We'll start off with the kinds of chibis that you run into. First we'll look over the regular chibis. These ones are almost child like in size, save for the oversized head. These are very common. See how the head almost makes up 1/3 of the body, that means the body is 3 heads tall. Head lengths are used in are when referring to figure drawing and determining how tall the figure is without actually giving a height. Next we have the super deformed, or SD chibi. Their bodies look squashed and their heads make up about half of the body.
After that we'll look at the shape of the chibi head. It's round and kinda of plump, almost like that of a child's though the features are much more exaggerated. I've included examples for you of the head of in four different views. See how in the profile and 1/4 view, how the face just comes down from the nose and there is no real definition of the lips.
Now we'll start on the different parts of the body. First the hands. You can go as detailed or as simple as you like. I've included some samples for you that show different poses for the hands as well as different types. You can show no fingers but have the rough shape of them, mitt like hands where it's just rounded off as if they were wearing mittens. Or you can show all the fingers. You can do them rough and have them just come to a point, or you can round them off and make them look like the hands of a child.
Now for feet. Like the hands you can go as detailed or as simple as you like. A simple way is to end the leg abruptly with just a square end. Next is to give a just a tiny bit of definition of a foot, sort of just hinting that it's there. Next would be to flesh it out just a little more, like a boot. Then would be to draw out all the little toes and curves for a detailed feel.
Now we'll look at faces. The features are exaggerated, like the eyes are big and change with the different expressions and the mouth can go from tiny to massive with just a change of mood. Chibi faces are very very expressive.
Chibis can have all sorts of ears as well, simple round ones, short or long pointed ears, animal like ears and even realistic like ears.
Now we can put what we learned to use and draw us a chibi. First we'll start off with a frame to work off of.
Then we'll flesh it out and map out the features for the face.
Next we'll define the shape of the body more and do a rough sketch for the face and the ears.
Next we'll give her some hair. You can really get funky with the hair for Chibis, it can be huge and exaggerated like the other features of the body, or you can keep it simple and almost normal looking.
Now we can give our chibi a nice little outfit and dress them up so their not so naked.
Now it's tiem for the inking and the defining of all the details. Use a dark color or black and a smaller brush than what you did the sketch in and trace and draw all the details that you want for a chibi. Then you'll be all set to color. Have fun and Good Luck!
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