JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles YouTube channel
If there’s a budding artist in your family, get out your sketchpads! Los Angeles-based illustrator and animator MinoMiyabi will be your guide through a series of short, fun instructional videos (7-10 minutes each) specially tailored for children & families – no experience required.
Each episode will focus on one subject, starting with creative variations on the classic ‘smiley face’ leading into drawing techniques for the development of more detailed facial expressions. In successive videos, the audience will be encouraged to apply the methods from the clips, referencing various Manga and Anime styles, to draw their own characters, family members, and animals.
Episode 1 | Emotions with a Simple Smiley Face!
MinoMiyabi introduces the basic principles of drawing and character design through one of the symbols we’re all familiar with – the classic smiley face. He’ll demonstrate how small variations in drawing a mouth, eyebrows, and eyes can convey widely ranging emotions. Viewers can experiment with this and have fun with character expressions. Finally, MinoMiyabi will guide an exercise to put it all together!
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Full Program Details | Episode 1 – Episode 4
Audience | Designed for families and kids of all ages!
Materials | Pen/pencil and paper
Videos | JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles YouTube channel
Born in Yokohama, Japan and based in Los Angeles, MinoMiyabi is an illustrator and animator focused on the balance of aestheticism and consistent logics. After developing his career in an animation studios as a layout artist/animator, he became a freelancer doing illustration, animation, storyboarding, and concept design for clients such as Walt Disney Imagineering and Shinca Entertainment founded by Shin Koyamada, a well-known actor in “The Last Samurai“.