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.
-when starting to draw keep in mind where your character will be in the background.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Erase the original head line.
-Doing this will give the sense that your character’s hair has taking over the back of her head.
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.
And just add color!
-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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
6. Add lighting effects.
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?
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:
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.
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 ^_^