How to Draw Anime Girl Profile -Basic Approach

There are many ways to draw an anime girl on profile. For this post, I decided for a more basic approach (Using a circle and a square as guide lines). I usually do it another way and I might actually do another post for that.

Draw a circle.

-when starting to draw keep in mind where your character will be in the background.

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Draw a square.


-If your character is looking to the left, then place the square accordingly. Mine, for no particular reason, was looking right, so I placed the square at the bottom right side of the circle.

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Grab a pencil and start to trace the shape of the head.


-At this step, the lines don’t need to be perfect. You want to get the main head shape down just so you can erase the circle and the square. Notice that at this point the mouth, the nose and the chin are too large. That’s okay because you can go back later and fix this.

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Erase the circle and the square.


– At this point, I reshaped the nose, the chin and roughly drew the “M” shape around the mouth. To make the nose smaller, I moved the circle line more to the right and to fix the chin I redraw the it at angle. This gives the entire head a more feminine look.

 

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Draw the hairline.


-Since this is a profile look, drawing an ear can be a personal preference. If your manga girl is going to have her hair out, it will probably cover her ear. Unless your character is wearing a hat or another item that can cover her ear you need to draw it. The ears should be line up where the eye will be. The size and the width of the ear it’s entirely up to you.

 

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Erase the original head line.
-Doing this will give the sense that your character’s hair has taking over the back of her head.

 

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Add the details

-At this point you can play around with your character’s hair, eyes, ears, and all the other details. Personally, I believe that you should try to portray a feeling when you a draw a character’s eye. If you have drawn this character before, then maybe you have a sense of who she is. If not, draw many expressions (or feelings) until you draw the one that makes you feel right.

 

 

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And just add color!

 

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-Also add shadows and extra lighting if need it.
-Adding a signature is optional. I personally like to add the main theme of the drawing if I have one. In this case it was Leaping. I was trying to draw a manga girl gazing at the sunset as she was leaping back to her most haunting memories.
Let me know what you thought of this post.
Thanks for visiting!!!  ^o^

 

 

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Ganbatte \(^o^)/

Draw a manga background step by step here is how

Before you draw a manga background:

Drawing a manga background is easy. But planning ahead can make it even a more enjoyable journey. Before you start sketching, it would be helpful to know beforehand in you want to include people in your manga background. If so, then keep in mind that all of the rules you will apply to the background (shadows, light source, among others) are also applied to the people within your drawing. Also, decide how far the background will be. Are you drawing a background that’s close enough to you that you can see the facial features of all the people in your drawing? Is your background so far away that people are but shadows in your drawing? Where is your manga character(s) ? What is your manga character(s) doing?

Of course you don’t need to answer all of this questions, but at least thinking about them can give you a good start.

Okay, let’s draw!!!
(If you would like to see the images large, just click on then!)

 

1. Draw a rough sketch of your manga background

Rough sketch of a manga background

  The sketch of any drawing you do doesn’t need to be pretty. Far from it. It should be visual aid, nothing more. And to stress that, I am showing you my very basic rough sketch of my manga background.
My rough sketch is not pretty, but it is helpful. With this, I have now an idea of how close my manga character is in the background.
I also know that I will be only drawing one manga character and that the character is in a private place, probably at her house.
Now it’s your turn.
Make a rough sketch of your manga background. Forget about it being perfectly drawn, just get the first ideas down. Where is your character(s)? What is your character(s) doing? What else is going on around your character(s)?

Hint: what your is character(s) doing can be a big clue of where the character will be and what elements are in your background. My character is happily chatting over the phone. It’s her house, so an open magazine on the floor and having her right leg playing with the phone cable as she gossips are clear clues that she is relaxed and that she is probably talking to someone she knows fairly well.

 

2. Refine your rough sketch and add more elements into your manga background.

Refining manga background sketch

After drawing your rough sketch, your next step should be to make the lines more clear. At this point, you should have a better sense of where your character is.
I redrew the lines of my sketch with an red ink so you could see the differences.
The house where the character is has a wooden floor, so with the red pen, I made rough lines in the floor. I also added details to the small stand on the side right of the page. The glass sliding door doesn’t have curtains, so I have added details within the glass door, so now we can see there is a balcony outside, which means she is likely on the second floor.
I have also added an extra wall which is where the phone is connected and a lamp drawn in half to give the impression that the rest of the lamp is behind the new wall…
Refining your sketches doesn’t neccesarily mean that you are just adding more elements into your manga background. It could also mean erasing elements.
What you erase is entirely up to you. You are the artist. ^o^ It’s your drawing. So feel free to experiment by adding and erasing elements until you are satisfied with what you see.
For my manga background, I deleted the cat (or dog) I had originally sketched. Also the bag on the hanger is gone.

Hint: Refine your sketches until you feel is ready to be inked.

 

3. Ink Your drawing

Inking a manga background

Grab your inking pen and trace the pencil lines of your sketch. The thickness of your inking lines depends on how you want it to look. Finer lines might give your drawing an elegant, yet fragile look. Thicker inking lines, might be visually perfect if you have added a lot of details. I drew a bookshelf with books so I figured I had inked my drawings with somewhat thick lines.
What you start inking is entirely up to you. I prefer to start inking everything but the characters.
Hint 1 : Feel free to add or erase elements at any point during your inking stage. I added a bookshelf to the left of the drawing and also the books and items in it.

Hint 2: Ink your manga background until is ready to be color. Don’t color your drawing if you still have some inking left to do. ^o^

 

4. Color your manga background with basic colors.

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Adding basic color to a manga background

When coloring, you should first start with basic colors (or the base color). This way, you can add shadows and lights later.
Coloring your drawing with basic colors will help you see how much you repeat certain colors so you can edit accordingly. For example, if you are coloring a Christmas manga background, then you would like to have more red and green colors in your drawing than if you were coloring and drawing a Halloween party. ^o^.

Hint: There are many different coloring techniques. I like to experiment. But for this manga background I wanted to start with basic colors and build from there. There are certain things I colored from start to finish early on (like the sky for example) and you will know why later ^o^.

 

5. Add darker tones and shadows to add depth into your drawing.

 

Adding a second color layer

This is, to me, the fun part. ^o^
The inking is done, the basic coloring is done. All that is left to do is to play around with the tones and shadows.
Notice how the lamp now has lighting effect. Also the wall and the bookshelf is slightly darker since the light source (the lamp) is behind the wall. Notice the lighting different in the wooden floor between the orange wall and the pants of the manga character. In summary, every detail you can add to further proof the light source, the more depth you are adding to your drawing.
Some manga artists like to draw less realistic manga or use lighter colors. Again, the choice is yours. Just as your favorite manga artists made their choices when coloring and drawing the covers of their mangas, you too should start experimenting with coloring and drawing techniques.
Hint: My personal advice on coloring techniques is to experiment with different techniques until you find the one you identified the most with.
^o^

 

6. Add lighting effects.

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Adding lighting effects to a manga background

Do you want to know why I colored the night sky from start to finish early on in the coloring stage? Because I wanted to know if I was going to have a moon peeking out through it. Having a moon, means that there is an additional light source. And by having the moonlight reflected on the floor and on the manga character, I further proof that the moon is really up in the sky. ^o^

I also added new shadows here and there. Like the shadow at the feet of the small desk on the left and the shadow on the wooden floor of the hanger, by the green wall.

 

 

7. Give your manga background the final touch!

After your coloring is done, take a last look at your drawing. Is there anything that will benefit your drawing if added? Are there more elements you can add to further proof your character’s personality?
Is your character in love with taking pictures? Then why don’t you add a camera somewhere in your drawing? Is your drawing too green? Then add another color that will balance out the green. In this case, I added a red sofa on the upper right side.
Don’t get lost with details. Sometimes drawing less is more. It all depends on what are you drawing and what you want the main focus to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you follow the steps, you should be able to draw your own manga background in no time. I will make another post in the future, but this time with a manga character outside of a building. It’s the same steps. The only thing that changes is the tone in which you color. Remember that during day, the colors you use when coloring will depend whether it’s a rainy day or a sunny day. Also, where you character is in a time frame will affect your choice of colors. A day on a beach has more yellow colors. Halloween has more brownish colors because of autumn…
But overall, don’t forget to have fun when you decide to draw your own manga background.
I will go back to drawing now. ^o^

What? You are making your own manga background now?

Ganbatte!!!! \(^o^)/

 

How to draw a manga couple

Konnichi-wa!!! \(^o^)/
Here is how to draw a manga couple step by step:

Today I finished drawing and painting a manga couple!!!! It took time to draw (too long in my opinion, but not because it was hard but because I draw like a snail ^^) and here is how I did it so you can also draw yours!!!!!
I mean, don’t we all love those scenes that makes your hear beat???!!!!

Okay, so first, you need “the skeleton” of your drawing. Meaning a rough sketch of your manga characters.

Manga couple

 

To me, the most magical thing about a Manga couple are their faces and that’s where I like to start.
To give it a more dimensional look, instead of wanting to draw them “flat” on the screen, I decided to drew this scene in an angle. Something you should practice a lot to understand the way shapes behave when the stand on their sides ^^

To differentiate the characters as I drew, I used different colored pencils.

 

Manga couple part 2

 

 

At this point, you can start having a little bit of fun. Decide how would you like their clothes to look like. Also, how old they are? Who they are? those are questions that can get you inspire of where your drawing is taking you.
Also, when I draw, I like to draw things simultaneously. So, instead of working with the guy first and then the girl, I try to keep drawing them at the same time. This gives me time to think about these two characters and constantly compare the chemistry between them.
Yes!!!! Chemistry ^^

 

 

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So, at first I wanted to draw her with this romantic laced dress but then I noticed how casual he looked and decided to make them both look casual. I threw the idea of drawing a skirt too. I don’t know, sometimes a good pair of jeans can hold you just fine :)

 

Manga Couple part 4

 

After finishing with the rough sketch, I went ahead and started inking. By now, if you have seen my previous posts, I love to ink almost instantly. I don’t know. I just love to get the inking process out of the way!!!!
I always wonder which inking style best suits certain drawings. In the picture above you can see how the girl’s body is lightly inked and the guy has bolder inking lines.

I stopped for a moment to decide which inking style I was going to use. At this point, is good to know if you are going to color your drawings or not or if you are going to use screen tones instead.
I decided that I was going to use screen tones this time, so I ended up inking my drawings with a thinner pen.

 

Manga Couple part 5

 

 

 

Hint 1: Notice how I haven’t bothered with the hands yet. Since drawings hands is complex, I always leave them for last. Dunno, it just puts me at ease to know that I can go back to it later.

Hint 2: Drawing the details, meaning the eyes and other things, can come later. The main thing is to get your inking done. This will help you visualize how bolder the details need to be.

 

 

Manga Couple part 6

 

 

 

Once my basic inking was done, I started to draw a few shadows here and there with my ink pen. Did you notice that they finally have hands????? ^^
Also, I know that drawing a manga girl with jeans in this position can be tricky. You don’t want to make her proportions look too big or too flat. I suggest you go with your instincts.  I drew her pants a couple of times until I felt they looked cute but not exaggerated since I wasn’t going for it. If you choose to draw a girl wearing the skirt, then don’t forget to add extra shadows on it to show that there is actually a body underneath that skirt ^-^

Hint: Please please please have fun being a designer for your character’s. Don’t forget that no one likes to dress with simple clothes and so neither should your characters. Even if you want to draw their clothes simple, add a form to their clothes so they look more realistic :)

 

Manga Couple part 7
And here they are with screen tones!!!
I love how they looked ^o^
It was a moment where I patted myself on the shoulder and almost ran to the kitchen to eat my everything in the fridge as a celebration!!!
But I paused myself   ._.
I had to. I wasn’t done :)

When you use screen tones, you can use different ones depending on what you are coloring. For clothes, if you have more than two people in the drawing, you can repeat the same screen tone for, let’s say, one screen tone for all the jackets another one for all of the jeans and so on.
Since it’s just the two of them in here, I decided to use different screen tones for each of their pieces (if you enlarge this photo you can actually have a closer look and discover them).
Certain pieces should remain white, just to give a little bit of variety.

And here is the final look of our manga couple!!! :

Ryan, a middle school student, always had a crush on his classmate Mary, but he was too shy. He comforted himself by looking at her from a safe distance. His parents, however, were forced to move south, and he transferred schools without ever working up the courage to tell Mary his feelings….
High school came and, after moving back to his old town, he realizes that not only does he still likes Mary but that he actually likes her personality the most, more than her looks, more than anything, he likes her. And seeing her makes his heart ache.
One day, without wanting to, he overhears Mary telling her bestfriend that she has always liked Ryan, even after he switched schools, but that she believes he is out of her reach now because he has become the popular guy at school and surely he must like prettier girls.
Not believing his ears, but not willing to let Mary slip from him any further, he rushes out of his hiding place and spins Mary around until she falls in his arms.
This time he will tell her how he feels and will convince Mary that, beside her own fears, that she can’t really live without him too ^o^

 

By

Naomi Husband

Ganbatte!!!  \(^o^)/

Manga Couple part 8

Sketching and Coloring a Manga page (or scene)

I hurt my back I couple of weeks ago..  >_>
So, I’m sorry I didn’t post anything for the past 2 weeks.
It was my fault. Sometimes I get too much into drawing and coloring and creating new manga characters that I lose track of my health.
It’s not healthy to sit for hours on your desk without stretching. Lesson learned :(

Okay, so for this post I will attempt to show how you go from having an idea, to producing the finished look. Because of my back injury I haven’t been able to finish it yet. But at least, what I have done so far might give you an idea of where to start.

Personally, I love sketching girls more than guys probably because I know more about a girl’s anatomy more than a boy’s. I already have drawn a couple of guys, but maybe I will make more posts about drawing both :D
Where do I get my ideas of what I am going to draw?
I usually like to challenge myself. So I start imagining action scenes that I would love to see in a movie. That’s where I pretty much get the rough idea of what I am going to do.
For this drawing, I sort of picture a girl falling from a roof. It’s an action scene, so she has sort of jumped from the roof while trying to aim her gun at her attacker.

Here is what I first came up with:

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It’s a very simple first draft, but this helps me get an idea of where I am going.
Personally, I thought she looked kind of floating; sort of like “laying” on the air. Not very action-like, so I started redrawing her upper body.

 

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If you are using MangaStudio, layers will be your best friend. Use different colors for each layer to make your sketching easier.

 

Purple is not a color I like to use for sketching. I don’t know, there is something about red, blue and green that gives me a much clear sense of what stage drawing is. ^o^ But when I do use it, it’s for the basic details. I love high socks and short pants, so that was easy to come up with. For the shirt…. I kind of wanted a much tighter fabric. But I also wanted to show some movement, so I opted for long-sleeve loose shirt.
At this point, I start to ink. Even when I don’t have all the details figure out, inking gives me a sense that I am almost done with the technical part of drawing.
Once the inking process is done, I start to play around with colors. I right away wanted the light source to come from the top, thus I used many brushes and colors to get the “highlight” effect.

 

P.S. if you want me to do a post on coloring leave a comment and let me know ^o^

 

Now, at this point, I sort of started to freak out about the background. I did a lot of sketches and that’s when I noticed that this was a close up of the character falling. I thought I wanted to draw windows, or buildings (I am so doing that for another post ^_^) but I wanted her to be sort of like the main thing going on for this drawing so then I decided this was happening during night.

 

Hands and feet are big things for me, so I always leaving them for last.
Personally, I am not too sure about owning guns and stuff. But this was an action scene, so I had to go for my initial idea of drawing a gun.

So this is how far I have gotten because I was forced to rest at bed for two weeks and was not allow to put pressure on my lower back. Also my current chair is not ergonomic, something that needs to change soon ^_^

One of the things I enjoy is having an idea in my head, and turning it in a drawing I can easily share.
I will try to get back at drawing as soon as I can.
If you have any questions, let me know ^_^

Creating your own Manga Banner step by step

Manga Studio 5 is currently my best friend ^_^ With the multiple layer function and all of the flexible options it gives you, creating anything from your own manga to your Facebook banner is something that can be done within a couple of hours (depending on how experienced you are with the program). Here is how I did mine:

 

 

First, I created a layer and chose the G-pen to sketch my first ideas. Most people use pencils, or even brushes for their first drafts. Try all of the tools offer in manga studio and choose the one you feel the most comfortable with. ^_^ As a personal preference, I like to do my first drafts with a red-inked G-pen . I have taught myself to recognize any drawing in red as my first sketch and that distinction makes it easier when I am ready to polish my drawings.

 

 

Something I have found incredibly helpful when it comes down to perfecting the facial features of a character is the usage of grid view in manga studio. It gives me a better sense of where the facial features go in regards to symmetry. The grid view is a valuable time-saving gift for you don’t need to spend time drawing lines across the face to make sure the nose is not where the mouth should be. Hint: To use the grid view, click on “view” on the top menu bar and then click on the “grid view” option to display it. To turn it off, repeat the same steps ^o^.

 

 

The inking stage it’s still a bit of an unexplored territory for me. I am still in the process of developing my own inking style, but for the most part, I find the one I am using quite comfortable. To ink, I create a second layer (layer 2), decrease the opacity on layer 1 and with the ink on the G-pen now black, I started to trace the lines I had previously sketched with red.

 

 

Every artist works differently. I like to ink my drawing once I have a pretty good sense of what I want.  After inking, all I have to do is add more details!. I wanted the name of the website to be noticeable, so instead of just writing it at the center, I drew the letters so they looked as if they were actually drawn over “pages”. I could have written the website’s name in different ways, but I thought this was catchy enough. Once done,  I was pretty pleased with how the banner looked so far \(^o^)/

 

 

After I was done inking,  I spent about half an hour trying different backgrounds. It doesn’t show in here, but for this particular one I used a third layer and placed it underneath layer 2. Hint: If you want to color in Manga studio 5, placing the “coloring” layer under the ink layer will let you color your drawings without the colors going over the ink. If you are unsure what I mean, shoot me a email and I will make a post explaining step by step how to color.

 

In the picture above, you can see all of the many layers I used. I am very picky about the final looks on any drawing, so when making new changes on a drawing, I always feel more comfortable using a brand new layer in case I don’t like how the change turns out. Hint: Name the layers with basic keywords so you don’t lose track of which layer is which. It will save you time in the long run ^_^


In case you didn’t notice, by the time I was done, I had change the colors of the background yet again. Once I colored the letters (the mangaka in you) I noticed that I didn’t like how the green and that yellow went together. So I made a few changes. Want to see how it turned out?

 

 

 

I like drawing manga girls with different hair colors and styles but for the banner I wanted to keep it simple so instead I drew a manga girl and a chibi version of herself. Did you notice the chibi is barefooted? ^o^   I hope you found this post useful. If you have any questions about how to come up with ideas about your banners, then leave a comment and I might write under “Side stories” how I came up with mine.

Ganbatte!!  ヘ(^_^ヘ)(ノ^_^)ノ

Naomi Husband