Anyone who’s read my blog for a while knows I’m not much of a hobbyist. I don’t really have any hobbies. In fact, I don’t like doing most things that could be considered a ‘regular’ hobby.
Before I left for ComiCon, I ordered a couple of Manga drawing books. I’ve been interested in a doing a three panel cartoon ever since Lynn Viehl put the mix and match three panel set on her blog years ago. Like anyone starting from scratch, I didn’t know where to begin. I have no formal art training. The last ‘real’ art class I took was in 7th grade. I did take one correspondence course years later, but since it was college level they assumed I’d had some art training. (Refer back to the 7th grade statement.) You can guess how well I did. That said, I knew I had to start somewhere, so I decided to go with this ‘how to’ book:
This book walks you through drawing Manga step by step. The only thing I wish it did (at least in the beginning pages) was keep the lines that show you where the eyes, nose and mouth should fall. They had them on the first page, then removed them on the subsequent pages. For a total newbie like me, this is NOT helpful. Anyway, I drew my first Manga character. It’s not great. I’m a little smudgy, but it is a step up from my stick people and the one clown I can draw. *ggg See for yourself: