How to Draw Anime Characters Tutorial
This tutorial shows how to draw female anime and manga style characters using eight popular anime character archetypes, as well as how to tweak one anime or manga style face’s features and expression to give it a different personality.
Face Proportions for an Anime Character
The basic character drawing proportions used in this tutorial are shown in the illustration above; please note that these are only suggested proportions for making a character look “anime,” and that different anime styles may have different proportions. For a more detailed tutorial for each of the facial features, see:.
Basic Shape of an Anime Character’s Face
A circle, quadrilateral, and triangle are the three basic shapes that make up an anime face.
Anime Character Face Drawing Step by Step
Step-by-step drawing of a female anime character’s face: draw the basic shape of the head (and neck and shoulders in this case), position the facial features as described earlier, erase the parts of the face hidden by the hair, and add shading or color if desired.
Drawing an “Ordinary Girl” Anime Character
To draw the “ordinary girl” character with their normal expression, draw fairly wide eyes and large irises/pupils, and a very light smile (curving very slightly upwards) on the mouth.
Drawing a Smiling “Ordinary Girl” Anime Character
A smile is a common expression for this type of character, so draw the eyes slightly narrower, reverse the curves of the bottom eyelids from their normal state, and draw the mouth slightly wider for a smiling face.
Drawing a Happy “Ordinary Girl” Anime Character
A happy face is a common expression for “ordinary girl” characters, and it can be drawn in much the same way as a smiling face, with the exception that the mouth should be slightly open to show the whites of the teeth, and some blush should be added just below the eyes.
Drawing an Antagonist/Villain Anime Character
To draw an unfriendly looking anime character like this one, make the pupils and irises of the eyes small, and position the eyebrows lower down in a “wave like shape” for a sort of semi-permanent frown.
Drawing a Crazy Looking Anime Villain Character
Draw the irises and pupils of the eyes very small so that there is a lot of white space around them, then draw the brows lower in wave-like shapes with their inner ends raised slightly back up again, resulting in crazy-looking eyes and a grinning mouth.
Drawing an Angry Looking Anime Villain Character
Draw the top eyelids lowered and the bottom eyelids raised (in reversed curves) for the angry looking villain. Draw the pupils and irises small with no shadows and small reflections for the angry looking villain.
Drawing Tsundere Anime Character
Tsundere in anime is a character who appears hostile at times but is actually nice; these characters often have difficulty expressing their true feelings and are embarrassed when they do. Some minor changes you can make include drawing the top eyelids lower down and giving her a smaller mouth.
Drawing an Angry Anime Tsundere Character
Draw the eyes slightly squinted and the brows with their inner ends lowered for the angry (and slightly embarrassed) look. Draw the mouth curving downwards, and indicate some blush on the cheeks with some small striped lines.
Drawing an Embarrassed Anime Tsundere Character
Draw the eyes squinting and looking downwards for an embarrassed “tsundere” face. Draw a horizontally wide mouth with the bottom ends wider than the top, and remember to draw the jaw lower down when the mouth is open.
Drawing a Yandere Anime Character
A yandere is the polar opposite of a tsundere: a character who appears nice and friendly but is actually quite hostile; extreme versions of this character can be completely insane. You can give her long, slightly messy hair to give her a hint that there is something “off” about her.
Drawing a “Cold Stare” Anime Yandere Character
Draw the eyes very slightly squinted with the bottom eyelids in reverse of their normal cures. This is the “cold stare” face that the yandere character makes when her true colors come out, usually towards a female rival but it can be for anyone she is “upset” with.
Drawing a Crazy Looking Anime Yandere Character
Draw the eyes slightly wider with small irises/pupils/highlights and no shadows for the open mouth in this anime yandere girl crazy face drawing.
Drawing a Shy Anime Character
Anime shy girl face drawing These characters are usually nice and harmless, but they may be loners because they are afraid to talk to others. A good hairstyle for this type of character is “hair over one eye” to reinforce the idea of “hiding” and shyness, but both eyes are shown in the example below in case you want to draw a different hairstyle.
Drawing a Daydreaming Shy Anime Character
Anime shy girl daydreaming face drawing Because “shy girl” characters are often loners, they may often be daydreaming alone. Anime shy female character daydreaming face drawing For the daydreaming expression, draw the eye/eyes to one side of the face with both the top and bottom eyelids slightly raised, as well as slightly raised eyebrows.
Drawing a Shy Anime Character with an Awkward Look
When dealing with other characters, shy characters often avoid eye contact and look down, with a nervous smile. Anime shy female character awkward face drawing For the awkward expression, draw the eye/eyes looking down as mentioned above, with the bottom part of the iris slightly covered by the bottom eyelid. Leave a bit of space Anime shy female character awkward face drawing
Drawing a Tough Anime Character
These are usually positive characters who can help protect the protagonist but can also smack them around; they also tend to be into martial arts or “kendo” and may frequently get into fights. A pony tail can be fairly common for these types of characters as it can give them that “sporty” look, as athletes often tie their hair back so it doesn’t get in the way.
Drawing an Angry Tough Anime Character
Anime tough female character angry face drawing For the angry face, draw the eyes a lot more squinted than normal and the eyebrows even lower down.Draw the mouth open and fairly wide (horizontally), with the bottom being slightly wider than the top.Anime tough female character angry face drawing
Drawing a Happy Tough Anime Character
Anime tough female character happy face drawing As previously stated, these types of characters can be quite emotional, and they are just as likely to be happy as they are angry. For a happy/content face, draw the “tough” girls eyes fully closed, essentially a set of curves with eyelashes. Draw the brows slightly flatter than normal (less of a curve).
Drawing a Delinquent Anime Character
A good hairstyle for the delinquent can be short and slightly messy hair, which will help create a sort of “tomboy” image for the character. Anime delinquent female character face drawing You can draw the “delinquent” face similar to the “tough girl,” but draw the bottom eyelids almost straight.
Drawing a “One Eyebrow Raised” Delinquent Anime Character
This is a face that anime delinquent characters make when gloating or bullying someone. Anime delinquent female character one eyebrow raised drawing For this expression, draw one eye squinted and the eyebrow over that eye lower down in a reversed curve. Draw the second eye slightly wider and with the eyebrow over that eye raised.
Drawing a “Bullying” Delinquent Anime Character
Anime delinquent girl bullying face drawing For this expression, draw the brows lower down in reversed curves and the mouth slightly open.
Drawing an Anime Bookworm Character
A more neatly combed hairstyle may be more appropriate for this type of character as they are usually fairly diligent in everything they do. Anime bookworm female character The bookworm, as the name suggests, is a character who usually spends a lot of time reading and studying. They can often serve as a sort of “go to for advice” type character for the protagonist.
Drawing a Curious Bookworm Anime Character
Anime bookworm girl curious face drawing The curious expression is one that a “bookworm” often has when reading or looking at something they’re particularly interested in; the eyes are often hidden behind the reflection of light in the glasses in this expression. Anime bookworm female character curious face drawing While the eyes aren’t shown in this expression, the vertica can still be used.
Drawing a Shy Looking Bookworm Anime Character
Anime bookworm girl shy face drawing The “bookworm” can be shy at times, especially when it comes to someone they like. Anime bookworm female character shy face drawing Draw the eyes as normal, with the brows raised towards the center of the face, the mouth in a light smile, and some blush on the cheeks for a shy “bookworm” face.
This concludes the anime character drawing tutorial; there are still many more archetypes and other aspects to consider when creating a character, but it’s difficult to cover everything in one tutorial (this is already the longest one on AnimeOutline), and these examples should provide you with enough to work with to create other character types.
How do you draw a manga character for beginners?
A Beginner’s Guide to Anime Drawing
- Make light line drawings first.
- Use construction lines as a guide.
- Plan out your drawing.
How do you draw a manga step by step?
- Draw a manga head template to use as a starting point for your manga characters.
- Start with manga hair.
- Add manga-style eyes.
- Add some facial expressions to your manga faces.
- Draw a manga girl.
- Draw a manga boy.
How do you draw anime characters step by step?
How to Draw Anime in 5 Easy Steps
- Create the basic structure of the character’s face first.
- Step 2: Add Facial Features.
- Step 3: Draw the Hair.
- Step 4: Add the Body.
- Step 5: Add Details and Ink the Drawing.
What is the best anime drawing app?
10 Free Android Anime Drawing Apps
- JUMP PAINT.
- How to Draw Anime.
- Adobe Photoshop.
- CLIP STUDIO PAINT for manga.
- MediBang Paint.
- Best Manga Drawing.
- Draw Anime: Manga Tutorials.
- Draw Anime: Manga Tutorials.
How can I draw better anime?
The Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Anime Drawing Skills
- Don’t trace or copy other artworks.
- Mix elements from various reference images.
- Accept and be open to criticism.
- Don’t take feedback from family and friends too seriously.
- Challenge yourself.
Is it easy to draw manga?
The short answer is no, it isn’t easy to draw! You’ll need to know basic anatomy, be able to render properly, and understand perspective as well as how light and shadow work. Because anime is an abstraction of reality, it can be even more difficult to draw than a realistic image.
How do you draw original characters?
Character design is one of the most important skills an artist can learn.
- Sketch them small at first (thumbnail drawing)
- mark the best ones and draw them larger.
- Create variants on your second drawing.
- Think in terms of shape design.
- Write down or mull over the backstory.
Who is the coolest anime character?
The Top 10 Coolest Anime Characters of All Time
- Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
- Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
- Levi (Attack on Titan)
- Saitama (One Punch Man)
- Portagas D Ace (One Piece)
- Meliodas (The Seven Deadly Sins)
- Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)
- Killua Zaoldyeck (Hunter X Hunter)
- Meliodas (The Seven Deadly Sins
How do you make an easy anime?
How to Draw an Anime Character is a step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to draw anime characters.
- Step 1: Sketch a circle with an upside-down cup or freehand to begin your anime drawing.
- Step 2: Draw Anime Eyes.
- Step 3: Draw Anime Mouth.
- Step 4: Add the Finishing Touches.
How do you draw characters?
Consider the following tips, exercises, and techniques as you learn how to draw a polished character.
- Use references.
- Be loose.
- Use simple shapes.
- Apply S-curves and C-curves.
- Don’t be afraid to exaggerate.
- Check anatomy with a skeleton sketch.
- Pay attention to the eyes.
Where can I draw manga?
Anime Drawing Software: 13 Best Programs to Draw Manga
- SYSTEMAX PaintTool Sai.
- Smith Macro Manga Studio.
- PGN openCanvas.
- Corel Painter.
- Comic Life.
- Manga Studio Debut. SYSTEMAX PaintTool Sai.