Draw an Anime Character for Beginners.
Anime has taken over the world. From Japan to America, anime is everywhere. It’s easy to see why too! Anime has beautifully drawn characters that are instantly recognizable. They also have a wide range of emotions that can go from happy or sad, to angry or surprised. You might think this is an impossible task for you as an artist, but it’s not! With these simple steps and tools, you can draw your own anime character in no time at all. Follow these steps to create your own anime masterpiece!
Create a Base
The first thing you need to do is create a base. This will be the skeleton for all your drawings. What you use as a base really depends on what style of anime you want to draw.
Next, it’s important that you have the right tools to get things started. You’ll need paper, pens, and some paint. You can also use other materials like pastels or watercolors if you’re more of an artist than an illustrator.
Now that you have everything ready, let’s start with the first step!
Add Eyes and Hair
The first step to drawing an anime character is to add the eyes. There are many different styles of eyes, but for this example we will use the rounded shape with two pupils. Next, add the hair on top of their head. You can make it messy or neat, or even change it completely to fit your character design.
After you’ve added the eyes and hair, it should look like this:
Draw the Body
Step 1: Draw a rectangle for the body. The rectangle should be slightly smaller than the size of your paper.
Step 2: Draw two rectangles inside this for the shoulders, one higher than the other.
Step 3: Draw two rectangles inside these again for the forearms. These should be about half as high as the shoulder rectangles.
Step 4: Draw a square at the end of each arm, with corners meeting in the middle at the wrist.
The first step to drawing an anime character is adding details. You can use a pencil, pen, or marker to get the job done. When adding in details, you may find that certain lines don’t look quite right. If this happens, erase them and redraw them with the pencil until they’re how you want them to be.
Draw in the character’s hair and clothes at this point in your design. A good idea would be to sketch out what you want with basic shapes before getting into detail, so it’s easier for you when drawing.
Next, add in the little details like eyes and ears! It can be difficult to draw these out at first, but once you get used to doing it, it will become second nature.
Finally, add some color! Add some different shades of color on different parts of the character’s outfit or hair for example (like having their shirt lighter than their pants). You can also add shadows underneath their eyes or highlights on their cheeks.
And there you have it! Your very own anime character is complete!
Step 1: Outline your character.
An outline is necessary for drawing any character, but for beginners it’s especially important. The outline should be wide and thick to start out so you can see the line you’re working on clearly. You can also put in details like hair or glasses at this point if you want them to be part of the finished design.
Step 2: Fill in the details.
Fill in the outline with a solid color and then work on adding details like eyes, nose, mouth, etc. For this step it’s helpful to find a picture of an anime character that you like and work from there as a reference point. You can erase your old outline once all the details are filled in!
Step 3: Add shading.
Shading is one of those things that seems hard but is actually really easy once you try it! Start by outlining a light-to-dark gradient on a separate sheet of paper or piece of cardstock with a pencil or marker. You can also do this digitally using Photoshop or another photo editing program– just make sure to print it out first! Then use those lines as guidelines for where to shade your drawing. Draw lighter colors around areas that would receive more sunlight– such as their face, hands, feet, etc.– and darker colors around areas that would receive less sunlight–such as their arms and legs– depending on what time of day they’re being drawn at.