Anime is a popular style of cartoon animation. It can be hand drawn or computer generated. Anime can be recognized by the large, expressive, often rectangular eyes of its characters, as well as the spiked nature of many hairstyles.
Anime's history dates back to at least 1917, when the first known Japanese animation was produced. Today, this art has grown to include more than 400 production studios. Not only do they produce cartoons for children, but dramas, romances, and action series for adults as well.
The love of anime has grown far beyond manga comic books and animated cartoons. Many fans dress as their favorite characters, acting out battles or scenes in a hobby called cosplay. In Japan, otaku, or anime fan culture, extends as far as themed restaurants staffed by costumed employees. Fans desire to enter real spaces that mimic their favorite fictional worlds as closely as possible.
Would you like to draw an anime girl face in 3/4 view? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the basic outline of the face.
2. Use a curved line to sculpt the pointed shape of the chin and the oval shape of the ear, beneath the original circle.
3. Erase the guide lines of the original circle, leaving a clean outline of the face.
4. Sketch in the hair. Use a long, curved line to outline the hair above the head. Then, use a series of curved lines, meeting in sharp points, to craft the locks of hair hanging about the face. Each lock should be shaped roughly like a narrow, curved triangle. Note that some overlap others.
5. Draw a squiggly line across the ear, indicating the inner ear's detail. Then, extend two curved lines downward from the head to form the neck. Draw a "V" shaped line at the base of the neck, forming the collar of the shirt. Then, use curved lines to draw the shoulders.
6. Continue to sketch the hair. On each side of the neck, use long and short curved lines to sketch the locks, allowing the lines to meet in sharp, curving points. At the back of the head, draw two circles. This forms a hair barrette. Draw polka dot circles upon it. Then, draw a pigtail emerging from the barrette. To draw the pigtail, use curved lines that meet in sharp points.
7. Erase guide lines from the hair.
8. Draw the eyes. For each eye, draw a short curved line to form the bottom lid, and a longer, thickly shaded line for the top lid. Use short lines to add more detail to the top lid. Then, draw an irregular curved shape connected each set of lids. Above each eye, draw a thick, curved line to form the eyebrow.
9. Within each eye, draw an oval. Then, draw a smaller, narrow oval within this shape. Shade the larger oval to form the pupil of the eye. Draw a small, sideways "V" shaped line to indicate the nose. Draw a wide curve to form the smiling mouth, and two smaller curved lines to indicate the chin. Finally, texture the hair by drawing curved lines at the base of the pigtail.
10. Color your anime girl. Be creative - anime characters often have vibrantly shaded hair. Would you like to try your hand at even more anime art? Check out our tutorials for manga hair, Naruto, a ninja, charizard, pikachu, and Goku.
According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica , the cross is "the principal symbol of the Christian religion." Millions of people wear a cross on a necklace or employ the cross in body art or to decorate their homes, vehicles, or clothing.
The cross as a symbol has a long history spanning numerous non-Christian religions. Simple X or + marks are found in prehistoric cave drawings. In ancient Egypt, the cross-like ankh or crux ansata - translated "cross with a handle - was often depicted in the hand of the pharaoh or of various deities. It was used both as a fertility symbol and to represent life. W. E. Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words also notes that the cross or t was used as a symbol for the Chaldean god Tammuz.
For 300 years after the founding of Christianity, there is no historical evidence of the use of this symbol in worship. It came into popularity when promoted by Roman Emperor Constantine, between 306 and 337 A.D. Throughout the Middle Ages in Europe, the cross was used as a religious symbol. The design, for example, adorned the shields of knights and crusaders. The cross also appears in much of the religious artwork from the sixth century onward, appearing in paintings, on the cover and pages of religious texts, and in architecture, especially of churches.
Would you like to draw your own cross? The stylized cross in this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial features a rose wound about it.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. Note that in each step, new lines are highlighted in blue, while lines drawn in previous steps are shown in black. At times, you will need to erase lines in order to complete the step. You may also wish to use colored pencils, crayons, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing.
"The eyes are the window to the soul." So states an antiquated maxim. To scientists, however, the eyes are very interesting. For example, researchers are currently developing technology that could use patterns in the iris of the eye to identify people, much as the fingerprint is used currently. Movies and television have long depicted such technology, but it may soon become a reality. In fact, some airports are already testing this 'eye ID' technology.
To artists, the eyes hold another interest. The eyes are surrounded by many, many small muscles, and the movement of these muscles is an indicator of emotion on the human face. Our eyes, for instance, can show whether we are happy, sad, angry, frightened, excited, or bored.
The eyes, then, are an important means of expressing these emotions in the visual arts, yet many artists find the eyes to be one of the more difficult portions of the human face to capture accurately. What is more, it is almost paradoxical that the eyes are one member largely responsible for our ability to draw the eyes of another.
Almost every drawing or painting of humans or animals includes eyes, whether open or closed. As such, many styles have developed. The simplest eyes involve nothing more than a solidly shaded dot. Other simple eyes consists of a circle with a shaded dot inside it. The Japanese manga and anime art styles often lend straight lines and squared corners to the shape of the eye.
Would you like to draw a pair of eyes? Perhaps you are working on a portrait of a friend or family member. Now, the complicated task of drawing realistic human eyes is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue.
The type of bone typically rendered in cartoons - and in this drawing guide - is known as a long bone. Long bones are hard and dense. They give the body strength and structure and are used to help you move around. Long bones can be found in the arms, legs, wrist, ankle, and fingers. The thigh bone, or femur, is a long bone.
Long bones and filled with both yellow and red bone marrow. Red marrow produces blood cells and yellow marrow is used to store fats.
Why do we feed bones to dogs? Bones contain minerals and nutrients. They also satisfy a dog's desire to chew, which in turn helps clean their teeth. Additionally, the dog food that we feed our pets today was not invented until 1860. For thousands of years, family dogs were simply fed table scraps. This often included bones and undesirable portions of meat.
Would you like to give a dog a bone? This easy, step-by-step dog bone drawing guide is here to help you draw one. All you will need is a sheet of paper and a pen, pencil, or marker. You can use this same bone drawing guide to depict a skeleton, a dinosaur dig, or the flag on a pirate ship.