Easy To Draw Anime Characters

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This guide is an introduction to the basics of drawing with a focus on the anime and manga style. It provides tips on approaching the drawing process in the right way and suggests some beginner friendly exercises to help you get started.

For a list of other things you can learn that will help you draw anime and manga you can check:

This guide covers the first part of that list (The Basics of Drawing).

1. Make Light Line Drawings First

Draw using light lines first and then trace over them with darker lines once you are sure that everything is in the right place. This be especially helpful for large or more complex drawings.

Light lines are easier to erase if you make a mistake and easier to make (you don’t have to press as hard on the pencil so your hand will be less tired).

Even if drawing digitally it’s still a good idea to first make a sketch and go over it with cleaner lines afterwards.

Tracing your own lines will also work as another exercise to help steady your hand.

Try and draw with as few lines as possible. If you make a mistake with your first line it’s fine to add more lines until you land the correct one but don’t scribble or draw extra lines just for the sake of it. If you make too many mistakes erase that part of your drawing start over.

2. Use Guide/Construction Lines

Use guide lines to help yourself draw. For example if you want to draw a symmetrical head/face from the front view you can first draw a horizontal line though the middle of where you want to draw the face. This line will help you make sure that both halves of the face are even in width. You can then draw a horizontal line (or several lines) to help you make sure that both eyes and both ears are on the same level.

For drawing different styles of anime heads see:

3. Plan Out Your Drawing & Draw Larger to Smaller

Estimate your proportions before you start drawing. You can see that in the above example the girl is 6 1/2 heads tall (as anime characters tend to have larger heads in relations to their bodies then real people). By comparing the size of different parts or objects in your drawing to one another you will be less likely to make a mistake.

Regardless of what you are drawing start with the larger shapes first. You don’t need to always start with the absolute largest shape but definitely don’t start with the smaller details.

If you area drawing a person start with the head and work your way down through the rest of the body. Don’t draw the smaller details like the facial features until you have the shape of the entire body.

Drawing this way will make it a lot easier to fix mistakes. For example if you fully draw out the head with all of the details of the facial features you may then find that the body doesn’t actually fit on your drawing area. You will then have to start over and redraw the entire face again.

Some of these mistakes can be easier to fix if drawing digitally but that doesn’t mean that you should not learn to draw in the correct order.

For more on drawing anime bodies you can see:

4. Keep Different Parts of Your Drawing in the Same Stages of Completion

Try and keep the various objects in your drawing in roughly the same state of completion. If for example you are drawing eyes than draw the outer shape of each eye and then draw the shape of each iris. By doing so you will be more likely to notice if the first one is out of place and you will only need to do a little back tracking if you make a mistake (similar to the previous example).

For more on drawing anime eyes see:

5. Draw Things That Are Hidden

It’s sometimes a good idea to draw things that are hidden by something else.

In the above example some parts of the head and face will be hidden by the hair in the final drawing but you may still want to draw their basic shapes and erase them later. The reason for this is to insure the correct placement of the parts that are visible. For example by doing a light drawing of the second eye you will be able to check the spacing between the eyes which will help you insure that the visible eye is correctly placed. You can also draw the outer shape of the ears to estimate the volume the hair needs in order cover them.

For drawing anime style faces see:

6. Do Drawing Exercises

As a beginner artist you can really benefit from some fairly simple exercises of drawing lines and basic geometric shapes. These exercises will help steady your hand and train you to see (and avoid) common mistakes.

You can do these for about 10-15 minutes at a time.

Straight Lines Drawing Exercises

The most basic exercises is drawing straight lines in different directions. Draw horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines without rotating your drawing area (paper, tablet, etc…).

Curved Lines Drawing Exercises

In addition to straight lines practice drawing curved lines in different directions and try to have nice and smooth curve without jitters or sharp turns. Just like for the straight lines exercise don’t rotate your drawing area.

Basic Shapes Drawing Exercises

Practice drawing basic shapes such as squares, circles, triangles, ovals, rectangles, etc…


Try and draw each shape with only one stroke per side. Draw the circle and ovals with one solid line from start to finish.

Don’t worry if your shapes don’t come out right, simply try and improve on the next shape.

Mixed Drawing Exercises

You can also combine the drawing exercises. For example you can draw a square than inside it draw lines going from one corner to another followed by two more lines going through the intersection point of those lines followed by drawing a circle inside the initial square. But unlike the previous exercise draw this circle a quarter at a time.

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In addition to all of the previous benefits this exercise is also really good for learning to draw symmetrical shapes.

In the above example you can see how an anime style head can be broken down into three simple shapes. The same can often be done with other parts of the body and various other objects. You don’t need to actually draw all of these out every time you want to draw something but its a good example for why learning to draw basic shapes can be so useful.

7. Study the Anime Style

To make art that looks like anime and manga you have to understand their defining characteristics. Fortunately there are plenty of tutorials here on AnimeOutline to help you study these styles. Simply see the Anime & Manga Drawing Tutorials section and pick whatever it is you are interested in drawing.

8. Check for Mistakes

If you are having trouble spotting your mistakes turn your drawing upside down or hold it up to a mirror. This will give you a fresh “perspective” making it easier to see them.

For mistakes beginners commonly make when drawing anime (and fixes for them) see:


Doing the exercises and applying the tips suggested above will help you with the basics of drawing anime. Once you you have a fairly steady hand with good control of your pen or pencil you can move on to more advanced aspects of drawing. These include things such as perspective, color and shading. For some basics on all of these see the following tutorials:

For a suggestions on things that can help you learn to draw anime see:

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For my first How to Draw Anime Characters tutorial, I’ll teach you how to efficiently plot and draw the head of any anime character.

Before we start off this how to draw anime characters tutorial, there are a couple of things that you’ll first need to remember. Most people tend to start drawing anime without any reference. A lot of times, people have this notion that drawing with reference means that you’re not good. On the contrary, the use of references will make you a better artist. So for this tutorial, think of an anime character/s you’d like to draw. Once you’ve settled on a character/s, get images of their heads in frontal, 3/4, and side views. Then as you’re drawing along, make sure to always refer to these images. For the purposes of this tutorial, I used Deku and Uraraka from the anime Boku No Hero Academia.

Another consideration with this how to draw anime characters tutorial is linework. One of anime and manga’s hallmarks is clean linework and mark making. This isn’t a tutorial for that. With that said, you can still sort of work on the quality of your lines through this tutorial.

With these out of the way, let’s now start with the tutorial.

Preparing the guideline

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The first thing we’ll be doing is putting up a guideline. If you’re a beginner then it’s important that you use guidelines when drawing. No, using guidelines doesn’t make you less of an artist. In fact, you’ll find that it’s going to help you improve faster.

1. Laying out a grid

Unlike most guides out there, we’re not going to start with a circle. Instead, let’s lay down a rectangle (aproximately 3units by 4 units) like in the image below. Once we’ve laid down our rectangle, we’ll then divide it into four equal parts horizontally. We then follow this up with a line bisecting the rectangle right in the middle. Now we should have a rectangle divided into a total of 8 rectangles in 2×4 (column x row) formation.

2. Forming an ellipse

After laying down the vertical lines and the bisecting the , let’s then make a circle/ellipse to represent the skull. To do this, let’s set a point in the middle of the box formed by the first three rows. From here, draw a straight line on the x-axis that goes through the middle point and connects the left and right borders of the box. Do the same for the y-axis to then connect the top and bottom borders.

With this, we now have 4 points that divide our box into four quadrants. From here’s, let’s connect each point with a curved line until we end up with our ellipse.

3. Forming the jaw and chin

Now that we have our ellipse, let’s then get to drawing the jaw. For this, we’ll first need to vertically divide the bottom-most row of our main rectangle. We’re then going to make a diagonal line starting from each of the left and right side of the circle we made earlier. These diagonal lines need to go inward until they reach the line that we made to divide the bottom-most row of the main rectangle earlier. From these points, we’re then going to make diagonal lines that again point inward and converge at the point in the bottom most border of the main rectangle where made the vertical line in step 1.

4. Plotting the eyes, nose, and brows

So we’ve made our jaw and chin. This is great! Let’s now plot where the eyes are on our character. For this, let’s go to the horizontal line that separates our main rectangle in half. The line itself is divided in two but we’ll need to divide it further. Specifically, we’ll need to divide the line in 8 parts. The middle six of these parts (which we can condense to just 3) are then going to determine our eye placement. The left eye will fall under the left-most division while the right eye is going under the right-most. As for the nose, this will be under the middle division.

Eyebrow placement on the other hand, will depend on the artist’s style. In the case of Hirokoshi, it’s slightly above the middle horizontal line. Other artists though, will choose to place the eyebrows straight on the line itself.

5. The hairline and ears

Ears are relatively easy to place. The top-most part of the ear will always be in line with the middle horizontal line of our main rectangle. The bottom-most part of the ear as well as the nose will be in line with the top border of the fourth (bottom-most) division (or the bottom border of the third). As for the hairline, you just need to look for the bottom border of the first division (top border of the second). Take note though that the hairline is a lot like the eyebrows. Depending on the artist, they can be slightly higher up (or lower down) the border.

Let’s start drawing!

With the guidelines done, it’s pretty much just a matter of drawing your chosen anime character. For Deku/Izuku, the only real issue you’ll come across is the hair. I’d say that drawing anime hair is actually a lot more complicated than just drawing the facial features. As such, I’m going to tackle this in another tutorial.

Compared to Deku, Uraraka is a lot easier to draw. This is thanks to the simple design of her hair. In terms of their facial features, she looks very similar to Deku. Take note though that her face is much rounder. This is just how shape language is in anime. Girls typically have rounder and curvier designs. As for guys, their designs will tend to be more angular which denotes aggressiveness or masculinity.

In the next How to Draw Anime tutorial, we’ll be tackling head rotation and a little bit of perspective. As for questions or queries, go ahead and voice them out in the comments section below. Additionally, you can opt to check out our Contact page.