Step 1

prepare for a masterpiece

Step 2

what is this crap

The End

 

This is me pretty much me every day.

Maybe one day it’ll get better T_T

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Here are some guidelines that I use to draw faces. I didn’t come up with all of these rules, it’s just the ones I use when I draw.

Following these simple rules you can easily draw a female or a male face. The one I drew below is an androgynous one that you can easily edit to be either male or female.

Step 1: Draw a circle and a cross

Divide the circle in half vertically and horizontally. For the vertical line, extend it by another half of the circle so that you have three equal sections from top to bottom.

Step 2: Find the facial lines

The top of the vertical line is the Hair Line. The middle of the circle is the Brow Line. The bottom of the circle is the Nose Line. The bottom of the vertical line is the Chin Line.

The Hair Line is where hair begins to grow. Note that actual hair might go below and lot higher than this line.

The Brow Line is where the eyebrows go.

The Nose Line marks the bottom of the nose.

The Chin Line marks the bottom of the chin.

Step 3: Position the eyes

The center point of the eyes is positioned about a third of the way down between the Brow Line and the Nose Line.

The width between the eyes the same width as a single eye.

The ears go between the Brow Line and the Nose Line.

Step 4: Position the mouth

 

With the eyes figured out, you can now position the mouth. The corners of the mouth line up with the center points of the eyes.

Vertically, the mouth is positioned about 1/3 to halfway between the Nose Line and the Chin Line depending on how you want to draw your character.

Step 5: Position the nose

The width of the nose is about the width of a single eye, and often a little smaller.

I personally find that the bottom curve of the nose from the nostrils starts about two eye heights below the eye. The eye height includes the eyelids. (This is especially useful to know when drawing a face from the side, but I’ll cover that in another post.)

Step 6: Curve the jaw

For a face directly facing me, I tend to curve the jaw around the same position as the corners of the mouth and the outer edge of the eyes. For children the jaw curve goes below the corner of the mouth. For men, the jaw curve will be wider than the outer edges of the eyes.

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And that’s it! Again, please note that this is just my take on some very common guidelines! Your characters and drawings will and should vary widely from these proportions.

 

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Poorly copied from this frame of Bakamonogatari’s manga, illustrated by the legendary Oh Great.

It totally blows my mind how mangaka can keep their lines so smooth.

Side note: The manga version of Bakemonogatari is pretty decent. The characters are slightly different from the anime, I’ve noticed–e.g., Senjougahara blushes a lot more.

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Drawn with pen and ink. His hair is extremely complicated and very difficult to do without pencil lines. I also just suck at drawing long smooth curves.

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Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (Rising of the Shield Hero) is an isekai anime, where the main character is transported to a fantasy world, and in this case, it’s a semi game-based one.

Just with this information alone, you can probably guess the entire plot. He’s a loser in real life, super overpowered in the game world, the ladies love him, there’s a mysterious yet uninteresting bad guy to defeat, story logic is constructed by toddlers, and a fantasy world backstory as bland and generic as dollar canned soup.

Yet, as of today, the series has a score of 8.36 on myanimelist (anything above an 8 is typically decent).

So I checked it out. It went like this:

It’s fascinating to me that this run-of-the-mill cookie-cutter series is, in fact, rather addictive, and I think it boils down to this: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari is a rags to riches story. Hollywood loves this trope, especially in gangster movies—this is the anime equivalent. Instead of impoverished immigrant to mafia boss, this is more along the lines of fun monkey boy to alien Super Saiyan.

Without spoiling the story too much (although let’s not kid ourselves here, there’s little to spoil), Tate has a few other quirks going for it.

The main character starts at what appears as a disadvantage—stuck with only a shield instead of a legendary weapon — but this turns in his favor, which we’re all expecting, but unfortunately, it happens all too quickly.

The story also plays with the MMORPG “party” concept a bit—where you’ve got one character that’s a tank and one that’s the DPS hitter.

Oh, and of course, our MC has slave girls.

Let’s be honest, this is a major draw for male anime audiences, myself somewhat included if I’m honest.

But from a prefrontal cortex point of view, I can’t help but feel bad for the voice actresses that have to spout the most ridiculous and embarrassing lines imaginable.

What makes it worse is that Naofumi, our honorable “Yuusha” (hero), is a grade-A emo whiner (it’s actually one of his shield skills), so the girls have to continuously hold up his ego or else he gets all sad and insecure.

I have an uncomfortable gut feeling that this aspect is actually what a lot of aforementioned male audiences enjoy.

I don’t get it myself, but it seems like there’s some kind of mental masturbation and wish fulfillment going on here, where the guy acts like a huge immature dick and the girls love him anyway.

Will I finish the series?

Meh, maybe.

It would be a done deal if every episode were out already. But I don’t know if new episodes are wait-able… as in, there’s a good chance I’ll start something new and forget all about the sniveling shield hero.

I hear it’s interesting to be reincarnated as a slime…

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