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Faces in Profile: Drawing Session with Kutsuwada Chie

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Japan House London’s series of online events looking deeper into how to draw manga continues with a one-hour drawing session by UK-based manga-ka Kutsuwada Chie which explores a different take on facial features.   

In this event, participants take on the challenge of drawing a face in profile, as opposed to the usual front-facing view, and are encouraged to learn how the eyes, nose and mouth change with the movement of the head.

While following the guide of a professional manga artist, participants are most welcome to ask questions and try to replicate the drawing or use the artist’s suggestions to make their own work.     

Following the event, we invite all participants to show their work by sharing it on social media with the hashtags #japanhouselondon, #manga and #MuseumFromHome, and tag Japan House (@JapanHouseLDN).

*This drawing session is open to all levels and makes use of digital drawing, although participants are welcome to use any drawing equipment that they have available at home.

About the artist

Kutsuwada Chie was born and brought up in Japan. After graduating from the printmaking department of the Royal College of Art, London, she is now based in Brighton, working as a professional manga artist. Her work Moonlight (2008, collected in The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 3 by Constable & Robinson) was shortlisted in the Manga Jiman competition organized by the Japanese Embassy in the UK. One of her latest projects is a series of illustrated columns for Mainichi Weekly (published every two months by one of the major Japanese newspaper companies) about life and culture in UK. Her books are available in most English-speaking countries and Japan, and some are translated into Turkish, French, Italian and Spanish. Besides creating manga comics, she runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums, such as the British Museum, the British Library and Victoria and Albert Museum. She has also have worked on projects for Channel 4 and CNN.