How to Draw Manga – Part 1: Where to Start at?

How to Draw Manga – Part 1: Where to Start at?


Welcome to my channel! A channel that is
focused on helping you, the next the manga artist, learn how to draw. In this channel, I’m going to teach you
everything that I’ve learned about drawing in a way that I think will be both
enjoyable and educational. So let’s get started with part 1, Where to
Start at? And that is a good question. Picking the right starting point is one
of the most important and crucial steps you can take to quickly
becoming a good artist. Yes, even if you pick the wrong path, you can still become a good artist. It’s just going to take longer and be
more painful then it really should have been. However, this is a lot easier said than
done. For a complete beginner, everything is
unknown territory and there are many, and I mean many, places
to start at. It’s like you’re thrown into an endless
hallway of doors and told to pick the best one. It’s not only
impossible, but also confusing, frustrating, and irritating. So where is a good starting point? That
magic doorway to success. Well, for most people, it seems like that
answer is the face. And I totally understand that. It is the
most visible and recognizable part of our body. It
should be a top priority. I mean really, who wouldn’t spend the
most time developing that part of the body? It’s beautiful, elegant, and delicate. It is the part of the body that gives
the character life, energy, and meaning. Its, … Wait a minute. Did I just draw that? Well, for most people, it’s the most
important part of the body. But I have to disagree with that
starting point. I believe the face is one of the worst, if not worst, starting
points you can pick as a beginner. So, why do I think that? Simply put, it’s too hard for the beginner. As with anything in life, drawing takes
a lot of time and patience. You need to take it slowly,
one step at a time. Take evolution, for example. We just didn’t go from a single cell
organism straight through to a full-fledged human being. No, we had to go through several stages of
evolution before we got to the place where we are
today. As an artist, you must do the same. You can’t just start anywhere and by all
means please don’t start at the end. So, if the face is not the right place
to start at, where is the right place to start at? Is it with, perhaps, proportions or anatomy? Unfortunately, no, I think all these places are wrong. If I was to recommend one place to start at – the very best place – it wouldn’t even be a
part of the human body. No, I’d definitely tell you to
stay away from that. Instead, I’d tell you start with primitives. You know, those cool mathematical things like cubes, spears, and cylinders. awesome right? all sarcasm aside, there are many, many benefits for starting out here. First, it will get you thinking and drawing in 3d. Because, even though the canvas is 2d, the thing that you are drawing is
still 3d. Thus, if your mind isn’t thinking in
those terms, then your drawings are going to reflect
that. They’re going to be two-dimensional, plain, and boring. Second, it will teach you about space in
volume. Primitives can provide you with a simple
and easy way to lay out your entire scene in a
realistic and accurate fashion. If you’re able to draw bounding boxes for
every one of your objects before you even start drawing, I can
almost guarantee your end result will look better. Why? Because that division of space will let you focus on a small aspect of
the picture rather than the whole. Third, it’s just easier to draw primitives
then it is humans. And that alone makes it a better starting
point. Heck, most people learn how to drive
primitives in their geometry class – if they weren’t sleepy like me. And if you’re having any kind of trouble
drawing primitives, then you’ll definitely going to struggle
with the human body. And that’s it for this video. Basically, just keep it simple, don’t
bite off more than you can chew, and you going to be fine. Thanks for watching! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions – anything at all – please feel
free to post them on my website at drawingmanga characters.com or on any of my social sites. If you like what
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have a great time drawing!

Dereck Turner

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