It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded some of these drawings I’ve done. All of these come from one or the other of Mark Crilley’s Mastering Manga series, or from his How to Draw videos on YouTube. I haven’t spent a lot of time drawing recently, but I really need to get back into it. If you recall, I started this with the idea of getting some basic artwork done for an RPG. When I read Crilley’s Brody’s Ghost books, he mentioned the Brody character took a couple of years to evolve — which pretty much dashes my hopes of knocking something out in a few evenings. Especially when I can really only do some of these basic poses. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing the characters in Chibi style, actually. That’d take some of the pressure off, and since the game is a homage to the Final Fantasy series… it might even work.
So this one doesn’t have a line-by-line tutorial in the books, but I thought I’d try to work it out. The pose itself is a little awkward for me to get right, and this is probably the fourth or fifth attempt. Her legs and body always seemed disproportionate to her head. Even still, it doesn’t seem particularly good.
This girl looks like she’s hanging her head a little bit. The angle was a little weird, but I like the final result anyway. Breasts are hard to draw well, and I also have a difficult time judging their proportions. One of the things I like about Mark Crilley’s tutorials is that he doesn’t hypersexualize the drawings. Feet and hands are still difficult for me to draw in such a way that I’m not entirely unhappy with them. This is hard to do, and it made me think of this old Calvin and Hobbes strip.
My daughter and I were sitting at the table one night, sketching and drawing. I drew the original image (top) and then drew another one to add color to it. As I was penciling in the color, I was highly aware that a mistake would probably ruin the whole thing. It made me long for the relative safety of the layers in Photoshop!
And finally, from Mark’s How To Draw series on YouTube, the manga favorite — the Cat Girl:
Except Anastasia said the tail looked less like a bushy cat tail and more like a fox tail or something. She didn’t think my representation was in any way cat like. For the record, Mark’s cat girl with a bushy tail actually looks like a cat’s tail. I gave up on the bushy bit and redrew it like this:
Definitely a more cat-like tail as well as a few other improvements, I think.