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Uploaded: May 9, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 22
Updated: May 9, 2013
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Once I decided to watch Kenichi, I couldn't let go. He made me smile and (I can't help it) he's so cute! I have enjoyed seeing how this young high schooler that was always a beating bag for bullies, learned different types of Martial Arts. He bumped into one of his classmates, a beautiful young girl, Mui, very disciplined in the martial arts. She saved him from a bunch of bullying delinquents and introduced him to the dojo where she lived that housed 5 masters in the martial arts. You learned the different martial arts styles and philosophy along with Kenich, as he continued to grow strong and more heroic because of his desire to protect his friends and family. It was insanely funny and gripping the way Kenichi turned a lot of his enemies around to being friends. I find this character worthy and fun to draw. 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 kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi

How to Sketch Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple, Kenichi

how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 1

STEP 1.

Draw the oval lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 2

STEP 2.

Now draw in the bisecting line to balance his facial features.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 3

STEP 3.

Sketch lightly the crescent red lines for hair line and head mass.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 4

STEP 4.

You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for eyes, c. for nose, and d. for mouth.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 5

STEP 5.

Now draw Kenichi's left bang, eyebrow, and eye facing you.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 6

STEP 6.

Draw Kenichi's right bang, eyebrow, and eye facing you. I broke this down so you could focus better on each area.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 7

STEP 7.

Observe where his features appear in relation to the guidelines. Draw in his nose, bandaid, mouth and the side of his face.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 8

STEP 8.

Sketch in Kenichi's hair lightly with his spikes. Notice how the hair follow a curved 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 ear.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 9

STEP 9.

Sketch in the rest of his hair.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 10

STEP 10.

Last but not least, sketch in Kenichi's jawline, chin, and collar. Now you can erase the guidelines if you haven't already.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 11

STEP 11.

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.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 12

STEP 12.

Here is the color combination of Kenichi. Following this step are tips and guides on sketching/drawing.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 13

STEP 13.

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 sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 14

STEP 14.

Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 15

STEP 15.

This is a black and white version of my full color digital drawing. I used this as a reference for shading in my pencil sketch of Kenichi. As you can see it helps out with how dark the shades are.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 16

STEP 16.

Here is the outline done with a 0.7mm 2B 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.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 17

STEP 17.

I want to show you how I start out. I used a No.2 (HB) pencil for light shading. Diagonal lines were applied for the stroking method with very light pressure. I was not careful about going over the eyebrow or hairline borders because they will be shaded in darker.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 18

STEP 18.

Here I shaded with my 2B mechanical pencil areas with like tone, comparing with my reference picture. I darkened in the eyebrows, eyelashes, iris, pupils, shading on skin and the back of his tie.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 19

STEP 19.

I shaded the darker parts of his hair with my 9B graphite pencil. His collar was shaded with my No.2 pencil for lightness. I shaded the inside of his eyes with my 2B because of the fine point allowing for this small detail.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 20

STEP 20.

Here I finished his hair and band-aid with my 2B mech. pencil. Seriously, a normal No.2 pencil will do the job. It just takes more time and layers to get that nice dark coverage. So if you don't have all those different types of pencils, just add more pressure and layers. Happy hunting! ;)
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 21

STEP 21.

I blended his skin and shirt collar with a tissue. I used my blending stump on his hair (not the highlight streaks). I added more darkness to the shadows in with my 9B pencil in the shadowed spikes of his hair. You can tell the difference at how much darker and a bit smoother the picture is. Use the kneaded eraser to lighten the highlights in his hair, clean the white of his eyes.
 
how to sketch kenichi the mightiest disciple, kenichi step 22

STEP 22.

This is the finished version of my drawing. I added white to the white of his eyes and catch lights. I also added light gray to his hair highlights. Generally everything was blurred to add smooth texture. I added a background to spice up the picture. You can add highlights to your drawing with titanium white, white pastels or even work hard with a kneaded eraser. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on "How to Sketch Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple." 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!