This tutorial is going to teach you how to draw a chibi body and show you a couple of the types of chibis I draw. The style to the very left will be done in depth hence why there are no guide lines on them. (Click the image to see the larger one. You can see details better)
Chibis can come in all different shapes and sizes, you can use normal eyes, or you can use dots for eyes to add more of a doll type look to them. The one thing that all chibis have in common is the strange proportions. Most chibis are drawn with large heads and eyes with smaller bodies. This chibi here does not have an incredibly large head, but I kept the eyes very low on the face to give it the illusion of having a really big head. This way the head will mostly be covered in hair and you can even add a little smile in there if you want to. These chibis are unisex and can be drawn as male or female. You can differentiate by adding a girl or boy hair style and appropriate gender clothing.
Even if you aren't an advanced drawer, there is a chibi out there that you can handle! This one was drawn from a basic stick figure shape with a large head. When drawing small chibis, I usually keep the smile more of a half oval than a crecent moon shape. It gives it that little extra dose of cute! Adding gleam in dot eyes can give them just a hint of life and make them not quite so doll looking. This is also another unisex chibi and can go either way.
Then there is the large chibi. Most people don't think to draw a large chibi because it seems more like a regular drawing than a chibi. It is very important to keep proportions in mind when drawing a large chibi so it doesn't come out looking like a regular anime drawing. When drawing a large chibi, I like to make the hands and feet very large, as well as make the head a large circle. I prefer to use these circle eyes with my chibis but you can use whatever eyes you like to draw. Because these chibis are so large, they require more angles and curves to them so they don't just look like big blobs. These chibis aren't quite so unisex and I like to add curves to the female version. Instead of a square for their hips, I use an oval or circle to give them that extra curve. Also, don't forget the little eyelashes if you make a girl!
As a rule of thumb, I always say to pair large hands, with large feet. If you draw a chibi with really big hands and teeny tiny feet, it could look a little strange. Uniformity is key! Keep the hands and feet pairing similar so you can avoid a disconnect between the upper and lower half of your chibi. Try doing fingers with toes, or rounded hands with rounded feet. Here are a few hands and feet that I use. Also, don't be afraid to use only four fingers because the proportions are already strange because it is a chibi! The four fingers adds a cuteness factor to it.
Now I will show you step by step one of the styles of chibis that I enjoy. This style has a really large head with large eyes and a tiny body. Start with your basic head shape with a point for the chin, a half circle for shoulders and rectangle for the hips. Use single lines to branch off for the arms and legs. Make sure the horizontal line for the face is lower than the center of the circle. The eyes shouldn't be in the dead center of the head.
Go ahead and draw in your eyes. You can use your favorite eyes if you choose, but I enjoy these eyes so I will use them! Go ahead and had the little smirk. Do not have the smile be a complete crescent, leave a little gap to one side to show that it is more of a smirk than a full on smile.
Now you can erase the guide lines for the head and start drawing in your body! Remember about the uniformity with the hands and feet. Notice I chose fingerless small hands to go with toe-less small feet. This way the focus is going to be on the large cute eyes and the large head.
Now we can start drawing in the hair. Try not to have the hair go over the eyes because for this one, the main focus of the chibi is the large eyes. Also, to make the head look a little bigger and cute, you can puff up the hair and have it come off the head shape a bit. This illusion helps with your big head cute factor.
But wait! Not looking to draw a boy? This is a unisex chibi and can be made into a girl as well! I drew her hair very sleek against the top of her head and had it come down into a curl because I want to show that she has really straight hair on top that may have been curled or styled on the bottom. Adding a little flair to the hair style will help you differentiate between male and female.
Now for the finishing touches. Aside from the hair, the other features can set the male and female apart as well. I have them side by side here so you can see the difference. Notice the eyebrows on the male are thicker than the female. The thick eyebrows ad a masculine hardness to the face where as the thin eyebrows make the face more feminine and allow more attention to be on the eyes. Adding eyelashes to the female will really help set her apart too. Be sure to draw gender appropriate clothing and you can add in the eyelid lines and the little X for the belly buttons too!
Side by side, you can see that just subtle changes to a basic chibi body can easily turn it from male to female. You just have to get the basic body down! I hope this tutorial helped you grasp the idea of the basic chibi body.
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