How to Draw a Chibi Character.

February 14, 2009

Chibi is a Japanese word used to describe a “small thing or a person with a small body”. Chibi is a simple, cute form of manga — Super Deformed or SD is another name for chibis and it’s meaning is obvious. It is essentially a version of manga/anime.

Chibi Girl Tutorial

Chibi Girl Tutorial

Tips :

  • Keep your hands clean so you don’t smudge pencil lines, you can even wear a latex glove if you need to.
  • Use sharpened pencils to get fine lines and to keep everything consistent.
  • Simplify EVERYTHING chibis are never detailed
  • Practice drawing the eyes and different expressions, think of as many as you can and just draw the different faces, if you don’t want to draw the whole head then just draw the eyes, nose dashes and mouth
  • Keep looking for different examples of chibis, try copying them and look at how the different eyes and clothing are drawn.
  • Try places like gaiaonline for great little chibi/manga characters to practice drawing, lots of players will pay [in in-game money] for chibi art, go to http://www.gaiaonline.com to sign up then check out the forums for people looking for art, it’s a good place to practice drawing.

Youtube Tutorial : How to Draw Chibi Characters, Six Different Ways


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