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Digital Illustration: Creating Adorable Chibis

teacher avatar Sydney H., Digital Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Basic Structure


    • 3.

      Drawing the Body


    • 4.

      Drawing the Head


    • 5.

      Drawing the Hair and Clothes


    • 6.

      Chibifying a Pose


    • 7.



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In this class, we will focus on creating adorable chibi characters that you can enjoy! We will first go over the basic structure of a chibi then we will learn how to draw simplified clothes on your characters. And to top it all off, you will learn how I go about chibifying a reference image so you can have a multitude of poses at your disposal.

For this class it will require you to have a graphics tablet and a basic knowledge of drawing since we will focus primarily on form. I will use Clip Studio Paint but you are welcome to use a drawing software of your choice!

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Sydney H.

Digital Illustrator



A freelance artist creating artwork that strives to engage and generate pieces that everyone can enjoy. I love exploring multiple fields of the art some of which is digital, traditional, design! I'm highly influenced by old illustrators (like J.C Leyendecker), anime, and video games.


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1. Introduction: Yeah, I'm hi, my name's Sydney and I'm doing a lot of changes for my clients throughout the years. What is a TV you ask A GPS. Considered a super deformed version of the character otherwise known as a shorter version of the character itself, this term emerged shattered Japanese culture and its coveted by many first cute, adorable Look. In this class, we will learn how to create adorable TV characters for yourself. Well, first, over the basic structure of Achy Be. Then we will learn how to draw simplified clothes and hair on your characters. And to top it all off, you will learn how I made Chinese look lively and different poses. When this class, you will be required to have a graphics tablet and a basic knowledge of drawing. Since we'll mostly be focusing on the form, I will be using clips. Do you paint for this lesson? But you're welcome to use any type of drawing software that you choose. Now let's get started 2. Basic Structure: when you draw most regular size characters could be around 7 to 8 heads or circles tall. But since GBS or super deformed characters, they can have a variety of different shapes and sizes. JB's could be anywhere from two heads or sometimes foreheads tall, depending on the artist. If you want an extremely deformed character, you can choose the to head method. I prefer using three heads as a base for my cheapie characters myself. 3. Drawing the Body: to begin drawing the CI V. I quickly draw one circle than duplicate them to create three heads on top of each other. Before you do anything, you want to draw these three circles as your base, then lower this layers opacity so you can use it as a reference. We will start with a basic standing post so you can get the hang of it first. Now you want to draw a stick figure of your post while using circles for each joy of the body. I'm placing these joints. Be mindful of the reference you made before the two joints. At the top. In the bottom of the middle circle will be the shoulder and hip joints of your character. When you draw in the elbows and knees of your character, they will always be at the center of the Lord circles. With the stick figure done, we can move on to adding Samast, the character we want to start by drawing a square for the rib cage and then a trap is oId for the hips. Once we're done with that, we connect them together to create the body now to create the limbs of our character, We want to draw rectangles that wrap around the circle joints we created before by connecting thes. We conform the arms and the legs. Since the character is super deformed, weaken, simplify the hands and feet. I personally use simplified shapes like triangles to create feet and boxes to create the hands. Don't forget to draw on the neck like I did here two quick slopes to finish it off. 4. Drawing the Head: after finishing the body, it's time to tackle the head. To create the proper shape of ahead. We want to start by shaving off the sides. Then we curve the line inwards to create the chin of her character. To create the facial features, we have to divide the face with vertical and horizontal guidelines. We will use these guidelines to create not only the eyes but the years as well. Begin drawing the ear a little below the horizontal guideline and cover it upwards until it hits the top and then swooped down to the beginning of the chin like a C shape. Once the years air finished, we will then create two more vertical lines, which will act as guidelines for the eyes themselves. Start by drawing the bottom part of the eyelash in the middle off the both sides of the vertical guidelines. Then continue drawing the iris along with Third People's how you draw the top part of the eyelashes fairly a stylized choice, but you can think in the eyelash by drawing on line along it this way. Don't forget about the eyebrows and a cute smile 5. Drawing the Hair and Clothes: Now let's draw the hair. Since the hair grows from our roots, it should never stick to the head. So we will make another guideline for the hair to show us where it can end up once it comes out of the head. We will also make another guideline to show us where the headline is, too. That's just a important. When I draw hair, I always try to draw the lines of where I want the general traction of the hair to go first before a completely commit to drawing a full clump of hair. Never drove a hair completely straight. It always makes the hair look lifeless. Try using S is or occurs instead to show the body of the hair. And remember that cheapies air simplified. So show the hair and clumps, not strands. When I draw the clothes on my characters, I tried to be super simplified for cheapies. For this character, I will go for simple tank top shorts and some boots. When I create folds, I create boxy shapes for the creases of the folds. Are I do this near the bottom of the shirt, in the folds in the pants. After you finish the close, it's time to trace over the rest of the character to create a clean sketch. This is where you can add some stylized touches and flair to your drawing. 6. Chibifying a Pose: So you learned how to draw GB. Now, how do you draw GV in something other than a basic post? That's what this lessons here for. First, I want you to find, oppose you like and start analyzing it. Draw over to figure out the exact structure of the pose here. I'm using red from the front of the figure and blue for the back just so you can see it clearly. Once you finish analyzing it, draw your circle guidelines and get right onto drawing those stick figure like we did in lesson to remember how the body who always stay in the middle circle and it will contain the legs in the bottom circle. I'm taking some liberty here, and we'll draw in some triangles and circles for the hands and feet beforehand. Now, when we draw the boxes for the torso and the hips, we will draw them in three D space instead of straight on. This will require this boxes toe look more three D than before. Once those air drawn in, we will connect the torso in the hip boxes together, just like we did before, then draw in the rectangles for limbs and finished simplifying the hands. Now it's time to focus on the head, and we will approach a little differently than we did before. Since then, you have a 3/4 view here. Instead of a frontal view we can't get away with just chopping off the sides and creating a chin. We want to show that there's a bit of a cheek here, so draw allowing inwards from the circle and then create a bump to create the cheek. This is how you create a 3/4 view TV face in my book. We then want to create the same vertical and horizontal guidelines we did before on the face. Except this time we will add a curve to them, since the face itself is a sphere. With these guidelines in place, we can now draw the facial features be getting here with the ear, starting a below the horizontal guideline and swooping down in a C shape like we did before . Remember how we started with the lower part of the eyelash? We're going to do that again here. Since the character is looking at us in the picture, we will draw the eyes Staring toward this is as well here I start drawing in the eyebrows and the any other facial features I missed along the way. Now that we have the rough features down, we can move on to the characters, hair and clothes. Remember to draw guideline for the root of the hair and the hair line before continuing with the hair being blown backwards. In the reference, this makes it difficult to tell where the her itself will be drawn. But like I said in the previous lesson, we're drawing the hair and clumps, not strands for the clothes themselves. I decided that simple was best, so I throughout this skirt and just went with some leggings instead. Then I finished off the TV with some stylish boots with everything drawn in on the character. It's time to trace over the old parts again to create clean sketch, and we're done 7. Conclusion: in this class, we learned how to jaw TV from its basic structure, all the way to drawing its hair and clothes on the character. Not only that, we learned how to apply that knowledge to create a character and fun and unique poses. Now that you've learned all you need to know about drawing a cheapie, it's time for you to dive into for your assignment. I want you to draw TV of your very own. It could be in a basic standing pose or unique pose of your choosing, whichever you feel more comfortable with. And once you finished, feel free to post it in the community and received feedback. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to post in the community, starting it back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for taking my class, and I hope you look forward to the next one. I