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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: 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 a Japanese dragon

To draw a Japanese dragon, first render a fierce eye, flesh out the head in a stylized way, extend the long body across the page, and add feet with talons. Sketch a few scales on the body of the dragon with art instructions from a professional artist in this free video on drawing.

How To: Draw a mountain landscape using charcoal techniques

Drawing is an excellent exercise for the brain that also lets your mind wander. This video tutorial demonstrates how to draw a serene mountain landscape using charcoal techniques. Begin with a simple sky and mountain range, then add trees and a beach. Pencilling in water will help to bring the trees to the foreground. Finally, add shadows and a waterfall to provide a sense of depth to the entire rendering.

How To: Draw a camouflage pattern

This video is about how to draw a camouflage pattern. For this project you need a paper, ruler and writing utensils. You only have to remember a few easy steps. Draw a square box. Draw out the first pattern layer. Draw out the second pattern layer. Draw out the third pattern layer. Color the first pattern layer with any color, the second pattern layer with any other color and the third pattern layer with any color except the colors you used for the first and second pattern layers.

How To: Use curvilinear perspective

Check out this video to learn how to use curvilinear perspective. This shows the idea of how to create a curvilinear perspective image. Normally this view would only be used when drawing something incredibly massive. It's a bit like looking through a fish-eye lens.

How To: Draw a sphere in 3D

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a sphere in 3D. First, draw a circle and a square around it with a light pencil. From here, you will use the side of the pencil to shade in the sides of the circle. Then, draw a half circle next to the circle to make it look like it's shadow. Shade that in and then add in more dark markings to the circle, leaving a small white area on the top of it. After this, draw in the outline of the circle and erase any stray lines. This will complete your sphere, e...

How To: Draw a basic wolf using simple shapes

In this video, we learn how to draw a basic wolf using simple shapes. First, draw the head of the wolf looking down with it's mouth open. Next, draw two circles to show where the front and back feet will go. Next, draw the fur onto the animal, then draw in the fur. Next, draw in the details of the face and the paws as well. Take your time while you are drawing this and make sure to erase any unwanted lines are you are going along. Add in the fur to detail the wolf and give it more personality...

How To: Design and draw a female comic character

Fancy comic books, but don't have the skills to make them yourself? Comic book artists do nothing but draw all day, so it's no wonder they're good at it. But you may need a little more help, and this five-part series will help you along your journey into developing comic characters, specifically the female variety. Photoshop is used in the videos, but you don't need a fancy drawing application to get started. Just pull out the old paper and pencil and follow along. There's a ton of great info...

How To: Draw fancy letters

To draw fancy letters, block out the basic outline, begin adding ornate details inside them and even add vines and filigree around the outside of the letters. Draw fancy letters to start off a new chapter in a book with creative tips from a professional illustrator in this free video on drawing.

How To: Draw a fantasy world

Drawing fantasy worlds is a very enjoyable activity for many artists because of the freedom that comes with not having to draw naturally occurring things while still remaining within the confines of realistic depiction. This three-part video demonstrates the drawing of a fantasy scene featuring a castle on a lonely hilltop with some very ominous Misty-Mountains-like mountains in the background. It is rendered entirely in pencil, but still conveys the sense of loneliness that most castles of t...

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 robot

In this video, we learn how to draw a robot. Start off by drawing the outline of the robot, then draw in the details of the robot's exterior. Make sure to use squares to make it appear like the robot is a bunch of metal pieces put together. After this, you will fill in the robot with different colors of your choice. Make sure to add in small details around the figure to make it look more realistic. You can also add in shading to make it appear 3D. Once you are finished with the robot, make su...

How To: Draw an ice skater

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw an ice skater. Draw the outline of the entire body of the skater first. Draw one of her hands high in the air and her legs crossed on the ground. From here, draw in the details of the face and clothing, as well as the legs. Next, color in the skin of the ice skater and shade in the sides of the limbs. Draw in the ice skates on the feet, then color in the dress over her body. Create lines on the clothing to show the folds and make it look more realistic t...

How To: Draw a realistic female eye

Drawing realistically proportioned eyes is one of the many aspects that make drawing the human face such a challenge for artists. This video demonstrates and includes detailed instructions for how to draw a realistic female eye in pencil. No kooky giant anime eyes here, this one looks real!

How To: Draw Mickey Mouse in MS Paint

Learn how to draw a Mickey mouse on your computer using MS Paint in simple steps. Use the oval tool and draw two medium size circles leaving some space between the other. Now draw a bigger circle by making its top ends meeting the other two circles. Draw two little circle inside the bigger circle for the eyes and draw another circle below the eyes for the nose. Make a curve joining the two eyes and draw its mouth below the nose as shown in the video. Finally draw some hair and give the colori...

How To: Draw a head in 3/4 or side view

This video shows aspiring artists how to draw the head in a 3/4 or a side view. Three lines should first be drawn in a pie-wedge like shape. First, a line is drawn from the chin to the hair line and another one is connected to that, arching across the forehead to the back of the cranium. Then a final line is drawn from the endpoint here to the base of the chin. A face can then be drawn along line 1, to show the profile or side-view of your character. A triangular shape is drawn about half-way...

How To: Write the letter S in calligraphy copperplate

In this video, we learn how to write the letter "S" in calligraphy copperplate. First, dab your calligraphy into ink, then start to writ on a your paper. Make a large half bowl shaped curved line, then make a loop and go down, creating a curved line with a dot at the end. To make the lowercase letter, make a thin line, followed by a thick outer line that curves into the large line making a lower case s. When you are finished with both of these, you will have beautiful letters that look great ...

How To: Draw wispy hair

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw wispy hair with Matthew Archambault. When drawing these, you will first start off with a light pencil to make the hair look soft. After this, you will want to make the shapes of the strands look unique, then work from light to dark with the different strands. Use a harder pencil mark when you draw the outline of the hair. Make sure you don't do hard edges at all, everything needs to be soft. make sure you are drawing the hair outwards to make it look lik...

How To: Draw a "realistic", angry manga face

Anger is one of the emotions most prominently featured in manga, especially "boy" manga. Thus, knowing how to draw an angry male manga face is an important skill to master if you want to create your own manga-style art. This video demonstrates how to do just that in pencil, starting with the outline of a head. It offers detailed instructions that should enable any budding manga artist to replicate it themselves.

How To: Draw a 3d staircase

This wordless video shows how to draw a staircase in 3d. Start by drawing the steps in one dimension. Extend two lines at the top of the stairs the width you want the steps to be. Draw another line between them to make a square. This creates a landing. Draw two lines downward and parallel to the steps from the line at the top of the stairs. This will create a rail and a second base. Then extend lines from each jut of the one dimensional steps, stretching the lines alternately to the base and ...

How To: Draw a tiger

This short video provides a clear example of how to draw a tiger. It begins with a skeletal foundation, with each line clearly mapped out in green pencil – easy to draw. This foundation is then built upon in a different color thus developing the face, claws and tail. The development is drawn over with a pen to stay permanent and finally the green foundation is erased. In just 20 seconds, this video shows – in four simple steps that you can follow – to draw a tiger. Go to [www.howtodrawfantasy...

How To: Draw an eagle with the American flag

This video is about how to draw an eagle with the American flag. For this you have to remember only a few easy steps that are the following: (1)Draw the flag. (2)Draw the body and head of the eagle. (3)Draw the eyes, beak, feathers, and legs. (4)Draw boxes and stars. (5)Draw stripes and add shaded lines to it. Your eagle with the American flag is ready in just a very few simple steps. It's a good task for students and others also.

How To: Draw objects using the "imaginary box" technique

Learn how you can draw an "imaginary box" and then replace the box with 3-D everyday objects. You can learn to do just that by watching this video. There are hundreds and hundreds of objects that you will be able to draw after learning how to draw this imaginary box and build off of it. You can draw a floor lamp, a refrigerator, a house and so much more just by using this neat artist' tip. The lines of the box help you to center your picture and make it look more realistic and the shading is ...

How To: Draw a furry

Jess tries to teach us how to draw a furry. A furry is a type of cute animal. She starts off with a circle like figure and works from there. It is rather hard to follow her strokes as she draws, but it gets easier with practice. Try copying exactly what Jess does, which is to do quick, short strokes with the pencil rather than having a long continuous stroke. Also, the lines she made in the beginning of the video act as a guide as to where they eyes, nose, and mouth will be.

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.