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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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Do u like using pencils or coloured pencils/crayons to draw?

I like to draw ....

just using pencils

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Pencil nation !!!!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I like to draw using coloured pencils

    • anonymous 4 years ago


    • FirstAirbender 4 years ago

      Pencils are the best.

    • sunny saib 4 years ago

      I am a pencil person, but yes, people who know how to use colored ones finely always have great stuff to display!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Anime. Mostly, people from Bleach.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      using blood

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      2b pencil

    • Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I'm a big fan of pencil sketching, love your work!

    • PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Actually, I am not a good person to ask as I am terrible at drawing. But I really do like pencil sketches.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      pencils its just easier

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      pencil is light easy to erase

    • alesxandrea 6 years ago

      I use pencil to draw. :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Pencil are the best, Infinite black and white can be achived by a sole pencil alone

    • anonymous 6 years ago


    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I usually can't find a pencil, and so I am really good at drawing with a pen.....

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      everything its cool to experiment

    • anonymous 6 years ago


    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Just use the's a lot easier and it already has an eraser built into it.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      ; -;

    using COLOURED pencils/crayons and others

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I use colored pencils, because they add more life to the drawing. I drew shana from season 3 final and it turned out amazing, but without color it just looks...plain.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        the most needed here is an eraser and pencil :D

      • Aja103654 4 years ago

        using anything that is available.... even make-up.

      • happynutritionist 4 years ago

        I enjoy color, so colored pencils especially, crayons second.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Wow Cool

      • Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

        I'm sorry, I misunderstood and thought it my own drawing skills I was voting on. If I had read it right I would have given you 5 stars instead of 1.


      • Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

        I love to sketch and use pencils and colored pencils both. I have to try an anime character.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        i first use pencils(HB2) then ink pens, than possibly use photoshop. i also use colored pencils and watercolor pencils in between. copic markers are amazing and i use them as well

      • David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

        My answer? Yes. But since you didn't give that option, I'll go with "coloured" pencils (because *black* *IS* a colour!). :-)

      • myraggededge 7 years ago

        Pens, watercolour, pastels, crayons and pencils.

      • aquariann 7 years ago

        I like to sketch with pencils, ink the lines and then finish with colored pencils. Vibrant colors make me happy.

        Great, 5 star lens, btw. I've never had the patience to use a grid, but it's a very interesting technique to see done! Thanks for following me on twitter, too. :D

      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 4 years ago

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

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          Aja103654 4 years ago

          This is cute!

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          GrimRascal 4 years ago from Overlord's Castle

          I wish I could draw better. haha

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          happynutritionist 4 years ago

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

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          FirstAirbender 4 years ago

          Quite an inspiration! Thanks!

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          sunny saib 4 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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          anonymous 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago from Canada

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

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          barberrela 5 years ago

          Great step by step process of drawing animes. Thankyou

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          Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

          Very nice how to draw animes tutorial, many thanks!

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          Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

          Great step by step visual instructions that everyone can follow.

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          Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

          Great step by step visual instructions that everyone can follow.

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          PennyHowe 5 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 6 years ago from Singapore

          Thanks hanjee. I like that too! :)

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          alesxandrea 6 years ago

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

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          deyanis 6 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 6 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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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Thumbs up!

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


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          myraggededge 7 years ago

          Excellent page! Sprinkled with angel dust :-)

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

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

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          AppalachianCoun 7 years ago

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