How To: Develop a cartoon character

Take note of these tips when developing your own unique cartoon characters. Your drawings will turn out much more interesting if you think about the details of their personalities. Take inspiration from your own life. Give your character a name. Figure out what your cartoon character likes and doesn't like. Keep a sketchbook of all your invented cartoon characters.

How To: Write 3D embossed text & letters

Need a little help making your 3D letters? This quick tutorial on how to draw embossed or three-dimension letters makes it look pretty easy, revealing secrets on how to get perfectly-shaped three-dimensional lettering for your next art project or handmade holiday card! Write 3D embossed text & letters.

How To: Write the letter H in calligraphy copperplate

In this video, we learn how to write the letter H in calligraphy copperplate. To make the upper-case letter, start off drawing into a thick line, with a curve at the end of the letter. Make the curve end touching the line, then draw it out to the right side of the letter, bringing it back down to a line to make the "h" shape. Next, draw a line across the two lines with a curve at both ends. To make the lower-case letter, start by drawing a thin line to make a loop at the top, then bring it do...

How To: Write the letter B in calligraphy copperplate

In this video, we learn how to write the letter "b" in calligraphy copperplate. Start off with a piece of lined paper and your calligraphy pen. Create a smooth curved line going down, with a dot that is at the end of the line. After this, create a swirl on the left hand side of the line, then curve it out to make the top of the letter of the humps on the "b". Make sure you grab ink often, especially when you want to make a bolder line. Continue down to make the humps of the letter, then when ...

How To: Draw a realistic manga face

In this video, "Miki Falls" manga creator Mark Crilley shows us how to draw a realistic manga face. Manga has a unique style, and if you get minor details wrong it can really add up to make your characters look strange and unappealing. This video takes you through the process of drawing manga faces, step by step.

How To: Draw a female nude in 90 seconds

Precise drawing, as needed in fields like comic book art and architecture, forces you to really perfect your draftsmanship and get every last line and dot down to perfect scale. But art also requires a bit more looseness, especially if you're sketching at a museum or doing a figure drawing class without much time allotted to you.

How To: Draw a classical portrait

Draw23 presents a video demonstrating how to draw a face. The video uses no instructions or advice, it just shows plainly, in fast-motion, how to draw a realistic portrait. First, an outline of the face is made, including lines indicating where the eyes, nose, and mouth will be placed. The next step is drawing the features with minimal shading. Next, heavy shading is added, and finally, some last-minute details to perfect the drawing. By watching this video, you can see the proper technique u...

How To: Draw 3D letters (A through L)

This is an upbeat fun video on how to draw 3D letters; and shows in detail how to draw them from A through L. Start out with a pencil drawing of the letter to make sure it looks how you want it, as you can always erase any mistakes. Then, using a black marker pen, trace over the pencil lines of the letter, then using a gray marker, fill in the 3D depth of the letter, leaving the face of the letter clear. This gives a nice 'cartoon' like effect, which looks great. Watch the second video to lea...

How To: Ink a comic book page traditionally & digitally

This video by Architectus777 teaches us how to ink comic book pages. Inking is simply another term for outlining or black lining. This first step is to find an image in black in white. Following this, you may edit the image to be as light or dark as you wish. Afterwards, the shading is left up to your discretion. Moving on, Architectus777 shows other methods of inking, including using various other programs outside of Adobe Photoshop. We are then actually shown the inking process, in which Ar...

How To: Begin drawing backgrounds

Once you've learned to draw sculptural forms in perspective you will naturally want to begin placing several objects within a common space. You would like to draw a background. The trouble is, when drawing in perspective, there is no flat background. It helps to map out the space using halfway points to make note of significant objects. Watch this four part instructional video to draw several objects against a single background.

How To: Draw a spiral staircase

This video shows us how to draw a spiral staircase in a very simple way. Firstly a horizontal line is drawn and upon that a rectangle is drawn. Then four lines are drawn from the four corners of the rectangle and all this four lines are meeting at the same point on the horizontal line which was drawn previously. Then another rectangle is drawn behind the rectangle intersecting the four lines drawn from the four corners of the rectangle. And at the rare end, numbers of lines are drawn in betwe...

How To: Draw people sitting down

Drawing a person sitting down and other sittign positions can sometimes be really tricky. The next time you run into a problem, be sure to use this great video as a guide. In this video, black charcoal is used and three different sitting positions are gone over.

How To: Draw a hentai style Defective Reaper from Soul Chasers

This video drawing tutorial demonstrates an original fanart of Defective Reaper (meaning not "eyeballed", "copied" ,"pose-jacked", or "traced" from another existing source). For devotees of anime or hentai style, or those looking to get inspired by the Japanese manga type technique, this video will offer some inspiration. Check out this video drawing tutorial and learn how to sketch a hentai style Defective Reaper from Soul Chasers.

How To: Draw small faces on paper

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw small faces on paper. This is best for drawing on comic books, because the faces are smaller than on regular drawings. First, give yourself a scale size to see how large you want the faces on the paper to be. If you are new at drawing, use the square method to learn how to measure the face and learn how to draw the face so the body is scaled to the size of the head. Start out by drawing the head and adding in shading details. You will start with the guid...

How To: Draw an isometric pyramid inside a cube

Fashionable things come and go (remember gladiator sandals?), but truly cool things stay around forever. Take pyramids, for instance. Since the Egyptians (well, arguably, the Mesopotamians) invented them more than two thousand years ago, they still fascinate people all around the world, and the Giza pyramids are still one of Egypt's top tourist traps. And songstress Charice recently devoted an entire song to pyramids.

How To: Sketch a busy street

Miandza teaches you how to sketch a busy street. You start by drawing a horizontal line and add 2 diagonal lines, for all 3 lines to meet in the middle. Using those diagonal lines, draw vertical lines, at the same distance from each other. These will act as buildings. Also start creating the road in the middle. Add details to the buildings like doors, windows or pieces of decoration. Create trees and two large towers in the far end. The road will have a truck and the pavement should be filled...

How To: Begin drawing silhouettes

Watch this two part instructional drawing video to begin drawing silhouettes. When drawing any form, try to identify the parts that will appear as a silhouette in your field of vision. Begin to bridge the gap between drawing and painting using contrast and shading to render constructed forms in perspective. Silhouettes may appear flat, but you can work away from a silhouette to draw a series of rounded forms.

How To: Draw and color a cartoon

Watch this instructional drawing video to draw and color a cartoon. Use a calligraphy pen to draw think lines and thin lines with a single pen. This allows you to draw expressions quickly and decisively. With a clean brush, dampen the paper where you want to add color. Mix marker colors with water to mix a quick watercolor palette.

How To: Draw wheels in perspective

Check out this video to learn how to draw wheels in perspective. Learn the easy way of drawing or painting wheels or arches in perspective. This video shows you a simple way to get them upright and vertical - and looking right - first time, every time. No complex measuring or calculations required!

How To: Draw 3-dimensional objects

Drawing three-dimensional shapes requires paying attention to the shadows and light that fall on the object. Find out how to draw shapes with a three-dimensional quality with tips from a professional illustrator in this free instructional video on drawing. Drawing 3d will never be easier.

How To: Draw anime/manga backgrounds

Watch this video to learn how to draw backgrounds for anime and manga. "Miki Falls" manga creator Mark Crilley presents a tutorial on how to draw and color backgrounds for a manga-style illustration. The emphasis is on using color and linework to create the illusion of depth.

How To: Write the letter T in calligraphy copperplate

In this video, we learn how to write the letter T in calligraphy copperplate. Start by drawing a thick line that follows out a loop that curves to the left hand side. After this, create a loop at the top of the line, on the left hand side. Draw this out and cross the line over the top to make the T shape, ending with a slight curve at the end. To make the lower cased letter, draw a thin line, then draw a thick line over it, then cross a thin line across the top middle of the letter. Now you w...

How To: Draw a cartoon golden retriever puppy dog

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a cartoon golden retriever puppy dog. Start off by drawing the face with intersecting lines on it so you know where the nose, eyes and mouth go. Then, keep outlining the rest of the body including the legs and tail. Next, use a darker brush to go over the lines and make more of a detailed outline, including fur and eyes. Make sure to use lines on the side of the dog to make the hair look more realistic. After this, paint the inside of the dog using a lig...

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