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A short introduction
I've been drawing pictures for as long as I've been able to hold a crayon in my hand. Therefore, I sometimes take for granted just how easy this is for me and just how frustrating this task may be for others. Don't worry though ... I'm here to help.

Contrary to popular belief, the skill of drawing isn't a talent that has been bestowed upon a select few of us. I firmly believe that each and every one of us is capable of drawing an image. We all draw ... be it the mindless scribbling of stick figures on a scrap of paper while talking on the phone or putting a considerable investment of time into something more polished which would be worthy of a frame and a place to hang on the wall.

How to draw
From my own experiences, I've discovered that the best way to learn how to draw is to ignore the concept of drawing lines to create your image. Instead you should focus on the shapes that make up the basic structure of the object that you plan to draw. For example: a table in it's most simplest form is a box. Draw a box and you have the beginnings of a drawing of a table.

This idea may be a little difficult to grasp in text and especially if your current skill level is not much more than "on the phone doodler". So over the course of the next few steps I'm going to show you exactly what I'm talking about. Let's get started!

Step 1: What you'll need

We're going to be drawing a manga character during this instructable for no particular reason other than it fits into the Burning Questions: Round 7 contest rules. So, I've collected a few items of interest below that we'll need to create our drawing. Starting at the top left and going clockwise we have 1) a bowling pin, 2) a bowling ball, 3) a small collection of checks, arrows and pointy things, 4) circles of various sizes, 5) a bright pink sea urchin and 6) the capital letter "M".

Keep in mind that, unlike other instructables, you do not need the actual physical representations of the items listed above. These are just visual elements that you will keep in mind while creating your drawing. As for actual physical items that are needed for this instructable, you'll need something to draw with and something to draw on. I find that a pencil (with an erasure) and a piece of paper are suitable for most drawing exercises.

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This is really funny and quite helpful! Very nice use of shapes, indeed.
awesome work <br>
This is a great instructable! Mine turned out fantastic with no previous manga drawing skills! XD
I&nbsp;like it, good job!<br />
The character looks more like a fake anime character like Kappa Mikey (Nickalodian) than something you would actually see in an anime.<br />
Here's what I ended up with. Hardly professional but at least I enjoyed making it ;)
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wow i cant wait to start drawing! this is gr8!
I liked how you got into the shape of the head. Very clever! I will certainly favorite this.
this is a really great Instructable :D.. I likes I likes!! look at what my character turned out to be...WAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!! It was great fun making it...
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Great job! I'm glad that you had fun doing this. Now go the extra mile and give him a body. :)
you are very talented.. i loved drawing the "pin head" lol sorry i don't have a scanner. or i would post it....... ~PLUR
take a picture of it. it might not be as clear but at least you would have an idea of how it looks.
Cool. I like that character, and the instructable. This is cool. Faved, five stars.
LoL on the part about manga hair. Too true, too true. Good ideas, this concept works really well in sculpture too!
Where did the bowling template come from - bowling, a dream? I'd love to know how you made this connection because it seems so unique and right. L
From the 3/4 view, the profile of the face just looks like a bowling pin to me. Which reinforced my point of drawing shapes rather than the lines. The bowling ball was really just icing on the cake. It could have easily been just a plain old circle, but where is the fun in that?
Welcome to instructables! That is a pretty neat concept of using object to draw stuff.
lol "Furries".... You have talent, like lots, thank ya for sharing man.
This is the first time I've witnessed the bowling ball and pin to head. Thanks for sharing. I'll see if I can put some of these tricks into my art class.

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