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Uploaded: March 18, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: March 18, 2012
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Well, I guess the buck stop here because this is all I’m gonna have for you guys for a few hours. In light of the fact that Rurouni Kenshin is going to be made into a full length movie in both Japanese and English versions, I thought I might as well make a tutorial on one of the main characters from the very popular series and or manga/anime. Despite what some may think, this Rurouni Kenshin figure is not going to be that difficult to recreate. I will do my best to teach you guys "how to draw Kaoru Kamiya", step by step. She is like I said, the main character along with Kenshin. In the anime/manga she is the owner and instructor of a kendo school located in Tokyo Japan. Her dojo is terrorized by a person who is impersonating to be Hitokin Battōsai which is a lethal assassin that has murdered a numerous amount of people in the past. When her dojo comes under attack, she is saved by the real Battōsai which is Himura Kenshin. Once he saves her, Kaoru invites him to stay at her dojo to live since Kenshin is without a place to live. He then explains to her what his plan is, and after they talk for a while she realizes that she has developed a crush on him which then leads to Kaoru falling in love with Kenshin. Kaoru is the first main figure that Kenshin meets in the series. I know some of you that are unfamiliar with the manga are asking yourselves “what does she teach in the dojo?” Well, Kaoru teaches that art of Kamiya Kasshin-ryū which is a sword technique style that is only used to protect people without ever hurting them. What I like about the two characters together is that, even though Kaoru denies that she loves Kenshin, he too is drawn to her because of her simplistic, honest, and selfless nature. I’m not going to tell any of you what or how the story goes because I want you to find out for yourself if you are not familiar with Rurouni Kenshin. I will leave you to this tutorial so you can start drawing Kaoru Kamiya. I shall return in a few hours so as you have fun with these new lessons, be sure to stick around to see what it is I will upload next.

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how to draw kaoru kamiya, rurouni kenshin

How to Draw Kaoru Kamiya, Rurouni Kenshin

how to draw kaoru kamiya, rurouni kenshin step 1

STEP 1.

In this tutorial you will be drawing Kaoru from the manga Rurouni Kenshin. To begin, let us draw out a head guide as well as the lining for her neck and some of the torso. I decided that we will only tackle the upper portion of this manga character.
 
how to draw kaoru kamiya, rurouni kenshin step 2

STEP 2.

Now that step one is finished, we can start tackling the task of sketching out Kaoru's face shape. As you can see her face structure is longer than most manga/anime females. Draw in the face, and then draw the thin strips of bang strands that fall on her forehead in a small arched parted manner.
 
how to draw kaoru kamiya, rurouni kenshin step 3

STEP 3.

Using the facial guidelines you made in step one, you can start drawing the shapes of her wide eyes. The top lid lining should be bolder or thicker than the rest of her eye lining. Next, add some lashes, and then draw in her nose, mouth and eyebrows.
 
how to draw kaoru kamiya, rurouni kenshin step 4

STEP 4.

Okay, let's get started on her hear. You will begin by drawing a bowl like shape around the whole top part of her head. Make sure the lining has some hair points when you do this. You will create some long, skinny side strand pieces that fall on the sides or temples of her head and or face. Sketch in more of her bangs, and then draw Kaoru's ear shape as well as detail in inner lining of it.
 
how to draw kaoru kamiya, rurouni kenshin step 5

STEP 5.

She has a very skinny r slender neck, so be sure that you create a neck that is very feminine and narrow. Once the neck is in place, you can draw the collar of Kaoru's kimono style clothing. It's very bulky as you can see. Sketch in her shoulders, and then add some wrinkles on the shoulders for added texture and design.
 
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STEP 6.

Make some simple lining to create a layered look. This will create the collar of her kimono as well as the undergarment formation.
 
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STEP 7.

Lastly to finish drawing Kaoru, you will draw in her very loose, large or oversized sash that she is using to wrap her hair in a ponytail. The ends of the sash should be ruffled and it should also have some pleats at the top where it ties. Draw her long stringy ponytail like so, and sketch in last minute detailing where applicable. Erase your mistakes and guides, than you are done.
 
how to draw kaoru kamiya, rurouni kenshin step 8

STEP 8.

Here she is all buttoned up and beautiful. Now you can start the fun process of coloring her in. I hope you enjoyed drawing Kaoru Kamiya from Rurouni Kenshin.