Step 1: SKETCH THE POSE
First select and sketch your character's pose. With this clothing style, a *kawaii*
(cute) pose is needed. Spend some time on this! This is the most important step - without good technique at this
stage, your final character will be all wrong!! Make a friend or family member pose for you, or look at photos to get
Make sure the head is not too big (it can be a little big since this is manga, but don't make it as wide or wider
than the shoulders), and that the hands and feet are not too small. Look in the mirror - if you hold your open
hand next to your face, how big is it?
Step 3: ADD THE DETAILS
Details make the drawing! Here I've added fishnet gloves, puffy sleeves, and
the details of the bodice. This step is also a good place to STOP and check your drawing - flip the paper over and hold
it up to the light to see that it has good proportions. That way you can fix the eyes, or hair, or any other details
that don't look correct when you see it reversed.
Once more - DETAILS MAKE THE DRAWING! If you want to draw fishnet gloves, make the lines curve around the
arm, don't just draw straight lines or X's. If you want to draw a ruffled shirt, look closely at photos or at this example
to see that the ruffles aren't just wavy lines, they have folds drawn in them.
Step 6: COLOR IT!
If you like, you can now use colored pencil to add some pinks or darker greys and blacks
to your drawing. Don't use markers! The pencil will smear. To use markers, you have to trace your
drawing with a waterproof pen, and erase the pencil lines.