Clothing Gallery

Take a look at these examples, and notice how the form of the body is apparent even under layers of material.

Tight Clothes

Even tight-fitting outfits can have wrinkles and buckling. This shiny effect comes from highlighting those wrinkles with hard-edged shapes

Finer Details

Accumulating small details, like lace around the edge of a skirt, can add up to a big

Tight Clothes

Even tight-fitting outfits can have wrinkles and buckling. This shiny effect comes from highlighting those wrinkles with hard-edged shapes

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Ancient Designs

Inspiration for an outfit can come from anywhere, even a history book. There's nothing that says you can't alter an ancient design to fit your own needs.

Drawing Gravity

Remember that gravity pulls down on clothing, too. Gravity often affects how a garment hangs and folds.

Drawing the Wind

Loose-fitting clothing is affected by motion. Pay attention to the way the character is moving and the direction of the wind.

Ancient Designs

Inspiration for an outfit can come from anywhere, even a history book. There's nothing that says you can't alter an ancient design to fit your own needs.

Drawing Gravity

Remember that gravity pulls down on clothing, too. Gravity often affects how a garment hangs and folds.

Drawing the Wind

Loose-fitting clothing is affected by motion. Pay attention to the way the character is moving and the direction of the wind.

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Drawing Folds and Stitching

With any cartoon, you don't have to get this realistic, but it helps to understand the reality behind all those buckling lines you make.

Drawing Folds

Creating Patterns

Adding a pattern to a relatively simple design can give more interest and, dare I say, drama to your character.

Showing the Figure

Even with most of the body covered, you should be able to see the figure's form beneath. Always sketch the full figure before drawing clothing.

Creating Patterns

Adding a pattern to a relatively simple design can give more interest and, dare I say, drama to your character.

Simple Drama Props

Designing Weapons and Props

A prop is any item that a character handles or uses. By this definition, a weapon is just a type of prop. Here are some examples of weapons and other objects. Pay close attention to the construction methods involved, just as you did with drawing figures.

Study the Simple Shapes

The first thing to consider when drawing any object is how to break it down into simple shapes. A drinking glass may be as easy as a cylinder, but more complex items might require a combination of several basic forms. Let's examine some now.

Designing the Staff

Create the curved shape of the head inside the box. Add extra details such as the spikes lining the top.

Basic Staff Shape

To begin this staff, start with a box to represent the head of the staff. Then sketch a rough line to show its length.

Adding the Details

Staves come in a wide variety of styles, so be creative!

Staves Manga

Adding the Details

Staves come in a wide variety of styles, so be creative!

Basic Sword Shape

At the heart of this sword, you will find a number of simple shapes. The most important are the plane on which the blade lies, the box shape of the hilt and the cylindrical handle.

Designing the Sword

Once these guides are laid out, you can begin the actual form of the sword. Inscribe any kind of blade you like into the plane. Designing a weapon is one occasion where you can set your imagination free.

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Adding the Details

Finishing up is just a matter of adding more detail to the shapes you have created. Swords can be encrusted with jewels, engraved with mystic symbols or have leather-wrapped handles.

Basic Gun Shape

Firearms come in assorted sizes and shapes, but most consist of a barrel and a handle for gripping. Represent both of these with long boxes.

Drawn Hand Gun Shape

Designing the Gun

Refine these boxes and meld the two together to achieve this gun's look.

Adding the Details

Although it is useful to draw with a loose, free hand when sketching the general shape, guns often have straight, clean lines. So, it is a good idea to use a straight edge for your finishing line.

Adding the Details

Although it is useful to draw with a loose, free hand when sketching the general shape, guns often have straight, clean lines. So, it is a good idea to use a straight edge for your finishing line.

YOUR OWN MANGA MORGUE

Start building a morgue. No, this doesn't mean you'll be keeping dead things. An artist's morgue is a collection of reference materials, photos, drawings and articles. Ifyou happen to see a cool-looking car or a fancy dress in a magazine, just clip it out and save it. That way, ifyou ever want to draw something, but you aren't sure what it should look like, you may have something like it in your morgue.

Freehand Sketching An Introduction

Freehand Sketching An Introduction

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