*places spectacles on* Hello class^^ and welcome to Aleana's tutorial on how to draw, Kishimoto style. Now, when learning a particular style of any one particular artist, the FIRST and FOREMOST step is to observe what sets them apart from other artists. In order to do this look at distinguishing style features such as the way an artist draws the nose, eyes, and face shape. These are very important when forming a style. Kishimoto happens to be my favorite mangaka and has been a big inspiration to me. I love how 'realistic' his style is. For example, look closely and compare the two pictures below. (I love Samurai Champloo too^^) Notice the differences between the two. In the left picture, the facial structure is much more rigid and angular...forming almost a boxed or pentagonal shape. Kishimoto's faces have a more round, filled out feel to them . Kishimoto also draws his faces generally to scale. Eyes, noses, mouths etc. are not sized overly huge. Another big factor is the nose. Kishimoto's have a natural, real look, nostril included. HOMEWORK: look over different style and place them next to a Kishimoto drawing. REALLY look! Break the pictures down into shapes and practice, yes, practice by drawing the shapes. *** Now, you can;t draw ANY style until you get down the basics of proportions. It's a big misconception that anime/manga is easiest to draw... YOU NEED TO PRACTICE DRAWING FIRST! Anime artists and mangakas know how to draw realistically before they draw in the Japanese style! Yes, it is important people^^ However, this tutorial isnt meant to teach everyone how to draw, just draw in a particular style, so I won't touch on this subject too deeply. If you wish to know how to draw in general I'll make a tutorial later on for that. Okay, basic shape/proportions of the head: 1.) Draw a circle. *Remember guys, these are sketches, if its not perfect right now don't worry... it'll be fixed up as you go. I'm also drawing this on the computer as I go, so its not refined at all.* 2.) Draw the jawline. Now be careful and TRY TO MAKE IT SYMETRICAL! No lopsided heads for us! Notice how the jawline simply drops down first before curving in towards the buttom when it forms the chin. There, simple right? Thats all you need to form a face. Later on we'll work on different sides and views of the face, but for now lets start small^^ Onto the face now: 3.) Now, draw a line vertically down the center and across the head horizontally. ^^ Eyes are ALWAYS located horizontally in the center of the head (your hair line creates the illusion that it is higher than it is, look at yourself in the mirror... its true!). The two red lines below the eyeline are for the nose and mouth respectively. The nose is almost half the distance of the eyes to the chin, the mouth is 1/3rd the distance between the noseline and the chin. 4.) Now ears, technically the ears realistically are the size of the distance from your browridge *tops of eyes* to the bottom of your nose... anime tends to make them a little smaller so its okay if they aren;t that long... but try not to make them too small. The lips will NEVER be wider than the distance between the eyes from the center. The smaller they are...the more shy/serious a character looks. Loud-mouths (ie. Jiraiya/Naruto) tend to have longer/bigger mouths.. but they dont extend past the centers of the eyes. The eyes lie on the center of that center horizontal line. The distance between the eyes is the length of ONE EYE. So, another eye can fit in between them^^. That's a good rule-of-thumb. *** THANKFULLY Kishimoto draws according to proportion. So as lng as you study proportions more you're already 3/4ths the way there! *** And finally the hair. Whatever you do, just make sure it is only slightly bigger than the original headline. The neck is technically almost the same width as the jaw...BUT this is manga style, so it will be thinner than the jaw (more slender on females, more thick for a male). AND THERE YOU HAVE IT! The basic proportions of the face in a nutshell. Now let's continue to examine Kishimoto specifically shall we?