One of Manga’s crowning achievements is bestowing the Chibi style upon the world. These ultra-cute characters have taken the world by storm, leaving smiles, hearts and oversized sweat drops in their wake.
They are by definition simpler to draw — that’s the whole point! By presenting your characters in terms of their facial expressions and just enough hair and clothing to keep them recognizable, you strip them down to their very essence. But simpler to draw doesn’t mean impossible to mess up. Without careful study your Chibi characters will look like wannabes and not the real thing.
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- Kneaded Erasers
- Pencil Sharpeners
First, sketch the wings as a long box, using two-point perspective as if looking down on the subject.
Begin by drawing four horizontal lines, equally spaced. This character is only three heads tall.
Draw the eyebrows, eyes, mouth and ears. Focus on the distances between the various lines. The eyebrows curve over the horizontal line. The bottoms of the ears are at the same level as her jaw. Her left eye is compressed, narrower from side to side because of the angle of her head.
Draw the neck, shoulders and clothes. The width of the shoulders is less than the head.
No need to draw the clothing exactly as I have here. Be creative and dress your Chibi as you see fit.
Chibi feet could hardly be simpler, but pay attention to the slight forward tilt of the legs. This wave-like posture is common among standing characters, both cartoon and realistic.
Her feet cross over the bottom line while her hand extends just past line three, the same length as the dip of her skirt.
There’s a considerable distance between the hairline and her actual head. If you don’t draw it, your Chibi’s head may not look right.
Add a collar to her shirt and pleats to the skirt. You may want to go for something more casual, though.
Have fun! That’s what the Chibi style is all about. Ink it and let dry, then erase the guidelines. You can add color or leave it as is.