Here’s a tutorial, requested by Mangos, on chibi eyes. There’s a variety of different styles for chibi, anime, manga, and drawing in general. This tutorial is just one of the many out there. After the eye tutorial, you can keep scrolling to see how I do my chibi heads… I might have a different style than yours, so don’t feel down if it doesn’t look the way you do it, or don’t criticize because it’s different, please. (I’m sorry, the lighting isn’t the best.)
Also, I didn’t use guidelines for placement, but I will make a tutorial on anime/manga faces sometime in the future, and I will include guidelines and placement on there.
Step 1: Draw the eyelash line. It’s usually thick and curved. (In my example, I will be starting with the eye closest to your right hand.)
Step 2: Draw the iris, since it is a chibi, it will be much larger than you would see on a normal person, and probably larger than you would see in a “normal” anime eye.
Step 3: Where are the reflections? These are the white flecks in the eye, usually seen as “bubbles” in both anime and chibi eyes.
Step 4: Draw the pupil, ya know, the black dot. The pupil isn’t always circular when it comes to chibi or anime eyes, in fact, sometimes it isn’t even a circle, you can see an example when I make a tutorial on anime/manga eyes (that will be the example I use). For now, let’s stick with these ones.
Step 5: Find a light source. This comes in handy when you’re shading the eye. The lightest parts will be closest to your light source (In my example, it will be in the bottom right corner). Hint: The ring around the iris, right under the eyelash, and under the reflections are usually the darkest.
Now we’re done with the chibi eye. If you want to scroll further, I’ll be showing you how to complete the chibi face. Again, this is a different style out of a variety.
Step 6: Make your other eye, which should be symmetrical to the other as if reflected on a vertical line. Hint: They should be about an eye’s length apart; there should be the length of the original eye in between the two individual eyes. Use steps 1-5 to complete your eye, it doesn’t have to be EXACTLY the same.
Step 7: Nose? Mouth? Ok, so on a chibi, you’ll probably find that it lacks a nose; sometimes there will be a small nose, although not as large as you might find in an anime/manga person. (In my example I used a dot for the nose, but with or without it, the mouth will still be placed in the same area.)
Step 8: Add the face shape and the neck. Chibi necks are often quite skinny (I won’t be doing the shoulders in my example). Sometimes you might find the cheeks a bit round, or you can find them SLIGHTLY angular, like in my example. This is basically just a simple frame of the face similar to a U shape. Hint: I find that the neck is about the size of the width of the mouth, sometimes smaller.
Step 9: Don’t forget the eyebrows! (It’s optional to put eyelids, which are just a thin line that follows the eyelash, I would say about halfway across: look in my example if you can see it). Eyebrows show expression, so even the slightest angle change can make the chibi look angry, sad, embarrassed, or neutral. (Mine are neutral in this example.)
Step 10: Can they hear? Ok, so don’t forget ears, you can skip this step if you’re planning on completely covering the ears up with hair, earmuffs, or some other accessory that conceals their ears. These are simple curves. (In my example, they will start halfway on the eye and end on the same line as the nose.) Again, these don’t have to be PERFECTLY symmetrical, so don’t stress if they don’t look exactly the same. In the future, when you create your hair, you might be erasing a little bit.
Step 11: Draw the front of the hair, whether it be bangs, side bangs, or whatever. I’m showing this separate from the back of the hair for several reasons, the biggest reason though is that they are separate “entities”
that’s not the right word but I can’t think of what the word is and can be mixed-and-matched differently. (In my example, some of the side strands covered the ears, so I had to erase them. Also, I didn’t erase the eyebrows or eyelashes that are covered by hair, this is just a stylistic thing, so feel free to do what you feel looks best.
Step 12: The back of the hair. See how you can change the back but keep the front the same? This is the main reason they are in different steps. Anyways, do whatever you feel is best. In chibi styles, the hair is generally really “big” and the hairline goes much higher than it generally would in real life (anime/manga styles are usually like this too). Here are 3 examples: long n straight, low pigtails, and short.
Step 13: Accessorize! This is optional, but you’re basically adding accessories wherever you want. This might include some erasing. I put different accessories on my 3 examples. Feel free to do whatever you feel like doing. You don’t even have to add accessories if you don’t want to!
Step 14: Finalizing. This means making all of your “for-sure” lines darker and making sure everything that isn’t supposed to be there is gone. In this step, you can erase, change, or add lines. This is all for what you think is best. In this tutorial, there’s no “set” way to do everything, it’s a free-to-do style, whatever way you want. My pictures are just examples for you to follow by if you want, otherwise, ignore them and just read the steps! There are many more ways to do chibi, anime, manga, and everything else, so don’t be afraid to search Google, watch YouTube tutorials, or get help from physical people! I know my tutorial isn’t the best, but I’m glad if this helped. I’ll be making more whenever I have time.
Step 15: If you want to do shading, go ahead. I didn’t take any pictures for this one, sorry. But this is where light source comes in. Shade darker when the section is farther away from the light and lighter when it’s closer. Since my light source is in the bottom right, the darkest areas would be at the top of the head and it would get gradually lighter as I go down. Don’t make hard lines, but instead, blend your way through so the shading flows nicely together, not dark layer, medium layer, light layer; although, this I guess could be a stylistic choice as well. As stated before, just do what you think looks best.
P.S. I can’t take requests for tutorials right now, I’m too busy. I have a few other tutorials in mind as well as other drawings to do. I hope this helped! Leave your comments on my tutorial below and whether I should keep doing them or not! Thanks!