Tips on Drawing Anime

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Learning to draw anime requires studying the eyes, which play a prominent role in the world of anime, and practicing drawing the hair and other facial features in a specific style. Become a master of drawing anime with a demonstration from a professional cartoonist and illustrator with this free video on drawing.

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Alright folks in this clip I'm going to give you a few tips on drawing in the world of anime. Tip number one, study the eyes. They are the window to the soul and in the anime world they play a very very prominent role in style and it is one of the key physical traits that really identifies the art work as being within the anime genre. They have very distinct visual styles, most animes, eyes, most female characters have really really big almost child like innocent eyes, while male characters can have eyes ranging anywhere from that same style or something entirely different. There aren't necessarily as many rules traditionally speaking when it comes to drawing eyes for men for some reason but the style still is consistent so be sure and study that as much as you possibly can. Once you get that down I'd say 50% of your job is done. Another bit thing, facial structure, the way the eyes work together with the nose and the mouth. These are very distinct, make sure that you capture this as well as you possibly can, figure out how to make that work for both female characters and male characters also you'll find facially speaking a lot of the time there isn't a great deal of difference between the two. Most male anime characters, female anime characters have relatively the same facial structures so that is helpful. Where they separate and where things get really crazy and where you really need to focus a lot of your attention is the hair styles, obviously this is very signature when it comes to anime. Make sure that you clearly study all the different types of hairstyles for men. They are outlandish crazy, I would even say crazier than most female styles. Once you master this you will be well on your way to being an expert when it comes to drawing anime figures and then for women, same thing. They are very unique. They fit the look and style perfectly and once you have learned how to do this in a professional effective way you my friend will be a very very talented and skilled anime artist.

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