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How to Draw Black People by Nubia06 How to Draw Black People by Nubia06
There are probably lots of people that would like to draw black people but don't know how. That can't be helped since many of us began by getting or ideas from existing anime/manga, who rarely have black characters. I couldn't help but share my knowledge with others. This is my first ever tutorial so please don't hunt me down if it's not perfect. If you have any valid suggestions or comments, please feel free to make them.

Now that that's out of the way, let me just say this. If anyone has a problem with me using the term black instead of something more politically correct (i.e. African American) I'm sorry about that. The reason I use that term is because it includes anyone of African descent whether they be American, Brazilian, English, or actually African. Not only that but that's what I grew up with and I'm not very politically correct.
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castformrain Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad somebody made a tutorial like this! Especially the section about hair.
Blizky Feb 19, 2014  New member
Thank you. It seems to be some kind of taboo about black people. (I'm not American so I  don't really get it)) I want to include a big bad ass black general and his beautiful daughter on my comic and is hard to find references. Any comment about eyes would be appreciated :) thank you
Kebiru Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Have to save to my studies folder.
Its very helpful 
aoxxus Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh sweet jesus ;;;
Actually black/Black is just as politically correct as African American, just an umbrella term, as you indicated earlier.  I'm politically correct and and also grew up with the "B-word."
Kebiru Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'd still rather be called black than African American since Americans don't understand that I'm a Trini Canadian.
Rianetta Dec 7, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for this! Small tips and strong words I see!

I myself am of the brown variety. And honestly, because I couldn't really pick out any features different between black and white (Like sheep soft hair and voluminous lips where the only ones I knew) since I didn't really see much diffrences! Haha!ouo

But now I can make more hairstyles and take advantage of that nose tip you added.-u-
rugbiter Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
although I'm technically looking up non-anime instructions for drawing all different ethnic faces, I stumbled on this and I still find it very helpful, especially the side profile.
BlackieChan35 Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like to use Ayako from Slam Dunk and The Cloud Nin from Naruto as reference (even though I'm pretty sure they're not 'black'. 
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