Hot Drawing & Illustration How-Tos

How To: Draw limbs

You first want to start with doing the outlines of the arm. Basic shapes like tubes are given structure with cross sections. This is to know if your knee is bending or is it straight. To do a gesture properly is to use landmarks. You start from the toes positioning and work your way up from here. Your feet, knee, and torso are your three landmarks. Erasing sharp edges helps to give the effect of a more soft drawing and the limbs seem more realistic. Today we learned that drawing is more about...

How To: Draw an agave plant

Michael Wiesner, a graphic designer, shows you how to draw an agave plant using paper and a writing utensil. He starts by showing you a pencil outline of the drawing and then shows you how to fill it in with a Sharpie ink pen. Each step is detailed on the best way that you would fill in the plant so that it comes out to it's best. If you follow this video through you can create a great looking agave plant on paper.

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 floppy-eared cartoon dog

Dogs are a cartoonist's best friend because it's funny to see them in every day situations. So grab some paper and a pen and get ready to draw your own cartoon dog.You will need a pad of paper, pencil, a marker, colored chalks or colored pencils, and an eraser. Make a shape like a thick boomerang or bent sausage. On the left end, draw a giant oval for a nose, leaving a white space to show shininess. Draw the eyes large and round like 2 ping pong balls, one a little bit behind the other. This ...

How To: Draw a City in One Point Perspective

Video: . Step 1: Today We Are Going to Draw a City in One Point Perspective -- Buildings in the City Going into One Point Perspective. Let's Start Our Drawing with the Vanishing Point and Horizon Line. In Order to Get the Feel of the Drawing We Need to Determine Where Vanishing Point Will Be. Feel Free to Improvise and Change It Depending on What You Want to Achieve. Start Mapping Lines in.

How To: Draw Uncle Scrooge McDuck

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw Uncle Scrooge McDuck. Start off by drawing the outline of the hat, heat, neck, upper body, instrument, and lower body. After this, draw on the eyes, glasses, and the beak. From here, you will start to add in additional details and erase the outline lines from where they aren't needed. Start to add in lines to create folds on the character and then color him in with the appropriate colors. After this, add in shading to different parts of him and his instr...

How To: Draw a cylinder

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a cylinder. First, you will draw the sides of the cylinder and then the curves for the top and the bottom. After this, complete the circle at the top and then shade in the side with crosshatching. From here, draw some lines to shade in on the side next to the cylinder. If you want to draw a cylinder on its side, draw a box around it first and then continue to draw. Make sure all your lines are equal to each other so it evens up and looks more realistic f...

How To: Draw a skull with a Sharpie

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a skull with a Sharpie. First you will draw the eyes, make sure to draw lots of little lines around them then cross them to create depth. From here, draw the outline to the head and then the nose and the teeth. Make sure to add lines in around the head to show cracking and marks around the head. Use shading to create darker lines along the head and then add in additional details. Make this unique to you, it doesn't have to look one certain way. When fini...

How To: Draw realistic lips and teeth

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw realistic lips and teeth. First, draw on your outline for the lips and teeth, using a light pencil. Try your best to get it as natural looking as possible. Now, draw in the shadows and the mid-tones for the lips. Also add in reflective lights and draw in the teeth. Add in details to the teeth and use darker lines to separate them. Use dark creases to form the lips and then continue to add in additional details. When you're finished, darken around the mou...

How To: Draw Itachi from Naruto

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw Itachi. First, draw your reference lines on the head so you know where to place the features of the face. Draw in the eyes, adjusting them so they are more towards the left of the face than the right. After this, draw in the bridge of the nose and the nose, as well as features of the cheeks. Next, draw in the nostrils and the mouth, as well as eyebrows and creases around the eyes. After this, draw in ears on the side of the head, then start to draw in th...

How To: Draw a fist

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a fist. Start off by drawing for circles linked to each other, then draw lines coming down from the middle of each circle. Then, draw a line across the bottom of each vertical line, going horizontally. After this, use a dark line to outline around the circles and the bottom of the lines. Make sure to draw a line in between each of the individual lines. Next, add a couple of curved lines to make a thumb appear on the side. To finish, erase the original ci...

How To: Draw Super Shadow from Sonic the Hedgehog

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw Super Shadow from Sonic the Hedgehog. Start off by drawing the spikes for the hair, then draw the ears and the eyes on the face. After this, draw the arms, upper body, lower body, and legs. When you are finished with this, use a dark pen to outline the cartoon character and draw in any additional details. Next, you will add in colors to the character, using reds on the outside of the hair and legs, then orange and tan on the inside. Finish this off with ...

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 male and female manga eyes

In this clip, Mark Rilley teaches how to draw male and female eyes in the Japanese manga style. Breaking down the anatomy, he distinguishes the gender differences between the two in order to give your drawings more masculine or feminine qualities. For more information, and to get started drawing your own Japanese comic-style eyes, watch this free video drawing lesson.

How To: Draw a formal dress

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to draw a formal dress. Begin by sketching the body of the figure. A formal dress is usually loose, so make the figure's body look thin and slender. The add some glamorous looking hair on the figure to make her look formal. Then add details to the dress by drawing the straps of the dress and cleavage on the chest. For the bottom of the dress, draw vertically curved lines to represent the fold of the dress. Make the dress look long and loose at the bot...

How To: Draw the dragon Drago from Bakugan

This demonstration of how to draw the Drago character from Bakugan features a high degree of skill and speed, so if you aren't already pretty adept with Paint and digital art in general you probably need not apply. If you have the desire and patience to really improve you skills at drawing anime-style images in Paint, however, then this video may be very helpful to you.

How To: Draw a single red rose for beginners

In this video tutorial viewers learn how to draw a rose on the computer. Begin this drawing with gray guidelines. The rose is cup shaped in the center with larger petals that unfurl on the sides. Use basic shapes for each petal and stick lines for the stem and leaves, the bud is a small circle on top. Now use an opaque black pencil line to draw out the rose in detail. Carefully put in the serrated edge for the leaves. Now draw the bud with fine sepals below it. This video is beneficial to vie...

How To: Draw an angry tiger

In this video you will learn how to draw an angry tiger using your basic drawing tools. In order to do that just follow these steps and instructions: The first thing to do is to get a pencil and a sheet of paper. These are the tools that you will use for the drawing. Draw the head and the mouth just like in the video. Now draw the body, the legs and draw the right arm in the air. Draw all the other details and complete the sketch. Now you can start to color it. Use the same colors like in the...

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 Kenpachi Zaraki

The artist demonstrates how to manga character Kenpachi Zaraki. Text appears on screen with each step in the drawing. It stars with a circle, then lines to indicate the center of the face and the placement of eyes. More lines indicate the neck and muscles, then an outline of the hair is added. Lines show the clothes and wrinkles in the clothes. Facial features and details are drawn in as the guide lines are erased. Following these instructions, you can draw the face of Kenpachi Zaraki.

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 Uncle Sam's pointing hand

A hand is NOT the easiest thing to draw, so don't be disappointed if you need a little help mastering hand drawings. They're almost as bad as feet! Watch this tutorial to learn how to draw Uncle Sam's pointing hand. 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 manga woman in knights armor

Digital Painting and Drawing: Learn to draw woman face profile or side view, a knight in armor, facial figure, head and figure slightly step by step with costume step by step. This drawing, painting using Photoshop video tutorial shows you from basic rough sketching to finish drawing quick concept for comics cartoon illustration, manga, anime. The video demonstrates how to quickly create an efficient concept design from concept idea into visual. Video tutorial. Cartoon, illustration, comics, ...

How To: Draw a portrait with a planar head

Watch this instructional drawing video to draw s portrait of a live model's head using a planar head as reference. The planar head shows structural plane changes. Follow the detailed tutorial showing close ups, examples, and tips. Gary Gerath is a professor in the exceptional Foundation Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

How To: Write the letter K in calligraphy copperplate

In this video, we learn how to write the letter K in calligraphy copperplate. Start by running your calligraphy pen on the paper going from a thin line to a thick, making a line curved to the left ending with a dot at the end of a small loop. Next, make a loop to drag out across the top on the right hand side and curve it down to make the K letter. Do the same to make the lower case letter, except making a loop for the top of the letter instead. When finished, let the ink dry and you've got y...