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Uploaded: June 11, 2011
Artist: J_Mac09
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: June 11, 2011
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Hey everyone, I'm back with a new tutorial. Everyone loves those lovable elves right? I hope so because today, I'll be teaching "How to Draw an Anime Elf." Elves are fantasy beings that resemble humans in almost every way. Except a few things: Some elves have wings, they have large pointed ears, and many of them are skilled archers and/or mages. If only elves were real, I'd love to be one, haha. Of course, wouldn't a lot of us? Anyways, elves are beings of such beauty, and I'm hoping I did my best to capture this beauty. I hope you have fun drawing this anime style elf.

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How to Draw an Anime Elf

how to draw an anime elf step 1

STEP 1.

Lets start off with some guidelines. First off, draw a circle for her head, then some extra guidelines for the facial features and shape. Next draw the lines to resemble her torso and arms, and lastly, draw her hip and legs guidelines.
 
how to draw an anime elf step 2

STEP 2.

Lets start off a little easy. Lets first off begin by drawing in her eyes. Keeping this angled shot maybe a bit tough but I'm sure you can manage well. Next draw in her eyebrows, nose, and mouth. Next draw in her face shape using the guidelines. Lastly draw in the bangs of her hair. If the number of bangs seems confusing, you can always change it as you please.
 
how to draw an anime elf step 3

STEP 3.

Before we begin drawing the rest of her hair and her ear. Their is a little bit you should know about the ear of an elf. On the left side is a picture of a normal human ear. Notice how its short and round. You'll see a significant difference with the elf ear, shown on the right. Notice how it really sticks out their, all pointed and such. This is the key difference between an elf and a human.
 
how to draw an anime elf step 4

STEP 4.

Now that you know the difference between human and elf ears, go ahead and draw in the last bit of the hair up top and draw in her pointed ear. Next, draw in her shoulders, and on the left side of the picture, begin an indication for her arms.
 
how to draw an anime elf step 5

STEP 5.

In this step, we will draw in the upper half of her arm, just about down to the elbow area. Go ahead and also draw in more of her hair, down to about where we stopped with the arm. On the other side, you can start moving down draw some of the hair their as well.
 
how to draw an anime elf step 6

STEP 6.

Now we will finish up drawing her arm and hand. Take you time on this and don't rush. Next we will begin drawing her torso/chest. You can start from either side. Draw in the breasts, then the top that covers them, that way she's clothed ^^. Now we can start moving downward towards her stomach region.
 
how to draw an anime elf step 7

STEP 7.

Apologies for this next step, I threw a bit much at you in this one. Draw in her stomach region, and curve around for the waist and leg. You can now begin drawing in some of her clothing for the waist. Add in the rest of her hair, along with the indication of her arm in the back.
 
how to draw an anime elf step 8

STEP 8.

Lets finish this elf up. The final touches are adding in her other leg, and finishing her clothing, which is easy because if follows her leg shape. You're almost their. Remember to take your time on these steps, and make it look as good as possible.
 
how to draw an anime elf step 9

STEP 9.

All that's left to do now is erase the unneeded guidelines. Some special things you can always add in to give her a more elf-like appearance, is a headband, a flower in the hair, or wings. Maybe even a bow or staff. I hope you had fun with this tutorial. Until next time, happy drawing!