pick up a pencil

So I feel like learning how to draw in a manga style. Having not drawn much for a good few years, it isn’t too easy (surprise, surprise!). The sharp and decisive line-work that is key to this type of artwork is pretty different to the style of drawing I’ve had experience with before. It’s in a whole different boat compared to realism, with its own set of challenges. So anyway, I’m starting by copying some characters from anime because it’s probably my most accessible place to start. Both pictures  were drawn on cheap A5 notebook paper with a standard 0.5mm HB pacer. 

The first image is supposed to be of Mashiro Shiina from Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. I tried shading using a sort of cross-hatching method, except really finely, so as to get rid of any sense of directionality of the lines that you’d normally have. It seemed to work fairly well, but makes progress slow. The second image is a quicker sketch of the heroine from Jinrui wa Suitaishimashita. I wanted to see how long it would take to copy something and get the proportions right. It took a lot longer than I would have thought, but I’ll cut myself some slack; I’m still a beginner at this style of art=). I’ve got no idea when I’ll do more practise, but I’m planning to try to do a little whenever I have free time.

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