Anime Drawing for Beginners
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- Draw full body anime characters with basic poses
- Use DesignDoll software for creating models with any pose
- Draw chibis (miniature characters)
- All you need is a paper, pencil and eraser!
Ever wanted to learn how to draw anime characters yet don't know where to start? If so, then this is the course for you!
Things to note:
- This is a drawing course only, coloring is not included. I explain the methods I follow in my own drawing style
- You don't need any drawing software/app or tablet, all you need is a paper and a pencil. But you can definitely draw digitally if you prefer that
- The lessons are done on PaintTool Sai just for the sake of explanation, none of the software's features are used
- To get the most of this course, it is a must to apply the lessons and practice drawing continuously!
All lessons cover both male and female characters:
- Facial features
- Head from different views
- Hair with various hairstyles
- Hands and feet
- Body and poses
- Clothes and shoes
- Facial Expressions
- Brief introduction to chibis
- General drawing advices and tips
- Those interested in learning how to start drawing in Anime style
- Not for those interested in western cartoon style
Now we will draw the male eye. Similar steps to the female eye with very little difference.
Finally, we will draw closed eyes both upwards and downwards.
- The closed upwards eye is used to indicate smiling.
- The closed downwards eye is used for a sleeping character or one deeply in thought.
We will learn how to draw the very simple nose, in addition to the smiling and laughing mouth.
Since the characters we will draw will definitely not be standing stiffly, we need to practice drawing poses. The pose of the character plays an important role in conveying the personality and mood.
We have so far learned drawing the bodies by using simple shapes. Understanding poses will be simpler as we will use the same shapes but with varying their sizes and angles.
We will draw 4 different poses in this lecture.
DesignDoll is one of the best tools that help the artist in getting a precise reference for the pose in their mind. With this software you can make any pose you want by controlling the doll (or multiple dolls) and changing its posture.
This lecture offers a general explanation about using the DesignDoll software and its useful features. After that, a pose will be created then used as a reference for drawing.
DesignDoll is compatible with Windows operating system. I am not sure whether it's compatible with iOS since the website does not mention anything regarding that.
Download DesignDoll: http://terawell.net/terawell/?page_id=56
Hairstyle is of the most important factors of a character design. You may have noticed that most anime (or manga) characters maintain the same hairstyle throughout the series, or do very slight changes such that you can still tell that the character is the same.
This, in addition to the colors of the hair and eye as well as the design of the outfit are what contribute to the character design, and make the character unique in its own way.
Females have plenty of variations when it comes to hairstyles, much more than males, since a female can have a short, medium, or long hair (Well, a male can have that too, but it's not as common). As well as the different ways the hair can be styled.
This lecture introduces four different hairstyles for girls.
Chibis or little characters are a lovely version that makes the characters look cuter, since we draw them in an extremely unrealistic small size that resembles that of a toddler. But in the end, when it comes to anime (and manga), everything is possible, so why not?
Drawing chibis is actually a form of art itself. It is a broad world, and some artists choose to be specifically just chibi artists. That's why we will talk about it here in a simple and brief way.
We will draw a chibi with a basic pose and another random one.
As I have previously mentioned, we as artists are always in need to observe the world around us, or any thing that helps us draw better and more realistically. Which is why using references when drawing is not a bad thing at all, but rather, it is extremely important so that we get inspiration and improve our skills.
I will mention here some of the references that I use frequently, they help a lot!
Here are the references I mentioned in the video, as well as the keywords I used in searching.
1. Google Images:
Keywords: poses, hands
2. DesignDoll Software
3. Pinterest Website:
Keywords: anime body tutorial, anime hair tutorial, anime eyes tutorial, anime chibi tutorial
4. YouTube Channels:
My Channel: Pluvias: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz6JQHAU1um2_w31udtQ7Sw
Blanca J. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwUaWpOm0hAbSOScVCdT8RQ
Blizz-Mii Art: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEeeVHfbME3SjrwNsmQcFbQ/videos
Dee Juusan: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC31Gwj9p4dIVVi-pcNjZq-g
Hyanna Natsu: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6vr5gV11oSIstj9mer5AiA
Lulu Chwan: https://www.youtube.com/user/animineloverable
Neko Rina: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwYhFAz5aSEoat4B_SJzoQg
Rambutan Illustration: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0eVhLHMHgUoa5BXN0RbQVw
Yoai Hime: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcOi2fkewiPJ9rcEGJCSUuw
Lastly, don't forget that practice is what will mainly help you improve your skills!
Don't lose hope or give up at all. Since you love drawing and are passionate about it, you will definitely reach your goal with continuous practice.
Believe in yourself, believe that you can improve!
I hope you found this course useful, and I whole-heartedly wish you all the best on your art journey!