Intro to Manga Fanart 1: Sketching and Outlining Female Head Profiles using Japanese Techniques

Rachel Cheek, Digital Painting Enthusiast and Bug Whisperer

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15 Videos (2h 21m)
    • Skillshare Trailer

    • Project

    • Set Up

    • Drawing the Head Shape with Reference

    • Using Eyes as a Personality Indicator

    • Eyes and Eyebrows Tutorial

    • Placing Eyes on the Head

    • Nose and Mouth Tutorial

    • Ears Tutorial

    • Understanding Hair

    • Drawing Hair with Reference

    • Styling Expressions

    • Refining Part 1

    • Refining Part 2

    • Conclusion


About This Class


I'm Rachel. I'm a devoted artist of fantasy and manga and I hope to share what I've learned works best when drawing and sketching!

This class teaches drawing female characters in the style of "Manga", a stylized japanese art, intending to create fanart, or art devoted to popular media. Fanart shows how much a fan you are in an artistic way. I'll teach you how to draw portraits of manga styled girls, express emotion, draw hairstyles, and usage of lines using photoshop. However a sketchbook and pencil are great if you prefer.

I can't wait to teach you!

4 of 5 students recommendSee All

I liked this class. It taught me a lot!
Exactly what I needed! However, I would have hoped for a much better video quality, and I'm not really a fan of the proportions used for drawing the face - it looks a bit unnatural and strange..
Razvan Ursan

Drawing is such a stress relief!





Rachel Cheek

Digital Painting Enthusiast and Bug Whisperer

Rachel Cheek lives in Georgia and is currently a college student at Kennesaw State. She hopes to major in Computer Science and Game Art Design, but is a dedicated to creating manga and narrative illustrations and has been paid to teach photoshop workshops and create wallpapers, panels, concept art, and even random things like a dragon clock hand. She is just starting to dip her toes into the art marketing world, but has been drawing and painting since before kindergarten. She love making digital art, but is also proficient in watercolor, acrylic, gouache, mechanical pencil, and other mediums and loves making anything with the theme of fantasy, manga/anime, landscapes, and concept art. Rachel has had her art featured in the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame and was the State Reflections winner for Visual arts at the beginning of 2015. 

Currently she livestreams herself digitally painting at and will begin teaching workshop at Georgia State to train people to use photoshop to paint.