I've always wanted to show you guys a step-by-step of how I do my art, so today's the day I'm gonna show you!!
You, obviously, need a blank piece of paper and something to draw with. I like drawing with a Ticonderoga pencil, but any good ol' pencil works. And a eraser that doesn't smudge is handy, as well.
I start my drawings with a circle for the first base of the head.* And it's okay if you can't get a perfect circle. You erase most of that anyway, so it doesn't really matter if it's perf.
*I said first base because I then add a chin (second base) and later add hair. XD
Here I started getting the base for the chibi person body. If you don't know what kinda of pose you want you can look up chibi bases or find a picture of a real person doing the pose you want.
I found a pose a real person was doing online and felt like making the whole person into a chibi drawing, so I did. In case, you were all wondering which picture I was using for my chibi person, here it is >>>I know the pose is super model-ish, but I thought it would be kinda fun to try to do something like that.*
*I haven't really done that many poses with chibi people doing arm stuff. So I was kinda unsure of how this would turn out. XD
Here I added the eyes/month/nose* and a little bit of clothing. I've heard that the eyes on a manga person and chibi person are the most important part because they are so expressive. So I did them first for before I add anything like hair and most of the clothes.
*Or, in less words, I added the face.
Now I have drawn the clothes. Wrinkles make the clothes look like they are actually on the person. I haven't mastered where to put the wrinkles yet, but it's super helpful to have reference picture to look at. XD
Hair time! I love drawing hair so much. XD I also added eyebrows and ears and pupils and light to his eyes.
Inking is next! My sister, Lostfairy, and I own three artist pens which we got last Christmas.* The brand is Faber-Castell. I use the black pen with the smallest nib most.**
*I adore them so much!! XD
**For those of you who don't know what a "nib", it's the pointy writing part of a pen. :P XD
For inking, don't ink all the extra lines you drew for the base.* I forgot to ink everything on this picture, so please forgive me. XD I accidentally didn't ink all the wrinkles on his left arm.
*Because, obviously, that would look completely weird AND YOU GUYS ARE TOTALLY SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW NOT TO INK EVERYTHING. SO I DON'T KNOW WHY I SAID ANYTHING.
Once I was done inking, I erased all the pencil lines. Note: if you don't draw lightly with pencil, it will be much harder to erase when you are done inking. And it will be more likely to smudge.
On to coloring!!! WOO!!! I was going to color this with colored pencils, but decided not to because it's fun to do black and white sometimes. I did the darkest shadows with my brush pen.* And little lighter shadows with my smallest nib pen and drew thin lines for the shadows. And for the lightest shadows I used my gray brush pen. :)
I didn't fill in the eyes because I wanted them to stand out. And I think it worked. ^.^
*It's so fun to use!
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Well, guys, I think that's it. What did you think of the step-by-step? Do you think I should do more???