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.
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.
This excellent tutorial from Mark Crilley accurately demonstrates how to draw a two-point perspective landscape in pencil, based on a sci-fi theme, this tutorial will help all those looking to improve their drawing abilities and to gain a better understanding of perspective rules for futuristic and anime style works. Suitable for beginners and advanced artists alike. Mark covers how to properly set his horizontal line and vanishing points and highlights the problems with having perspective points too close together which is a common problem experienced by beginners. Don’t forget to check out his other works. Very well edited with time-lapse stages to help speed up sections.
Using a Pigma Micron pen, Mark ‘ink’s up’ his pencil sketch to reveal his final design, using a pencil to shade and add form to the drawing his finished work looks fantastic. Part of a 2 part series; Part 2 shows coloring of his design. Mark Crilley is very informative in all of his videos and I encourage those who like his work to purchase his book Miki Falls (view on
In this art tutorial anime and manga artist Mark Crilley has decided to team up with Sophie Chan, an artist and YouTube video creator, who has drawn for Mark his main character Miki from his published manga sensation Miki Falls. Sophie Chan has kindly drawn in pencil the outline drawing of Miki so Crilley can show you how to color her in for the purposes of this video demonstration. So many people wonder how to color in and render their anime characters which they have created and this art video is a great stepping stone to lend you some of the tips used by professional manga artists like Mark Crilley.
Naples yellow watercolor with the smallest touch of red watercolour mixed in is used to create a light wash which is applied evenly over the face and neck of Crilley’s manga character Miki in the early stages of this video in a time lapsed format. He uses smooth surface Bristol board when he uses watercolour paints to render and color his manga characters because it does not wrinkle and warp like many other types of paper.
He next moves on to the eyes of his character by applying a mid tone wash of brown completely covering the iris’ allowing the earlier pencil shading to naturally grade the brown watercolour through different tonal values i.e. a darker brown appears at the top of the iris and fades to a lighter brown at the bottom of the iris due to no prior pencil sketch marks being drawn there. Using a fine detailing watercolour brush Crilley applies a dark brown to each of the pupils to bring them forward from the iris to create an immediate sense of depth within the eyes in his watercolour rendered pencil drawing.
Sophie Chan left two highlight dots in each of the eyes when she sketched Miki for Crilley and this is extremely important for gaining that glassy reflective look which is unique to them. Crilley outlines these highlights with the same dark brown watercolour paint which he used for the pupils. He mentions to leave at least one highlight to the top of the iris as this is a common practice when drawing or painting manga characters. In the next section of this drawing manga tutorial Crilley uses a darker shade of brown watercolour paint to go over the areas like the pupil and the border of the iris again to start achieving some real contrast with the skin tones which he painted on earlier.
A light wash of brown watercolour paint is applied as evenly as possible across the top half of the hair on Miki using a medium sized watercolour brush. Using a darker shade of brown watercolour paint he begins to add undertones to the sections of hair which form the fringe of his manga character, this instantly builds three dimensional detailing and depth to the painting. Crilley selected his hypothetical light source to be coming from the top left of the picture which helps him identify where to place the tones and the highlights with his paintbrush. Crilley states that he doesn’t make a lot of ‘how to color videos’ because he has his own style and actually works by his own rules when painting, shading and drawing with color. Being self taught as an artist is definitely not a bad thing, it is very important to feel comfortable with what you are creating artistically.
Crilley now introduces some other artistic implements and mediums to further progress his paint rendering of his character Miki from Miki Falls.