Angled Views

This is an original post by The Animaster in 2004

Angled Views This is the trickiest part of drawing: Angled views and Positions. In doing so, you’ll need to know the relation between the anime character, and it’s ‘axis lines’. All characters, boy and girl, and even abominations, have some sort of axis lines behind the position they are standing, sitting or viewed in. This tutorial will show you those basic lines, and some examples on how to draw ‘onto’ them.
Basically, the ‘axis lines’ make up a stick figure of the character. So if your good at drawing stick drawings, then you’ll be good at this.The first line you should start with is the head. Simple. Just draw an oval like so. In angled views, however, make this oval sort of taper toward the area where the chin is (see example #3). Doing so will give you more perspective when you draw the face.
Next, draw the body axis line. This is just a plain straight line, unless you want your character to look as if it’s slouching, because even if you want your character to be bending, this line will remain almost straight (unless it’s a gymnast), and the bend occurs at the other end of this line.
Draw the shoulder line. This is actually a narrow oval, because you don’t want your character to look flat. This will give your character some depth. Now this oval isn’t just flatly pasted onto the body line. To look at it, see the the body line as going through the center of the oval.
Draw the leg lines. Now these aren’t just straight lines. If the character is bending it’s knees somewhat, these lines would break off sharply (see example #1). End these two (or four) lines with a short line pointing in the direction the feet would be pointing.
Draw the arm lines. Each line is composed of two line segments, just like in the leg lines. The first segment is the upper arm segment, which starts at one end of the shoulder line and ends a little above the level where the body line ends. The second segment branches from this one and ends near the mid section of the upper leg line segment (alloting space for the hands).
EXAMPLE 1This example clearly shows how bent the elbows and knees are. Both lines are made of two segments, and the second segment of each always comes sharply off the other. Notice the angle the shoulder oval is at and how it disappears behind the head oval.
EXAMPLE 2This example shows the shoulder oval overlapping the head oval. This means that the head will be partly obscured from vision by the body. This is why the shoulder oval can be so important in angled views.
EXAMPLE 3This example shows how you should taper the head oval when drawing angled views. It gives you more perspective over your character’s position. A view like this is oftenly crummy though, and even I don’t like drawing anime in near-top views like this.


Guy’s Head (Profile)

This is an original post by The Animaster in 2003

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to draw the side view of a guy’s head.
Draw the nose. Make it pretty much straight like so, ending with a short, straight line.
Draw the mouth. The mouth is made of small, zigzagging lines to make up the lips. Be sure you don’t overdo yourself, or you’ll be giving your anime character three lips instead of just two!
Draw the chin. Start with a line going down from the lips, but near the bottom, make the line curve a bit forward, then curve it back, forming the chin. End it with three more line segments, angling up.
Draw the ear. This is a simple thing to do, but practice putting it in the right place. Usually, the ear should end with a line pointing parallel to the jaw line you just drew earlier.
Draw the eyes. Or in this case, one eye. Start by drawing the upper eye line, then the lower eye line. Draw the eye, which, in this view, is a narrow elipse. Afterwards, add the eyebrow.
Draw the hair… or half of it at least. Draw only the portion dividing the face from the upper part of the head.
Draw the head line. This will help you position where you’ll draw the rest of the hair. End the head line with a line pointing parallel to the jaw line.
Finish the hair. Now you can continue drawing the rest of the hair, following the head line.
Draw the neck. Here, the first neck line is drawn, followed by the collar bone line, and the throat line. Then the rest of the neck line, including the shoulder is drawn. When you’re finished, you can start drawing the rest of the body.

Guy’s Head (Front)

This is an original post by The Animaster in 2003

This is a quick way to draw a boy’s head. Actually, I use the term ‘boy’ lightly here. This guy’s a guy, wouldn’t want to call him ‘boy’.
Draw the face. An anime guy is typically rougher in nature compared to the delicate anime girl. Start with a line, more or less curved, going down. Halfway, or slightly more down the center of the estimated face height, branch the line into a straight, sharp one, going to the center. A guy’s chin is usually more broad, so make a curved line for the chin like so. Then start another sharp line diagonally up, and continue the line to finish the rest of this side.
Draw the nose. A guy’s nose is more triangular than a girl’s, with less curves. Start with a rather straight line going down, then make a line branching off from that, curved or not, and finish with another line of your choice.
Draw the eyes. Start with the upper eye lines. Depending on where the nose faces (or in this case, where the shadowed area of it is), that’s where you start drawing the first line. In this example, since the shadowed area is on the character’s left side, I start drawing the upper eye line there, from the inside going out.
Draw the ears. This is a simple task, but remember that the ear should be in correct alignment with the eyes. Notice how the tip of the ears go slightly above the top eye level. So begin the line from the top eye level, going up, then curving down, slightly below the bottom eye level.
Draw the hair. But not all of it yet. Draw only the part which separates the boundary of the face and the hair/head
Draw the head line. This is a very important line, which helps in determining where to place the outer rim of the hair. This line is an extension of the face lines, sort of the ‘skull’ of the character.
Draw the rest of the hair. Now that you can see where the head ends, you can top it with hair, not so bulgy, and not too flat either. Just right.
Draw the neck. Start with the two neck lines, then the collar bone lines, the throat lines, and last, the shoulder blades
Draw the mouth. Almost forgot to? By now you might’ve already. Sometimes I draw the mouth after drawing the nose… or the eyes. You can draw the mouth between any of the steps, I guess. Touch up any other part, and you’re finished. Now you can draw the rest of the body.


Girls Body (Profile)

This is an original post by The Animaster in 2003

Here’s the second part of How To Draw: A Girl’s Body. Side View. As before, we have to draw the ‘guidelines’ so beginners can easily do the steps. So I hope no one adds anything discriminating to what they’ll be doing here. To get started, it’s important that you toggle your web browser to fit the picture on the left to your screen.
After drawing the side view of the head, start drawing the breasts. Well, in this case, the breast. Since this is a side view, I guess one will do. Start it with a slightly curved line, which rounds toward the end and curves nicely, back inwards.
Draw the body… the front part only at this stage. Use a curved line, curving inwards. Then, Use another curved line for the lower abdomen and part of the leg. Make this line curve slightly outwards and back in to a very slight curved line going down.
Draw an arm. Start with the shoulders: draw a steadily curved line, and add another, relatively straight line that ends around the waist line. The waist line should be the area level to the intersection of the two lines you drew before for the front body area. Draw the other lines to form the arm. Be sure that you have the elbow placed near the waist line.

The length of the lower part of the arm should end near the mid section of the upper leg (which, by practice, you should try to envision), else, just make it the same length as the upper arm.

Afterwards, you may draw the fist or hand. Here, I just draw a sort of circle, flat where the thumb area is.

Draw the pack area of the body. First, draw a slanting line inward. Start it under the shoulder, notice that if you extend the neck line, the two lines would meet up nicely. the reason is because this line is actually an extension of the neck line. If you removed the arms, you would see why. The neck line extends a bit more, then curves back inside like so. In doing so, it creates some sort of a ‘hump’ (but that’s the way it is). However, this ‘hump’ is always concealed because of the arms.

The second line forms the waist area. The thickness of this area, in anime anatomy, is about 1 and 1/2 the thickness of the neck, drawn at this view.

Draw the bottoms. Probably one of the cutest areas of an anime girl (aside from the bumper, of course). Notice that the peak of this curve should, as much as possible, match the peak of the breasts, so you have more or less the same distance from her buttom to her thigh as you would from her back to the peak of her breasts. Also take note that this whole part you’re drawing is more or less as large as her upper torso.
Continue with a leg. Start by extending the thigh lines. Then draw the back lines of the leg. Remember folks, I’m not good at this yet, and I’m only assuming these lines based on experience and practice. If you have a better way or more knowledge of drawing legs, apply them now. But as of now, all I know is that the front of the leg is more or less straight until the knee, but then it goes on in a line parallel to the upper leg line.

The back, however, is different. A slanting line that gradually (or sometimes adruptly… you can vary the style) breaks off into a curve that tapers at near end. Well, here, since the girl’s leg is back a little, the line for the back of the upper leg is almost straight down, while the front upper portion is slanted.

Draw the other leg. Even at side view, you can see something of the other leg. Actually, in side views, you can sometimes see something of everything on the other side, for example, the other breast, but here we got a particularly different situation. Although at this stage, you might feel the need to draw the other breast, to match both legs… if you do, you might need to erase the previous lines you made for the breasts.
Draw the feet and finish the rest. Well, draw the feet first. If you’re planning on putting on clothes for the girl, then you don’t need to make the feet so elaborate. These simple shapes do well enough, and even if you do want to draw toes and all, you can do that later. For now, draw an outline for the feet, and start erasing all the overlapping lines that you wouldn’t want to show.
Add clothes. First draw the outlines for the clothes. This anime girl is a bit conservative, so she’s wearing pretty lose clothing… it doesn’t show her figure much (makes you wonder why you went through the painstaking process of drawing her good figure in the first place!), but just incase, you’ll never know when you’ll want to draw on skimpy, tight fitting outfits.

After you’re through with the outlines, you may erase the body lines ‘underneath’ the clothing.


Girls Head (Profile)

This is an original post by The Animaster in 2003

This is a quick way to draw a girl’s head, sideview. Although sideviews are rarely used, the more common being used is an angled view… but more on that later (check out the Drawing and Coloring Tipssection on ‘Angled Views‘).
Draw the nose. Make it a slightly upturned one, a curved line, which ends with a sharp line angling down inwards.
Draw the mouth. This is made up of small, curved lines, forming the lips.
Draw the chin. Start with a straight line from the lower lip, slanting slight inward. It may be more or less parallel to the nose line, but never exceed the angle too much. Then, make a rounded line for the chin, and continue with a curved line. Practice makes perfect, so try to estimate just how long to make these lines.
Draw the ear. This is a simple task, but try drawing it at the right size and in the right place. The ear should be aligned with the eyes (heck… we ain’t GOT the eyes here yet…ooops). Anyway, since you don’t have the eyes yet, try to picture where the eyes will go. The ear should be one eye distance apart from the eyes, so make space for an imaginary ‘eye’ too for that distance.
Draw the eyes. Well, in this case, THE eye. Start drawing the upper eye line first. Then Draw the lower eye line. Add the eye, which, in this view, would be a very narrow elipse. Afterwards, add the eyelashes by darkening the upper and lower eye lines. Then add the eyebrows.
Start drawing the hair. But don’t draw eveything yet. Start by drawing the hair, so that you’ll have a boundary between the hair and the character’s face. Like so.
Draw the head line. This is a very important line. It’s used to determine the boundaries of the head, so you’ll know where to place the rest of the hair
Draw the rest of the hair. Now you see the importance of the head line? Now you know how much above you’ll place the hair.
Draw the neck. Here, I first drew the two neck lines. Then I added the collar bone line and the throat line. Afterwards I finished the drawing with a little shoulder blade line and erased the head line.


Girls Body (Front)

This is an original post by The Animaster in 2003

Okey Hentai Lovers, keep your eyes in their sockets, and your tongue off the ground! Geez, it’s only THIS. Well, actually, the first few steps don’t show the clothes… but I don’t add the details either! So let’s all be social, as this is only a tutorial to show you how to draw the body. It’s up to you, the artist for the final finishing touches.
Draw the head, the neck, and part of the shoulders. You can find details on these here.
Draw the breasts. Did I say breasts? Oh gee. Oh gee. Start each at an end, draw a small line, and break it off with a circle.
Draw the body and the hips. Draw the body with curved lines going down, and then start the hips, curving from them. Some Tips: The overall body size (breasts and the body lines, excluding the hips) should be equal to or slightly bigger than the head. Well, try it. Also, the width of the hips, make it equal with the width of the upper body (at the breasts). Geez, I should say that word less often…
Determine how high up the legs go. I call this the “G” area. Don’t ask me why. Anyway, you can determine how far up the legs go by sort of ‘extending’ the body lines, a bit offset to the original lines (the two lines you used to create the body). Then, just find the intersection, and end it there.
Draw the legs. As of now, as you can see, I’m not too good at it. All I can tell you is that they’re a bunch of contoured lines. Watch out for the knee though. Be sure you put a definite contour for the knee, otherwise your character will look like paper (huh?!). Try to create a shapely butt. Anime girls have cute bottoms. As for the legs, don’t make them too fat. At least try not too. But even we artists sometimes have THAT problem. Also try to get the length of the legs right. Although there are people with varying proportions to their leg length.
Draw the arms. Start by drawing a curve from the shoulders. Extend the curve into a line that goes down: stop at the waist line. Make another line to complete the upper arm, stop at the waistline again. The reason why you should stop at or near the waistline is because that’s where the elbow line is. This is so you don’t draw the arm too long. Otherwise you’re character will look ape-like (hahahahaha). I’ve made that mistake quite a few times already. Anyway, continue drawing the arm: just remember though, that the arm shouldn’t extend past the mid thigh (middle of the upper leg). That’s where the hand should end: at the mid thigh (or slightly below).
Draw the feet. Add a little extension to the legs, tapering it down to the feet. Then draw the feet. Practice on the size of the feet. Do this as well as the hands. The thing is, I really can’t tell you much on how to draw hands and feet, cause even I’m not good at those things. My advice for you now is to practice drawing your own hands and feet. Do a lot of sketch work. This goes for the clothes as well…
Draw any details. Ahem. THIS is the only detail I’m drawing for now
Draw the clothes. Don’t leave the poor girl without them. Even an artist should feel what his or her creation feels. But if you’d rather not, I’m not giving out tips on how to draw any ‘details’. For clothes, think of anything. Get your ideas from the styles people around you are in. But if you live in a weird neighborhood, try to think of something else. I’m not yet good at drawing the folds in clothing… but when I have time to sketch enough
Erase the guidelines (unnecessary lines now) and add a few other lines like shirt creases, folds or shoe details. You may also add shading or color. Afterwards, you’re finished.


Girls Head (Front)

    This is a quick way to draw a girl’s head. The girl here is someone between 14 to 20 years old. Younger anime girls have wider cheeks, and usually larger eyes. But I guess the majority of you guys and gals would probably want to draw teenagers, right? Afterall… it is the most shapely thing to draw. 
     First, draw the face lines. I usually start with the left, going to the right. Start by drawing a slightly curved line down, then, slightly halfway down the estimated height of the face, make another, steeper curved line inwards to the center of the face. 

     From the bottom (chin), start another curved line up. This will complete the chin, but not the full side of the face. The rest of the face ends with a line on the other side, going down. 

Draw the nose. Here, the girl’s nose is a little squiggly, triangular shape. The first line is drawn going downwards. Then, draw a sharp line upwards, and continue with a curved line. 
     Draw the Eyes. First, start with the upper eye lines. Usually, depending on the where the nose faces, that’s where you start drawing the first line. Here, since the nose seems to be facing (rather, shadowing) the character’s left side, I start drawing on that side. Start the eye line from the inside of the face goin outwards. Do the other eye line from the out going in. 
Continue drawing so. 
Draw the ears. You can start from either side of the face: it doesn’t really matter. But start from the top, going down.
Draw the hair… but not all yet. Just draw the part which divides the face from the rest of the head, such as this.
Draw the head line. This is the boundary of your anime character’s head. This is very helpful in deciding where to place the outer lines of the hair/head.
Draw the rest of the hair. By using the head line, you can tell exactly how much hair to put above it.
Draw the neck. If you want, you may draw the mouth first, but I usually draw the neck first… I dunno why… just instinct I guess. First, draw the two lines for the neck, followed by the collar bone line, the shoulder blades, then the throat line. 
Finally, if you haven’t drawn the mouth yet, do so now. Then you’re ready to draw the rest of the body.