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.
Is it okay for me to look at references and copy the pose but change the hair and other details?
Start by drawing the head without any of the small details. In the front view you can draw a circle to help you get the shape of the top of the head. In the side view it will be a slight oval.
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.
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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.
After you have the main body parts drawn out draw in the details such as the hair and various facial features.
I can never find the right place to put the nose, how can I know a natural place to put it?
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?
For the clothing we will draw a few basic items. We will draw a shirt, shorts and socks.
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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.
In this tutorial you will find very detailed step by step illustrations and instructions on how to draw a female character in the anime and manga style.
Drawing both views at once is a good exercise. If you are good at drawing one particular body part in one view but not so much in another this can help you.
The feet (when drawing the side view) should be about as long as the distance from the wrists to the elbow.
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.
Since this type of clothing is fairly thin and tight it will follow the overall outline and shape of the body.
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!
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.
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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.
For drawing a female anime character in three quarter view you may want to see:
Choose a design for the character’s outfit. School uniforms are a common choice. A simple blazer and pleated skirt would be nice.
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.
Also important to note is that in the breakdown below can be drawn in a slightly different order but yo do want to start with the head and the body.
Yes, that’s a great way to develop your creativity and own drawing style.
Certain styles may deliberately exaggerate certain proportions (like the big anime eyes for example) there are still rules to follow when drawing.
Looking at the Perspective Drawing Tutorial for Beginners and How it Relates to Anime may give you some insight into this.
You can also check out the How to Draw an Anime Guy Step By Step Tutorial.
Eyes are hard to do. Remember that the eyes are made up of shapes. See How to Draw Anime Eyes for more help.
Clean up your drawing. For the sake of the tutorial I will leave some of the guidelines but you don’t have to.
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.
If we were doing a more realistic looking style the body would be about as wide as two heads side by side (not including the hair). But since we are drawing anime draw the head slightly bigger than that so the body will be smaller in comparison.
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.
Follow these images for other suggestions you can use for the school uniform of your anime character.
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.
Start by drawing some lines that indicate each item of clothing. Draw these lines in smooth curves that hug the shape of the body. (For example the top of the socks should not simply be a straight line but a curve to show that the fabric of the socks actually wraps around the leg)
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.
I’m finding it hard to draw the hands, hair and clothes. What should I do?
Draw the arms starting from the shoulders and work your way down to the fingers. Keep a close eye on your proportions when drawing.
The shape of the body (when drawing the front view) should be similar to an hourglass.
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Below is the full break down of how to draw an anime girl in the front and side views.
Darken the outline of the body and choose a design for the character’s swimwear. A two-piece is a simple and common choice.
For the front view of the girl you should start by drawing a vertical line. This will help you make both sides of the figure more even. If you are drawing two views at once you can add the horizontal lines to make sure that the different body parts match up in both views.
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The legs should be about half the length of the entire body.
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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.
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.
I am finding the hair difficult, I just can’t seem to get it right. How can I draw it better?
Any part of the body that has less exposed to light will be darker (for example the head will cast a shadow on the neck). So we will shade accordingly.
In this tutorial we will draw as if our character is standing in fairly normal lighting conditions either outside or indoors and facing towards the light source that is up above her.
We will not go into the details of drawing those in this tutorial as they are already covered in other tutorial on this website. You can refer to the following for more information:
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.
With the shading done we now have the finished anime/manga girl and that concludes this tutorial.
One of the most important thing to keep in mind when drawing the full figure is the proportions or the relation of one body part to another. Everything has to be the right size or your character will look odd.
You can draw some small circles to help you get the shape of the shoulders. Later on we will also draw these to indicate joints.
Here are other suggestions you can use for 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.
Sketch the wireframe of a young girl, but draw a larger head to represent a child’s proportion.
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I can’t seem to do the eyes right? Could you explain them a little better?
You may notice that in the front view the feet go slightly past the bottom vertical alignment line. This is NOT a mistake. This is because if we rotate the person on the spot her feet would reach closer towards the viewer in the front view than in the side view.
You can find a full tutorial on drawing the details of head here:
For the finishing touches we will add some basic colour and shading.
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.
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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.