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Drawing Anime Style

with Cotty Kilbanks
Learn the skills to create incredible anime drawings and gain the creative confidence to invent your own original characters!

Discover how to draw anime characters! Transform your rough sketches into amazing, full-color illustrations with animation artist Cotty Kilbanks as your guide! Begin with a chibi rendering and learn how to use simple shapes and guidelines to create an expressive character. Progress to a more complex anime sketch and find out how to easily render the distinctive heart-shaped face and winsome eyes of the anime world. Conquer changes in perspective as you learn how to translate a front-facing character to a side view, and transform your drawing from flat to fully volumetric with form-building shading. Explore inspiring options for hair, eye and costume designs and learn how to depict various facial expressions. Then, bring your character to life with bold inking, vibrant Copic markers and Cotty's expert tips.

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Lesson 1. Introduction & Getting Started

  • Meet your instructor, anime artist Cotty Kilbanks, as you start your first sketch: a basic chibi character. Use Cotty's tips on drafting guidelines to help you as you begin to work on your character's features. Then gain confidence developing light and shadows.


Lesson 2. Manga Head Design


Lesson 3. Eye Design, Hairstyles & Expressions


Lesson 4. The Anime Figure


Lesson 5. Costume, Hands & Feet


Lesson 6. Coloring Techniques


Lesson 7. Action Poses & Male Characters

"This class is excellent! Cotty's step by step instructions have taken me from total beginner to drawing really cute characters! She is really a great teacher and if you upload your photos of your projects, she gives encouraging and very helpful feedback. I LOVE this class!!!"
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