How to Draw Gothic Manga

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Gothic manga is a visual style that relies heavily on dark lines to set a specific tone. Draw in the Gothic manga style with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hey guys, Chris here, and today I'm going to show you how to draw a Gothic Manga. Now I'm going to use a blue marker but you're obviously going to want to use probably a black pen or a black marker, whatever you have around. I'm just going to draw this because it's going to be Gothic. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to start off with the face and usually with Manga you want to have kind of just a little bit, the chin is going to be a little bit accentuated and a little more pointy and then what I'm going to do is I'm just going to do one eye because the other one there's going to be hair that's going to be moving in front of it and Manga eyes you're going to do one kind of swoop across the top and then leave a lot of space in between and then you're going to do another one in the bottom and you're going to connect those lines and then you're going to connect this one with just like leaving a little bit of an overhang there. Of course you're going to do just a little bit of a highlight for where the light is hitting the eyes there and then for the lips you're going to make the mouth really small. And now for the hair what I'm going to do is I'm going to just start up here and do just like a swoop going down just like that and then I'm going to do another one and I'm going to leave the ends of the hair just a little bit spiky because when you're drawing Manga there's usually a lot of like very hard edges and a lot of angles so just make sure you keep that and then on the top of the head. I'm going to bring that along the side and just kind of fill that in. And you might want to do this just with like a solid black marker or a black pen and just kind of fill that all in there for you and then on the other side I'm going to do the same kind of thing, follow that up and then bring it down but I'm going to bring this side just out like that and then fill that in with my marker. So there we've got the beginnings of a face. Then what I'm going to do is I'm going to do the neck and you're going to bring two lines down just a little bit like that and maybe she's wearing a collar or something so you're going to use your black marker and kind of go across like that, bring the shoulders down just a little bit, a little bit of a flourish for the collarbone and then maybe she has a lot of hair so you're going to want to bring that down behind the shoulders and kind of fill it out, bring the shoulders down and then you can kind of, whatever you want her to be wearing you can do. I'm going to maybe draw just a, more of a Victorian kind of style top here. I'm going to bring the middle of the arm in and the same thing on the other side. This marker is going out a little bit but I'm just kind of showing you what you can see here, bring her waist in just like that and on this side the same, maybe she's wearing a little bit of frills at the top and just like that and then maybe some lace. And obviously this is going to be all in black so make sure you're doing it that way and you can make her hair as long as you want. There you go guys, that's how you do a Gothic Manga. Good luck.

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