For the hands, it can be easier if you have someone have their hand in the position you want to draw the hand. You can also use your own hand, but it is a bit harder. For the hair, it should never be flat to the outline of the head.
First, draw the back of the hair, like a bottom layer, then the bangs, then add anything else that you think would look good or natural. But in most anime/mangas, the hair can sometimes have a gravity-less look, so just draw what feels natural to you.
For the clothes, draw a rough sketch of the outfit on a separate piece of paper, then draw it on, try to stay near to the body’s shape, unless you want the clothing to be baggy.
How can you make the eyes actually look like anime, not just cartoon?
Sketch a circle and a vertical rectangle. Draw a straight line connecting the two shapes. There should be about a half centimeter of space between the rectangle and circle
I am finding the hair difficult, I just can’t seem to get it right. How can I draw it better?
Check the grade you want to buy online or on in your favorite local art supply store’s website. If you cannot find the grade, ask the retailer to supply it. If they cannot, then try a different retailer who knows their paper grades.
You can clothe your anime girl in whatever designs you wish. If you are just getting started, stick to basic shapes, like A-line dresses.
Here are other suggestions you can use for your anime character.
Use a pencil and draw lightly so it will be easy to erase your starting lines. Make sure that your head has the right proportions. For beginners, this is a common and easy mistake. Manga and anime characters don’t have to have huge eyes to qualify as manga or anime.
A lot of manga and anime characters have eyes that are very close to actual human anatomy! Start drawing your manga before you get an instruction book (if you do) so you can gain your own style, rather than copying someone else.
At the end, very carefully go over the main lines over in nib pen. Make sure the hands drawn are relatively the size of the head, usually smaller. If you have your own anime figures, put them in front of you while drawing.
Sketch the main shapes first, then go over the lines. Practice folds and shadows too. Comedy genre characters usually have lesser folds. If you do not know how to draw certain figures or objects, do your research online as reference.
Try creating animal-based characters, such as catgirls or rabbit-inspired chibis. It will help you to add personality to your characters too: just think about the personality of the animal. For more inspirational ideas start watching anime, draw your favourite characters and then draw your very own original anime characters.
Adding details to the eyes will add more life and dimension to the character. Learn anatomy and study the human body before even attempting a full body. This will give you more body proportions as well as the right anatomy.
Practice drawing facial expressions for your characters, as these are important. There are many useful resources available from Pinterest and Google Images. Search for ‘drawing expressions reference’.
Draw most body parts with straight lines instead of curves. Facial features can be curved.
Add manga-style eyes. As with hair, eyes are an instantly recognizable hallmark of manga drawing.
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There’s no specific place to put the nose, it’s just whatever feels natural. Usually the position of the nose varies based on who/what you’re drawing. Anime people usually have their noses around two thirds of the way down the person’s head.
Just try to experiment with different nose positions and see which one looks right.
Draw a number 6. Add a head with cat ears. Fill in details (eyes, mouth, whiskers, etc.).
Have one of your friends model the pose while you draw it so you can see where to position everything.
Yes, that’s a great way to develop your creativity and own drawing style.
Follow these images for other suggestions you can use for the school uniform of your anime character.
Anime is a style of animation/drawing originating from Japan. Most anime drawings include exaggerated physical features such as large eyes, big hair and elongated limbs. In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw an anime school girl, an anime girl in swimwear, a teenage anime girl, and a younger/child anime girl.
Add unique manga clothing styles. Start by tracing the clothing over a basic form, then erasing unnecessary lines.
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Darken the outline of the body and choose a design for the character’s swimwear. A two-piece is a simple and common choice.
Manga are typically done in black and white, but you can color it using things like watercolor, gouache, Copic markers, etc.
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“Manga” refers to comics and graphic novels created in Japan, but this style of comic is popular worldwide. To draw manga or illustrations in a manga style, you’ll need to practice sketching facial features, clothing styles, and other elements common to manga. You can also incorporate elements of “anime” — Japanese animation — into your drawings, as well.
Sketch the eyes. Position it, or, more conventionally them, with the help of the crossed line as an outline. Add small curved strokes for the eyebrows. Sketch an angle for the nose and a small curved line for the lips.
Copy, but don’t trace! From tracing you only draw it in that moment nothing more. Copying is better, doing so then you have a concept of what you drew. Find a simple character on a manga you like or on the web.
More possibly headshots, Make sure they have relatively easy to draw hair. Fan art can be just as good as the originals. Practice drawing the pictures you have found, so you can develop a “feel” for manga style.
Things to note: Eye Styles: This varies greatly, not just between manga, but also between characters in the same series. Eyes are a very expressive feature in Manga, and a character’s eyes can tell you all about them.
Proportions: Manga style is all about manipulating proportions, your character may be anywhere from three to eight/nine heads tall. Compare to a normal human figure, which is generally six or seven.
Pictures to look at for practice, especially for eyes (you can’t draw if you don’t know how to; study on how to flesh out and add detail)
Start with manga hair. Hair is usually one of the traits that instantly identifies a character as manga-style. When you’re comfortable with these steps, move on to more complicated styles, and add shine to the hair in zigzag patterns.
To draw the same character is kind of tough. Have an original image of the character for guidance, and use templates of people in different positions/angles and imitate them. Keep a sketchbook to try out different perspectives until you’re happy with them.
Clean up and get ready for inking. Erase any other guidelines, and make sure you know which ones you want to keep. Again, this is one place a kneaded eraser comes in handy.
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Ponytails are easy to start with. Remember to make strands of hair and that drawing in a space between the two sides of hair in her face will look better. Keep practicing––hair is actually not that easy to render when drawing, as it requires careful lines and good shading.
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Try observing real life objects to see where the light would fall. Shadows will usually be under folds of clothes and hair, and lighter areas will be opposite to this.
Do in pencil first, then lightly shade it before drawing in the lines you want with ink/pen.
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Draw a manga boy. Change the hair, eyes and facial expression as you see fit.
Keep practicing until it becomes what you expect of it. You can erase many of the unwanted lines once you have the lines that do work — perhaps the problem is that you have too many lines at the moment.
Give your manga characters a pet by drawing a dog. Once you get the basic technique down, try adapting it to different breeds.
Add the shape of the girl such as the face, the arms, neck and body shape.
I can’t seem to do the eyes right? Could you explain them a little better?
Sketch the extremities as lines and circles. The circles represent the joints.
Add some facial expressions to your manga faces. These can help communicate emotion in your characters, expressions are very important in drawing manga.
Choose a design for the character’s outfit. School uniforms are a common choice. A simple blazer and pleated skirt would be nice.
Find a point in which you want the wind to be coming from. Then, you can estimate how long the character’s hair is and make it flowing the opposite of where the wind is coming from.
Try drawing gothic-style manga clothing. This usually incorporates features such as top hats and petticoats.
Draw the draft for the dress. You can dress the character with a dress you like.
It probably won’t look great because you don’t want anything else covering the drawing, but if it’s the only paper you have, then use it.
Use the ‘head’ rule: the body is roughly 5 heads tall and the shoulders are 2 heads outward.
When drawing a full body pose, pay attention to the overall of your drawing. Don’t rush into the details of a specific part early on. If needed, sketch a general shape or blob of your vision in the beginning to help guide your composition.
Not every eye has to look like it has like 100 stars! Sometimes males have wider hips than most, for the right effect you have to make sure that the waist isn’t too curved or he might look like a girl.
Instead of drawing really dark lines, start with very light lines. Sketch it out at first, and then you can make them darker when you finish. Don’t go too overboard with the chin, as it won’t look right.
You can now sketch the eyes. Position it with the help of the crossed line as an outline. Add small curved strokes for the eyebrows. Sketch an angle for the nose and two small curved line for the lips to make the character looks like she is smiling.
Using the stick figure as a guide, add shape to the drawing. Take note of the proportions and where joints are located. Add a crossed line on the face and thorax to help you determine accurate positioning of body parts later.
Since this character will be wearing a swimwear, indicate where the breasts are located using two Teardrop shapes. Add a small slanted stroke for the navel.
The best trick for drawing hands well is to study your own hands first. Notice the shape, color, texture, angles, etc. Draw your hand in dozens of different positions and in different lighting. This isn’t a shortcut, per se, but it’s an exercise that will improve your drawing.
Color your drawing. You might want to make it neutral colors, so they look good, not so they clash. The choice is yours though, team orange and purple if you like. It’s your drawing.
Look at where the clothing scrunches up on a figure and add lines there. If you need more help, use a reference image to give you a better idea of where the wrinkles should go.
Use the stick figure as guide to drawing the girl’s body, add shape to the drawing. Take note of the proportions and where joints are located. Add a crossed line to the face and thorax to help you determine accurate positioning of body parts later.
Whenever I draw it always seems to “line” like, I can’t get my drawing to be solid looking. How can I make it look less line driven?
Draw the “stick men” This is the basic framework of your character. Draw the lines for where arms/legs will go and their positioning. Draw the circle for the head first, a line for the spine, a line for the shoulders (a little below the head, so there’s a neck), a line across for the hips.
It may be easier to draw circles for joints . You’re drawing a stick figure. This step is to block out the proportions and figure out what your character is doing; Standing? Sitting? A heroic pose? More things to note! Don’t feel too worried about your proportions being messed up, more practice then! Usually you can go on and copy more pictures OR copy a page from your favorite manga.
They can guide you on how to get an “active” drawing. One day you will realise a style,a way you WANT to draw,a way where the characters look right to you and everybody else. Practice hard for that day to come.
Is it okay for me to look at references and copy the pose but change the hair and other details?
When drawing hair, remember that hair doesn’t always hug the skull. Try to make it look fluffy by having it extend over the sides of the face. Also, don’t try to draw every single strand; basic outlines or “clumps” works better.
Lastly, consider making the hair appear more dynamic by drawing it blowing slightly to one side.
Draw a template of a manga head. Use this as a starting point for your manga characters.
Add the eyes, nose, and mouth. Also add the details for the ears and the eyes.
Design a hairstyle for your anime character. Here in this illustration, it is a simple style that can be achieved by sketching slanted and curved strokes. You can also add a bow or a pin or any accessory on the hair for design.
Draw the basic outline of the face and the ears. The ears should be within the middle line for the eyes up to the line for the mouth.
Blending pencil (used when shading not required at the starting point)
Try drawing lightly rather than pressing down so that your pencil is just barely skimming the paper. Additionally, make sure that you have a good eraser – whether it’s on your pencil or separate from it.
When an eraser is hard and inflexible, it’ll just smear your drawing.
You can’t. Impatience will ultimately destroy your style in an effort to get professional looking manga. Take your time and get better as you go.
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How do I make a character seem to be reaching towards the viewer?
Draw anime-style eyes. Do it by hand, or try drawing on a computer. When you’re ready, try to use anime eyes to express emotion.
Ink your drawing, more possibly with a nib pen and color, if desired. Practice over and over. Once you are confident,start reference with other popular manga on paneling and story. Then good luck with your manga!
Make the hand larger than the body and draw it in front of the body.
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Sketch the wireframe of a young girl, but draw a larger head to represent a child’s proportion.
Make an outline of the anime girl using stick figures and shapes. First, sketch a circle for the head. Add an angled shape on the lower part of the circle for the chin and jaw. Use a short line for the neck.
Connect a curved line from the neck down to where the pelvis would be located. Draw a four-pointed shape for the thorax and attach more lines for the limbs. Use a triangle as guide for the hands.
Don’t exaggerate her body. Real women don’t always look like Victoria’s Secret models. Just draw like you see her in your mind’s eye. Or have someone pose for you, then draw the person in an anime style.
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Flesh out your stick figure. Add weight and depth to the various parts of your stick figure and you must do it well. Head: Indicate which way it’s facing with a line, and then add the chin and cheekbones.
Remember that the chin may be very pointy depending on your style. Shorter cheek and round chin indicates cuteness. Chest/Torso: Block it in with a circle, or a simple prism – more rectangular for guys, more triangular for girls.
Make sure that with girls, the waist is thin, flaring out into rounded hips; while for guys, the shoulders are much wider, and the hips are narrow. Hips: Can be indicated with a sphere/circle. Limbs: Should be blocked in with ovals or cylinders, with circles/spheres for the joints.
Hands and feet: Can be left simple for now, though you might want to indicate their positions.
Make an outline of the anime girl using stick figures and shapes. First, sketch a circle for the head. Add an angled shape on the lower part of the circle for the chin and jaw. Use a line for the neck down to where the pelvis would be located.
Draw an inverted dome shape for the thorax and attach more lines to the limbs. You can use a triangle as a guide for the hands.
Refine your figure. Still don’t worry about details for now, but clean up your lines, and generally just make the figure clearer. A kneaded eraser can come in useful here.
I’m finding it hard to draw the hands, hair and clothes. What should I do?
I can never find the right place to put the nose, how can I know a natural place to put it?
To draw an anime girl, start by lightly sketching the wire frame outline of a young girl. Next, build the rest of her body by adding shapes to the wire frame, then use the shapes as a guide to create the girl’s figure. Add details like her hair, clothing, and accessories, then use a smaller tipped drawing tool to refine your drawing. Draw the final outline over your sketch with ink or a darker pencil, then erase the sketch marks from the paper. If you’d like, add color to your anime character to bring her to life!
Try drawing a whole character. Incorporate face, hairstyle, eyes, and expression as you work.
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Add the guidelines face and body curve. For the body curve guideline, draw a triangle for the upper body shape and a semi circle for the hips.
Drawing an anime character is just like the adventure the character travels through. This task can be tricky though, so here’s a step-by-step guide.
Add the guidelines for the face. Draw 3 lines for the eyes’ position and a line for the mouth’s.
Come up with a story first. Then, you’ll need the ability to draw out that story. If you need any more help, you can go to any book store and find manga to give you a look on how a good story is written out.
Or, borrow some manga from your library. Keep practicing, as it can take time to get all the pieces sorted.
Erase the draft lines and add more details. You can add more creases in the clothes and hair details.
Español: dibujar un personaje de anime, Português: Desenhar um Personagem de Anime, Italiano: Disegnare un Personaggio Anime, Français: dessiner un personnage de dessin animé, Русский: нарисовать персонаж аниме, 中文: 画动漫人物, Deutsch: Eine Animefigur zeichnen, Bahasa Indonesia: Menggambar Karakter Anime, Nederlands: Een anime karakter tekenen, ไทย: วาดตัวการ์ตูนอนิเมะ, Tiếng Việt: Vẽ một nhân vật truyện tranh Nhật Bản, العربية: رسم شخصية أنمي, 한국어: 애니 캐릭터 그리는 법, 日本語: アニメキャラを描く
Start adding detail. Start drawing in the clothes, making sure they fit the form of your character. Shonen styles character will have fancy heroic clothes,comedy style has carefree or strange clothes draw the hands and feet, and fill in the, eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc.
The best way to improve is to keep practicing. You can watch anime to get an idea of how anime characters look. Another way to improve is to draw with friends, so they can give you new tips and techniques.
Add shading in the iris and white patches, as if your character was looking into a light.
Eyes are hard to do. Remember that the eyes are made up of shapes. See How to Draw Anime Eyes for more help.
To draw manga, start with a basic outline of the head. Use sharp, zig-zag shapes for the hair, and large, expressive eyes. Draw a small nose and mouth, keeping the focus of the face on the eyes. For the rest of the body, start with the basic outline of torso, legs, and arms. Add unique clothing to the character, like a gothic style, and accessories, like bags, pets, or hats. For a less detailed character, you can borrow styles from anime to make the character look more like a cartoon.
Draw a manga robot. Try combining the shapes into different robots as you get more comfortable with the technique.
Make them either large and shiny or slightly squinched up and imperfect. Make tears at the very corners and the skin around the eyes slightly redder then normal.
Design which hairstyle to use for your anime character. You can use curved strokes to make the hair look wavy. Add a C shape on each side for the ears, peeking a little from the thick hair of your anime girl.
How do I make my picture look professional even though I am an amateur?
I use an HB pencil or mechanical pencil, then use a 4B to outline, and then a thick pencil, like a 10B, to shade.
You can draw the hair however you’d like to for your character. If you want to make it more realistic, maybe add a few curls or stray hairs.