Hello, good evening… First want to say i love your videos. I’m wandering if you could make a video of getting different poses right. When though your videos and it usually a specific pose that you did… If it a no for the video, can you suggest a way of getting different poses when you can find a good reference to the one you want. Thank, will truly appreciate it πŸ™‚

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    4. As far as I know, no book stores have Mark’s books on the shelves but if you ask out the counter, they will order it 90% of the time and then you can pick it up. I did it with Miki Falls, Brody’s Ghost and Mastering Manga.

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    5. I want to be a comic book illustrator but I’m not that good at anime or manga..I really wanna focus on manga though. Please get back to me on how to make it look realistic and where exactly to put the lines int he right place:/

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    6. πŸ™‚ this is beautiful, but it’s lacking in dimention, perhaps? what about the inner-side shoulder for the guy? and another arm for the girl? and also… why does the guy have no roundness to his butt? πŸ™‚ i dont mean to criticize, just asking, and thanks for the illustration πŸ™‚

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    7. I am an aspiring artist who just wants to be heard. I do time lapse videos on my channel. Can anyone please like or even subscribe to me? Please I just want a chance. Like this so mark crilley can see some of my drawings πŸ˜€

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    8. u r amazing ! i love drawing i’ve been drawing since forever and my friends think i’m good at it but i attend to design more than manga but it has always been i dream of mine to know to how to draw these stuff sooo i think ur magical and i would love to be ur student !!!!!!!

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    9. Never say your drawing sucks or it’s bad! Because it makes you lose your hope of becoming something big in art, I draw Halo , Call of Duty, dragons, and people and that’s hard, but when something gets messed up, I keep trying until I get it right, I bet you are a very good artist. πŸ™‚

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    10. I love your accents! they are so funny! Anyway, the other day i picked up your latest book maastering manga and i have to ay it has changed me ever since. i used to draw all the time but as i got older i kind of grew out of it. Then i started watching your AWESOME videos on how to draw and i was all like, “wow. this crilley guy is like my new favorite artist”. now that i have subscribed i watch all your videos and i read mastering manga. and now i just want to say thank you Mark Crilley!

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    11. You are an amazing artist, and I’m guessing a great writer… I’ve never read your books, but I hope I get to soon. I really wish I could draw like you, but I find these videos very helpful and I practice a ton! All free-handed, too.

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    12. Hey mark,How do you make your own comics of manga i dont know where to begin and most of all i spend much papers to draw like you, where did you learn it on a school or on youtube would you tell that please!!Lovee u drawing!!

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    13. sorry for being nosey but where did u learn and what classes did u take i am inspired to take classes, because ive always loved drawing but cant do very well freehanded. i mean i can look at a picture and draw it but i want to learn all the stuff u can do like the guidelines and stuff @markcrilley PM me if u can very much appreciated

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    14. Hello Mark Crilley,, I’ve really been a fan of yours for almost 3 or 4 years now, and over the years the question has started to come to my mind because as a kid, i usually started like any other, drawing with a pencil, then i draw with pencil and then color it with Photoshop cs5, now, i have a tablet and now i do all my things digital,now the question i wanna ask is, do you draw with pencil & and tablet?

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    15. No blushing !! It looked great without them. I mean if you over use something it’ll lose it’s affect. I read some of miki falls and I think you over use blushing throughout your manga. I Love your videos and the surfer dude thing, lol. Thank you for your time.

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    16. could u do a how to draw video on couples holding hands…? I was trying to draw a picture of my two signature characters holding hands on the beach. You know, with their backs to the “camera”? Just wondering.. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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    17. Can you please show how to do curly hair?? My girlfriend has curly hair and I want to draw her likeness in a character but i can’t make curls look right. and I think curly hair is beautiful but almost no one ever does it.

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    18. shut the fuck up you should go suck your fucking thumb easy to say when you hiding like a pussy visit him and tell him to face!! you wouldn’t get any fucking words from your fucking mouth out! this is my teatcher and he teatches very perfect!

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    19. *gives you a thumbs up* that’s pretty awesome bro but I was kinda wondering about the girls hair, wouldn’t it be like falling down infront of her face? I’m not saying I don’t like it (I really do)I’m just wondering if it’s a style thing?

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    20. Since I am nearly done with my dialogue I have been watching your videos to get my manga skills up to date so I can start doing the illustrations to my book. Hoping it will be done by summer 2013. If I get it published Iwill send you a copy mark.

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    21. Markcrilley, i know you only draw anime/manga. But could you please attempt drawing the hunter and witch from left for dead please :)I’ve searched all over youtube for a drawing video of it so if you make them you’ll be the first πŸ™‚

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    22. can’t you just substatute some part, and make little arangements to switch the genders? πŸ™‚ Like, for boy/boy, get rid of teh boobies ( x3 ) and long hair, ect. And add some stuff if you wanna make it girl/girl. πŸ˜‰ [ Just a suggestian, don’t hate me ;~; ]

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    23. You say that boy/girl is strange, to tell the truth is you wanting to know how to draw gay couples IS strange. Mostly everyone just wants to see a couple as boy/girl and that’s all people really want to see in movies and drawings. πŸ˜‰

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    24. I can give you several websites of where people ship a sole boy/boy or guy/guy couple. From fandoms, mostly, though. Name a fandom and I’ll give you it’s yoai ;D Harry Potter, Merlin, Dr. Who, you name it; theres a gay couple of every kind for it :3 and don’t even get me started on yuri…

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    25. Mark, you’re an amazing artist and you make drawing so easy for me. I really like your work and am working on getting your books. I’v drawn your crying Chibi, your other kissing people and the kissing people in this video. It’s really fun learning to draw from such a great artist. Thank you soo much!!!

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    26. Sorry i haven’t purchased your books but i thought i know i’ll make this guy my official art teacher. now that i have i’ve started my own manga series called Tasha Hanatar and if i’m stuck… I WATCH YOUR VIDOES! i’ll send you a copy if it’s published. read comment above.

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    27. Where did you learn how to draw that? School, Books, Internet, inc. I really like it but I would like to learn how to make to on my own and not constantly copy your drawings, But your videos are very useful and I appriciate it a lot.

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    28. hahah what a stupid nigger, first you tell her your black and now you’re so embarrassed to be black that you say you’re only half nigger but even 1% is bad enough so you’re a Mutt? lmfao definitely go kill yourself cuz not even your fag religion can save you

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    29. Your are an amazing anime drawer. I wish I could draw like you. I enjoy drawing, took drawing classes for a few years. I just love art and everything about it. I will check out some of your books! (: Have a wonderful day.

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    30. I don’t know whether I should reccommend someone elses’ book on here, but go on Amazon.com (in the U.S.) and look for a manga drawing book titles How to Draw Couples, by Hikaru Hayashi. Lots of couple poses, ie: hugging, kissing, walking, sitting on bench, lap, etc. Also a sex pose or two (nude, but not pornographic) Includes same-sex couples as well as straight couples. These are ‘line drawings’, very nice and simple, and covers a lot. Sellers on Amazon.com ship books worldwide.

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    31. ): I wish I could draw like you. I practice everyday, and I don’t seem to be getting any better. Your tutorials help a lot when I do what you’re doing, but when I try other things, I’m poop. Sigh~ Nice videos though, You’re funny. πŸ™‚

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    32. You are a great artist! I am so glad I found you on here…otherwise I would have no idea how to draw good anime/manga. I seriously laughed throughout the while video, because all your little comments were so funny! (: Anyways, thanks for the vid., and I subscribed πŸ˜€ I haven’t looked through all your vids yet, but if you haven’t already, can you make one on two people cuddling? Many thanks! ~

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    33. You are a great artist! I am so glad I found you on here…otherwise I would have no idea how to draw good anime/manga characters.I seriously laughed throughout the while video, because all your little comments were so funny! (: Anyways, thanks for the vid., and I subscribed πŸ˜€ I haven’t looked through all your vids yet, but if you haven’t already, can you make one on two people cuddling? Many thanks! ~

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    34. hey markcrilley, i know you probably have a lot more to do than read this comment but would you be able to show me, and the audience, how to draw a male and female kissing but the girl has her arms around him? their sort of resting on his shoulder.

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    35. New subscriber here ^^ To be honest, I watch a lot of anime and read a lot of manga, and I can draw some people (mostly naruto, bleach, and chobits) but I’d never heard of you. When I found one of your videos and watched it, I was like ‘Man, this guy has got to be a professional.’ I’d like to say that I’m am going to continue to watch your videos and I shall pick up your books very, very soon.^^

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    36. So I Watched Your Video, & I Wanted To Give It A Try! In The End, The Drawing Came Out Perfect, Thanks To Your Instructions! πŸ™‚ Your Tips On All Of Your Videos Have Made Me Improve More On My Drawings! Thank You, Mark! πŸ˜€

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    37. I’m not sure if you’ll ever get this comment Mr. Crilley but i was wondering if you could give your viewers a list of the pencils you use (as in the thicknesses etc).I noticed that you get some terrific shading going with your pencil and i’d like to emulate that if possible πŸ™‚

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    38. @LolingAtYouxD In my opinion the lack of same sex couple drawings could be boy/girl is more commonly seen as well as being more socially acceptable and people don’t want to be seen as supporting gay rights. They’re sitting on the fence, if you will, of gay rights.But I can totally see where you’re coming from. Just my two cents.

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    39. I do understand that, that it is more common to see boy/girl drawing pairings. But I don’t believe it’s right to have ALL drawing pairings be that. I’m not insulting this artist’s videos, nor am I putting any other work on youtube down, but I think that it’s disgusting we live in a society where only one kind of couple (despite there being many) is “socially acceptable” enough to see or to draw. People are people, and art is art, it shouldn’t matter what sex they are.

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    40. He said in one of his vids that if you want to make sure that your comment is read, you have to post it on his newest vid within the first few days after uploading. for example, his newest vid was uploaded two days ago. post your comment there and you have a better chance of him reading it πŸ™‚

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    41. I love the brody’ s ghost book please tell how to do comics cause I’m good with manga and I did a story on manga named my best friend is a vampire and are we alone so please show me maybe you can see it and see how you like it or help me with the drawing if you think it is good

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    42. I love this video and I wanted to ask you if u could please make a video that showed a guy sitting against a wall and a girl is leaning on him and they are kissing cuz Im tryin to draw it but I don’t know where to start and I need your help….I’m beggin you please make this video

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    43. BRO…u r like the bob Ross of manga, I wish somebody could put u on tv like they did to Mr. Bob Ross, they would have a HELL of a rating with Ur show…u r amazingly good n fun to watch…have u ever talk to a tv producer??? U deserved more than just a youtube channel!!!

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    44. “December 24 at 8:00 in the morning a young 14 year old boy by the name of Scott Johnson was found dead.Doctors couldn’t figure come up with the cause of his death.His mother checked his emails to see if she could figure out what happened.Turns out he was stilled signed in to Myspace.She found he had gone to sleep after he read and didn’t respost a chain letter.If you don’t repost this to six videos a girl with no face wil come and kill u tonight”

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    46. you got me laughing so much when you said “blushies” because I was thinking that in my head over and over as you got near the end ;u; youre..the funniest and most inspiring youtuber I’ve ever seen! hahahahaha keep up the amazing work mark πŸ™‚

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    47. My only conceivable complaint is that the guy’s hand is very loosely cupped around the girl’s waist. I feel like it lacks the urgency that the faces are displaying.But other than that, this is outstanding. You always seem to get the curves of a lady perfect. I envy that quality among many others of yours.

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    48. I feel like She lacks a left arm to bear some of her weight and have it rest on her elbow. It would probably go above His right shoulder and almost give the feel that she crawled up on him or pushed him down. Luckily, that’s my own limited knowledge/opinion and something I combine with all the things I was taught here

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    49. Dang mark am telling u make look so simple! I screwed up on making the lines with the ruler πŸ™ anyways don’t worry bout if u make ur videos too long every second counts also every tip that u give counts take ur time.. Making videos longer better more info

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    50. It’s always good to notice mistakes in other people’s arts. Sometimes it can be personal preference, or a mistake the original artist didn’t notice or think to be a problem. Make use of the mistakes you see and work with what you like. Best of luck~

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    51. You are amazing. Because of this video I am taking a drawing I did a couple days ago and redrawing it to make it into a poster for my room. It will have the kissing couple in the middle, the boy sitting with the headphones on the left and a girl who I regret to say did not come from one of you’re videos. Thank you for giving me the inspiration to do this.

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    52. Hi there, Mr. Crilley ^^You probably never going to read this, but I’ll write it down anyway.Thanks to you, I’m now better at drawing Manga. The first video I ever saw from you was the one with the eyes. I searched for a good “You-Tube-Art-Teacher” for so long and finally I found you. I’m so happy about that. Thank you for you videos Mark Crilley.Greetings from Germany ? (I guess that explains my not-so-good English ^^)

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    53. Ya know my dad Owns the prismacolor rights and I showed him this and he said ‘no way ho-sah’. Actually he said something like ‘GET THIS F**KING GOD DAMN VIDEO OUT OF MY BITCHEN FACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

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    54. It would have been PERFECT if you had done the characters in classic Japanese school uniforms (sailor suit, etc.), because I I’ve been trying to do a pose like this for ages in my series which there is a lot or romance! Other than that it was perfect, yet another amazing Crilley drawing!!!

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    55. Hi i’m a 13 year old artist. I really love to draw and people say i’m good but it’s really hard to get noticed so could someone check out my channel. I will be holding a drawing contest soon to win charcoals , prismas , copic pens , sketch pads and lots lots more. If you like my drawings by all means subscribe thanks:)

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    56. uauuu you’re drawings are amaizing ^^ i like it pretty much, maybe you could help-me to be a little better in my draws, i have a problem when i’m drawing clouthes… i can’t make the thing you do, what is it call? ham… i don’t no the name i just call hem, movement… well could you help-me please?? ://

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    57. Hi i’m 13 and I LOVE to draw(and play piano). People say that i’m a good drawer and I have won many cmps etc but it’s REALLY hard to get noticed could you check out my channel pleasssse. I will also be holding a DRAWING COMPETITION soon with prizes like prismas,fineliners,sketchbooks,charcoals,watercolor,graphite graded pencils and MORE! PLEASE just take a look and by all means sub if you want πŸ™‚ ~ Shannon

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    58. You probably already know this, but in art you can’t please everybody. So if they don’t like they way you draw your hair or anything else, ignore them. Your an amazing artist with a ton of talent. Just do what you keep doing.

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    59. I think it would be awesome if you did videos of how you came up with and drew the characters that you were going to incorporate into your comic books for the first time, i’m sure a lot of viewers would be interested plus it’d be awesome to say I saw the inception of that character for the first time and now it’s featured or even central in your comic book series. Thumbs up so he sees!

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    60. Loved it, I’m always watching your videos, I’ve drawn about 3 or 2 of your drawing including this one, the one where they r kissing{no positions} and a manga girl. Do you have instagram? I can show then to u. Please put your input on them. Your amazing, love your tutorials, they r very helpful. Not as good as you, but I think I’m pretty good. .. Inbox me for my instagram to see the drawings. πŸ™‚

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    61. Man, I would tell you how amazing your videos are and how talented and funny YOU are, but you probably already know that, a lots of people already told you, so I’ll save your time! ;PI would like to know what music you used for this video though. Fell in love with it. πŸ˜›

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    62. If you per chance have the time and are willing to then could you perhaps post a video of how to draw a grim reaper I didn’t look at all of your videos so I might have overlooked that video but if you haven’t could you show how to draw him I have a really big interest in drawing and think you are great at showing how to do them. (sorry if this is a gloomy subject its just because i tried and failed millions of times).

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    63. sooo..hey mark..i hate you..you make this look sooooooo easy then when i try it looks crappier then linkswordsman hobo’s toilet paper…but i love you too(: im just INDICATING(: how awful it turns out for the non talented people.

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    64. uauuu you’re drawings are amaizing ^^ i like it pretty much, maybe you could help-me to be a little better in my draws, i have a problem when i’m drawing clouthes… i can’t make the thing you do, what is it call? ham… i don’t now the name i just call hem, movement… well could you help-me please?? :// please answer-me soon as possibel please πŸ™‚

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    65. Hey, you know I love your drawings on all this I love you like I’m perfect and that if you could make one for me, please I’m your idol and I would like it if I did want one I love that anime InuYasha and would be honored you drew it for me but if you can not encantarias you to follow me as well: DGood luck in all … Catthy!

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    66. You have been such a inspiration for me. I have been been watching your videos for about 1 year now, and you have helped me with drawing so much. I love how every video you have made that I have watched just makes me that much better at what I do. I have learned so much from you. Thank you so much and keep making videos!!!

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    67. excuse me sorry if i am bothering you, im 11 and a girl i would like to know how would i get ur books or how to i draw people holding hands or carrying something?? cause if I draw some one holding hands or carrying books, ( the hands will get small and the hands will look like robots *in manga* so if u ONLY have time please make the video for me πŸ™

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    68. 04:11 “His other arm? You haven’t draw any arm at all! What are you talking about boy?” Oh my god his accent killed me!! I love your drawing Mark! Amazing stuff. Huge fan of all your work! I have even got you a fan base at my school!!

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    69. me too I like watching you draw for some reason just because your better than me its just entertaining to me and I do hope you do hour long videos including detail cause I wanna be a manga/romantic artist someday your my inspiration

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    70. seriously please don’t use that language, some teens and younger are watching this and reading these comments. i don’t think it’s appropriate for an eleven year old to be reading things with that sort of language. thank you πŸ™‚

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    71. i really love your tutorial and i like your personality lol, you are a great artist, i just wanted to maybe point out ther the guys other half of the body just seems to disappear i think it would make more sense to add the other shoulder πŸ™‚

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    72. Could you draw a boy holding out something (ex: his jacket, hat, ext.) to a girl? And not to be nit-picky or whatever, but could the guy have long hair, like that of a fourteen year old? Thanks. Love the vids, keep doing what you are doing!~Neon

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    73. Man… Mark, you have probably already noticed that 95% of your views are under 15. I’m amused by how many naive comments there are. Never mind. You’re a great artist, with a good all-rounded talent. I hope to see you progress further. It’s always nice to see improvement.

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    75. I’m actually considering to buy your book, even thought I would like to learn how draw like Mirai Nikki or like Sword art online, but there is these very interesting thing about how you teach, it’s dificult to get bored, I got these big idea for a Manga, I think it has the potencial to be very famous, but at first I will need to learn how to draw manga, I want to make an anime that’s originaly in english, almost all anime is in Japonese, and I have to read a lot.

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    77. Haha nice! This is actually what happens though. Usually when you click on the links, they ask for your youtube account info. Obviously you and me know better and stay away from doing so, but believe it or not, there are others that are gullible enough and do it. Then I believe a bot logs in and changes their info so the person can’t access their account anymore. I think that’s how these things build up over time. It’s kind of sad how there are so many gullible people out there. Oh well. xD

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    78. me- look i drew this my friend- wow did you drew that whole by yourself? me- well euhm…. my friend- you watched one of those ‘how to draw videos, didn’t you me- euhm, yes my friend- hahahahaha me- how do you know mark crilley, by the way my friend- well euhm…..

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