Spending my weekend away from home at my great aunt’s house. Tomorrow’s my sister’s birthday, hooray, she turns 14! So we’re celebrating it here and new year’s eve as well. Anyways, I have my laptop but my tablet’s at home, it and Sai don’t run too well on this laptop because it has issues, seriously. I brought my sketch book though.
Speaking of which, I got my sis to try drawing today. She’s always convinced she can’t draw so I wanted to prove her that she was wrong so we drew together.
Alright, no more redrawing this for me. I’d drive you guys crazy with this probably. I suppose while I’m here I can work on requests and when I get home I can outline and color them on the computer.
Anyways, hope everyone has a good new year’s eve/new year’s.
How I Drew Taylor Swift (and how I typically draw most of my chibis)
1. Start by sketching shapes. I highly recommend not skipping this step because it’s a guide to how your drawing will look.
A basic circle for the head,(don’t worry it doesn’t have to be perfect) with a line going though curving the way she will be looking.
For the chest and hip I made a trapezoid shape, one with the larger base facing up for the shoulders and another one (a little wonky looking but meh, let’s call it a gumdrop) connected for the hips. From the edge of the hip trapzoid/gumdrop shape I drew two lines down almost touching and meeting at two circles, which then from there are two smaller lines that are half the length of the one you just drew.
2. Now you begin to draw out the body outline. From the “sides” of head-circle I began drawing the shape of the face. The lines here are not to be too curved or too pointy, they’re her cheeks. Below that circle and connecting the head and torso is the neck which meets right around the point of the chin.
Using the rest of my lines as a guide I began drawing around them how I wanted my chibi’s body look. I like my chibis looking curvy and cutesy so I tend to emphasize on the hips and thighs a bit.
One last thing, don’t worry about detailing the hands yet, get a basic shape and outline of where the hand would be placed and the size. Make sure your hands aren’t too small or large.
3. Start drawing your face details such as eyes and mouth, maybe even a nose if you want, it’s up to you.
As for the mouth I drew a straight line and connected a half circle below it.
4. This step is where I draw the hair. I use lots of waves for her hair to create a wispy and soft curl look.
The top of my chibi’s head/hair is NOT at the top of the original circle we drew in step 1, it’s a bit above it. For this you have to judge how you’d like it though, I like my chibis with big heads.
The base of the hairline at the forehead should not be drawn low but not too high up either. Half an inch or so above the tip of the eyelids/lashes. Her hair is up in a ponytail so keep that in mind but pieces of her hair on the sides are loose, almost like side bangs that were curled. Give them shape. :)
5. Draw her dress. The torso of the dress should be close to her body from the wasit to right at her bust-area. I drew in some wrinkles there since she’s turned to the side a tad but they’re very subtle. The rest of her dress flows out and as you can see is held in one hand.
Pay attention to the outline of the dress and ignore the wrinkles that define the ruffles so you have an idea of how draw it. It has a rise and fall effect. (I should make a tutorial on ruffles, lace, etc.)
6. In this step I drew out her hands, her shoes, and the microphone. Remember that basic shape for the hand we drew out earlier? Use that as your guide, when drawing the actual hand and fingers try to have within that shape.
In this drawing 3 of her fingers are gripping the mic, plus her thumb, the pinky is slighted lifted out. When drawing fingers they should not be pointy and they should be curvy like sausages either.
7. This step is just adding details. Above her eyelashes I drew two little lines that shows the eyelid. I also drew in lower lids/lash line on the bottom of her eye. I decided to add in some wrinkles to her dress based on the reference I saw but it’s completely optional to you.
8. This is the final step where you erase all your guidelines, make your lines neat, and prepare to color.
I’ve been asked to do a tutorial on another site so I guess I might as well post it here when I’m done. Drawn and written tutorials are so much harder than video walk throughs and explanations. D:
And hello new followers and page viewers! Thanks for following me and visiting.
I’m Ann, nice to meet you all. I’m really bad at these, I don’t do this often. OTL Feel free to message me whenever, I like to talk (I get lonely during my days of alternating no sleep or too much sleep) and I don’t mind giving advice either or answering questions. May be an art blog but I’m a person too so if you ever want someone to bug or talk to… *waves like a creeper*
You’ll need an art program, any kind will do, even basic Microsoft paint. If you want something better I recommend programs like various versions of Photoshop or Easy Paint Tool Sai. Sai you can get a free trial from their website, just Google Easy Paint Tool Sai. Photoshop you can get trials too. Both only last up to a month though and after that you’ll have to buy the programs or find safe torrents of the program and download it, I’m not sure if you’re familiar with torrents though… You don’t really need a drawing tablet, you can draw with a mouse, I don’t have tutorials for using tools to draw with a mouse on photoshop but I have ones for Sai; I saw you checked out my tutorial tag already though. A tablet will make your life easier if you’re serious about drawing but for doodles a mouse is fine.