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How to Draw Anime Characters Tutorial

This tutorial explains how to attract feminine anime and manga type characters utilizing eight standard anime character archetypes with three examples of every.

Anime character archetype drawing examples

Because the title states this tutorial is all about “character”. It reveals how one can take one anime or manga type face and tweak it’s options and expression to offer an look of a distinct character. It additionally suggests some hairstyles which may be nicely suited to every character sort.

See more: How to draw anime characters

The character archetypes included are:

  • Atypical Lady
  • Antagonist/Villain
  • Tsundere
  • Yandere
  • Shy Lady
  • Powerful Lady
  • Delinquent
  • Bookworm

For drawing male characters see:

The way to Draw Male Anime Characters Step by Step

Face Proportions for an Anime Character

Anime female character face proportions
Anime feminine character face proportions

The bottom character drawing proportions used on this tutorial are proven within the illustration above. When you’ve seen a number of the different tutorials right here on AnimeOutline chances are you’ll already pay attention to these.

If not the proportions are as follows:

  • Eyes – draw a horizontal line straight by the center of the pinnacle and draw the eyes beneath that line (far sufficient aside that you would be able to match one other eye between them)
  • Ears – make a second horizontal line between the midway line and the chin and draw the ears between these two strains
  • Nostril – above the road used for the underside of the ears
  • Mouth – draw a line between the underside of ears/nostril line to get the place of the underside lip (not truly drawn within the illustration) and draw the mouth simply barely above that

You may draw the eyebrows and eyelids barely above the eyes.

Please remember that the scale and place of the facial options within the examples beneath will change primarily based on character sort and facial expressions.

Additionally bear in mind that these are solely urged proportions for making a personality look “anime”. Completely different anime kinds can nonetheless have totally different proportions.

For a extra detailed tutorial for every of the facial options see:

  • The way to Draw Feminine Anime Eyes Tutorial
  • The way to Draw Anime and Manga Ears
  • The way to Draw Anime and Manga Noses
  • The way to Draw Anime and Manga Mouth Expressions
  • The way to Draw Anime & Manga Eyebrows

Fundamental Form of an Anime Character’s Face

Basic shape of anime face
Fundamental form of anime face

When drawing the outer form of an anime face within the entrance view it could be useful to think about it as being composed of three primary shapes as proven above (circle, quadrilateral and triangle).

Anime Character Face Drawing Step by Step

Female anime character face drawing step by step
Feminine anime character face drawing step-by-step

To attract any of the characters on this tutorial you should utilize the steps within the above illustration.

  1. Draw the essential form of the pinnacle (and neck shoulders on this case) beginning with a vertical line that can assist you make certain each halves are even
  2. Positioned the facial options as described earlier together with the components which can be hidden by the hair (you’ll be able to exclude the ears for hairstyles the place they’re absolutely hidden when you like)
  3. Draw the hair (overlapping a number of the facial options if wanted)
  4. Erase the components of the face hidden by the hair and when you like apply some shading or colour

For a proof of why you need to draw this fashion (exhibiting the hidden components of the face and so forth…) and different useful drawing ideas see:

Newbie Information to Drawing Anime & Manga

For the complete tutorial on drawing a feminine anime or manga type head and face please see:

The way to Draw an Anime Lady’s Head and Face

For drawing and shading the totally different hairstyles used on this tutorial see:

  • The way to Draw Anime and Manga Hair – Feminine
  • The way to Shade Anime Hair Step by Step

For different hair drawing tutorials see:

  • The way to Draw Anime & Manga Male & Feminine Hair
  • The way to Draw Anime & Manga Model Hair Braids

Drawing an “Atypical Lady” Anime Character

Anime ordinary girl face drawing
Anime abnormal woman face drawing

The “abnormal woman” character will be the “childhood buddy” or the “fundamental woman” within the story. In anime and manga they are typically pleasant and all the way down to earth.

Atypical lengthy hair could also be a superb match for the “abnormal woman”.

Anime female character face drawing
Anime feminine character face drawing

To attract the “abnormal woman” character with their regular expression draw pretty extensive eyes and huge irises/pupils. This can make the character look extra pleasant.

You may draw the mouth with a really mild smile (curving very barely upwards).

Draw the eyebrows in just about their pure state with clean curves.

Drawing a Smiling “Atypical Lady” Anime Character

Anime ordinary girl smiling face drawing
Anime abnormal woman smiling face drawing

A smile is one widespread expression for one of these character.

Anime female character smiling face drawing
Anime feminine character smiling face drawing

For a smiling face draw the eyes barely narrower with, reverse the curves of the underside eyelids from their regular state and draw the mouth barely wider.

Drawing a Blissful “Atypical Lady” Anime Character

Anime ordinary girl happy face drawing
Anime abnormal woman blissful face drawing

A cheerful face is one other expression that may be pretty widespread for the “abnormal woman” character.

For extra on drawing anime and manga type blush see:

The way to Draw Anime Blush in Completely different Methods

Anime female character happy face drawing
Anime feminine character blissful face drawing

For the blissful face you’ll be able to just about draw it the identical because the smiling face however draw the mouth barely open exhibiting the white of the enamel and add some blush slightly below the eyes.

Drawing an Antagonist/Villain Anime Character

Anime villain girl face drawing
Anime villain woman face drawing

The antagonist or the principle villain is often the direct reverse of the protagonist. A damaging character with few to no good traits.

Anime villain female character face drawing
Anime villain feminine character face drawing

To attract an unfriendly wanting anime character like this instance draw the pupils of the eyes and irises pretty small with the highest eyelids overlaying a superb portion of the attention.

Don’t add any shadows to the highest of the irises (his will give the villain that “stare” sort of look). Additionally draw fewer highlights within the eyes and make them pretty small for an excellent much less pleasant look.

Draw the underside eyelids and the mouth in reverse curves (downwards).

Place the eyebrows decrease down in “wave like form” for a kind of semi-permanent frown.

You need to use what’s also known as a “Hime Minimize” for the hair. As “Hime” means princess mixed with a appear to be the one above it could possibly reinforce the concept of a caught up or spoiled character.

Drawing a Loopy Trying Anime Villain Character

Anime villain girl crazy face drawing
Anime villain woman loopy face drawing

To offer the anime “villain” character that loopy or maniacal look they generally have draw the irises and pupils of the eyes very small so that there’s a good little bit of white house round them.

Anime villain female character crazy face drawing
Anime villain feminine character loopy face drawing

Draw the eyebrows considerably decrease in wave like shapes because the earlier instance however with their interior ends raised barely again up once more. Once more don’t add any shadows to the irises and draw just one set of reflections.

Draw the mouth with the enamel exhibiting in a large smile.

Ultimately it is best to find yourself with loopy wanting eyes and a grinning mouth. Prefect expression for a villain (although it is likely to be a bit exhausting to really pull this one off in actual life)

Drawing an Offended Trying Anime Villain Character

Anime villain girl angry face drawing
Anime villain woman offended face drawing

This offended expression is one which anime villain characters are likely to make when they’re ticked off (typically from their evil plans failing).

Anime villain female character angry face drawing
Anime villain feminine character offended face drawing

For the offended wanting villain draw the highest eyelids lowered and the underside eyelids raised (in reversed curves). Draw the pupils and irises small with no shadows and small reflections similar because the earlier instance.

Place the eyebrows decrease down in wave like shapes.

Draw the mouth in a kind of “bean” form with the underside ends curving barely downwards and the enamel exhibiting.

Drawing Tsundere Anime Character

Anime tsundere girl face drawing
Anime tsundere woman face drawing

For those who don’t know a tsundere is a personality that will act considerably hostile at instances but it surely truly good. These kinds of characters often have hassle exhibiting their true emotions and get embarrassed after they do.

Anime tsundere female character face drawing
Anime tsundere feminine character face drawing

For a tsundere’s regular expression you’ll be able to just about draw her the identical as you’d the “abnormal woman”.

Some small tweaks you may make are drawing the highest eyelids barely decrease down and drawing a barely smaller mouth to offer her much less of a smile.

You may also draw barely smaller irises and pupils than the “abnormal woman. This can give her a barely much less pleasant however nonetheless regular look.

Pigtails could also be a superb coiffure for a tsundere to offer the character a barely extra infantile/immature look.

Drawing an Offended Anime Tsundere Character

Anime tsundere girl angry face drawing
Anime tsundere woman offended face drawing
Anime tsundere female character angry face drawing
Anime tsundere feminine character offended face drawing

For the offended (and barely embarrassed look) draw the eyes barely squinted and the eyebrows with their interior ends lowered.

Draw the mouth curving downwards.

Lastly point out some blush on the cheeks with some small striped strains.

Drawing an Embarrassed Anime Tsundere Character

Anime tsundere girl embarrassed face drawing
Anime tsundere woman embarrassed face drawing

As already talked about a “tsundere” character tends to get embarrased when exhibiting their true emotions so this is usually a pretty widespread expression for them.

Anime tsundere female character embarrassed face drawing
Anime tsundere feminine character embarrassed face drawing

For an embarrassed “tsundere” face draw the eyes squinting and looking out downwards. Draw a horizontally extensive mouth with the underside ends wider than the highest. Additionally remember that when the mouth is open it is best to draw the jaw barely decrease down.

Draw the eyebrows decrease down.

Drawing a Yandere Anime Character

Anime yandere girl face drawing
Anime yandere woman face drawing

A yandere is a reverse of the tsundere. A personality who seems to be good and pleasant however can truly be fairly hostile. The intense variations of this character is usually a downright loopy.

Anime yandere female character face drawing
Anime yandere feminine character face drawing

For the yandere’s regular face you’ll be able to draw it precisely the identical as you’d the “abnormal woman” with massive eyes and a reasonably pleasant expression.

You may also give her lengthy however barely extra messy hair to offer a touch that there could also be one thing “off” about her.

Drawing a “Chilly Stare” Anime Yandere Character

Anime yandere girl cold stare face drawing
Anime yandere woman chilly stare face drawing

The “chilly stare” face is one the yandere character tends to make when her true colours come out. Normally it’s in direction of a feminine rival however will be for anybody she is “upset” with.

Anime yandere female character cold stare face drawing
Anime yandere feminine character chilly stare face drawing

For one of these face draw the eyes very barely squinted with the underside eyelids in reverse of their regular cures. Draw the pupils of the eyes very small in relation to the iris with no shadows and small highlights/reflections.

Draw the interior ends of the eyebrows raised and draw the mouth simply very frivolously open with the highest lip raised and revealing a number of the enamel.

Drawing a Loopy Trying Anime Yandere Character

Anime yandere girl crazy face drawing
Anime yandere woman loopy face drawing

This explicit loopy face is one a tsundere tends to make for somebody she is obsessed/in love with.

Anime yandere female character crazy face drawing
Anime yandere feminine character loopy face drawing

For the loopy expression draw the eyes barely wider than regular with small irises/pupils/highlights and no shadows.

Draw the eyebrows in the wrong way up curves (from their regular state) with the interior sides of the eyebrows raised.

Draw the mouth open in a kind of relaxed state (not too extensive). Keep in mind to attract the chin barely decrease down for the open mouth.

Drawing a Shy Anime Character

Anime shy girl face drawing
Anime shy woman face drawing

These kinds of characters are often good and innocent however could also be loners as a consequence of being afraid to speak to others.

An excellent coiffure for one of these character will be the “hair over one eye” to strengthen the concept of “hiding” and shyness. However in case you need to draw a distinct coiffure each eyes are present within the instance beneath.

Anime shy female character face drawing
Anime shy feminine character face drawing

You may just about draw this character the identical approach because the “abnormal woman” however with barely smaller irises/pupils to offer her a bit extra of a “scared” look.

Drawing a Daydreaming Shy Anime Character

Anime shy girl daydreaming face drawing
Anime shy woman daydreaming face drawing

Because the “shy woman” characters are typically loners they might typically be daydreaming by themselves.

Anime shy female character daydreaming face drawing
Anime shy feminine character daydreaming face drawing

For the daydreaming expression draw the attention/eyes to at least one facet of the face with each the highest and the underside eyelids barely raised. You may also draw barely raised eyebrows

Draw the mouth smiling with the enamel exhibiting and add some blush beneath the eyes.

Drawing a Shy Anime Character with an Awkward Look

Anime shy girl awkward face drawing
Anime shy woman awkward face drawing

When coping with different characters the shy characters typically are likely to keep away from eye contact and look down. They could even have a little bit of a nervous smile.

Anime shy female character awkward face drawing
Anime shy feminine character awkward face drawing

For the awkward expression draw the attention/eyes wanting down as talked about above with the underside a part of the iris barely coated by the underside eyelid. Depart a little bit of house between the iris and the highest eyelid.

Drawing a Powerful Anime Character

Anime tough girl face drawing
Anime powerful woman face drawing

These are sometimes constructive characters that will assist defend the protagonist however they’ll additionally generally smack them round. Additionally they are typically into some kind of martial arts or “kendo” and should typically get into fights.

A pony tail will be pretty widespread for a majority of these characters because it can provide them that “sporty” as athletes typically tie their hair again so it doesn’t get in the way in which.

Anime tough female character face drawing
Anime powerful feminine character face drawing

For a troublesome wanting character draw the eyes with the highest eyelids down and the underside eyelids barely raised. Draw the eyebrows with the interior ends lowered.

Draw the mouth in a really mild the wrong way up curve.

Drawing an Offended Powerful Anime Character

Anime tough female character angry face drawing
Anime powerful feminine character offended face drawing

The “although woman” anime characters are typically pretty emotional and may get offended simply.

Anime tough female character angry face drawing
Anime powerful feminine character offended face drawing

For the offended face draw the eyes much more squinted than regular and the eyebrows even decrease down.

Draw the mouth open and pretty extensive (horizontally) with the underside being barely wider than the highest.

You may also give her a little bit of medical tape on her cheek to strengthen the concept of her “lively” character (figuring out or entering into fights).

Drawing a Blissful Powerful Anime Character

Anime tough girl happy face drawing
Anime powerful woman blissful face drawing

As already talked about a majority of these characters will be pretty emotional and are as more likely to simply be blissful as offended.

Anime tough female character happy face drawing
Anime powerful feminine character blissful face drawing

For a cheerful/content material face draw the “powerful” ladies eyes absolutely closed. Principally a set of curves with eyelashes. Draw the eyebrows barely flatter than regular (much less of a curve).

For an in depth clarification on drawing closed anime eyes see:

The way to Draw Closed, Closing & Squinted Anime Eyes

Drawing a Delinquent Anime Character

Anime delinquent girl face drawing
Anime delinquent woman face drawing

Any such character can typically be a bully/hostile and decide fights. An excellent coiffure for the delinquent will be brief and perhaps barely messy hair. It should assist create a kind of “tomboy” picture for the character.

Anime delinquent female character face drawing
Anime delinquent feminine character face drawing

You may draw the “delinquent” face much like the “powerful woman” however draw the underside eyelids nearly straight and the irises (with every thing inside them) a lot smaller. Draw the highest of the irises coated by the highest eyelids and depart some house between them and the underside eyelids.

Draw the mouth in a light-weight the wrong way up curve.

Drawing a “One Eyebrow Raised” Delinquent Anime Character

Anime delinquent girl one eyebrow raised drawing
Anime delinquent woman one eyebrow raised drawing

This can be a face anime delinquent characters are likely to make when gloating or bullying somebody.

Anime delinquent female character one eyebrow raised drawing
Anime delinquent feminine character one eyebrow raised drawing

For this expression draw one eye squinted with the eyebrow over that eye decrease down in a reversed curve. Draw the second eye barely wider and with the eyebrow over that eye raised.

Draw the mouth in a kind of “crooked” smile with the enamel exhibiting.

Drawing a “Bullying” Delinquent Anime Character

Anime delinquent girl bullying face drawing
Anime delinquent woman bullying face drawing

That is yet one more “bullying” face the delinquent tends to make.

Anime delinquent female character bullying face drawing
Anime delinquent feminine character bullying face drawing

For this expression draw the eyebrows decrease down in reversed curves. Draw the mouth barely open.

Drawing an Anime Bookworm Character

Anime bookworm girl face drawing
Anime bookworm woman face drawing

The bookworm because the title counsel is a personality that often spends quite a lot of time studying and learning. They’ll typically function a kind of “go to for recommendation” sort character for the protagonist.

A extra neatly combed coiffure could also be extra applicable for one of these character as they’re often pretty diligent in every thing they do.

Anime bookworm female character face drawing
Anime bookworm feminine character face drawing

You may draw the eyes for the “bookworm” nearly the identical as you’d for the abnormal character.

Draw the mouth just about straight with no curve to offer her a extra severe look.

Lastly you need to give her some glasses. For extra on drawing anime glasses you’ll be able to see:

The way to Draw Anime & Manga Glasses

Drawing a Curious Bookworm Anime Character

Anime bookworm girl curious face drawing
Anime bookworm woman curious face drawing

The curious expression is one the “bookworm” tends to have when studying or one thing they’re significantly fascinated about. On this expression the eyes are sometimes hidden behind the reflection of the sunshine within the glasses.

Anime bookworm female character curious face drawing
Anime bookworm feminine character curious face drawing

Whereas the eyes will not be proven on this expression you’ll be able to nonetheless use the vertical midway line to ensure you accurately place the glasses.

Draw the mouth near a kind of “rounded sq.” form with (barely wider in direction of the underside).

Drawing a Shy Trying Bookworm Anime Character

Anime bookworm girl shy face drawing
Anime bookworm woman shy face drawing

The “bookworm” can be shy at instances particularly in direction of somebody they like.

Anime bookworm female character shy face drawing
Anime bookworm feminine character shy face drawing

For a shy “bookworm” face draw the eyes as regular with the eyebrows raised in direction of the middle of the face.

Draw the mouth in a light-weight smile and add some blush to the cheeks.

Conclusion

This concludes the anime character drawing tutorial. There are nonetheless many extra archetypes and different elements that go into making a personality but it surely’s exhausting to cowl that a lot in a single tutorial (that is already the longest one right here on AnimeOutline to this point).

These examples ought to provide you with sufficient to work with that you should utilize them to create different character sorts.

For drawing different character sorts with totally different proportions additionally see:

  • The way to Draw a Lovely Anime Lady Step by Step
  • The way to Draw an Anime Elf Lady Step by Step
  • The way to Draw Anime Christmas Santa Hat Lady

You may also take a look at the tutorial beneath for some extra anime and manga type facial expressions and character associated drawing recommendation:

  • The way to Draw Anime and Manga Eyes to Present Temper & Character
  • 12 Anime Facial Expressions Chart & Drawing Tutorial
  • 16 Examples of The way to Draw Chibi Anime Facial Expressions

For drawing a semi-realistic wanting feminine anime character see:

The way to Draw a Lifelike Anime Face Step by Step

For drawing totally different poses see:

The way to Draw Anime Poses Step by Step

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