How to draw anime nose

Anime drawing is not complete without the nose. Drawing the anime nose entails knowing the basics of drawing the face shape (the circle then the cross), choosing the character’s “personality” and the view of your character.

Materials

  • Clean sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Eraser
  • Coloring materials

Procedure

Decide on the basics

  • What is your character’s “personality”? Soft traits such as nice or innocent will mean a curvy nose while tough or evil will mean a pointy nose.
  • What is the view (front, side, quarter)?

The nose is the not the first feature that you draw. When you are drawing the nose, make sure you are already done with the basic face shape (circle with the cross) and the eyes.

Curvy nose

  • For the soft nose, a wide “U” works just fine.
  • You can also make a “J”.
  • Flip the nose to fit the view of your character.
  • Remember that the curvy nose is for cute and nice characters.
  • Trace with a pen with the rest of your face drawing.
  • Erase the pencil marks and color.

Pointy nose

  • A pointy nose works best for side views and serious character.
  • Make a wide check mark or a slightly curved right angle, depending on the view of your character.
  • Trace with a pen with the rest of your face drawing.
  • Erase the pencil marks and color.

Tips

  • In some anime facial expressions such as being very mad or annoyed, the nose disappears and is replaced by short diagonal lines.
  • Drawing a small slanting line or a dot will work too if following the face lines are tough for you.
  • When an anime character is shouting or crying or has a very big mouth open upwards, the nose is not seen. It is just the big mouth and the eyes.

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How to draw anime hair

Learning how to draw anime hair is important in creating an anime character. Even if you are only drawing the head, hair is a must unless the character you want is bald, which is quite rare in anime drawing (even the old people have hair if you notice). The hair gives your anime drawing more movement and flair so it’s a must to learn. 

Materials

  • Clean sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Eraser
  • Coloring materials

Procedures

Decide on the basics.

  • Which way is your character facing (front, side, quarter or backwards)?
  • In which direction will the hair go?
  • What length of hair do you want?
  • What type of hair?
  • Do you want to draw bangs?

Only when you have decided on the answers to the questions above and you have drawn the face will you proceed with the next steps.

Straight hair and spikes

  • Draw light arrows to represent the direction of the hair.
  • Follow and connect the arrows like triangles to make the spikes.
  • This works the same way if you are drawing long hair.
  • Use long pencil strokes for long hair and short strokes for short hair.
  • When drawing a female’s hair, soften the lines a bit.

Curves: waves, curls and ringlets

  • Drawing wavy hair is pretty much like drawing straight hair except the lines are curved. Use continuous lines with varying widths in between.  You may start with straight line from the scalp then move to waves as you work your way down the length of the hair.
  • Curly hair have curves much closer to one another and the lines tend to be much shorter. The curls do not have to originate from the character’s scalp and it is permissible to draw curls from anywhere around the hair. The more curls you draw, the more volume the hair will have.
  • Ringlets are drawn in a cylindrical or spiral fashion. They have to look connected and neat, unlike the curls. Ringlets also decrease in size going to the tip of the hair.

Finishing up

  • When you are satisfied with the way you have drawn the hair, trace it with a pen, erase the pencil lines and color.

Tips

    • When drawing hair with curves, remember to draw the curves in the same direction. Waves, curls and ringlets drawn in opposite ways will be a distraction to the overall drawing. You don’t want to draw too much attention on the hair.
    • Coloring and shading hair depends on the view of the character and the supposed “light source” of the cartoon. There is usually a highlight or shimmer near the top of the head and it looks much like a lightning bolt or zigzag shape in lighter color than the hair.
    • Adding bangs can be done too. Drawing bangs is like drawing straight hair or spikes. Just follow your arrows and connect them.
    • Remember that hair is supposed to be poofy so don’t be scared to draw hair that is not very close to the head line.
    • Although it is not very common, there are characters with a shaven head. In this case, follow the normal head line and draw dots close to the scalp to represent the skinhead.

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How to draw anime head

How to draw anime head appears to be difficult but it is not really that hard. It is important to know the type of character you want to draw (male, female, chibi, elf, etc.) and the view of the character you need for the drawing. Most anime characters share similar attributes like pointy features, expressive eyes and obvious anime emotions.

Materials

  • Clean sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Eraser
  • Coloring materials

Procedures

Front view

  • Draw a circle.
  • Draw a long vertical line at the center of the circle. The ends of the line should extend a little over the edges of the circle.
  • Draw horizontal dashes across the center of the circle.
  • Below the broken lines, draw one long solid horizontal line. You now end up with a long cross and a dashed line.
  • Make a big “V” at the bottom half of the circle. The point of the “V” should be at the center, meeting the vertical line.
  • Draw the eyes: the eyebrows should go up to the dashed line and the rest of the eyes should be at the solid horizontal line.
  • Draw the nose along the vertical line just below the eyes.
  • Draw the mouth below the nose.
  • Draw the ears as low as the nose and up to the dashed line.
  • Draw two vertical lines below the face for the neck.
  • Draw the hair above the circle and add as much details as you want.
  • Go to Procedure #4: Finish up

Side view

Anime characters are not always drawn in the front view. Drawing anime in a side view position is quite different but easy as well.

  • Draw a circle, cross and dashed line the same way as front view.
  • Look at the bottom half of the circle and begin drawing a straight line down from the edge of the circle and a slightly curved line upwards to the center line. Don’t worry if it kind of looks like a bird’s beak, this will soon look like a chin.
  • Draw the nape of the neck by drawing a vertical line at the opposite side of the chin that you drew.
  • Draw the eyebrows at the dashed line and the eyes at the solid horizontal line. Remember to draw the eyes to fit a side view.
  • At the very center of the circle, begin drawing the ears up to the dashed lines.
  • Draw the eyes and mouth on the straight line that looks like a bird’s beak.
  • Draw in more details like the hair and forehead.
  • Go to Procedure #4: Finish up

Quarter view

It’s also good to know how to draw the quarter view. This one is the trickiest of the three.

  • Draw a circle, cross and dashed line the same way as front view.
  • Draw two curved lines from top to bottom. Make one line longer than the other. The longer line will be the middle of the face (let’s call it “face line”) and the shorter line will be used for the ear (let’s call it “ear mark”).
  • Start by drawing the jawline. Just like in front view, make a “V” but use the longer curved line as the center of the “V” instead.
  • Extend the jawline up to the ear mark.
  • Draw one neck line just below the chin and another near the ear mark.
  • Draw in the one eye right at the middle of the cross.
  • The other eye should be drawn around the area of the face line. This eye should be slightly smaller than the other because the face is in quarter view.
  • As usual, the eyebrows should be drawn near the dashed line.
  • Draw the nose and mouth along the face line.
  • Draw the ear at the ear mark, with the tip of the ear being at the dashed line.
  • Draw the hair and other details.

Finish up

  • Once you are happy with your drawing, trace with a pen and erase the pencil lines.
  • Color [א1] as you wish.

Tips

  • If you want to make the face thinner, start with a circle that looks more like an oval.
  • There are different kinds of eyes, noses and ears depending on the character you really want to achieve.
  • Drawing anime takes some practice and patience, so don’t get frustrated right away.

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How to stay awake

Sleep is a very wonderful thing; children don’t want it but adults crave for is. But no matter how much people want to sleep, there are just some instances where dozing off is considered unethical. So whether you are a student, employee or anyone pulling in an all-nighter, you will need these tips on how to stay awake.

Tips

1.  Food to perk you up

  • Have a good old cup of java. Caffeine is known the world over for giving just the right boost of energy to keep you awake.
  • Snack on high protein food such as nuts and almonds instead of chips or starchy food. Starch makes you sleepy.
  • Drink lots of water to avoid getting fatigue and dehydration.

2. Wake up your senses

  • Listen to upbeat music. Music is proven to affect people’s moods so anything that can make you want to dance will surely wake you up.
  • Chew on gum or ice to stay alert.
  • Get some sun or expose yourself to plenty of light.
  • Get a sniff of peppermint oil, rosemary or eucalyptus.
  • Go for a walk or do something physically every 30 minutes.
  • Splash cold water on your face. The cold wakes up your senses instantly
  • Pull on your earlobes.
  • Rub and press the skin in between your fingers.

3. Get physical

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How to zest an orange

The top layer of the orange peel is called the zest. It is where the natural oils can be found so the zest adds wonderful flavour to cooked meals and baked goods.

What you will need:

  • Fresh oranges
  • Knife or vegetable peeler
  • Microplane
  • Grater
  • Cutting board

Preparing the oranges:

  1. Wash the oranges under running water. Scrub each fruit to get rid of pesticides and any dirt that could have stuck to the peel.
  2. Let the oranges dry or pat them using a clean towel.

Method #1: Using a peeler or knife

  1. With just the right amount of pressure, slide the knife or vegetable peeler on the orange and peel away.
  2. Rotate the orange while peeling and avoid the going too deep from the rind.
  3. Continue peeling until you get the amount of zest that you need.

Method #2: Using a grater or microplane

  1. Use your cutting board as platform for the microplane or grater.
  2. Hold the grater or microplane on a slanting position.
  3. Grate the outer part or rind of the orange, staying careful not to grate the pith.
  4. Keep rotating the orange while grating to avoid grating one side more than once.
  5. Continue grating until you get as much orange zest as you need.
  6. Spoon up the orange zest from the cutting board.

Tips:

  • The grating method gives finer and lighter zest, which is useful for baking or cooking while the peeling method is useful for garnishing drinks or dishes.
  • Oranges that are cold are easier to zest.
  • Stronger orange flavour comes from the finer kind of zest.
  • Use the zest immediately because it loses flavour quite quickly.

How to harvest basil

Basil is one of the herbs that can be easily grown from your own garden. Many recipes call for fresh basil, and it does not get any fresher than when you pick the basil leaves yourself.

Here are some tips to remember on how to harvest basil.

  1. Wait until the basil plant is about 10 inches high before beginning to harvest.
  2. The best time to harvest basil is when the plant has plenty of leaves but very few flowers.
  3. Harvest only 1/3 of the leaves in one go and allow some time for the other leaves to grow again before re-harvesting.
  4. Harvest the basil leaves after the morning dew has evaporated but well before noon so that the leaves will have fuller flavour.
  5. Use a container that has good airflow such as woven basket or paper bag for the harvested basil leaves. Plastic bags cause the leaves to wilt faster.
  6. Gently rinse the leaves after harvesting and pat them dry.
  7. Keep the harvested basil leaves away from direct sunlight until they will be used for cooking.

Additional tip:

  • The best way to store fresh basil is to freeze the leaves. This can be done by placing the leaves on a freezer bag or making ice cubes out of fresh cut basil slurry.

How to zest a lime

Once you learn how to zest a lime, you are equipped with the same skills for zesting any other big citrus fruit. It is actually easier than it seems,  you can get started today.

What you will need

  • Fresh limes
  • Knife or vegetable peeler
  • Microplane
  • Grater
  • Cutting board
  • Clean towel
  • Spoon

Procedure

1. Prepare the limes

  • Use running water to wash the limes and remove dirt and pesticides from the peel.
  • Pat the limes dry using a clean towel.

2. Use the microplane or grater

  • Put the grater or microplane on the cutting board, in a slanting position.
  • Grate the outer part of the lime carefully.
  • Constantly rotate the lime as you grate to avoid getting to the pith.
  • Keep grating until you get as much orange zest as you need.
  • Spoon up the orange zest from the cutting board.

3. Use a peeler or knife

  • Slide the vegetable peeler or knife on the lime with just the appropriate pressure to take off the peel.
  • Carefully rotate the lime as you peel.

Tips

  • Using a peeler or knife is only applicable for limes that are really big. It will be difficult if the limes are small.
  • The peeling method is best for garnishing while the grating method is better for cooking and baking.
  • The stronger lime flavour comes from the finer kind of zest (microplane or grating method).

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How to poach an egg

Poached eggs make for yummy breakfast dishes, salads and eggs Benedict. They are much healthier than fried egg because they do not make use of butter or oil. Learning how to poach an egg takes a little practice but it is actually quite easy.

What you will need:

  • Fresh eggs
  • Pot or deep pan
  • Ladle
  • Small bowl
  • Vinegar

Procedure

 

1. Put water in the pot and add 1 teaspoon of vinegar.

2.  Allow the water to boil.

3. Carefully crack one egg on a small bowl.

  • Cracking directly on the boiling water could cause the egg to splatter and not get a good shape.

4. Use the ladle to spin the water.

5. Drop the egg and cook for about 5 minutes.

  • The cooking time depends on the size of the egg. It can cook as fast as 3 minutes.
  • The egg is cooked when the white and yellow do not look runny anymore. It will look like sunny side up egg but paler and not oily.

6. Remove the egg from the water.

Tips

  • Vinegar helps coagulate the egg to make it look better.
  • Adding apple cider vinegar or other herbs can help improve the taste of poached egg.
  • Using milk instead of water for boiling the crack eggs will give it a richer taste.
  • Some like to use an egg shaper when poaching too.
  • Beginners should poach eggs one at a time but later poaching can be done with two or three eggs simultaneously.

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Orange rind

Orange rind is also known as orange peel. They are often neglected and thrown away but orange rind actually has a lot of uses.

 Procedure

1. For cooking and eating

  • Before peeling off, zest the orange first. Orange zests are great for drinks and cooking.
  • Orange rind is edible. They can be coated in sugar or chocolate and eaten.
  • Dried orange rind can be ground and combined with herbs to make rubs and marinades.
  • Put orange rind in your sugar jar and it will add a pleasant citrus tang to the sweet sugar.
  • Keeping orange rind in the brown sugar container helps keep the sugar soft.

2. Natural deodorizer

  • A small amount of orange rind thrown into the garbage disposal makes for a natural deodorizer.
  • Similarly, keeping orange rind in the cupboards, cabinets or the fridge keep them smelling fresh.
  • Fresh orange rind is perfect for deodorizing and cleaning the kitchen sink. Scrub the peels on the sink to make it squeaky clean.

3. Animal repellent

  • Orange rind puree is great for deterring ants, flies and mosquitoes because these insects hate them.
  • Keeping orange rinds on the soil of your potted plants keep cats and slugs away and turn into natural fertilizer too.
  • Rubbing orange rind on your skin before heading outdoors is a DIY mosquito repellent.

4. For outdoor activities

  • Dried orange rind has highly flammable limonene, which makes it a great fire started for camping trips and outdoor activities.
  • Putting olive oil on the orange rind and using the pith as a wick turns it into an oil lamp.

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How to make buttermilk

Many baking recipes call for buttermilk. Although ready to use buttermilk can be bought from the grocery store, it can also be made from the home. There are many ways on how to make buttermilk from scratch. Find the best ones below.

What you will need:

• measuring spoon
• measuring cup (for liquids)
• jar

any of these:

• heavy cream (not ultra-pasteurized)
• milk
• vinegar
• lemon juice
• cream of tartar
• plain yoghurt

Procedures:

1. Heavy Cream

• Unscrew the jar lid and fill the jar halfway with heavy cream.
• Firmly screw the lid back on.
• Shake the jar back and forth for several minutes until the heavy cream turns into whipped cream.
• Continue shaking until the whipped cream turns into a yellow glob and a separate liquid. The glob is butter and the liquid is the buttermilk.
• Pour the buttermilk out of the jar and keep the butter for later.

2. Lemon juice or vinegar

• Using the measuring spoon, measure one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar.
• Put the lemon juice or vinegar into the measuring cup .
• Pour milk into the cup up to the one cup line.
• Mix and let it stand for 5 minutes then buttermilk is ready to use.

3. Plain yoghurt

• Measure out 2 tablesppons of milk.
• Add it to the plain yoghurt to make one cup.
• Stir thoroughly and you will get buttermilk..

4. Cream of tartar

• Measure 1 cup of milk.
• Add 1 ¾ tablespoon cream of tartar.
• Mix well.
• Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes so it will curdle.

5. Sour Cream

• Measure about half a cup of sour cream.
• Thin out the sour cream with milk until you achieve the consistency of buttermilk.
• Stir well and you now have buttermilk.

Tips:

• Butter that comes out from method 1 spoils easily so it has to be used right away.
• With all milk procedure, mixtures have to be left to stand at room temperature to allow for curdling.
• The curdling is really supposed to happen with each method because buttermilk is a relatively acidic ingredient.

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