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How to draw a chibi anime character

October 18, 2015
The Ketsup in drag

 

So you want to draw a chibi neh? Well you’re in the right place because we do tutorials on our Otakufuel YouTubes regularly. I guess you could say we are kinda known for them. 😉 Anyways, on to the tutorial!…

HEAD AND FACE

The first thing you need to do is start with a circle:

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Next you modify the lower part of the circle by adding a long u shape:

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Next you’re going to want to add guide lines. First a vertical line down the center for the nose and for the eyes. This will help give your character a bit of symmetry and will prevent your chibi from looking like the eyes are too much to one side or the other. The horizontal guideline goes right at the top of that “U” shape you added for the chin. This will help you with the bottom of the eyes and where to place the mouth… Unless you are going for some sort of Tenshinhan look… If you are, you’re on your own. 😉

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After you have the eyes and the mouth in place, you can play with different expressions by adding blush marks, eyebrows and the mouth open/closed etc. After you’ve decided on an expression and are happy with it, it’s probably a good idea to erase those guidelines. If you need a good eraser, we have plenty to choose from but recommend the Aristo Lead Eraser Studio 20. They’re cheap and effective and makes a nice add-on item if you are trying to spend $25 to get free shipping and falling short by less than $2.

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BODY AND LIMBS

For your chibi characters limbs and body you’re going to want to start with rectangles and then just soften up the corners.

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As far as proportions… A chibi character’s body is usually 2 head lengths tall. Imagine that the Chibi has 3 heads stacked next to it. So the entire character is only three headlenghts tall. This is illustrated better than I can explain with the letter E below:

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Arms… I find that it is really helpful to first draw a wire frame for the arms and put little circles where the joints are. This helps things look more natural but if you are just looking for some playful expression you can draw some little nubs sticking out of something resembling a potato. Hey, it’s your Chibi afterall.

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There are several different techniques for drawing the hair, but the easiest by far is drawing a helmet shape around the chibi’s head. Next draw the bangs over the forehead and then connect the bottom portion leaving the chin exposed. Lastly you can add detail or highlights when you color it in perhaps with Copic opaque white to give her some sparkle or shine.

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The clothes will be covered in a future article. Stay tuned!

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If you’d like to follow this tutorial by means of a video walk through it’s taught by The Ketsup. Enjoy!

Vash the Stampede Plush

October 17, 2015
Trigun Vash plush
Watch a Hands-on review of our Vash the Stampede Plush
Manufactured by GE Animation
Unboxing or “unbagging” of the Trigun: Vash 9 inch Vash the Stampede Plush stuffed toy-doll.
This plushie is pretty straight forward. Vash in his plush form is about 9 inches tall and has a painted on face that expresses his innocent childlike expression awaiting your favorable reply to his plee for powdered doughnuts cause they make him go nuts. His whole presentation is so cute your dog will want one too…. Best buy 2. It comes in a bag that apparently you can suffocate yourself with if you are under age. :/ So watch out for that.
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I’m actually quite impressed with the level of detail in his coat and straps under his boots. The felt hair is glued on in the cut-out style typical of plushies and is probably one of the more accurate representations in a plush hairdo I’ve seen.
To Purchase this dangerous bag and the plushie that happens to come inside it see the link at the end of this post or browse our plush toys section of our site.

Darumakka

October 16, 2015
Here’s a quick hands on look at one of our collectible Pokemon M figures. They are each about 2 inches tall.
Free shipping on all USA orders over $25!

Like all the Pokemon in the M series, Darumakka comes with a connecting spinning platform that you can connect your other M Series Pokemon to. You may want to get some wax to help him get a foothold cause he’s kinda top-heavy. Pokemon M figures also make great cake toppers. This one is for your Darumakka fan. 😉

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If you want to get your very own Darumakka Pokemon you can purchase it here:

http://www.otakufuel.com/M-013-Darumakka-Monster-Collection-Pokemon-M-S-p/4904810385059.htm

Watch “Using Color Copic Multiliner SP BRUSH Pens for Drawing and Sketching” on YouTube

October 15, 2015

If you liked this video and are interested in purchasing this set of professional grade pens for artists you can buy this set of Copic multiliners here:

http://http://www.otakufuel.com/Set-of-12-Copic-Multiliner-Color-SP-Pen-Set-p/sp12bs.htm

Hatsune Miku 2.0 Figma Vocaloid Action Figure

July 23, 2013

Hatsune Miku 2.0 Figma Vocaloid Action Figure

Hatsune Miku 2.0 Figma Vocaloid Action Figure
Estimated Arrival: 11/30/2013
Pre-Order Deadline: 8/15/2013
SKU: 4545784062975
UPC: 4545784062975
Manufacturer: Max Factory
List Price: $61.99
Our Price: $52.95 + FREE SHIPPING

The figma series has been reborn with the magical No.200!

The commemorative figma No.200 is none other than an upgraded version of everyone’s favorite idol – Hatsune Miku!

The newly designed figma joints allow for all sorts of different poses!
Superior articulation helps bring out Hatsune Miku’s cute side more than ever before.
She comes with an adorable smiling expression, an embarrassed expression and a singing expression with a playful wink.
Optional parts include a microphone and stand, a guitar and even a pair of angelic wings.
An articulated figma stand is included, which allows various poses to be taken.

Product Details

Product Name figma Hatsune Miku 2.0 (ふぃぐま はつねみく 2.0)
Series Character Vocal Series 01: Hatsune Miku
Manufacturer Max Factory
Category figma
Specifications Painted ABS&PVC non-scale articulated figure with stand included. Approximately 140mm in height
Sculptor Max Factory, Masaki Asai
Released by Max Factory
Distributed by Good Smile Company
Please note that the photos shown may differ from the final product.
Paintwork is done partially by hand and therefore each product may differ slightly.

http://www.otakufuel.com/catalog/vocaloid/hatsune-miku-2.0-figma-vocaloid-action-figure-41856.html

Asuna ALO Version 1/8 Scale Sword Art Online Figure

July 23, 2013

Asuna ALO Version 1/8 Scale Sword Art Online Figure

Asuna ALO Version 1/8 Scale Sword Art Online Figure
Estimated Arrival: 1/31/2014
Pre-Order Deadline: 8/18/2013
SKU: 4562283271127
UPC: 4562283271127
Manufacturer: Alpha Max
List Price: $125.99
Our Price: $109.95 + FREE SHIPPING

http://www.otakufuel.com/catalog/sword-art-online/asuna-alo-version-18-scale-sword-art-online-figure-41857.html

Mikoto Misaka Nendoroid Certain Magical Railgun S Figure

July 20, 2013

Mikoto Misaka Nendoroid Certain Magical Railgun S Figure

Mikoto Misaka Nendoroid Certain Magical Railgun S Figure
Estimated Arrival: 11/30/2013
Pre-Order Deadline: 8/1/2013
SKU: 4571368443328
UPC: 4571368443328
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
List Price: $57.99
Our Price: $49.95 + FREE SHIPPING

Tokiwadai Middle School’s ‘Railgun’.

From the popular anime series ‘Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S’ comes a Nendoroid of Tokiwadai Middle School’s ‘Railgun’, also known as Mikoto Misaka! She comes complete with a number of cute optional parts which feature her beloved ‘Gekota’ character – including her schoolbag with a Gekota strap as well as her Gekota themed cellphone!

She also comes with electric effect parts for both her head and the front of her arm, allowing you to display her in her element. The coin used for her trademark ‘Railgun’ attack is also included! All these optional parts can be used to show off the ‘Electric Princess’ in a range of poses from epic combat scenes to cute embarrassed scenes, allowing fans to decide which they prefer!

Product Details

Product Name Nendoroid Mikoto Misaka (ねんどろいど みさかみこと)
Series Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
Manufacturer Good Smile Company
Category Nendoroid
Specifications Painted ABS&PVC non-scale articulated figure with stand included. Approximately 100mm in height. Sculptor Kazuyoshi Udono Cooperation Nendoron Please note that the photos shown may differ from the final product.
Paintwork is done partially by hand and therefore each product may differ slightly.

http://www.otakufuel.com/catalog/to-aru-majutsu-no-index-and-kagaku-no-railgun/mikoto-misaka-nendoroid-certain-magical-railgun-s-figure-41715.html