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How to Draw Intimate 'Boys Love' Scenes

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Fans of yaoi and boys’ love anime and manga genre are rejoicing over a new compilation of reference poses covering a variety of romantic scenarios featuring all-male characters. Illustrated by Ebimo, an experienced artist specializing in boys’ love manga, the new collection contains 112 pages, plus a CD-ROM.

Some of the topics covered include high and low angles and sketches based on childlike characters, known in Japan as “deformed characters.”

There are seated and standing kisses…

and a section devoted to piggybacks.

There are also scenes where one character leaps into the other’s arms.

There are even tips for how to add detail to basic sketches to create a professional-looking result. According to the artist, the basic sketches help to provide accurate proportions for different scenarios, but when drawing pictures like these, it’s important to imagine the characters as living beings, to create a feeling of life and energy in the image.

Reference books for sketching boys’ love poses appear to be highly sought after, as Ebimo recently announced that a second edition is currently in the works.

The Boys’ Love Pose Sketch Compilation – Hugs and Close Scenes Coupling Extra went on sale on April 25, 2017 and can be purchased online or at bookstores around the country for ¥2,400 (US$21.56).

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