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How to Draw Yourself As a Manga Girl/Boy

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Wanna know how to draw yourself as a Manga (m-AH-nga) girl/boy? Open your eyes, your feelings, and your mind, then follow the steps.


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    Use a camera to take a high resolution picture showing only your face. Make sure the picture is good because you'll need it later.
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    Print out the picture.
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    Gather your supplies. You will need a clean piece of paper, a sharpened pencil (not a mechanical one), a big eraser, and a felt tip pen.
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    Draw an oval in pencil. It should be standing up (not sideways) and be about the size of the head in your picture.
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    Lightly sketch guidelines for the eyes. The space between the eyes should be about two times the size of the eyes.
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    Create a curved line over the top guideline, then a curved line under the bottom one.
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    Draw a slanted line for the nose.
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    Make a line for the mouth.
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    Try to draw hair. Use close together lines not chunky blocks of color. Hair should have a little sway to it; try to make your hairstyle like that.
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    Draw two curved lines for the neck.
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    Create the eyes. Draw a large circle in between the two curved lines on both the eyes and draw two shines in them (just two circles: one large, one small).
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    Trace over every line with the felt pen. Then, after the ink dries, erase everything so it is all cleaned up and looks nice.

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  • Analyze your mood, then try to capture it with specific facial expressions. This is an art that will set your manga face apart from the others.
  • Insert extra detail, concentrating on bringing out your personality.
  • Learn all about anatomy of a manga face. Read books and look carefully at the existing art that you consider extraordinary, then try to capture that look.
  • Learn about color by visiting YouTube and looking through some videos. Find out about shading and texture as it relates to color and to black and white while you are on YouTube.
  • Vibrant colors for your character can be generated using prismacolor markers!

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