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Tutorial - How to Draw Anime Heads/Female Bodies by Micky-K Tutorial - How to Draw Anime Heads/Female Bodies by Micky-K
I have been requested to do a step by step tutorial on how to draw female anime characters so here it is:

How to Draw Heads

1) Draw a circle

2) Draw a line down the centre (Centre of the face. This line will change depending on angle)

3) Draw 3 lines across the head, for the positioning of the eyes, nose and mouth. Also draw the jawline using the sides of the cirle and the line

4) Draw on the details of the face using these lines.

5) Draw the final outline

6) Erase/hide the sketch lines (Traditional/digital)


How to Draw Bodies

1) Draw the upper torso as shown, using the upside down U shape to get the shape of the rib cage.

2) Draw the line for the spine, and draw the joints and bones of the arms in the pose of your choice.

3) Flesh them out with sausage-like circles, keeping the shape of the circles true to the real shape of arms (i.e.: Keeping the elbow and wrist areas thinner etc.) Draw in a box for the hips.

4) Flesh out the breasts by using the teardrop shapes I use above, and flesh out the waist. Add details such as the fingers on the hands.

5) Draw the joints and bones of the legs in the pose of your choice.

6) Flesh out the legs in the same way as you did with the arms.

7) Draw the final outline.

8) Erase/Hide the sketch layer (Traditional/digital)

These basic instructions work for drawing men also, but keep in mind the differences in the male form compared to the females as I explain in this tutorial: [link]
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HeyBranchieHere Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
thank you <3
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DragoSenpai Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thx! That helped me a lot
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cldark Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016
Thank u!!! It helps me a lot ;)
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DaWabbitWover Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Tysm for the tutorial!! This is art I made from it: dawabbitwover.deviantart.com/a…
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DaWabbitWover Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh, wow. This'll help me a lot!! 😀💜
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Bountybreeder Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. I've only just started to draw humans and this helped me a lot! :D
Anime female by Bountybreeder
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Rockiestar Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome:) this will help me a lot :)
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rhazbit Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Hi! Thanks for this helpful tutorial! I'm a beginner at drawing manga and this really helped me understand body proportions a bit more. (Because I really couldn't get the size properly!) I've made something but I know it isn't perfect. However it's much better than my original attempts before looking at this tutorial! Here's what I did: fav.me/d9tjitu
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Micky-K Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! That looks great - you've really caught on to my anatomy style very well! Keep it up, you're doing great for a beginner! Better than I was when I started :) Glad my tutorial has been able to help you! <3
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rhazbit Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! XD Your comment means a lot to me XD I'll keep trying hard :3 For now I have three big projects at school to be passed next week DX Then exams DX ;-; But after that, I'll definitely practice a lot :3!
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AttackKiss Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! this is really helpful
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SuperKingNicolas Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2016  Student General Artist
Having so much trouble ;-; My lines are sloppy and I can't even draw the circle properly...

I got a drawing tablet and all i've been drawing is eyes ;~;...

I want to practice drawing heads with this but I can barely even draw a circle with one neat line like you did.

[Lack Of Determination Intensifies] Any comments...?
(I'm using Paint Tool SAI btw, and I use a drawing tablet /w pressure pen to draw)
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Micky-K Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you zoom in when doing your line art? The key is zooming in when working on your lines. I do the line art bit by bit, zoomed in pretty damn close. It allows you a lot more precision than if you were zoomed out and doing it.

It's not like using a physical pen or pencil on paper. Drawing tablets are a lot more sensitive to tiny shakes in your hand, so you really need to zoom in on your work while doing line art in order to get that smooth line. Either that, or fiddle about with the brush settings on MangaStudio/Photoshop to cause error-correction if it's available.

Hope this helps! :)
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omerdarkss Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
Thank you
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:iconimcutiejeah:
Imcutiejeah Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I had troubles on the body ^^''
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:iconmicky-k:
Micky-K Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone has trouble with bodies. They take a while to master. Won't take you long to perfect it though :)
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Imcutiejeah Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yeah
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GamziMakr Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect! Do you do a tutorial like this, but from 3/4 view and profile view? 
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darthnitram Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice tutorial, any chance you have side view if this tutorial?
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ThatAmbitiousGamer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
fav.me/d8lu1ww

Thank you very much! I know it's not that great but it certainly helped my drawing a ton!
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Micky-K Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey looks well :) Glad it has helped you. It will take some time to perfect it, but you'll get there if you follow those steps :)
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Pumpkin-Pai Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015   Digital Artist
Here. ;3
This was very useful, even though I didn't do the full body. ^^'
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Micky-K Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. So glad it is helpful for you :)
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stormblizzard Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks, very useful
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VictoriousforChrist7 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Student General Artist
 XD Xd this was really helpful thank you:D
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BoldBrownBeauty Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
o.o I can finally draw humans I don't crumple up and toss now. Like really, you have helped me deal with an issue that has annoyed me for years (: Thank you!! (I just can't always get the head right...)
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Micky-K Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah you'll get there. If you can master the body, you can master the head. The head is very hard to draw. Even I don't always get it right. Glad I could help! :)
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SmokeyMajenta Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dance Ahhhh yeah this is sooo good makes me wanna have a pewdiepie party :P
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AnimesBFF2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Pewdiepie FAN!!! :3
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saadalpha Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice a little hard but helps <3
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PasteruNeko Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What program did you use to make this??[MMD emoticon] Miku on a chair 
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:iconmicky-k:
Micky-K Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Photoshop :) I make all my art in Photoshop.
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zheopotato Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is it just me or is the image broken logo the only one showing up?
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Micky-K Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That happens sometimes on this site if the image resolution is quite large.

If you maximise it, it should show up. I think it's to do with the dimensions and size I made it.

Thanks for stopping by! :)
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zheopotato Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Got it, thanks!
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Wolfsoul36 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Thank you this Really Helps~
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:iconmicky-k:
Micky-K Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad :)
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N2ponys Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This will definitely help me with my new character!
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Micky-K Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad I could help :)
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AidanInferno Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice tutorial :) I sketch similarly the way you do but I think the extra circles and basic shapes can help me out. Many many thanks :D
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asdronin Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Good one, even better than the male female manga anatomy study you made, really good one, helpful and clearly displaued, good work =)
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:iconmicky-k:
Micky-K Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you :)
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kithirax Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This has made drawing heads ( yes, that may sound a little weird >-< ) a lot more easier! Not to mention the bodies! Thank you so much
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Micky-K Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Doesn't sound weird at all. I'm glad it helps. It's my pleasure :)
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VintageTimber Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Hmm ill try this out seems easy..
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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
aweeesssooomeee ! :D
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partyloveandmetal Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
I found this to be extremely helpful and was wondering if you could do a male body tutorial.
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:iconmicky-k:
Micky-K Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Does this help at all? It's an anatomy tutorial I made, so it doesn't show step by step on how to draw men, but there's the skeletal structures of men and women at the bottom if that helps at all.

micky-k.deviantart.com/art/Man…
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Mokona37 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
cool
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snowynightmaregirl Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your bodies r great~
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