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Uploaded: April 22, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 16
Updated: April 22, 2013
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One of the BEST ROMANCES I've enjoyed and it's an anime called Bokura Ga Ita translated to "We Were There." This amazing story chronicles Nanami "Nana" Takahashi and Motoharu "Moto" Yano's relationship from young teens to their graduating days. You have to watch this one. The guy's behavior is soooo realistic as he deals with tragedy. The girl learns the complexities of a guy. I loved both characters with the intimacy and breakups they share. Just amazing. I wanted to feature these two lovebirds 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 draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi

How to Draw Moto and Nana from Bokura Ga Ita, Moto Yano, Nanami Takahashi

how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 1

STEP 1.

Sketch the two circles and V shapes that are attached. Also include the diagonal lines extending from the V shapes. There is a shoulder line on the 2nd figure to draw and also a diagonal line at the bottom under the first figure. Remember to include the hand placement and digits. Sketch all of this lightly with your No.2 pencil. This will allow you to erase more easily later on.
 
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STEP 2.

Sketch in his profile. Look closely at the guidelines for reference while drawing his eyebrow, lashes, and cheek highlight. Remember his neck area and those small lines--if you find they are drawn out of place, wait until you fill in more of the picture and see where those lines naturally fall.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 3

STEP 3.

Now sketch in Nana's eyebrow, eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. Please include the profile of her face (cheeks, jaw, chin) and ear.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 4

STEP 4.

Sketch in Moto's hair lightly with his bangs. Notice how the curls follow a circular motion. When drawing those lines, you get more control by drawing from your elbow, not the wrist (which binds your movement). Remember to draw in his ears.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 5

STEP 5.

Sketch in Nana's hair.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 6

STEP 6.

Draw in her coat, shoulder, and hand.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 7

STEP 7.

Last but not least, sketch in Moto's shirt and snow (that looks like rabbit fur). If you don't want to do all those plaid lines, you can leave it out. Now you can erase the guidelines if you haven't already.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 8

STEP 8.

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. Otherwise, let us continue to the pencil drawing part.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 9

STEP 9.

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.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 10

STEP 10.

Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 11

STEP 11.

TIPS: When I start pencil drawing from a reference picture, first I make sure it's turned to black & white. Then I look at how it's cropped. Like the rectangular or box the picture is framed in. That leads me to drawing the shape on my paper. Next thing I look for is where the shapes land against the box. The actual thing I do is look for negative space. Click on the picture to see an example of what I mean from this anime picture I've drawn. That's my way of getting the proportions. And another TIP: I continue to look at where the features line up with something else to keep that proportion, which gives your picture a likeness.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 12

STEP 12.

Here is a lightly sketched outline of Moto and Nana. This is just me, but I find my drawing lines to be very sketchy. Like a potter molding clay, I'm always putting more lines, erasing mistakes, and redrawing to match my reference pic.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 13

STEP 13.

I have made the lines darker and tightened his lips. Moto and Nana's eyelashes are shaded in. And the picture appears more accurate and less sketchy. I erased extra lines with my kneaded eraser.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 14

STEP 14.

I shaded their skin and with my No.2 pencil very lightly. I sketched the rest of the shading with my 9B graphite pencil. I treated this like it was a whole picture, looking carefully at the reference for tones and likeness. You can squint your eyes to get that gradual transition of the tones. 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.
 
how to draw moto and nana from bokura ga ita, moto yano, nanami takahashi step 15

STEP 15.

I blended their skin with a soft tissue (tissue picks up more graphite and leaves blend smoother & lighter). I took a small torillon and blended small areas like with the hair strands and tiny shadings around their eyes lips. For larger areas I used my large blending stump. You can tell the difference at how much darker and a bit smoother the picture is. Use the kneaded eraser to clean Yano's light hair streaks and highlights on their faces.
 
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STEP 16.

I couldn't resist digitally adding the background and snow to match the reference pic. This was done with the Airbrush to get that blurred effect. And for the middle of the snowflakes, I used a pen to get that completed white center effect. 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 Moto and Nana from Bokura Ga Ita." 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!