Thursday, June 2, 2022

How To Draw In An Anime Style

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Time It Takes To Draw Two Anime Characters

If youre a beginner/intermediate anime artist, you can complete a drawing like the one above in around 16-20 hours. Although there are ways you can do it faster, it is best not to rush things unnecessarily. When you rush a drawing, you can notice the difference in quality. 

Now you have a much clearer vision of the amount of time it takes to learn to draw anime, but not the best approach to learn it. Below is the method I recommend when starting to draw anime. 

How To Draw An Anime Body

This “skeleton”, though so simple, is actually half of the jobonce you have set the proportions the way you want, there’s not much you can do wrong! But a correctly drawn skeleton is just a skeleton, so let’s see how to fill it and create a body.

An anime body can be reduced to simple forms, like spheres and ellipsoids. They introduce another level of proportions, although they’re much looser and easier to keep right. It’s important to remember that although they look like circles and ellipses in your drawing, they’re actually 3D objects, and they are subject to perspective.

Let’s take a look at the body parts separately. The torso still looks very much like an hourglass. You just have to remember about the tilting of the chest and hips towards the waist in the back.

The limbs are a little more complex, but still easily understandable. Just imagine them as the limbs of a drawing dummy! Also, pay attention to the joints.

How To Draw Anime Characters Tutorial

Anime has a very distinguishable style. When drawing anime, there are a few rules to follow. Most importantly, the exaggerated features:

  • Eyes. The eyes are always large and take up almost half of the characters face. Whats more, they usually contain black circles in the middle with coloured outside rings. The colours can also be exaggerated, some eyes, for example, can be purple.
  • Hair. The anime hair is usually in a very strange, unnatural shape. The characters hairstyles are always exaggerated and, once again, the colours can vastly vary.
  • Facial expressions. Facial expressions are conveyed in an interesting way. For example, teardrops in the eyes is a sign of embarrassment. Facial expressions are strongly exaggerated, making the characters very expressive.

Naruto is another very popular character

Learning How To Draw Anime Male Characters

Anime male characters can be a challenge to draw. The big-eyed style and the sheer cultural prevalence of female characters can be hard to make an anime character seem masculine. There are a few basics steps to take.

Female bodies tend to have an hourglass kind of shape, curving in at the stomach and flaring at the hips. Accentuating this is an easy way to make it obvious a character is female. The male torso does not curve in very much by contrast.

A males legs should also be blockier shapes for more muscular men and skinnier, straight legs for less muscular ones.

Male shoulders are also typically broader. Very muscular men might have their neck expand into their shoulders. Take a look at existing male anime characters and note how they are artistically different from females.

How To Start In Manga With Cheap Tools

Prepare to be taught by a real manga artist with professional experience in drawing and selling manga.

He shares all his tips and tricks on a wide array of topics, from which ink you might use to how to avoid crinkled pages.

Short and to the point, this video is loaded with useful information thatll hook you up with the right supplies to create your own original manga pages.

We covered some recommended supplies before but I think this video does a better job explaining how they work in the anime style.

How Long Does It Take To Draw Like An Expert Anime Artist

To be among anime expert artists, you need at least 7-10 years of experience drawing anime. At this point, drawing anime should be so natural you could draw it using little to no references. All anime fundamentals, like expressions, anatomy, and different styles, are things you understand and draw at an outstanding level. Achieving this level of proficiency requires not only drawing practice but also a lot of theory. Here, the way you improve how your drawings look is more related to your overall skills than to your experience drawing anime.

Tip #4: As you already know, all these examples assume a person is drawing every day, and if you want to achieve such a high drawing level, this is the only way you can do it. When you see fantastic anime drawing artists, we tend to focus on how well they draw, but not on the amount of time they practiced to achieve their mastery. Dont feel discouraged if your drawings dont look like you expect them to look; every great master had the same drawing level a beginner would have at some point in their lives. Drawing is a skill, not something youre born with and dont have to practice. 

Now we know how long it takes to learn to draw anime, but how long does drawing an anime character take? 

Comics In Clip Studio Paint

This video is a must-watch if you want to make your own manga or anime comic.

Its an in-depth, information-packed webinar thats almost an hour long. Dont let the length scare you away though. After watching the video youll know exactly how to use Manga Studio to create your own manga pages from scratch.

The artist takes you through the full process of creating a comic book page from start to finish.

How Hard Is It To Draw Anime

At first, anime may seem like an easy drawing style, but it is not as easy as it looks; anime drawing is rather hard. Anime is hard to draw because it requires the artist to have proper knowledge about anatomy, perspective, value, and many other drawing fundamentals, which arent easy to master. 

However, just as with any drawing style you want to learn, constant practice and dedication are more than enough to achieve an excellent anime drawing level. 

As a final thought, I want to encourage you to start this learning-to-draw journey and feel in love with this fantastic art expression. Right now, the content available on the web to study drawing is immense, and you have access to all of it. In this blog, I share everything I learn about drawing to make that available content even bigger so that more people can learn to draw. 

Happy drawing! 

Learn From The Masters

Like I mentioned above, don´t compare your skill to masters of their art but that doesn´t mean, that you can´t learn from them. It is very important, that you look at art, that you like and that inspires you.

So if you encounter a problem, for example, you just can´t get the skin color right or the eyes, that you draw look weird. well, then you can either try again and again until it looks good or you can look at how other artists have solved these issues.

So learn from the Masters but don´t copy the masters!

How To Draw Anime: 50+ Free Step

If you love anime & manga then of course youd wanna draw it.

Narutos storyline was terrific; One Piece has incredible fight scenes and Studio Ghibli tugs at your heartstrings harder than Hollywoods The Notebook.

Dont get confused by the terminology though.

Simply put, manga is the comic book and anime is the actual animated content. For artists looking to learn the style there is no major difference.

Manga characters have very unique features unlike any other cartoon.

The eyes and head are enlarged, the facial features are simplified, and the backgrounds are often highly detailed. If youve watched enough anime or read enough manga the style should be ingrained into your memory.

In the past we covered a series of tutorials on chibi drawing but this comprehensive list of videos will teach you how to draw in the manga art style from beginning to endeven if you have zero drawing experience.

To get the most out of each video I suggest watching it through once and then going back to the start and drawing along.

When it comes to drawing practice really does make perfect. So bookmark this page because you are going to need it later! It takes anywhere from a few days to a few years to master the anime art style so just keep practicing and never give up!

Step 1 Draw The Neck & Shoulders

Anime necks are usually more slender than real necks . Generally the more stylized the anime character the thinner the necks get in comparison to the head. There are some exceptions to this when it comes to very muscular anime characters. These can sometimes have far bigger and thicker necks than in reality but in this tutorial we will focus on the most common type of anime necks and shoulders.

You can draw the neck slightly thinner at the top widening as it goes down (though sometimes anime necks are simply drawn with the same width throughout. Going from the neck to the shoulders are the trapezius muscles. Make sure to draw these with a downwards slope. You can ignore them for the side view when drawing in a style similar to the example.

Also for the side view be aware that in the neck is tilted forward though in more stylized anime characters this may no always be the case.

Draw the shoulders close to a quarter circle in the front view and close to a half circle in the side view.

For drawing the arms in different positions and in different views see:

One Character Six Manga Styles

Have you been planning to create your own manga but just feel discouraged?

Youll need to pick a style to work in, organize a story, and master the art style. It takes a while but this video can help.

A good way to solidify your style is to draw your character in multiple other manga styles. Follow along with this tutorial and try to adapt your character to all six different styles.

Method 1 Of 2:drawing An Anime Head And Face

  • 1Draw an oval and divide it into 4 sections. This will be the basic outline of your anime characters head. The proportions dont have to be exact, but make the oval narrower at the bottom since that will be the chin. Once youve drawn the oval, draw a horizontal line through the center of it. Then, draw a vertical line through the center of it that intersects with the horizontal line. Later, you’ll use these lines as guides to draw the facial features.XResearch source
  • If you want your character to have a wider face, widen the bottom of the oval so its just slightly narrower than the top. Or, if you want your character to have a slender face, make the bottom of the oval even narrower than the top. There’s no single head shape used for all anime characters, so you can experiment until you find one you like.
  • 3Sketch the eyebrows above the horizontal line. Draw a long, downward curving line for each eyebrow. Make them slightly longer than the upper lash line you drew for the eyes. Then, thicken the ends of the brows that are at the center of the face.XResearch source
  • If youre drawing a feminine anime character, make the eyebrows fairly thin. For a masculine character, thicken the eyebrows so theyre more prominent on the face.
  • Make the nose the smallest feature on your characters face.
  • The nose will overlap with the vertical line you drew. To see it better, make it darker than the vertical line, or erase the vertical line around the nose.
  • Highlights From At Least 2 Light Sources

    White or bright circles or ovals appearing in stylized anime eyes are representative of highlights on the surface of the eye.

    Note here that usually one highlight is dominant and is depicted larger, and the second subordinate and depicted smaller. Neither appear as a bounce light or reflective light, rather, each is a highlight representative of another light source nearby. 

    Adoption rate: in many examples in anime. There are also many examples where only one highlight appears, or where a light is cast from multiple sources and many highlights appear. 

    If you are confused about terms describing how light interacts with a surface, or need a refresher on terms like bounce light or highlight,  to an article I wrote on this topic, glossary of often-confusing art terms is at the bottom of that article). 

    The chart below indicates how in many examples, the smaller highlight is directly across the surface of the iris from the larger highlight, in some cases, it is placed across and down the surface of the iris.

    Adding In Facial Features

    Firstly, add the ears. From top to bottom they should go from the eye line to the nose line. Add in the nose, which can be of any shape but it must just touch the bottom of your horizontal nose line. 

    NOTE: To help with how big to make the eyes, the eye guideline from ear to ear should be roughly five eyes wide. This means that your eyes should have an eyes length that separates them in the middle.

    The eyebrows require simple curved lines above the eyes and the placement doesnt really matter too much, they just need to follow the placement of the eyes. You can experiment with different shapes and placement to portray various different emotions.

    Lastly, draw the mouth line halfway between the bottom of the nose guideline and the bottom of the lip line.

    That’s the proportions sorted, now let’s make it Manga…

    Choosing Your Anime Drawing Style

    Not all anime is in the same style.

    Some anime is super detailed while others simplify things down for comic effect.

    Many different decades even have a significant impact on the style of anime.

    From the realism of Ghost in the Shell to the hyper-simplified faces of Dragon Ball Z, this video shows you the options available and how to choose the right style to suit your preferences.

    Learn How To Color Anime Drawings

    Effective use of color is quite simple, really: simply apply what you know about the color wheel.

    Warm colors, cool colors, contrasting colorsexperiment with them to get the effects you want. Warm colors convey heat, danger, and passion. They tend to be very dramatic.

    Cool colors are calmer and often used for water or ice. However, depending on whats around them, the feeling can change.

    Contrasting colors, for instance, always draw the eye. Always be mindful of anyone who might be viewing your art and what mood or action you want to convey.

    How To Draw Manga

    Rachael is a passionate long-time anime fan, who enjoys writing about the storytelling aspect of anime, manga, and light novels.

    A good thing to do is to make a page like this where you just draw lots of varieties of anime-style eyes, perhaps while looking at your favorite manga for cues about how the eyes should look.

    Section 21 Drawing Manga Eyes

    There are probably hundreds of different styles you can use for eyes, but we will just go over some of the basics. For obvious reasons, male eyes differ greatly from female eyes, just as evil eyes look much different than good guy eyes. We could spend hours going over every single nuance, so for this tutorial, well keep it simple.

    If youre interested this quora anwser is a reasonably comprehensive explanation of what different aspects of eyes could mean when drawing your Manga.

    Lets start off with a basic female manga eye first. Start by drawing a curved line where the top of the eyelid and the eyelashes will sit. From here you will want to draw a large oval shape underneath, roughly the same width and the first line you made. Leave one side of the oval open .

    Now you should have something that is starting to resemble an eye. If for whatever reason you arent happy with it thus far, just gently erase and start again. This is why you are pressing so lightly with the pencil. When the inking starts, theres no going back.

    Inside this first oval, youll want to draw another smaller oval that is slightly overlapped on the top by the eyelashes. Then, draw yet another oval around pupil to represent the iris . If youre tired of drawing ovals, too bad There are more coming.

    This next part is something very common among manga and anime .

    Light reflections.

    For the interested, these reflections are called in both film and photography.

    Changing Up The Proportions To Suit Your Own Style

    Here comes the fun part! By changing the proportions, you can create different looks. I will go through a few examples and the changes made to achieve the style.

    Cute/ chibi style

    The trick here is big heads, big eyes and short chins! Ive made a more detailed post on how to draw the chibi style here.

    From the picture above, you can see that a cute chibi style head is a lot shorter and rounder, thus cuter. The eyes are placed a lot lower on the face and there is little space for the nose and mouth. Some of the noses are almost on the same line as the bottom of the eyes. The eyes are also relatively larger.

    More matured anime style

    For a more matured anime head, the proportions should be more towards a realistic proportion. Ive made a post about it .

    As you can see from the example above, the eyes are relatively smaller and slightly higher.

    Above are how to draw the head in anime style in front view! I hope youve learnt something new from this post and are able to draw your very own anime head in proportion.

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