How to Create a Basic Manga Style Dog-Girl (Head Only)

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Hey guys its Josh here!

In this tutorial, I will teach you all the basis fundamentals of making a manga-style dog-girl. Keep in mind that coloring, shading, highlighting, and shape of the girl can change with each person, this is NOT the only way to do it. It is just a basis way.

Before we begin, load up a new illustration in Clip Studio

My recommended settings is a 2000x1690 with a resolution of 72 to begin, but it does not matter as much.

After you create your new illustration, select the rough pencil in the pencil settings, set it to around 5.3 with the color black.

Begin by drawing a basic circle in the middle of the screen.

Draw a line down the middle vertically. Then draw three middle lines horizontally, they will come in good use later on. Finally, a slanted down line on the left (or right side if your image is to be inverted).

This will create the face effect later on.

Go to the right side of the screen, and clip the tab to create a new layer. This step will be repeated multiple times.

After you click on new layer, go to the first layer, go to the visibility and decrease it down and/or set the coloring to blue. This way, drawing on the new layer will look more visible compared to the old layer.

On this new layer, you will draw a basis head shape. This is where the line work from before become very useful. Take your time, but do not worry if tiny errors happen, it will not matter as they can be fixed later on.

Right on the bottom edge of the bottom horizontal line, draw two eyes. Make the left eye smaller to create the 3D effect. Make sure they are big enough, as manga eyes are (most of the time) not proportional to the size of real human sizes. Draw light eyebrows above using the rough pencil.

Then, along the the face slant line from before, draw a basis curvy nose as shown below

On this same layer, draw a basis outline of the hairstyle. This can vary from each person's preference.

Do not worry about it looking odd with the head lines, the unnecessary lines will soon disappear. This is just to get the basis outline started.

Normally we would leave room around the end of the jawline to the head, as this is where an ear would be placed.
Since this is a dog-girl, the ears can be placed later at a higher space, so do not worry about ear placement just yet. Just put hair where ever you want it to be.

Make sure that the hair lines are more pointed at the necessary parts, as if it is not, the hair effect will not appear and it will look too cartoony

Next, the ears.

Now, unlike human ears, these ears will NOT be placed at the normal place where the jaw line meet the base head. Instead it will be higher on the head, often near or at the very top, like how real dog ears are.

Like with the eyes, make the right ear appear ALOT bigger to create the 3D side view effect (if the image is inverted, make the other ear larger.

Create another layer, and repeat the previous step used for layering. However, make sure that visibility one the previous layer is higher than the very first layer, that way you will see the details made more clearly for the previous steps.

On this layer, trace thoroughly around the main details. Although minor errors are not a huge deal, try to make sure there isnt overlapping that is not going to be present on the final piece.

The next part of this tutorial is the coloring and shading.

Unlike the previous steps, the new layer to be added will be different.

You must add a raster layer UNDERNEATH the current top layer as shown below.

This raster layer is the layer where most of the coloring will go.

Coloring is supposed to be based on the particular species of dog you want. First coloring will be the ears, hair, and face.

Any Color is fine as long as you enjoy it and that it makes sense in its blend.

Color Scheme I used are labeled in a number code.

A screen shot of the meaning of the code will be shown below.

Face: H34 S59 V95
Hair: H34 S72 V52
Ear: H34 S33 V100

This is how the color wheel will look, the number code below is an example of how to read the exact color scheme.

(This is of the Ear)

Another tip to have to remember the colors is to put the colors in an area that will not be colored at the moment. Then used the dropper tool to collect the color, that way you will not have to guess the exact color if you change colors.

The main colors of the thing should be within each drawn line, but any errors can be fixed soon.

Remember that from now one, you will use either the Pen or the Watercolor Pen tool to color, with my recommended size being around 7, although you can make it larger to cover more area or shorter to get more exact detail.

The next step is to give the eyes its details along with the outlines of the objects.

Pen will be used for the line work while pen or watercolor can be used for eye detail.

Pen size should be 7 to give it a thick enough outline, however, later on, (especially on hair) a smaller size will be used to give the "pointy" hair effect.

For the Eyes, color on the same raster layer a white coloring.

Next, on the inner circle you drew, add the main color of the eye you want. Make sure to stay in the lines, if you mess up, DO NOT DO ERASE.

White will appear.

Instead, use the eyedropper and color over mistakes with the necessary color.

Then, using a black coloring, draw the eyebrows and eyelashes for the character. Make sure to have curled pointy edges often used for females in manga.

The line work will be on a new top layer, so add a new layer on top of the previous top layer.

Last, make sure to be careful for the line work. If you mess up, just add coloring to the raster layer below. Eraser can be used for this layer as it a top layer, so only its details will be erased.

Now it is time for shading and highlighting!!

First we do the eye. Draw a black circle in the middle on the top layer.

Next go to the raster layer, and select a color slightly darker than the current eye color. You will used multiple shades as shown. Color those on top, then select the blender tool and blend the colors on this layer.

The Blend tool will be key for these next steps.

Next, on the top layer, color in white spots on the edge and middle of the eye. This is to create the light reflection effect.

Next, it is time for shading on the hair and ears. Remember that the sun will hit the character from the angle to choose, so be consistent with shading.

Mine is coming from the right side of the screen, so areas under hair and/or the left side of the face will be the most dark.

For hair, choose a darker color of your current color (if your hair is black, make the sunny side a lighter version of black). Place them around the lines, but do not make them the exact same color as the line work. Place them in the necessary areas.

For skin, the area under hair will have most shading, so be careful with the shading. Mine also has skin putting shading onto hair, so do that effect as well if necessary.

The ear is more complicated.

The ear will have shading both in the area where the ear actually opens, but also at the folds of the ear. For most ears, you will use a darker pinkish color for the folds, but use mostly dark gray coloring for the inside of the ear. Make sure to make it look as close to a dog's ear. Line work will be used to give the inside ear hair effect.

It will be darker at the top folds on the ear.

Final step is the highlights on the hair and finishing touches.

Although most manga/anime style hair has a lot of highlights, this one is for the ones that do not have as much highlighting as it does shading.

Using a rough pencil, on any layer that will not be on the final project, make the visibility higher so you can see drawing. Draw a line with it getting bigger at the edges at the near top of the hair. On this, color in a whitish color on either the raster layer or the top layer, this does not matter as much.

Once you do that, the final part of this project is to edit any tiny errors. Using any layering used before, you can go in and fix any details with a tiny Pen, usually a size of 1.0.

If you ran into the problem I had with the jaw line being too big, go onto the main pencil detail layer (the one used as foundation before coloring) and draw in the new jaw line.

It will take time, but by going back to all layers and making the right coloring fixes, the jaw line will be fixed!!!!

Once you have everything done, you can export your file as png image and submit to anywhere you want to!!!

This is a very basic drawing, so any added detail is suggested as you would like it to be.

Just remember to be as creative and detailed as you desire while following basic rule sets.

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Thanks for opening this Tutorial, I hope it was useful.




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