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!

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Starting with the Eyes……..

With my enthusiasm set ……… armed with freshly purchased pencil sets (both colour and 12 sketching grades), a rubber, a sharpener, and fineliner pens .. I was ready to start.

Alas, it took me a few days to make my first drawing. I used the first few days of my journey to literally just look at manga drawings, animes (plenty of those) and online youtube tutorials from accomplished artists in the genre.

This was partly due to my renewing fears of failing and partly the desire to get the rules of drawing manga in my head; so when I watched the anime, looked at the manga drawings and viewed the tutorials with the artists at work, I focused on where the lines were drawn, how the proportions were set out and where the hair hung.

When I finally picked up my pencil, I started with what I considered was the easiest thing to draw ………… the eyes!

And the two eyes bellow were my first of many (both drawn a few weeks ago).

First and Second eye drawings

First and Second eye drawings

As you probably can see… the shading seems a bit out, but I considered it a decent first try. At the very least, I made my first step into the world of manga drawing.

I can’t go further without giving due credit to ‘Sophie-Chan’ who’s youtube videos and website inspired and helped me to get this far. Her website had a very simple step by step guide to drawing the eyes which really helped.

Next time, I will share my first full head drawing which I drew by observing one ¬†of Sophie-Chan’s youtube tutorials.

selection of eyes

More of my early eye drawings

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