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Uploaded: September 7, 2013
Artist: Demonwolf_faerie
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 24
Updated: September 7, 2013
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animelover1123 requested i do a tut on drawing an anime girl, and it kinda went from there... i explain how to color using SAI, if you don't have it you can try translating it to another paint program or imitate it using colored pencils. or you can just skip the coloring part altogether and do it your own way, that's cool too ^^ hope you like it, and have fun!

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how to draw and color an anime girl

How to Draw and Color an Anime Girl

how to draw and color an anime girl step 1

STEP 1.

start with a circle and a beautiful guideline ^^
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 2

STEP 2.

sketch in the chin, neck and shoulders.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 3

STEP 3.

finalize the shape of the face and neck, adding ears. works best on a second layer. add guidlines for the face.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 4

STEP 4.

eyes, nose and mouth now ^.^
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 5

STEP 5.

eyebrows and hair sketch. AWESOME!!!
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 6

STEP 6.

erase your extra marks and junk. DONE!! you can stop right here or go on to the end of this tut for coloring help.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 7

STEP 7.

so you decided to stay, eh? ok, so this is how i color stuff. first, create a new layer under the outline for the skin and fill it with the bucket.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 8

STEP 8.

you can use the magic wand to select all the stuff you don't want colored on the outlines layer, then go to your skin layer and press D to delete everything selected. Deselect everything and use the eraser to perfect it. I added a grey background to see the skin easier.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 9

STEP 9.

using the pen, color in some shadows. they don't have to be perfect, you'll deal with them more on the next step.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 10

STEP 10.

use the blur tool at a relatively small size to blend the edges of the shadow into your base color.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 11

STEP 11.

using the same idea, take an even darker color and blend that into the darker shadows
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 12

STEP 12.

now add some highlights/shinees
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 13

STEP 13.

BLEND!!!!
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 14

STEP 14.

using the same method from step 7, make a new layer for the hair
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 15

STEP 15.

use the airbrush to make some lines following the hair, then use a small water brush to smooth/blend/prettyify it.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 16

STEP 16.

now this is something i recently learned of. You will need your airbrush around60-70% density. go to where it says (small circle) in the tool options and click on it to open a list. choose fine round 1 or 2 and use that to go over the hair again, this time creating a bit more of a realistic effect.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 17

STEP 17.

use a darker and smaller brush and go over the places with shadow
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 18

STEP 18.

so here's another neat trick i have for you guys. make a layer above your hair and with a random color (I chose green cuz it was easiest to see) go over all the places that should be darker/receive more shading. then holding down ctrl, click on the little icon for that layer to select it. Hide the layer now and go to your hair layer. use ctrl+u to open the hue/saturation/luminance slider thingy. The shaded area should be a little redder (left on the hue slider) a little more saturated (right on the saturation slider) and a little darker (left on the luminance slider). When you have it how you like it, deselect everything and clear your extra layer to start the opposite thing on the highlights of the hair.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 19

STEP 19.

i hid the hair layer for this one. fill your eyes with their base color.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 20

STEP 20.

you should have used the "preserve opacity"/opacity lock on the hair and skin, but if you did it the hard way that's okay too, but you'll need it here. hit the preserve opacity button and use a large airbrush (back to the default small circle brush) to darken the outsides of the iris. i used the blur on this too.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 21

STEP 21.

still with the airbrush, darken the outsides a bit more and add a highlight at the bottom. draw the pupil.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 22

STEP 22.

add some shinees =^.^=
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 23

STEP 23.

make a new layer behind the iris for the eye whites. shade the tops.
 
how to draw and color an anime girl step 24

STEP 24.

you're done!! add a background and sign your masterpiece!! XD