Trying out a new emotion and a new hair-style!

Attempt at emotion and a new hair style

A new emotion and a new hair-style!

Two days after my first free-style drawing, I came up with the above result (The date at the back of the drawing register as 10.1.12, so 4 days short of a month ago). This was yet another free-style creation but with the aim of departing from the contented faces from before.
I also wanted to alter the hair-style a bit for variety.
Now, I may have mentioned this before, but I definitely couldn’t draw in hair, ears, clothing or a body. Conventional eyes were so-so before I attempted this journey. But even here, the eyes don’t look as they should!

For the hair and the eyes, I was yet again inspired by Sophie-chan. If you look at the eyes closely, you will see the light bubble on the right drawn in Sophie’s style. I added a second light-bubble on the left in my attempt for experimentation.

Now, as regards the hair in this drawing, I tried to use it to convey the overall mood of this character. I drew in long droopy strands of hair trailing a little between the eyes. The eye-brows and eyes and mouth completed the look.

I drew in a flowing curve of hair in an attempt to recreate a style by sophie-chan in one of her tutorial videos. Check the video bellow to see what I mean. In her case, it’s more glamorously done, and she has two wavy curves of hair on both sides of the face whereas I only have one on the right-side (character’s left-side) of the face.

In this video, Sophie used copic markers for blending. At the time of writing this post, I haven’t even gotten into using coloured pencils extensively or any other colouring and so i’m not sure when I’ll be at the level of blending copic markers. That’s a mile post unseen behind some hills; but it’s a mile-post that I’ll pass in time.

Finally, I left the drawing with the face. No neck, no body, no clothes. You will notice that I’ll attempt to draw in those later in the journey. But being a total novice, I didn’t want to take on more than I needed to at this point.

That’s all for now. Next time, I’ll be attempting a new eye-style with a little colour!

Check the road-map to my journey here!

I have started a tumblr blog recently called Ashl3y’s Manga (Ashley being my middle name) where I share my latest manga artwork. So if you’re interested in fast-tracking to where I currently am in the journey, subscribe to that blog. You won’t get any detailed information on what I did to achieve each picture (such as you will find here); I’m waiting till I reach that point here on my manga journey :).

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Until next time.

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An introduction

I’ve recently really gotten into Japanese Manga and anime art. But my desire to draw well stemmed far back into my early childhood.

Try as I might, I could never get my pictures right. It would either be a problem with the eyes, the ears, the hair, or the proportions. Add to that, shaking hands would mess up the work. So, unsurprisingly, it was years before I tried again.

But this time, instead of conventional art, i’m going down the manga route; and this time, instead of figuring it all out on my own… i’m going to observe the established artists, watch their youtube tutorials, buy their books, and then implement the rules of the game.

At the time of writing this first post, i’ve already done a few pictures which i will showcase in order of time in this blog. My first ever manga picture though, was only completed in the beginning of this month (January 2012).

This blog is my journey. You’re welcome to read along as I try to pick up on what I learn. The truth be told, I never thought i’d try to draw again. I guess it’s my interest in manga that’s giving me the enthusiasm to try again. Perhaps, this blog will help you too.