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How to draw animes

Updated on February 13, 2013

How to draw animes

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* Gentle warning: Mad long post with truckloads of images coming up, if you have a slow connection do make yourself a cup of tea before proceeding.*

Today, I'm going to do a tutorial on drawing! In fact, today we're drawing an anime character. This is really just how I learnt to draw and I think there isn't any 'correct' way of drawing. And yes, I'm not exactly drawing like a pro but I'm just sharing.

So if you're ready, let's begin!

What you need:

Now, Here's what you'll need.

1. Pencils

I'm using mechanical pencils today but really, it's up to you which type you want to use. Make sure you have two different shades though. One should have a lighter shade which we'll use to draw and the other with a darker shade for outlining when we're done.

2. Paper

I'm using a cartridge exercise book, what I like about it is that it's not huge like a drawing block but the papers in it is of the same texture as those in a drawing block. You can use either one as long as the paper is of drawing block texture.

3. Eraser

Trust me, you'll be needing plenty of this. Plenty.

4. Print out of your anime character

Search online for a picture of the anime character you want to draw. It is important to print it black and white especially if you're a beginner. Reason is that it makes it easier for you to see where all the shadows are and the shade of the shadows in each area. The printout do not have to be the same size as what you plan to draw. You're not tracing so any size will do.

I'll explain why we're printing this out later.

5. Open up the image on your computer for stand by

You must be wondering "Why on earth do I have to do that when I've already printed them out??", well the reason is that if you have a shitty printer (like I do) most often than not, the lines of the anime in certain area will not be clear (especially when there's a complicated inter-cross section). So having it on the computer will help you in deciding where goes where.

Time to draw!

Done. Now it's time to draw! Whooo!

The method I'm using is for beginners. Most of the time, we (beginners) cannot draw free hand. Right? And when we do, either the head is too big or the body is too big or one eye is bigger than the other. So to counter that problem, we'll use guidelines. Here's what we do.

I'm going to draw this anime character, Shana from shakugan no shana.

Now prepare your paper and draw a line in the middle like this. Do it horizontally and vertically.

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Remember to use the pencil with a lighter shade and don't press too hard when you're drawing. This is because all this guidelines will be erased when we're done. Pressing too hard will make it really hard to erase and it'll look ugly with lines all around your masterpiece. You don't have to be very accurate with the 'middle' thing. Just gauge roughly will do as long as it's not too crooked or out of alignment.

Next, do the same to your print out.

If you noticed, most of the drawing will fall in the right half of the paper. Now, we do this step by step. Divide the top right box into more grids. What you do is really just draw a line in the middle over and over again until you're happy with the size. Do the same to your print out.

Here's what my printout look like.

Your drawing should look abit like this.

As you see, the guideline practically tells you how wide the curve should be and how straight the line should be, etc. Therefore, all you have to do is draw according to what you see in the printout. For example, 1st row 2nd box from the right in the print out should be the same as the 1st row 2nd box from the right in your drawing.

As and when you find that you need more guidelines, just continue dividing the boxes and do the same in your printout. The more boxes there are, the more proportionate and accurate your drawing will be.

Here's what I did.

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As you can see, I'm putting in more guidelines so that it makes it easier for me to draw. Of course, you don't have to be super accurate with the lines, gauge roughly and have fun.

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When drawing the eyes, do spend more time on them. Make sure they're proportionate because anime do focus on their eyes after all.

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Finally, all done. Now you'll need to clean up the drawing. Time to erase all the guidelines and darken the outlines of the drawing.

Erasing the Guidelines....

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And you're done for now. Yay!!

Now fill in the eyes and you'll get this:

Dont panic if your drawing looks abit weird. I know mine does. But the reason is.. you have not done the shading yet! So do on and shade in the shadows. For this part, you can use guidelines to help you if the shadows are big and nicely cut but otherwise you'll have to rely on freehand shading (is there such a term?). Once the shadings is in, it'll look perfect.

I don't have a picture of my drawing with the shadings because I was too *cough* lazy *cough*.. I mean busy.

Psst: To increase my credibility that this method can work, here's a few of my drawings done in the past.

Here's rukia from bleach.

Kisuke Urahara from Bleach.

And dizzy from gulity gear X.

Yes! Mad long post is finally done. Alright, have fun drawing! Outta here, bye!

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Special thanks!

A special thanks to my sis Jasmne for making this wonderful lens.

Yup, Jasmne being spelled without an "i". Uniquely talented individual! :)

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    • Magda2012 profile image


      6 years ago

      wow ... you are really talented! Great drawings!

    • Aja103654 profile image


      6 years ago

      This is cute!

    • GrimRascal profile image


      6 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      I wish I could draw better. haha

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      6 years ago

      You did a beautiful job on this...your sister is very talented as you say above she made this page. *blessed*

    • FirstAirbender profile image


      7 years ago

      Quite an inspiration! Thanks!

    • sunny saib profile image

      sunny saib 

      7 years ago

      Drawing existing characters has been my biggest fear since always but your step by step way to go about it makes me want to give it another patient short.

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      7 years ago

      I really like this lens, its inspiring me to do something like it. Thank you for sharing your skills, animes must be fun to draw. :)

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      Tony Bonura 

      7 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I wish I had the skills to draw. But you made it look so easy, maybe I might try. I'll bookmark this lens to refer to when I have some time to draw.


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      Elaine Chen 

      7 years ago

      let me show this to my son, see whether he like to draw this kind of anime characters or not; thanks for sharing

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      Elaine Chen 

      7 years ago

      let me show this to my son, see whether he like to draw this kind of anime characters or not; thanks for sharing

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      What an excellent demonstration lesson plan on how to draw anime characters. You are a great teacher.

    • barberrela profile image


      7 years ago

      Great step by step process of drawing animes. Thankyou

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      Darcie French 

      7 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Very nice how to draw animes tutorial, many thanks!

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      Nancy Johnson 

      7 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Great step by step visual instructions that everyone can follow.

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      Nancy Johnson 

      7 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Great step by step visual instructions that everyone can follow.

    • PennyHowe profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens on drawing. I have seen this method before and so I am sure it works. I am terrible at drawing and really do need to give this a try. Maybe if I succeed it will help with my drawing self-esteem. Thanks again for a great lens.

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      Max Wong 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks hanjee. I like that too! :)

    • alesxandrea profile image


      8 years ago

      I like your sister's Kisuke Urahara from Bleach drawing. SO neat.

    • deyanis profile image


      8 years ago from Oz

      A very detailed tutorial on how to draw anime. This lens deserved an angel blessing --- Blessed ---

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      David Gardner 

      8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      NIce lens! My daughter loves to draw anime. I'll refer her to this lens!

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      9 years ago

      Thumbs up!

      Great lens... very informative. Thanks for the good read.


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      9 years ago

      Excellent page! Sprinkled with angel dust :-)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      This is totally awesome! Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens

    • AppalachianCoun profile image


      9 years ago

      Wow you have a awesome gift of drawing. Thank-you for the great lesson. 5 stars*****


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