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Uploaded: May 13, 2013
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 19
Updated: May 13, 2013
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This is a special anime tutorial, "How to Sketch Ponyo," because a friend requested it. Since the lines are more simple, I've made this a Novice tut. I've seen the anime movie so that makes this special. Here is a summary of it. (Animenewsnetwork) A young boy, Sosuke, befriends a strange looking goldfish whom he names Ponyo. He doesn't know Ponyo is a magic fish who has decidd that she wants to live with Sosuke and the other humans. Unfortunately, Ponyo's decision to give up her underwater life creates a crack in an ancient magic spell, and places the world in danger. Together, Sosuke and Ponyo must set things right. 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 Ponyo, Ponyo

how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 1

STEP 1.

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

STEP 2.

You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for top of eyes, c. for bottom of eyes & nose, and d. for shoulders.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 3

STEP 3.

Now draw Ponyo's eyebrows and eyes.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 4

STEP 4.

Draw in the mouth. Notice the mouth is at the bottom of the circle.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 5

STEP 5.

Look at where her facial outline appears in relation to the guidelines. Draw it in and don't forget the small hump for her earlobe.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 6

STEP 6.

Sketch in Ponyo's hair lightly with curls. 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 her ear on the right side facing you.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 7

STEP 7.

Sketch in the half portion of her shoulders, straps, and arm.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 8

STEP 8.

Last but not least, sketch in Ponyo's other half of her shoulders, straps, and arm. Don't forget to add her collar and container. Now you can erase the guidelines if you haven't already.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 9

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.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 10

STEP 10.

Here is the color combination of Ponyo. Following this step are tips and guides on sketching/drawing.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 11

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.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 12

STEP 12.

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

STEP 13.

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 Ponyo. As you can see it helps out with how dark the shades are.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 14

STEP 14.

Start using a No.2 (HB) pencil for light shading. Small circles or diagonal lines can be applied for the stroking method with very light pressure.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 15

STEP 15.

If you shade with your No.2 pencil, go a little darker by adding some pressure. Shade her hair & dress for the same tone.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 16

STEP 16.

She is almost done. Take your pencil and sketch her straps and container darker. You can crosshatch or go over applying pressure a few times.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 17

STEP 17.

Blend with a tissue. Doing her face, make sure your tissue edge is clean as you rub. Now take another piece and blend her hair and dress. I found the outline did not get too messy as I rubbed over them. Be careful if they get messy. Use a small blending stump for those tight areas.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 18

STEP 18.

TIP: To keep your drawing clean, put a piece of paper under your resting hand so oils will not get on the paper. Clean your background with an eraser or kneaded eraser. If you want, draw lightly a small circle for her catch lights. Now you can darken in her iris.
 
how to sketch ponyo, ponyo step 19

STEP 19.

This is the finished version of my drawing. In my editing/drawing tool program, I added white to the white of her eyes and catch lights. I also added light gray to her face with an airbrush tool. 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 Ponyo." 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!