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How To Draw Anime Style Art
If you're an anime fan, and you're interested in learning how to draw like those artists we love so much, you're not alone. No one can magically give you the skills you need to draw, but at least we can give you some pointers. We have some basic tutorials on anime (or manga) style art from two different artists; work through both and see what works for you!

Tachihohe's Lessons

Tachihohe, AAW's resident artist, has put together some simple pointers, with a basic introduction to faces and bodies.

Lesson 1: Faces



There is no one, right way to go about drawing Japanese-style characters, but here are some steps you might want to try for a start:

The Shape One way to start is with a realistically proportioned head. Just a simple, egg shaped oval divided vertically with a line so everything ends up symmetrical. A line to mark the eyes should be half way up, no higher. The line for the nose half way between the eyes and the chin; then one for the mouth about half way between the nose and the chin.
Exaggerate The trick to this style is exaggeration. Now that you have the start of a normal head, there are a couple major changes. First, exaggerate the shape of the head by sharpening the chin so the jaw tapers down abruptly from the eye level. Then the eyes: Unlike a normal face where the eye line marks the middle of the eyes, the eyes are stretched down to a little above the nose. An easy way to block in eyes is with lines for the upper and lower lashes, and a rectangle for the iris.
Add Details Start cleaning everything up and adding the details. Simplicity is part of the trick: a small mark for a hint of a nose, keep the mouth small, with a little shadow to suggest the lower lip. Give the lashes some flare and a downward turn and the end. The pupil should be elongated and black, the iris somewhat shaded, and there should be a highlight (on the same side of both eyes). Add simple lines for the eyebrows, and you can block in the hair.
Clean Up Clean up any stray lines, and add the neck (keep it thin). The bottoms of the ears should be about level with the nose. The hair should be very exaggerated--think big: If there is a part that curls up, it should curl way up. Don't draw individual hairs, think of hair as volumes that can be defined.
The steps are pretty much the same for a profile-view. Don't worry too much about the ears, keep it simple and suggest the structure. The hard part is the profile edge of the face. It might take some practice to get it down, but just remember to keep it simple--it's all subtlety. The forehead slopes down and curves in at the eyebrow. The nose should be delicate, sharp and slightly upturned. The face then slopes gently down to the chin, with a little nick for the mouth.

You'll soon start to develop your own style, depending on how much you want to exaggerate the features and how you want to do the details. This is just a quick way to get into it; eyes and hair in particular can be done a many different ways. Look at as many artists as you can and see how others do eyes and experiment with some of your own until you find what you like. For hair you can look at other artists, but also look at real hair and hair styles and see how they can be interpreted in the anime style. And practice as much as you can! The more you draw, the better you'll get, so do as many drawings as you can and don't get discouraged or give up if they don't all turn out--just keep at it. And above all, have fun!


Lesson 2: Body Proportion (( about the pic , that's the way it is ))



The hardest part about drawing bodies is getting the proportions right. If you use the height of the head as a unit of measurement, the average human is about seven heads tall. The bottom of the torso is generally about half way up. Women usually have longer legs and smaller torsos than men (that is, if you compare a man a woman with the same length legs the guy will probably be taller). I'm sure I don't need to tell you that longer legs look more feminine.

As with faces, the anime- or manga-style body is just an exaggeration of a regular person. The amount you want to exaggerate your figures is up to you and the style you like. Vertically, the main changes are a shorter torso and longer legs. Other than that, you just have to take the features of an idealized woman and make them even more ideal: Long and thin arms and legs (some folks like their legs very long, but it isn't necessary), small body and slim waist (yeah, yeah, and a big chest--but that isn't necessary either), usually the hips are pretty slim, and a long, thin neck. Make sure to keep the head fairly large--the human head doesn't change in size over a lifetime as dramatically as the rest of the body (I'm sure you've noticed little kids have big heads), so the smaller you make the body in proportion to the head, the more "little girl" like your character will be.



Block it out There are many ways to block out your figure, but I recommend the bubble method (it's the one I use, and I think it's the easiest and most effective). Just scribble in some ovals like the ones in the diagram to rough out the form, keeping it as loose and light as possible. Make sure you get the proportions like you want them before you move on--it's more than a little frustrating to spent a load of time on the details and then realize that those perfect arms you just finished are way too short. If you're not sure about something you can use the proportional diagram to check. If you're worried about getting it right you can start by drawing the head a good size (I did these drawings with a 1 inch head unit) and marking where the arms should reach and where the knees should be and all that. You might also want to draw a line right down the middle so it's easy to make sure both sides are symmetrical.
Contours You might want to do all the details on the head before you move on; getting the face in proportion to the body can be hard and it's easier to modify the roughed-in body to match a finished face than to try and correct things latter on. Once you have the figure all roughed in you just need to draw the nice smooth contours of a person over the bubbles.
Clean up Clean up all the stray marks and you're about finished. You don't need to do too much in the way of details--the belly button is even with the point where the waist stops tapering in and the hips start curving out. Breasts can be just simple partial circles, most defined on the lower outside edges. Don't worry to much about hands or feet--they can take a lot of work, but a loose suggestion will usually be good enough.
Now you have the basics of proportion to work with. When you're trying to draw a complicated pose, or elaborate clothes, it can be really helpful to find a picture in a magazine that's close to what you want, or get a friend to pose for you. That way, you can see where one arm crosses the other, or how a leg would look foreshortened from that angle, or whatever. It also makes figuring out how clothes fold or pull a lot easier. Just remember to keep them simple, too: Lots of detail on buttons or zippers is cool, but don't worry too much about getting every wrinkle and fold of fabric--a few simple lines is usually enough. For example, the image below was done based on a picture of a runner in Newsweek; any magazine can be full of dozens of great poses.



Lesson 3: Eyes

Eyes are maybe the most significant element of an "anime" or "manga" style of drawing (I would say that "big eyes" is what usually comes to mind for the majority of folks when they try to characterize what makes something "anime style").

As with all things, anime art is a stylized interpretation of the regular world, so it helps first-off to be familiar with what you're interpreting (that is, take a good look at a regular human's eyes).

You should have no problem finding pictures of regular eyes, but here's one for now:



Note a couple things:

The outline of an eye (created by the edges of the eyelids) is not perfectly symmetrical on the left and right sides or up and down, and has a more complex shape (with curves, folds, and angles) than people often assume in their drawings; and
Unless someone is looking very wide-eyed, you don't see all of the iris (the colored part), and often not even all of the pupil (the black part). When looking straight ahead, the upper eyelid covers up the top part of the iris, and the lower eyelid comes to or slightly covers the lower part of the iris. Obviously this isn't the case if someone is looking down at their feet or something. The point is to remember that not so much of the white of the eye is generally visible.
Here is an example of basic, simple eye shapes, head on and in profile:



For the profile, note that the curve of an eye relates to the fact that eyes are spheres about the size of golf balls, but (unless you are some creepy, skinless zombie) most of them are hidden underneath your skin (thank goodness).

To those basics shape you can add detail, and get a basic, regularly drawn eye:



To get from a regular eye to an anime eye, you just exaggerate. Specifically, you enlarge a bit, but mostly it is elongated and exaggerated downward:



A circle or two of white "shine" is good to convey the shininess and roundness of the eyeball. Also, the upper eyelid shadows the eyeball a bit in typical light, so the upper part of the iris is darker, and even the white of the eye can be shadowed a bit. In profile, note that the eyeball is set back a good bit from the bridge of the nose. In the drawings above I've exaggerated the iris into an oval (but not too much), done a pretty typical eyebrow shape, and an overall medium/simple level of detail on the iris and eyelashes--a pretty typical/generic style. How much you choose to exaggerate the proportions and how you address the details is a matter of personal style. Here are two more eyes, one in a more exaggerated "cartoon" style, and one in a more "serious" realistic style:



It just depends on what feel/mood and style you want. If you don't have a personal preference of style, you can experiment with different techniques and look at the work of different anime and manga artists you like--see how they do it, and try their styles and mix and match different techniques to develop an approach that suits you.

The other thing about eyes and eyebrows is that they are the major way that you convey the emotion of a character (the mouth is the other part, but it plays a much simpler-to-draw, secondary role). Eyes are how you know what someone is feeling (window to the soul and all that). For example, here are three examples: Sad eyes on the top, happy or surprised in the middle (here is where a smiling or wide-open-with-shock mouth would make the difference), and angry at the bottom:



The shape of the eye conveys part of the emotion--narrower for angry or sad, wider for happy or interested, really wide for shocked or alarmed.

The big thing, however, is the eyebrows--flat or rounded for happy, arched and high when surprised, pointing down with furrowed brow when angry or intense, and curving up for sad.

It is pretty simple to convey emotion with basic differences in eyebrow shapes--just take a look at little internet "emoticon" smiley faces. You've spent your whole life looking at people's faces and expressions, so you are probably pretty good at groking which emotions cause which expressions, but, when in doubt, for ideas look at some anime or manga pictures, magazine or movie still photos, or just grab a mirror--emotion-induced facial expressions are pretty universal, so just make your own.

Animagess' Lessons

Animagess has volunteered additional lessons, starting with a detailed tutorial on faces. Let her know what you think, and you may see more from her.

Lesson 1: Style Overview

Part 1: Style

The first step in drawing "anime style" is just that--style. What kind of character are you drawing, and for what purpose?

For example, a magical schoolgirl will have a different facial structure and body proportions than, say, a villain.



...Not to mention clothing, posture, and the fact that not all magical girls or villains will look like these examples. these are just basic guidelines to ensure that you don't end up with a magical schoolgirl with the body proportions of a DBZ character (unless, of course, that is what you want. There are no real rules when it comes to drawing anime).



Style is completely a matter of preference, but it's a good idea to be aware of some of the main archetypes before going on to facial structure and body proportion.

Here are some examples
1 ) Cute - Round cheekbones, large eyes, facial parts set close together.
2 ) Evil - Drawn more 'realistically'. Sharp cheekbones, very small pupils.
3 ) Shoujo - Sharp chins, huge expressive eyes, elegant nose bridges, slender body.
4 ) Stupid - Round head and body, very simplistic features, tiny little eyes.
5 ) Fighter (a la DBZ) - Simplistic features, exaggerated body proportions, small head.

Lesson 2: Faces: Examples and Structure

Part 2a: Faces - Styles and Design Examples

We'll start with a bunch of examples of ways to draw the pieces that go together to make a face. These aren't the only ways to draw the parts, but they should give you an idea of where to start.

Here are some eyes:



Here are some noses:



Here are some mouths:



Here are some ears:



Here are some face shapes:



Here are some hairstyles:



The next step is just learning how to put them all together.

Part 2b: Faces - The Structure

Here is step one:



Seriously, though, this is really all you need to create a decent anime character. Classic manga series have been built on less. But I'm sure you're all looking for something a bit more advanced, in which case we revert to something even simpler than we've got up there:



The rest is a little more complicated.

* Okay, so you take your circle...



* Now add a line down the direction the head is facing.



* Then add a horizontal line. Important: This is where the eyes are gonna go!



* Then add the lower jaw. This can be any shape or size you want, as long as its relatively symetrical (else you end up with a butt-uglly character).



* Then you just add eyes, ears, nose, and mouth--not necessarily in that order, or number, for that matter!



* Erase junk lines and touch-up.



* Add stuff.



* Now, sit back and admire your work, basking in the sheer pleasure of self-satisfaction that comes from knowing that you have indeed mastered everything there is to learn about drawing anime.

Congradulations. Now get your butt back to the drawing board, 'cuz we ain't done yet.



If you want your character to be facing in a direction other than straight forward, you're going to have to make other arrangements.

The basic method is the same...



But certain facial proportions are going to be a bit different.



Here are some examples.





that's all for now , hope you like it , and show us what you can do

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Woah. This is really going to help me when i draw. I draw too .
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ONE of the best way to learn how to draw is to have some one that is good at drawing and watch then.
then try doing what they did so that u can learn from it.

THATs how one of my friend says he can draw eyes now because he watched me draw step by step.
in drawing them to shading.
HE is improving.
Im also good in the character areas.
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That 2nd body scratch is the best explanation i`v had in a wile ^^!! man that realy makes me wanna continue drawing
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im a good drawer but i need help with character proportions between male and female
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wow! these are good tips! arigato gozaimasu!
although some of them were already taught by my friend...^.~
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i guess i'm a good drawer [[since i'm kidna making a new mangaa]] ^_^
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Coookiieeex3 wrote:

i guess i'm a good drawer [[since i'm kidna making a new mangaa]] ^_^
but it helped<3


that's so cool , why dont you show us some of your drawing's ??? if you want
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Coookiieeex3 wrote:

i guess i'm a good drawer [[since i'm kidna making a new mangaa]] ^_^
but it helped<3”

that's so cool , why dont you show us some of your drawing's ??? if you want


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ehhe uhm...i'm too shy (:
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Coookiieeex3 wrote:

i guess i'm a good drawer [[since i'm kidna making a new mangaa]] ^_^
but it helped<3”

that's so cool , why dont you show us some of your drawing's ??? if you want


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ehhe uhm...i'm too shy (:


that's ok if you dont want it's fine
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