Now Kensuke Okabayashi… Can Make Me into an Artist?

Yesterday I reviewed a video tutorial I had taken by Mark Crilley and under his careful instruction I was able to draw a pretty convincing eye. I was then inspired and decided to delve into the Manga For Dummies book I had on the shelf.

Kensuke Okabayashi is the author of this book and it is filled with her illustrations and thousands of useful hints and tips. As I have no creative ability what so ever I decided to draw a fairly basic manga face with a fancy bow. I know that one of the eyes is too far to the side and the mouth could be better, but on the whole I quite like what I’ve done.

It isn’t as easy to teach someone via  a book as is it video, so I measure this accomplishment almost akin to first eye I draw. Here’s some pictures of the book (and some on the pages I used) and my finished effort. I was bought this book as a present, and I would actually recommend it, but you can decide for yourselves…


Review Mark Crilley On Youtube….Can you Teach Me How To Draw?

Throughout my life I have loved to draw, sadly it is never something I have been very good at. I was looking at video lessons on youtube and decided to complete this one.
I took a lesson to draw a realistic eye. The video is available here.
And here’s my eye, I am really impressed. This video had ten millions views and it isn’t hard to see why. He spoke very clearly and didn’t cover his work with his hands (some how to draw artists have a tendancy to do that) and it was also very easy to stop the video at points and see exactly where he was up to. Great work!

Compare my finished eye to what you can see on the video and tell me what you think.