how to draw shonen, draw anime boys

How to Draw Shonen, Draw Anime Boys

Step 1.

Generally speaking, Shonen will include adventurous plotlines with lots of fighting and explosions. The boys aren't as pretty as Shoujo men, and the girl are often scantily clad. Like Shoujo, Shonen comes in a range of styles. Here are three well-known types of styles. Study the differences between them .

Step 2.

Here's a close up of the three boy's heads. Shonen, like Shoujo, can have very simplistic styles or very detailed styles depending on the artist and the story being told. Death Notes serious style fits it's serious storyline, while Naruto's style fits it's story, silly with serious and deep undertones.

Step 3.

Now let's focus on the types of body styles you can incorporate into your drawing. These three were done in the same style, but notice how different each one looks. Different hair styles and eyes will only bring you so far, it's important to have varied body types. For example, the first body type would often be used for a young protagonist, while the second body may be used for a villain. The third body, well his body type would be good for a villain's henchmen, or he could be the main character's mentor. Body types give us cues to personality.

Step 4.

Unlike Shoujo, Shonen usually focuses on fights, so it's important to understand musculature. Here's a few examples of common and not so common muscle types. Note the differences between each example.

Step 5.

There are many ways to show musculature. You can just draw the line simply, or you may want to use hatching for a more realistic look, or you may even want to just show the shadows for a stylistic approach.

Step 6.

Now that's we've learned a lot about the body, let's take a minute to look at different hairstyles too. Most shonen keep the hair very simple, but the decision is up to you. Here are a few examples.

Step 7.

With all the tips we've covered, it's time to learn to draw the first of our three boys. Sketch out the skeleton.

Step 8.

Our boy doesn't have much muscle yet. Sketch in the neck and torso, making sure to have the hips smaller than the shoulders.

Step 9.

Add the lines for the legs and arms.

Step 10.

Now for the hands and feet, sketch them in, leaving the feet without detail. We'll be adding clothes to them later.

Step 11.

Finally add the facial features. The eyes are simply two large dots.

Step 12.

Here we have our three characters with different hairstyles and the bottom half of their outfits sketched in. Notice how each character has their own styles.

Step 13.

Add the tops of their outfits, making sure to erase any lines underneath. Remember to add clothing folds that curve the same way that the bodies do.

Step 14.

Finally we have our three character dressed and ready to be put into a Shonen manga or anime. Use the tips you've learned to make your own shonen characters with cool hairstyles and different musculature. Have fun creating your own style.

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Uploaded: January 14, 2013
Artist: Desi_bell
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 14
Updated: January 15, 2013
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Artist comments

Last tutorial, I covered the basics of drawing Shoujo, now here's a tutorial on Shonen. Shonen is used as a term to describe manga aimed at boy's. Instead of day to day life that is usually covered in Shoujo manga and anime, Shonen usually followes boys in danger filled adventures.