"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.
Faces are integral to many forms of art. Almost every depiction of a person includes his or her face. This spans throughout history, with human faces on amulets and in hieroglyphics being among the earliest artwork discovered.
Faces are universally the most visible part of a person, and the meanings behind facial expressions seem to be universal as well - people from around the world demonstrate emotions such as happiness, sadness, fear, and anger in much the same way.
Faces, however, with their intricate detail, are often considered one of the most difficult things to draw. Would you like to master the craft of drawing the human face? Doing so is easier than ever with the aid of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser.
Note that in each step, new lines are shown in blue while previously drawn lines fade to black. Some steps involve the removal of lines added in earlier steps. You may also wish to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or paints to complete your drawing.
Since the invention of art in antiquity, when humans first mixed paints or scratched images in the dust, people have been a popular subject. Ancient hieroglyphics and cave paintings contain images of people, and as these artists became more skilled, their work became more detailed. Soon, their pictures including lifelike depictions of the human face.
The face can be an intimidating item to draw. Breaking the face down into smaller parts and learning to draw these can simplify the task. The nose, of course, is one such important item. Noses appear in almost all pictures of the human face. In some art forms, such as in caricatures or in some cartoons, the nose assumes an even larger role as an exaggerated feature. An example of this can be seen in Maz Beerhohm's 1896 caricature of Aubrey Beardsley, from the collection Caricatures of Twenty-five Gentlemen. In this picture, the man's face is almost entirely a nose!
Did you know? Your nose does more than just detect smells. It actually serves as a filter and air conditioning unit for your lungs. Tiny hairs in your nose help remove dust, smoke, and germs from the air you breath. Small blood vessels warm cold air before it enters your lungs. They also add moisture to the air, helping you to breath easily.
Would you like to draw your own nose, or someone else's? Following the instructions in this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is a great place to start.
To draw a simple nose, all you will need is a pencil, a good eraser, and a sheet of paper. Notice that each step in this drawing guide includes both an illustration and explanatory text. New lines in each step are shown in blue, while previously drawn lines fade to black. Some steps will require you to erase guide lines. When finished, you may color your drawing using crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints.
"The nose knows," as they say, but why stop there? Hone your drawing skills and check out our tutorials for drawing eyes, lips, and even an entire face!
Human faces are, of course, found in art dating back to the time when people first started drawing other people. We see examples of this early artwork in ancient hieroglyphics and on the painted walls of caves.
Lips are a prominent feature of all faces. Controlled by numerous muscles, the lips play a large role in human facial expression. Using our lips, we express happiness by smiling, sadness by frowning or pouting, and anger by pulling the lips back in a snarl. People often make their lips more noticeable by applying colorful lipstick or shiny lip gloss.
Did you know? Most animals, especially reptiles, don't have noticeable lips. Mammals are the only animals that have muscles directly connected to the lips, and some fish have lips that are adapted into special sensory organs that help them find food.
Even when the lips aren't visible they have a role in artwork, as in, for example, Franceso Hayez's 1859 painting The Kiss. Comic book style pop art from the 1960s to the present often accentuates the lips, using bright shades of red, pink, or even black. Today, images of lips are often used to symbolize love, kissing, and flirtation. They appear on Valentine's Day cards, clothing, and school supplies, among other items. Because of their role in romance, some cultures require women to cover their lips with a veil when in public.
Would you like to add a pair of lips to your drawing repertoire? Doing so is now easier than ever with the aid of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide. You will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. For each step, pay careful attention to the illustrations as well as to the explanatory text. In each step, the blue lines indicate what you will draw next. In some steps, lines are removed. When finished, you may color your picture using crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints.
Are you ready to draw a flashy set of lips? Keep a stiff upper lip and get started with this helpful tutorial.
"Judy in disguise, well that's what you are
Lemonade pie with a brand new car
Cantaloupe eyes come to me tonight
Judy in disguise, with glasses."
- "Judy in Disguise," John Fred and the Playboy Band, 1967
Eyeglasses, also called glasses or spectacles, were first invented in 1268. For nearly a thousand years, glasses have been helping people see better.
In the past, wearing glasses came with negative stereotypes, such as being a "nerd," weak or elderly. This changed during the early 1900s when American presidents and movie stars were photographed and filmed wearing glasses.
Today, however, glasses are often seen in a positive light. People who wear glasses may be identified as "smart," as a teacher or researcher. We can see this in popular culture. For example, the genius Gretch Grundler and the teacher Miss Grotke in the animated series Recess each wore glasses. Glasses can also symbolize maturity.
A number of people who don't need glasses for medical reasons wear them simply as a fashion statement. This is especially the case with tinted sunglasses, but transparent lenses may also be worn. Characters such as Wonder Woman's alter ego Diana Prince and the Flash's friend Felicity Smoak have helped reframe glasses as a part of the persona of intelligent and powerful women.
Would you like to draw a cute cartoon of a girl wearing glasses? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
The term manga (pronounced mon-ga) refers to a Japanese art form similar to the American comic book. Manga originated in the late 1700s, and since the 1950s, manga has made up a large portion of the Japanese publishing industry, and are popular throughout the world.
Manga comics are not just for children. Many are produced with adults specifically in mind, as are novels in many other parts of the world. Manga cover a wide range of topics, including children's stories, drama, mysteries, detective stories, fantasy, science fiction, supernatural fiction, and historical fiction. Most are originally published in black and white as magazine serials. If popular enough, the stories will be collected together in volumes called tankōbon.
Manga is set apart from other, similar comics by its distinctive drawing style. Manga characters typically have large, often rectangular eyes, and other features may be exaggerated as well.
For example, male characters often have spiky hair and enormous muscles. Females may be drawn with an exaggerated figure, short dresses, long legs, and intricate hairstyles. At times, human characteristics are combined with those of animals, for example, Inuyasha's feline ears and Goku's primate-like tail. This style is shared by Japanese animation, referred to as anime.
If you are drawing your own manga characters, you likely want to get their hair just right. Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step anime hair drawing tutorial.
To draw your manga character, you will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. In each step, illustrations and explanatory text are provided to guide you through adding or removing lines. Soon, your manga character will be ready for action!
Hair has been important to human culture at least since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Hair styles then came to represent social standing - for example, facial hair in men was a demarcation of royalty.
This was so important to that culture that Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh, had herself depicted with a beard in temple carvings and paintings. In the Bible, Samson's great strength was dependent on his not trimming his hair. In the Victorian era, it was customary to keep a lock of hair in order to remember a deceased friend or family member.
Indeed, hair is still an important part of our lives. Many people expend great amounts of time and money on styling their hair. Would you like to learn how to draw hair? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial explores a classic hairstyle - that of pigtails, or hair tied back on each side of the head.
Did you know? The term pigtail originated in the American colonies in the 1600s. It described a "twist" of chewing tobacco, made from curling several leaves together and then drying them. It was so named due to its resemblance to the curly tail of a pig. Later, it was applied to braids or tied bunches of hair that were worn by both men and women.
All you will need to complete your drawing is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. Each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text.
Hair is something very important to most people. It is one of the first features other people see. Because of its prominence, hair styles have held meaning throughout history.
For example, cutting the hair short has at times been a sign of rebellion. During the English Civil War, some soldiers cut their hair in defiance of the spectacular curls worn by men of the king's court at that time. During the 1920s, women adopted bobbed or cropped hairstyles as a sign of rejection of the traditional roles of females.
At other times, the opposite has been true. In America during the 1960s, the group known as "hippies," who rejected many societal norms, famously wore uncut hair. In some religions, refraining from cutting the hair is a sign of piety or the adoption of special vows. The longest hair ever recorded was grown by a woman in China. The hair was over 18 feet long and had not been cut in over 30 years.
Would you like to learn how to draw a person with curly hair? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. In each step, the illustration and its accompanying text will guide you through adding and removing lines until your drawing is complete.
What color will your hair be? There are no limits except the crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints you have on hand. Did you know? All the different variations of natural hair color are the result of just two pigments, called eumelanin and pheomelanin. The former shades black and brown hair, while the later lends itself to red hair. Blonde hair results when there is little of either pigment produced in the hair, and grey hair results when all production of melanin ceases.
Some credit William Shakespeare with the maxim, "the eyes are the windows to the soul." This means that you can learn a lot about a person by watching their eyes.
The eyes are one source of nonverbal communication - we show our feelings to others when we cry, when our eyes are drawn up along with a smile, when they grow wide with fear, are squinted in anger, or when we roll our eyes in contempt.
The Japanese animation style known as anime takes the art of the eye to a whole new level.
The eyes of anime characters are large and expressive, often square in shape and somewhat pointed, rather than round.
Each artist or series displays a distinct drawing style, which may include interesting styles of hair and dress and differing degrees of realism.
Modern anime arose during the 1950s, following the success of American animated cartoons, such as those produced by Walt Disney.
Since then, the popularity of anime has spread around the world. Many popular cartoons are dubbed with other languages, such as English, and marketed around the world.
A subculture has grown up around anime and manga - not only do fans watch the television shows, but they often delight in playing video or card games, reading books, dressing up as characters and engaging in live action role play, or learning to draw their favorite characters.
Would you like to draw an anime (or manga) character? Mastering anime girl eyes is a good place to start, and this simple, step-by-step eye drawing tutorial is here to help.
All you will need is a pencil or a pen and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use colored pencils or something similar to shade your finished drawing.
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.
"Lips, however rosy, must be fed."
- Ovid, Roman poet, 43 BC to 18 AD
Lips have long featured in popular culture. Since time immemorial, poets have waxed romantic about the fleshy protuberances surrounding the mouth that form the smile. William Shakespeare cast young Romeo to swoon over his Juliet: "Thy lips, two blushing pilgrims ready stand." Love letters are sealed with a kiss, and school supplies, clothing, and everything in between may be emblazoned with puckered lips, especially near the romance-themed holiday of Valentine's day. They also represent iconic logos, such as the tongue and lips logo of the Rolling Stones.
Lips, however, have many important uses besides kissing. Lips are a tactile organ, meaning they have nerve endings that are sensitive to touch, heat, and cold. Babies and small children thus use their lips to learn about their world. Lips are also forming the smile, a form of non-verbal communication.
Lips are also important in speech and food intake. We use our lips to articulate different sounds when we talk. People with hearing loss can even increase their understanding of a conversation by lip-reading, or watching the shapes made by the mouth. Our muscular lips also enable use to keep food inside our mouths and create the airtight seal necessary to draw liquid through a straw.
Would you like to draw cartoon teeth and lips? How about a smile? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. You won't need any lipstick - just get your pen, pencil, markers, or crayons and a sheet of paper.
Holding hands is a form of nonverbal communication, a gesture whose meaning varies widely depending on culture.
Children from various parts of the world hold hands in friendship or in play. Certain rhyming games, such as "Ring Around the Rosy" and "Red Rover" involve hand holding.
Parents hold their children's hands, often as a means of protection, authority or control. For example, a parent may hold a child's hand while in a public place or while crossing a street in order to keep the child close and protect him from potential dangers.
In North America, hand holding among adults is typically seen as a romantic gesture, indulged in by couples who are dating or married.
In many other countries, however, adults may hold hands as a sign of friendship or respect. For example, in 2005, Americans were shocked to see photos of then-president George W. Bush holding hands with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. This adult hand holding is traditional in parts of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean region.
At protests, demonstrators sometimes hold hands as a sign of solidarity. This is called a "human chain." During some protests in Asia, several million people have joined in this hand holding behavior.
Would you like to draw a set of hands in a warm embrace? Doing so is easy when you use this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use colored pencils, markers, paints, or other tools to shade your finished drawing.
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