how to draw shojo, draw shoujo anime

How to Draw Shojo, Draw Shoujo Anime

Step 1.

Generally speaking, Shoujo usually deals with with young girls in junior high or high school and their relationships with other people. Plots tend to focus on character development rather than action and other outside influences. That isn't to say that fighting is forbidden. Sailor moon, for example, is known as a shoujo manga but there is a good deal of fighting. Shoujo isn't constrained by a style either. Think of Fruitsbasket, or Clannad, K-ON and NANA. All of these manga have vastly different styles. In the example I've shown you a break down of some basic styles that tend to reoccur in a lot of manga. Each one has it's own way of portraying the body.

Step 2.

The best part about anime and manga is how you can portray the same thing in some many different ways. Take, for example, these three head close-ups. Each girl has the same general type of face and hairstyle, but look how different they are. When drawing characters meant for shoujo, a good knowledge of anatomy is indispensable. If you understand how a face is mapped out, then drawing an anime face in your own style will become easy.

Step 3.

Now let's focus on one style for now. Here we have a basic style that would suit a shoujo manga, and with that style I have created three different body types. It's important to have different body types for your characters. Sometimes these body types are used as an archetype (or stereotype) of a character. You may, for example, want to draw a cool character with narrow eyes and a thin, boyish frame. When a person looks at your character, they'll be able to see their personality by the traits you've given them. But, keep in mind, breaking archetypes is also a great option to character creation

Step 4.

An easy way to differentiate female characters is by breast size. It shouldn't be the only difference between the character you draw, but it helps. Here is a general size chart of common...and not so common, sizes.

Step 5.

Now let's try a step-by-step of an average chest. Remember that breasts sit on top of the rib cage so learning to draw the rib cage underneath will help you make a more believable chest

Step 6.

Here are some different angles that a chest is viewed from.

Step 7.

Now that we've discussed the body in detail, let's move on to hair. Here are some examples of typical shoujo hair styles. It's easy to make lots of hairstyles if you switch out the bangs and the back of the hair for many combinations.

Step 8.

With all those tips in mind, let's try sketching the first of our three girls. Sketch the guidelines.

Step 9.

Sketch the lines for the torso.

Step 10.

Add the lines for the arms, dipping in at the elbow.

Step 11.

Now for the legs, they should be roughly twice the width of the arm's width.

Step 12.

Finish the arm and legs with hands and feet.

Step 13.

Follow the curve of the guidelines while sketching in the head.

Step 14.

Finish the girl with her facial features, making sure to place the eyes so they rest on the horizontal guidelines.

Step 15.

Here I've added hair to our three body types and gave them a typical school girl skirt. Notice the differences in how each girl wears her skirt. Body type helps determine a character, but so do her clothes.

Step 16.

Add a vest and a short sleeve shirt to the first and third girl, which the one in the middle wears her shirt opened. Draw some lines for socks, once again noting how each character differs in style.

Step 17.

Here are the finished girls, each one different from the other and ready to enter a shoujo manga. Use these tips to create your own believable shoujo girls. Have fun creating your own style.

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Uploaded: January 10, 2013
Artist: Desi_bell
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
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Updated: January 10, 2013
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Shoujo, the japanese word for "girl", has become a catch-all term for manga that appeals to female readers. Shoujo manga comes in many styles and often deals with stories about young girls and their relationships. In this tutorial, you'll learn about three well-known styles and some tips to why they differ along with some helpful examples of body types and facial features.