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How To Draw Emo Anime Characters


How To Draw Anime Characters Tutorial

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Anime has a very distinguishable style. When drawing anime, there are a few rules to follow. Most importantly, the exaggerated features:

  • Eyes. The eyes are always large and take up almost half of the characters face. Whats more, they usually contain black circles in the middle with coloured outside rings. The colours can also be exaggerated, some eyes, for example, can be purple.
  • Hair. The anime hair is usually in a very strange, unnatural shape. The characters hairstyles are always exaggerated and, once again, the colours can vastly vary.
  • Facial expressions. Facial expressions are conveyed in an interesting way. For example, teardrops in the eyes is a sign of embarrassment. Facial expressions are strongly exaggerated, making the characters very expressive.

Naruto is another very popular character

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Anime Male Character Face Proportions

These are the default proportions that the characters in this tutorial will refer to. So when you read something like draw the eyebrows lower down or make the eyes narrower it will usually mean in relation to this example.

Please keep in mind that they are just a guideline for getting male anime style looking characters. As already mentioned there is a lot of variation in the anime/manga style so this drawing template may not always apply.

For a detailed guide on drawing a male anime face see:

If you just want a quick breakdown of the placement of the facial features and drawing steps you can read below:

  • Eyes make a horizontal line through the middle of the head and draw the eyes below that
  • Ears make another horizontal line between the first line and the bottom of the chin and draw the ears between these two lines
  • Nose position the nose with its bottom at the line used for the bottom of the ears
  • Mouth draw the mouth with the bottom lip between the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the chin and the mouth itself slightly above it

Draw the eyebrows slightly above the eyes.

Drawing A Henchman Male Anime Character

The henchman is pretty much the most generic looking character type in anime and manga. If there is more than one of them they all tend to look almost the same. These are usually non-important characters that tend to be something like security guards or a villains minor minions.

A buzz cut may be appropriate for these types of characters.

For the normal look draw the henchman character with the eyebrows in their normal state. Draw the eyes with the bottom lids slightly lower down and the irises much smaller than normal. You can make the eyes look less caring by only drawing one tiny reflection in each. Give a hint of bags under the eyes with a pair of curved lines.

Finally draw the mouth in an upside down curve.

These combined features will give this character a fairly non-caring unfriendly and slightly tired look. For example like a guard thats been on a long shift.

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Draw The Details Of The Eyes

Now that all of the major parts of the character are outlined you can add some of the smaller details such as those of the eyes.

Inside each eye draw the pupil with a pair of highlights. You can also show a bit of the eyelids by drawing a small curved line just little bit above each eye. Next fill in the eyelashes with black or pencil shading and add some hints of individual lashes.

For a step by step tutorial on drawing female anime eyes see:

While the eyes are not exactly the same the steps for drawing them are very similar.

When done with this step you can trace over your lines with a darker pencil stroke. If you feeling confident in your tracing ability you can also use a black pen or marker.

Drawing A Scared Henchman Male Anime Character

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The scared face is one the henchman can get following the previous alarmed face after they see that whoever/whatever broke in is too much for them to handle.

For the scared face draw the henchman with their eyes wide open and the eyebrows raised. Draw the irises smaller than normal with some white space between the them and the top and bottom eyelids.

Draw the mouth similar to an 8 flipped on its side with the teeth showing and the bottom lip in an upside down curve.

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Draw The Hair In The Front

For drawn the hair it will be split into the front, sides, and back sections. You can see more on this approach in the following tutorials:

Begin the drawing the hair in the front of the head. In this case it will be shown in red. For this particular character the hair will be drawn in large clumps that somewhat resemble for tails.

Draw the clumps right over top of the outline of the ears and head. You can then erase the bottom parts of the ears but leave the outline of the head to help you place the rest of the hair.

How To Draw Anime Girl’s Clothing

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It’s typical of people to wear clothes, whether they’re real people or drawn on paper. However, it can be difficult to move past the basics of clothes that lie flat on the person’s body – and it’s made more difficult when drawing girls, as their bodies tend to have a curvature to them and makes the fabric rest differently. You can’t stick to drawing flat dresses forever, so it’s best to learn how to draw clothing on anime girls.

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Drawing A Delinquent/thug Male Anime Character

The delinquent character tends to be a bully or a thug. Usually these are negative characters that give other characters in the anime or manga a hard time.

Spiky and messy hair along with a goatee can be a good fit for the delinquent.

For a tutorial on drawing anime facial hair see:

For the delinquents normal look draw the eyebrows in their natural position. Draw the eyes with the bottom eyelids curving much further down then normal and draw the pupils much smaller then normal. There should be a good amount of space between the irises and the bottom eyelids. You can also give a hint of bags under the eyes with a pair of small curved lines.

Finally draw the mouth in a fairly sharp upside down curve and draw the bottom lip in a similar manner.

This combination of facial feature adjustments will give the delinquent an unfriend, slightly crazy and dumb look.

Drawing A Tired Loner Anime Male Character

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The tired face is another expression that can be quite common to loner characters. For example they may spend the night playing online games and be tired in the morning.

For a tired look for the loner draw the eyebrows in upside down curves with their inner ends raised. Draw the top eyelids in reverse of their normal curves lower down on the eyes.

Keep the mouth the same as the normal expression.

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Why I Dislike This Type

If done poorly, she’s too perfect. She doesn’t seem like her actual canonical age. She seems like a very elegant and refined 30-something infiltrating the high school or middle school setting. This trope glamorizes richness, making it seem like rich people are totally flawless, god-like beings. It also can be a cheap way to create drama: the totally average male protagonist falling for the “dream girl” who is way out of his league.

Often, by the end of the anime, he is rewarded with affection for spending the whole anime as her dog, doing whatever she wants, and constantly white knighting for her. I get that it’s a thing because it’s a wish-fulfillment fantasy, but in real life, people like that are just annoyingly snooty. I definitely would not put up with elitist snobbery in real life, let alone find it attractive in a potential partner.

Most importantly, this kind of character is just rarely interesting. You know she’s going to be heavily restricted by the bounds of propriety and honor, playing the “straight man” in contrast with wilder characters’ antics. She’s too honest and pure to do anything truly “outside the box.” In other words, she’s usually a Mary Sue and a Purity Sue type of character, too flawless to be genuine and human.

Drawing A Teenage Anime Girl

  • 1Sketch the wireframe of a teenage girl.
  • 2Sketch additional shapes to build the body.
  • 3Sketch the figure using the shapes as a guide.
  • 4Add the hair, clothes, and accessories.
  • 5Refine the artwork. Use a smaller tipped drawing tool.
  • 6Draw the outline over the sketch.
  • 7Erase and remove the sketch marks.
  • 8Add color to the artwork.Advertisement
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    Drawing A Friendly Male Anime Character

    The friendly guy is usually a positive supporting character such as the protagonists best friend.

    A short and messy hair can be a good fit for the friendly guy as it can reinforce a down to earth and slightly carefree personality type.

    For the friendly guys normal look draw the eyebrows in their natural state. Draw the eyes wider and make the irises and everything inside them larger than the base example at the start of the tutorial.

    Give the mouth a light smile.

    Larger eyes will make for a friendlier looking character and a light smile will further reinforce this look.

    The Happy Magical Slave

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    The Japanese place less of a value on freedom than Western culture. It shows in characters like this. Usually, a magical girlfriend or magical housewife character, these characters, like the loli and tsundere, are sex objects that exist for the titillation of the audience, and are often not very interesting beyond the fanservice.

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    How To Draw A Cute Anime Girl Step By Step

  • Sketch the wireframe of a girl with a larger head.
  • Now draw the additional lines to shape the body.
  • Using the shapes, sketch the figure.
  • Add all the detailing you want.
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  • Draw the elliptical shape and add a cross for symmetry.
  • Draw the eyes, while keeping in mind where they are positioned on the horizontal line of the cross.
  • Continue with the nose and mouth, once again considering the vertical cross line.
  • Keep going with the neck and ears, while shaping the face.
  • Add details to the eyes.
  • Add the hair.
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    Drawing A Grinning Delinquent/thug Male Anime Character

    A grin is one expression that the delinquent/thug is likely to make when they spot someone they want to pick on.

    For grinning expression for the delinquent character draw the eyebrows with their inner ends lowered, draw the eyes slightly squinted but still leave some space between the bottom eyelids and the irises.

    Draw the mouth smiling but with a hint of the teeth .

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    Alternative Male Anime Hair

  • 1Draw a sketch for a mans head to provide framework for the hair.
  • 2Draw the hair using simple curves or strokes which extend reaching the shoulders.
  • 3Draw the details for the hair using short straight lines and also curve lines.
  • 4Trace with a pen and erase unnecessary lines. Add details for the face.
  • 5
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    Drawing A Smiling Wealthy Guy Anime Male Character

    A fake smile is another expression this character type tends to make. For example if the character is famous they tend to do it in front of their fans.

    For this expression draw the eyebrows raised and the eyes closed . Draw the closed eyes with a pair of curves similar to the eyebrows.

    Draw the mouth with a smile but to make the it seem slightly less friend add a hint of teeth on each side.

    Drawing An Anime Girl In Swimwear

  • 1Make an outline of the anime girl using stick figures and shapes. First, sketch a circle for the head. Add an angled shape on the lower part of the circle for the chin and jaw. Use a line for the neck down to where the pelvis would be located. Draw an inverted dome shape for the thorax and attach more lines to the limbs. You can use a triangle as a guide for the hands.
  • 2Using the stick figure as a guide, add shape to the drawing. Take note of the proportions and where joints are located. Add a crossed line on the face and thorax to help you determine accurate positioning of body parts later. Since this character will be wearing a swimwear, indicate where the breasts are located using two teardrop shapes. Add a small slanted stroke for the navel.
  • 3Sketch the eyes. Position it with the help of the crossed line as an outline. Add small curved strokes for the eyebrows. Sketch an angle for the nose and two small curved line for the lips to make the character looks like she is smiling.
  • 4Design a hairstyle for your anime character. You can use curved strokes to make the hair look wavy or make the hair limp, as if it were wet. Add a C shape on each side for the ears, peeking a little from the thick hair of your anime girl.
  • 5Darken the outline of the body. Choose a design for the characterâs swimwear. A two-piece is a simple and common choice.
  • 6Refine details. Erase unnecessary lines.
  • 7Color your masterpiece.
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    Note About The Examples I Use To Illustrate The Article:

    If I choose a particular character to illustrate the article, that is an example of a trope I don’t like, but it does not mean I don’t like that character in particular. Or that that particular character is a poorly written example of the trope he or she is being used to illustrate. A multitude of images of similar-looking characters is used here to demonstrate the ubiquity and sameness of certain anime character types. I had a lot of comments and questions on this article that come from a misunderstanding of this, so I felt like clarifying.

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    Anime Male Character Step By Step Drawing

  • Draw the basic shape of the head starting with a vertical line to help you make sure both halves are even
  • Position the facial features as described earlier
  • Draw the hair after placing all of the facial features
  • Erase the parts of the face and head hidden by the hair and apply some shading
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    The fox girl or kitsune as they are often called are a fairly common and popular character in many genres of anime and manga that have a fantasy element to them.

    The focus of this tutorial is on drawing such a character by giving an anime girl some fox like features. The most obvious of these is of course the animal ears but there are also a few more subtle things you can ad as well.

    Please note that you will need to erase parts of the drawing in some of the steps. So unless you are drawing digitally its highly recommended that you start this tutorial in pencil and keep your lines light. This will also make it easier to correct any potential mistakes. You can trace over your drawing once you feel that everything looks right.

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