How to Draw Anime Teen Girls

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How to Draw Anime Teen Girls
Anime teen girls often have bright hair and whimsical costumes. (Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Japanese animation is often referred to as anime among fans of the genre. It is characterised generally by its bright colours and hyper-stylised depiction of men, women, robots and animals. In truth, anime manifests in a wide range of styles and is considered an art form and medium of expression that is not limited to one particular way of drawing. Anime films can be action, fantasy, drama, comedy or many other types of entertainment. Drawing anime teen girls is a thrilling way to get started in the field.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper

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  1. 1

    Sketch out a simple head and body pose. Many artists use ovals to approximate the shape of the body and limbs.

  2. 2

    Draw the eyes three-to-four times larger than an anatomically correct eye. Anime cartoons exaggerate the size of the eye to generous proportions in lead characters while antagonists tend to have smaller eyes.

  3. 3

    Design hair for your character that would best be described as sassy. Styles might include a short punk haircut, huge overblown pigtails, or perhaps an afro. Hairstyle is the No. 1 way characters differentiate from one another in anime.

  4. 4

    Make the mouth small for a serious expression and extremely large when depicting happiness, surprise or anger.

  5. 5

    Dress your character up in a schoolgirl outfit that is white, plus on or two other colours. Teen characters in anime are predominately depicted in a school setting.

Tips and warnings

  • Watch plenty of anime to familiarise yourself with the style.
  • Anime is made for all ages. Be wary of the content of some media.

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