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How To Draw An Akuma A Japanese Evil Spirit

Updated on September 12, 2011

Draw An Evil Demonic Spirit - The Akuma

An alternative Akuma ink drawing by artist Wayne Tully.
An alternative Akuma ink drawing by artist Wayne Tully.

Draw Akuma( あくま) A Japanese Evil Spirit

Akuma is a Japanese evil spirit said to have a giant flaming head with burning bright eyes and carrying a huge sword and it's thought in Japanese superstition that if you see one you are very unlucky indeed. So figuring out how to draw an Akuma is just like drawing from a blank sheet as it's a Mythical Japanese spirit and so with that vague description the possibilities are quite encouraging to potentially draw something great.

What follows next is my own interpretation of how to draw an Akuma. The pencil sketching roughly marks out the flame shapes and mass head structure of the evil spirit and as it only has arms attached to the head I though it looks more menacing too. Don't worry about the flames at this stage, we can improve them when it comes to the inking process and really flesh out them fiery flames.

I used a 6B soft pencil to sketch this evil demonic spirit out and In the photo of the spirit drawing I did at the top of this page you can see the similarities between both alternate drawings, the only difference is the teeth really.

Watch the drawing video and have a go at drawing whilst you watch...

Drawing Akuma Japanese Evil Spirit Video Tutorial

Using Ink Pens To Ink The Evil Spirit Akuma

The process of inking is always the same as you can ink over the intitial pencil lines already drawn, but it is highly recommended to improve on your pencil line art like a professional comic book inker would with improved detail and correcting lines and shapes that didn't look too good to start off with after your quick sketch.

Gel ink pens have been used in the video below and I recommend these, however you can use whatever ink pens you like, such as Uni-ball fine line ink pens which I've used before with some success, although like the gel ink pens on occasion they do clog sometimes which is annoying, buy hey they are super cheap and affordable for starving artists worldwide.

Inking The Evil Spirit Akuma Video

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Simone!

      Color video to come soon with a massive file upload to youtube which failed twice now, so hopefully a third time will prove successful to complete this tutorial.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Waynet, you are awesome. And this is seriously cool. Your drawing tutorials are fantastic!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      It sure would...look for the color drawing anytime soon on this page!

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      7 years ago

      That would make a nice tattoo!

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      Anthony Raphel 

      7 years ago from Kerala, India



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