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How To: Draw kids flying a kite on a computer

This movie is a silent animated account of how you draw the final picture (which is shown at the beginning of the clip) of two kids flying a kite. The lines are sketched roughly using pencil, and then over-inked. The original lines are erased and leaving outlines. Then you begin coloring in all the spaces just as you wish. There is no commentary and no music, but all the basic detail is there and you can follow easily the way the characters are drawn and colored from start to finish, making i...

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 a realistic human eye

In this video tutorial, "Miki Falls" manga artist Mark Crilley shows us how to draw a realistic eye. For any artist who aspires to draw realistically, it's essential to get eyes right. The eyes, after all, are the "window to the soul," and if something's off with a drawing of an eye, we will always notice.

How To: Draw a cartoon figure of a little girl

In this video, we learn how to draw a cartoon figure of a little girl. Start out by drawing the head, then draw the rest of the body for the girl. Outline a dress on her and make sure one of her hands are touching her face. From here, draw in the details of her face and then her outfit. Erase any background lines from the outline to make it look more clean. Then, add in details to the outfit and color in the eyes. To finish this, add in the color to the outfit and the skin, then the hair. Sav...

How To: Draw bat or demon wings

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw bat/demon wings. Start out using a light pencil marking to make the outline of the wings. You will want to draw wispy lines and make them light to create a light effect on the ends. Once you have the outline finished, use a hard pencil mark to draw over it. Create large wings with hard edges and mark in lines along the middle and the edges of the wings. After you have done this, make sure there is another wing on the side of the wings and then shade to f...

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 multiple manga facial expressions

Koizu brings you another lesson in how to draw manga. He describes how he begins with the eyes as guidelines that are used as the base for each facial expression. This immediately begins to capture and illustrate the specific expression for which you are going. Multiple facial features are illustrated in the manga style of drawing and range anywhere from angry to happy and beyond. This video will definitely either teach you how to draw the facial expressions using simple features or help you ...

How To: Draw angel wings with pencil

Our site contains many videos on how to draw different kind of demons, but comparatively few for angels. Go figure. This video demonstrates how to draw angels wings, their distinguishing feature, in pencil. It is only a sketch at this stage, but with a little inking this could be a really beautiful wing.

How To: Draw a hand holding a sword

If you want to draw fantasy illustrations of brave knights slaying dragons or heroic warriors charging into battle against armies of barbarians, it's essential to know how to draw a hand holding a sword. If you try to draw a hand with a sword from memory, it probably won't turn out looking quite right. In this video, "Miki Falls" manga creator Mark Crilley shows you how to draw a hand holding a sword, getting the details right.

How To: Draw a hand making a "peace sign"

Hands are a tricky thing to draw. Not everybody can get them right. It takes times and practice to draw hands realistically. This particular tutorial will show you how to draw a hand making a "peace sign". Make sure to pause the video after each step and look at the screen every few seconds while you are drawing.

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: Begin drawing three dimensional objects

Watch this instructional drawing video to draw objects in space. You can draw three dimensional objects if you can create the illusion of depth within a space. If the page is a space, how can you make a series of points appear as though they are floating within that open space? This video includes a few helpful definitions for beginning to draw perspective.

How To: Draw the sideview of a woman's face

Idrawgirls demonstrates how to draw side view of a woman or a girl. This is a very quick sketch done in Photoshop. First ¾ of a round is made. Then a pointed jaw and a very rough sketch of hair one or two hair, eyes and nose are drawn. Next a thick and dark eyebrow is drawn, darken the eye lashes, and give shade to the eyes. The borders of the face are darkened. Now required shades are given to the face. Now a long slightly bended hair is drawn and given shades. There is a beautiful girl's si...

How To: Draw Chibi Kakashi from Naruto

Big fan of hugely popular Japanese manga series? You're definitely not alone. In this drawing tutorial, learn how to draw Chibi Kakashi with help from Drawing Now. Search WonderHowTo for more videos from Drawing Now to learn how to draw a variety of characters and cartoons!

How To: Draw a spiral staircase with complex levels

Are you a fantastically talented artist who's tired of scribbling the same circles and squares over and over again? Sprinkle some hot sauce into your drawing affairs by combining the two. Watch this tutorial to learn how to draw spiral staircases, which are much harder than normal linear staircases to complete but also much more fascinating aesthetically.

How To: Sketch poses of the human body on the computer

Drawing the human body making dynamic poses is a massive challenge for most artists. This video demonstrates how to sketch some different poses in the Photoshop with a tablet pen. They obviously need to be elaborated to be called final art works, but these sketches teach you how to capture the basic forms that are really the trickiest part of capturing ourselves in action.

How To: Draw a camel face

Michael Weisner(2D Illustrator) explains that, to draw a camel face one should have clean White sheet and a Drawing Utensil (HB Pencil), especially the light graded pencil helps to save time. In the step one, draw both the eyes first which should be equal on both sides. In the step two, draw the nose which would look like a night lamp. In the step three, start to draw the head and cheeks. In the step four, draw the Upper Jaw and in step 5, draw the ears on both sides equal in size. Add some d...

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: 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...

How To: Draw female body proportions in the manga style

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw female body proportions in the manga style. First, you will need to mark your paper evenly with lines to see where you want the head to be at. After this, draw down the rest of the body, looking at the lines as you continue to draw. Use these lines as measurement tools to make the body look proportionate. For example, the head should start at one and the fingers should end at the fifth line. The waist should come at line 3 or 4, then you can finish off t...

How To: Draw perspective shadows using a light source

This video demonstrates the process for drawing prospective shadows using a light source. Start with the shadow vanishing point which is directly below the light source on the horizon line. Draw lines from the shadow vanishing point to the front three corners of your box. Next draw lines from your light source to the top three corners of your box. Where the shadow lines intersect, that area defines the shadow area and can be filled in for shadows. The shadows, of course, will line up with you...

How To: Draw manga/anime girls

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a manga girl. He uses a Photoshop-like program on the computer to generate this character. He starts off the picture by starting off with a basic shape for the body and face. He uses light sketching, before using more thick lines to create the details of her face and body. He draws a lot of lines, to make sure that the girl is symmetrical. He makes it look even more elaborate, to parts such as the hair and face, by layering multiple details.

How To: Draw Kid Goku from Dragon Ball

Kid Goku is a martial arts master with superhuman strength from the ultra-popular anime series, Dragon Ball. Learn how to draw Kid Goku with help from Drawing Now. Search WonderHowTo for more videos from Drawing Now to learn how to draw a variety of characters and cartoons!

How To: Draw a labrador retriever

In this video 2D Illustrator Michael Weisner of Hawk vs. Pigeon Productions keeps it old school and shows you how to draw a Labrador Retriever. Sick of all this 3D media going around, want to some classical training, with simply using a pencil, no fancy computers. This video shows you step by step everything you have to know and do to achieve a realistic and fun drawing of a lovable golden Labrador Retriever. Feel lucky to be guided by such talent maybe a thing or two will rub off. Remember t...

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