Drawing people as a manga cartoon

I like to draw people that I know as a cartoon in a manga style, its one of my ways of being creative and to test my skills, but most of all I enjoy doing it. The goal is to make my drawing look like the subject that I was drawing, adding as much detail as needed to make it so, but without adding too much fine details so that the drawing is just a fine art study of the subject.

So this illustration here is a drawing of my younger brother Chris, his expression is one he likes to make quite alot; he’ll smile like that and make a happy grin and tap his finger tips together this way when he asks a favour or, as a way of thanking us when folks at home does something for him.

Anyway the idea for drawing this came to me as a picture in my mind when I was thinking of what to draw for him, how best to represent my brother in a way that’s most meaningful to me.. and that was the picture of Chris smiling that came up for me; and it felt right and it was perfect, so I went for it and started to draw him like this.

I think that ideas that come to us when we’re most sincere and come from the heart, the creation process goes very smoothly and the final product is very good and successful.

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About Way of the Artchemist

Love of manga/anime, telling of stories in film and tv around sci-fi and fantasy, has influenced me to draw in the way that I do and, it's these interests that led me to the alternative media and made me question the nature of reality; exploring the ideas around consciousness, and the philosophies of life.
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