How to Draw Anime

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 |

Learning how to draw anime is a bit tricky, as manga is a bit different than the traditional cartoon art. But you can learn how to draw anime just like the pros.

The first thing to do is to decide what type of anime character you would like to draw (sweet, shojo or shonen). You might be well off by watching some anime shows and picking out your favorite characters.

The best way to learn is to how to draw anime is to:
  • Find pictures of your favorite anime characters online.
  • Print the pictures out and place them on your drawing table or board.
  • Start by tracing over the image so you can learn the pencil strokes. You'll find that the eyes and bigger heads are the most important and unique characteristics.
  • Once you have done this a few times, try drawing the anime character by copying the image with freehand.
  • Keep doing this until you can draw the image without the assistance of the image.
  • Now you should be able to draw your character with different expressions and positions.
  • Repeat the process with a new anime character.
  • Eventually you will be able to use your imagination and skills to create your own characters.
Watch this video to watch how drawing anime is done:


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