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.
Learning to draw the nose is one of the most sought after areas when drawing and sketching the human anatomy. The nose can be very hard to draw with its mixture of hard cartilage and soft fleshy areas. The range of sizes and shapes is also very vast so there is much to be learned and considered when drawing the human nose.
This drawing video is an absolutely fantastic example of how to visually teach the aspiring artist how to draw the nose with it’s easy to follow step by step approach and at times humorous narrative. The quality of the drawing throughout and the finished result is classically beautiful so adhering to what this artist has to say is a sure fire way to excel in your drawing and sketching skills.
The artist begins with what is called a ‘lay in’ which basically put means establishing the height and width ratios of the nose. He draws a box with his pencil with an aim to capture the basic proportions of the nose. This is a great way to start before you go adding too much detail early on and end up having to correct areas which you may have drawn wrong.
Working from a reference photo which features regularly in the art tutorial he captures the planes of the nostrils, ball of the nose and the bridge which runs down the nose to instantly identify the dimensions of the nose. Then he maps in the connections between the bone and the cartilage to help him place the half tones which will be introduced later in the drawing observation.
He talks of how the nose from the observational photo points down and as a result places the nostrils and ball of the nose in their according places. This is half the battle with observational anatomical studies so make sure you take your time at this stage. Using a hatching method with the pencil he applies the half tones under the nose and at the top of the eye sockets where the brow casts a shadow. At this point you can start to see the drawing coming to life with the beginnings of a solid resemblance in place.
With the remainder of the art tutorial the artist describes how to correctly place your tonal values to best resemble the nose which is under observation. By working the pencil at a 90 degree angle across the half tone shading you will naturally build up a darker tonal quality thus adding further depth to your drawing.
The quality of this video is second to none and is one of the best tutorials I have seen on how to draw the human nose. You can find this artist and his other videos at his website www.proko.com or alternatively you can search the other how to draw tutorials in ArtisanHQ’s drawing archive.
This is a nice informative step by step tutorial for the beginner artist revealing how to establish the correct proportions for facial features by using a grid method to align them.
The instructor has decided to use Photoshop to draw and convey his theory and begins by drawing a long vertical line down the centre of the face straight through the middle of the young woman’s nose, forehead and chin. This instantly divides the face and gives him a foundation to work from. By placing two identical lines at the side of either nostril it then becomes more apparent how the eyes are placed and proportioned in relation to the nose, and without this method some artists, especially beginners may struggle to see this.
The video continues with a series of horizontals and more verticals with expertly guided narrative to back the theory and technique up. A great tutorial for anybody interested in knowing the basic fundamentals for drawing portraiture.