During the work day one of the ways I collect my thoughts and work through problems is to sketch.
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.
Mehr Mark Crilley Einfluss. Hier sind ein Paar Chibi-Charaktere, ich gezeichnet habe. Ich habe gefunden, dass ich zu zeichnen mag… obwohl denke ich, ich nicht so gut darüber bin. Ich denke aber, ich besser werde. Ein bisschen
Ich habe keine echtes Interesse in Chibi-Charaktere, aber sie sind süß. Diese Charaktere sind von Mark Crilley Videos oder Übungen.
More Mark Crilley influence. Here are a few Chibi characters I drew. I’ve found that I like to draw… though I think I’m not too good at it. However, I think I’m getting better. A little.
I don’t have any real interest in Chibi characters, but I think they’re cute. These characters are from Mark Crilley videos or tutorials.
Diese ist das erstes Chibi-Charakter von meine eigene Gestaltung. Na ja, ziemlich. Nach habe ich es gezeichnet, habe ich gedacht, es bekannte Pose der Marilyn Monroe geglichen hat.
This is the first Chibi character of my own design. Well… sort of. After I drew it, I thought it resembled Marilyn Monroe’s famous pose.
Schließlich habe ich, was ich ein “Chibme” nenne. (Vielleicht funktioniere der Witz auf Deutsch nicht?). Es ist ein Autoporträt nach Chibi Art. Ich bin sehr freundlich, ja?
Finally I have what I’ve called a “Chibme”. It’s sort of a self-portrait, Chibi-style. I’m very pleasant, yeah?
Kürz fand ich das Buch des Mark Crilley: Mastering Manga. Ich blätterte das Buch durch, und ich dachte, ich einen Versuch es würde. Er hatte mehr Methoden als in das Buch der Yishan Li. (Natürlich sind sie unterschiedliche Methoden zu lehren. Dies ist keine Kritik oder Beschwerde gegen die Bücher der Li).
Crilley ist anscheinend sehr bekannt an YouTube. Ich kann warum sehen. Ich schaute ein paar seine Videos an, und sie waren gut. Diese Zeichnungen machte ich mit die Hilfe die Methoden in sein Buch. Ich werde Buch 2 auch kaufen. Ich sah ein paar Posen dort, dass ich zu versuchen zu zeichnen würde.
Ich fand, Richtschnüre eine große Hilfe waren. Ich zeichnete den Entwurf mit Blaue und graue Bleistifte. Und mit ein neues Papier zeichnete das engültiges Bild.
Ich denke, dass die Bilder mit die Entwurfe ein bisschen unheimlich schauen. Die Finger und Hände sind immer noch schwer zu zeichnen. Aber ich denke, ich Fortschritt mache. Ein bisschen!
Recently I found Mark Crilley‘s book Mastering Manga. I flipped through the book, and I thought I would give it a try. He had more techniques than in Yishan Li’s book. (Of course, they are different approaches to learn. This is no criticism or complaint against Li’s books).
Crilley is apparently well known on YouTube. I can see why. I watched a few of his videos, and they were good. I made these drawings with the techniques in his book. I will also buy Book 2; there were a few poses in there I want to try to draw.
I found the guidelines were a big help. I drew the outline in blue and gray pencil. And on a new paper I drew the final image.
I think the images with the outlines are a little scary. The fingers and hands are still difficult to draw. But I think I’m making progress. A little!
Okay, “Skill” might be pushing it. I’m not really sure I’m ready for this yet. I mean, I know we are our own worst critics, but even still. I think there’s a long way to go before I would classify this as a skill.
I’ve been toying with the idea of building an RPG in the style of the Final Fantasy series. I have been bothered with a story I’ve wanted to tell, and I’m sort of interested in building an RPG, so the two things work with each other. The drawback is that I really don’t have much innate ability to draw. The image above is one I sketched out as sort of an initial go at one of the early recurring locations in the story.
The overall project is a homage of sorts to the Final Fantasy series. There were several elements to each game that I really liked, and others that I thought would make way more sense if they had been included. Since I do have the ability to sling code, the thought of building my own game occurred to me many times. What was missing then was the story to tell. Now that I have that, the beginnings of a story outline, a vague idea of the initial cast of characters, and the beginnings of a script, what’s missing is the artistic ability to pull it off!
So I’m learning how to draw… (and if I’m honest, praying I’ll find someone who’s more adept than I am at it, and wants to get involved in that side of the project). I picked up a couple of books by Yishan Li, and I’m starting out at the bottom rung of the ladder. It doesn’t help any that I’ve never followed Manga; the choice of character styling comes from the influence.
So they’re pretty rough. Feel free to laugh at them. As I said, I’m not any good. Here are a few of the characters I’ve sketched up (read: painstakingly drawn) in an effort to teach my old-dog self a new trick or two.
This last one is as yet unfinished (as I hope you can see). I’ve been debating how to get these from the paper to a code-friendly format, so I’ve been thinking I could scan these in, then recreate them as layered images in Photoshop. As you can no doubt see, faces, hands, and feet give me absolute fits.
I’ve imagined when I tell my daughter that practice makes perfect, she must get sick of hearing it. Now I have to tell myself the same thing. I don’t know if she gets sick of hearing me say it, but I know that I am!