How to Draw Kabuki Masks

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The first thing you have to do when drawing kabuki masks is draw the mask itself. Learn how to draw kabuki masks with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hey, what's up? Chris here, and today we're going to be learning how to draw Kabuki masks. Very good. So, first thing we're going to do is we're going to do the masks. So, we're going to start with a little line here. Then we're going to come around like that. This is the top of the mask. Then we're going to come down, same thing on the other side. We're going to come down like this and then we're going to bring a line around. Round it off at the chin, and there you are. Now, the first thing we're going to do is, we're going to do one eye, we're going to do another eye. Doing these points because usually Kabuki masks tend to look a little creepy. So, we're going to thicken the white around that. And we'll do the same thing on the other side. Thicken that line. Then we'll come around. Now, we're going to do the mouth. Same thing, bring this line back up and back down. Thicken that line up a little taste too. Now, we're going to draw a line across like that. That will be for the nose. Now, for all the trimmings. Usually Kabuki masks have a different variety of colors so, we're just going to start from around the eyes and come up. We'll do one line from here. Don't be afraid to get this close to the color as you want. Ride that line and then come up to the top. And then fill it in. Always fill in your lines to give it dimension. Same thing with the other side. Bring this line up and bring it back down, get right to the edge, fill it in. And then we'll come from the nose, and we'll do a line there, a line there, sort of like the markings on a tiger. And we'll fill that in as well. There's no such thing as too many lines, but you don't want to overshadow it. Last but not least, we'll do something here from the chin. A line here, same thing and we'll just fill that in, a line this way, bring this one down, fill that in too. Then you can fill in the eyes, with the yellow. And that about completes it. Fill in the mouth. Why not? It's a mask. Use the colors to accentuate all your details. And there you have it. I'm Chris and this is how you draw a Kabuki mask.

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