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Uploaded: April 12, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 23
Updated: April 12, 2013
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Inuyasha in full human, demon, figure, and action form is finally here to sketch in pencil. It is amazing how this one anime made me laugh, cry, care, and swoon. I hated this anime to end (and it's about 190 plus episodes). I watched all 4 movies and was royally entertained. This InuYasha character is half human and half demon. On the full moon he turns to full human, stripped of his powers. But once the sun rises, he's back to his old self. When he is separated from his sword Tetsusaiga or near death, he turns to full demon, which isn't good because he loses himself to blood lust, hating humans, and the need to kill. In this tutorial, I wanted to feature those elements for you to sketch in pencil. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Please let me know how you feel about it by commenting, faving or clicking on "Love It." Thanks sooo much!

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How to Sketch Inuyasha

how to sketch inuyasha step 1

STEP 1.

Sketch the circle with V shape. Also draw the lines for the shoulder and extended arms. Draw the lower parallel lines to InuYasha's knees. Now sketch the bisecting line for torso, all with your No.2 pencil. Please sketch lightly so you can erase later.
 
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STEP 2.

The line shapes of his arm, sword and left leg facing you will help with perspective and placement. When you draw in the hand, knees, and foot shapes, that will give you mass and more accuracy in your sketch.
 
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STEP 3.

Sketch lightly his bangs, eyes and mouth. You may need to click on this picture to see it better.
 
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STEP 4.

Sketch in his hair lightly with the rest of his bangs. Remember his cute ears poking out at the top of his head. *sigh* It would be so much fun to pull on them like Kagome did in the first episode.
 
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STEP 5.

Take your time with his robe-like sleeves. His jacket top is called a kariginu. Try drawing in the decorative cord too. Don't forget his hand and sword.
 
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STEP 6.

Hah! I don't know what to call those cute sideburns, which look like scythes. Go ahead and sketch them in with his collar, beads, and ribbon strap, I think that ties his sword to him. Tell me if I'm wrong.
 
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STEP 7.

Now draw in his other sleeve, hand, and the tattered hilt of his sword.
 
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STEP 8.

Last but not least, sketch in InuYasha's legs. Seriously, I love this feudal era costume. He has a bow that is his belt called an obi. Also those trousers called hakama that balloon and cuff at his ankles are gorgeous. Don't forget his feet. Now you can erase the guidelines if you haven't already.
 
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STEP 9.

Your drawing may look like this or you might have your own version. At this point, you can color in your picture with a medium of your choice.
 
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STEP 10.

Here is the color combination of InuYasha. Following this step are tips on sketching/drawing InuYasha (translated in Japanese means "Dog-Demon"). Let us continue to the pencil drawing part.
 
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STEP 11.

I didn't want to skip this. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the Tone Exercise.
 
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STEP 12.

Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.
 
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STEP 13.

Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. Look closely and see if your lines look something like this. You can erase if certain areas like the hair spikes or hand & sword don't line up. Shading transition from dark to light (or visa versa) should be smooth... no harsh lines. Be patient with this, it's not as complicated as you may think. As you do more pictures, this will come easier to you.
 
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STEP 14.

I shaded his skin, hair and lighter part of his sleeves and pants with the 0.7mm mechanical pencil. You can use your No.2 pencil (or HB) also. I sketched in the shading the parts of his sleeves, top and pants with my 9B graphite pencil. Looking carefully at the reference for tones and likeness, I checked for shading balance. You can squint your eyes to get that gradual transition of the tones. Another thing, I change any color references to black and white with my photo editing program. TIP: Don't draw small. Draw on an A4 (or 8-1/2 by 11) paper size (like typing or copy paper). I use almost all the paper to draw in the details so the shading areas are large enough.
 
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STEP 15.

I blended his skin, outfit, and hair with a tissue. I added more darkness to the shadows in his outfit and blended with a tortillon. You can tell the difference at how much darker and a bit smoother the picture is. Use the kneaded eraser to clean his hair and background.
 
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STEP 16.

This is a black and white version of my digital drawing. I added background to spuce it up. You can add highlights to your drawing with titanium white, white pastels or even work hard with a kneaded eraser. The next steps feature some drawings of Inuyasha in full human or demon form. There is even a stand up picture of him.
 
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STEP 17.

1. Sketch the guidelines. 2. Now sketch in his human face, hair, and shoulders. 3. Gives you a better view. 4. The sketch advances with more hair shine and beginning beads. 5. Shade in everything but hair. 6. Blend in face, jacket, and beads. You can fill in hair with a 9B pencil or graphite crayon.
 
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STEP 18.

Once you've filled in the hair, shade with a tortillon or blending stump. The white hair areas will turn a medium gray. You can add more darkness to the beads with a 9B graphite pencil. Also darken his eyes and blend.
 
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STEP 19.

I added white to the white of his eyes and catch lights. Then I added highlights to the beads and added background. I also his face, jacket and my digital program.
 
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STEP 20.

1. Sketch lightly the guidelines. 2. Now sketch in the outline. 3. Here's the pencil outline version. 4. Sketch in the shading. Use a No.2 Pencil for his face and hair. When doing his eyes and shoulder, sketch darker with your No.2 or even crosshatch. For easier application apply with 9B graphite pencil. 5. Blend his hair shadow and skin with a tissue. For a darker blend use a stump or tortillon for his eyes and shoulder.
 
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STEP 21.

I couldn't resist digitally adding a background, blurring, and adding white to my picture. If you're unable to do that, clean up with a kneaded eraser or use white pastels or white titanium acrylics or watercolor to your pic. Now the streaks may show if you scan it.
 
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STEP 22.

1. Sketch guidelines lightly. 2. Now do the outline. 3. Here is how the guidelines look in pencil. 4. Sketch lightly his face and hair. Now sketch his garment darker with your No.2 pencil. You can sketch in the shadows with a 9B graphite pencil or go even more darker with your no.2 pencil...do the same type of shading on the sword. 5. Now blend with a stump or torillon.
 
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STEP 23.

I digitally added a background, blurred, and added white to my picture. If you're unable to do that, clean up with a kneaded eraser or use white pastels or white titanium acrylics or watercolor to your pic. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on How to Sketch InuYasha. Please fav, click on "Love It" or comment to let me know if you like this and how you feel. Luv n hugs to you all!