How to Draw Japanese Settings

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Japanese architecture has a few very unique characteristics when compared with more western designs. Draw Japanese settings with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hey, guys! This is Chris here, and today I'm going to show you how to draw a Japanese setting. So, basically we're going to start off with a house. So, you're going to want to start off with two parallel lines here on the side, and then you're going to want to do one that's not quite in the center, just a little bit off center, and that's going to be for the front of the house. Going to do a line that goes over the top of those lines. Kind of leaves a little room on both edges. And then, to make the awning, we're going to do two lines that go up like that, and then we're going to do a line that swoops just until that that middle line. And then, we're going to do another line that swoops, that connects to the other one. Couple lines going up, and then we're going to do the same thing here. Connect all of these lines. And then, the top of the house is going to be a little bit thinner than the bottom of the house. So, you're going to start those lines a little bit closer together. Put them in like that, and then another line that connects with that line. You're going to also do the same thing as we did before with the awning in the bottom. We're going to connect all those lines, leaving just a little bit of room in the sides. Couple lines going up like that, and then one more line going like that. And, we're going to swoop, and then swoop. And then, we're going to do two lines that connect at the top just to make the top of the building. Another line there, and then maybe like a little pole. Do some windows, basically like that, almost like little triangles kind of, with the sides a little bit pushed out, and just flat at the bottom. Do a couple more. And, if you want to do some windows down here, some doors, you can do that. That's another one. That's the ground. And then, if you want to do a tree on the side, you can do that, too. The tree that I'm going to do is going to be a little bit - it's not going to be as straight. So, it's going to be a little bit of a weird twisty-turny kind of tree. So, I'm just going to do a little line like that, and then some lines going up like this for the branches. And then, I'm going to get my green marker, and I'm going to flesh out the leaves. Maybe they go a little bit in front of the house. Maybe they go behind the house. I mean, whatever you guys want to do. Just get creative with it, and kind of do your own thing. Maybe do a couple more branches at the top, and then another bunch of leaves. Put some grass down there, and then some poles on the side. Alright, guys, and that's your basic Japanese setting. So, good luck to you, and I'd like to see what you guys have to do.


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