Hot Drawing & Illustration How-Tos

How To: Design and draw a soldier with a gas mask

This speed-drawing tutorial demonstrates how to draw a futuristic soldier character with a flamethrower and a gas mask on your computer. It moves very quickly, but if you can't keep up you can reference the artist's step-by-step sketches where he breaks down the steps he takes in copious detail. The background is intentionally vague so that you can fill in whatever you like, most likely a post-apocalyptic setting of some kind. A good view for any comic book, fantasy, or science fiction artist.

How To: Write numbers in Copperplate style

This video shows how to write the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Copperplate style. Special marked paper is used, with slanted verticals and regular horizontals, so that the numbers are even in size. The number 0 is drawn slowly, showing how the nib rests on the paper and is drawn anticlockwise. Then the number 1 is drawn, and again the up strokes are thin, while the down strokes are thick. The number 2 is drawn in two steps, starting with the top part. Numbers 3 and 4 follow in a similar fashio...

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: Draw a hand on a hip

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a hand on the hip. Start out by drawing the arm first. You will need to make sure to add in the different features of the arm to make it look more realistic. After you have drawn on the arm, then you can draw on the hand angled like it is sitting on a hip. Make sure you draw the fingers close to each other, not clenched or spread apart. Once you have finished, you can draw on the lines on the hands and the arms, then use shading to finish up the hand on ...

How To: Draw a hot Ecchi girl on Open Canvas

This video drawing tutorial demonstrates the quick sketching of a hot anime girl character in Open Canvas. Use the method as a basic guideline for your own sketches, modifying stance, pose, proportion, and other finer details to make the work of art your own. Check out this video art lesson and learn how to draw a hot Ecchi girl on Open Canvas.

How To: Draw a multi-point perspective concept

The video shows how to draw a multi- point perspective by drawing it in easy to view steps. It shows how to draw the subject in the simplest form possible to achieve the finishing results. It starts out with a single horizontal line then the line is divided in half with a vertical line and the remaining lines drawn are on an angle and rectangles which are worked in to the video to achieve the final results of a multi- point perspective.

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 ceramic pots

The video is without voice. It describes abstract art. First a swirl of rings is formed which indicates potter's wheel. Four big pots of different styles are formed of which one has handles. Two earthen small shaped vessels with pointed tip is formed and also there is one very small pot. First the outline of all the images is done which is then continued by shading. However, the entire painting is blurred and is made using shades of orange. The background is in black color. The formation of t...

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 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 architectural landscape

This video, which is part of series of videos that teach drawing, shows how to draw a complex drawing of beautifully landscaped buildings. This video shows line by line drawing of an architectural landscape and would be easy to follow along. After drawing buildings, stairs with railings, trees, planting boxes, walkways, courtyards, decorative garden items and people, the artist then adds color. By using a few colors, texture and detail is added to this complex drawing. This video makes drawin...

How To: Draw and color a tunnel

This video is a drawing lesson on how to draw and color a tunnel. It starts with rectangles and an arch, and more lines are added to show the perspective of the tunnel. Stairs, structures, and more architectural detail is added all around the tunnel and then inside. Next the coloring is demonstrated. First the bushes are colored green, and the different architectural elements made of cement or stone are colored in shades of brown and beige. The inside the tunnel is done in shades of blue, and...

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 a dragon head

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a dragon head. Start out by drawing the outline of the dragon head, giving it a pointed head and a large neck. Then, draw in flames coming from the mouth and large sharp teeth on the inside of the mouth. Draw in eyes, scales, and additional details around the entire area of the dragon. After this, you will be able to add in spikes on the back of the dragon as coming from the head down to the neck. Add in horns to the dragon, then shade in areas and add l...

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 different kind of eyes

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw different kinds of eyes. If you are drawing an eye from the side, make sure you show the eye bulging out of the eye, and show the long eyelashes and layers of the lids. If you are drawing an eye looking up, make sure to show the socket of the eye and the layers underneath the top of the eyelid. To draw an eye closed, you will show the brow bone and crease of the eye, as well as the lashes and the circles underneath the eye. There are a lot of different e...

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 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 surfer

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to draw a surfer on the computer. The drawing has a surfer crouched on his board, under the curl of a high wave above him. Take the drawing step-by-step, and you can draw your own surfer. The animated pencil is easy to watch and follow, and all the steps can be paused as you work through the art demonstration yourself. The drawing tutorial is free, and can be watched as many times as you like. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy drawing on...

How To: Write the letter E in calligraphy copperplate

How should you write in copperplate? Hamid will show us how write E and e in copperplate. First we need a book and a pen specially to write in copperplate. This type of font has letters with narrow edges and it gets broader in the middle. For capital 'E', it will be in curved form with the font's unique style of thickness. The small 'e' more looks like a 'c' with a closed loop. It will help in improving your handwriting style and add some grace.

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 a one piece bathing suit

Michael Weisner, a graphic designer and computer animator teaches us how to draw a one piece bathing suit. He starts off by drawing the basic body shape of the bikini. He drew a basic outline of the bathing suit in order to save time, and for the rest of the video he uses a marker to highlight his strokes. In this video, Michael does not narrate much but rather he slowly draws his strokes as to make it easy for the viewer to follow.

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 feathers

To draw birds accurately, you'll need to master drawing feathers. Feathers can be tricky, but if you can learn how to draw them you'll be able to depict birds with grace and accuracy. In this video, the artist walks you through the process, from selecting the materials to drawing the finished feathers.

How To: Draw manga body proportions

In this video, "Miki Falls" manga cartoonist Mark Crilley shows how to draw body proportions for manga comics. Characters in manga proportions are often proportioned differently than characters in American comics, with larger heads and more childlike bodies. This video show you how to get manga bodies right.

How To: Draw a male torso or man's body for anime or manga

This instructional video will teach how to sketch and draw the male body (a man's torso or upper body, chest, abs, rib cage, and shoulders) for character design, comics, manga, anime and video game concept art. Learn step by step how to draw from a simplified torso and upper body using geometric shapes. Learn how to sketch and construct a basic body form quickly. The video demonstrates and narrates how to quickly create an efficient concept design from concept idea into a fantasy or sci-fi ch...

How To: Draw a wolf with basic guide lines

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a wolf with basic guidelines. First, draw in circles from where the main sections of the wolf is. Now, draw a line connecting all of these and draw in the details of the face. Now, draw the back legs starting with the front leg and then the back leg. After this, draw in the stomach and the main part of the body. Erase the circles and background lines, then draw in the hair of the wolf and the stomach. Create a tail on the back, then add in the ears and t...

How To: Draw ocean waves

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to draw ocean waves. The image drawn in this video has water waves clashing into some rocks on shore. Begin by drawing the outline of the rocks on the right side. The horizon line of the image is about 3/4 above the rocks. Then draw a large wave that passes the horizon line. Now paint the sky in gray and paint the rock in shades of black and gray. Paint the waves and slowly build the colors. Use the pencil tool with transparent color to fill in the wa...

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 ...