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How to Draw Yourself as a Chibi

A Chibi character is a small cartoon character invented by the Japanese. The word basically translates to "cute small person," and is used in Shojo Magnas and in cartoons for young children. The Chibi character have heads that are two or three times larger than the rest of the body, and the arms and legs of the characters are short and stubby. Typically, the characters have enormous eyes. You can translate your own features into Chibi form with little difficulty.

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  1. Draw a large round circle for the head. Draw a smaller oval that is about half the size of the head for a body.

  2. Divide the head into a cross pattern using light pressure. Draw two large eyes in the middle of the head shape. Erase the cross lines and add other facial features, such as a mouth and ears.

  3. Draw the hair on the character. Use a similar length and style to your own hair. This will be the main distinguishing feature of the cartoon, so make sure it looks like you.

  4. Draw small rounded hands and feet on your Chibi character. Add in clothing and other details.

  5. Colour in the Chibi character so that it matches clothing that you typically wear, your eye colour and hair colour. Add in shading if desired to complete the Chibi you.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloured pencils or markers

About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.

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