How to draw a minimalist anime character

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anime art done on the wall in japan
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Anime has become an increasingly popular art form in recent years, captivating audiences with its unique style and storytelling.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, we'll teach you some quick tips and tricks to help you bring your anime characters to life and even convert them into a vector format.

So, grab your pencils and let's get started!

How To Draw An Anime Girl

One of the most iconic anime series, Cowboy Bebop, features a memorable female character named Faye Valentine.

Her distinct appearance and personality have made her a fan-favorite among anime enthusiasts.

If you've ever wanted to learn how to draw an anime girl like Faye Valentine, this article is for you.

Step 1

Choose your reference image. Choose any anime character in any pose you like.

Try to have something with fewer details, a reference with fewer elements.

This will help you proceed if you are a beginner.

Start with something simple till you learn to dance with the pros.

Step 2

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Bring your reference image in your preferred drawing software, eg Krita, Photoshop, etc.  

I used photo photoshop for this one.

Draw your reference in any style you want,  you can also trace or draw freehand and make any changes you desire.

Step 3

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After you are satisfied with your drawing, save it with transparent background in PNG format.

Step 4  

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Bring your PNG image into Adobe Illustrator and convert it to a vector as shown.

Step 5 (optional)

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You can use this tool by right-clicking on the selection in the artboard to decrease the number of points in your vector object and it will also smooth your hard edges if that is something you want.  

Step 6

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Add colors and final details as much or as little as you want.

Step 7

You have your result.

Free Download Your Favorite Anime Character

Download below given free fan art of Gojo Satoru, Kenshin, Ichigo, and Mihawk.

The process of making these images is more or less similar to what has been explained above, though you're welcome to tweak it as per your needs.


What are the basic steps to drawing an anime character?

The basic steps include sketching out the character's proportions, adding facial features and hair, refining the details, and adding color if desired.

What tools do I need to draw an anime character?

You can draw an anime character using a pencil and paper, or with digital tools such as a drawing tablet and software like Adobe Photoshop.

Do I need to have prior drawing experience to draw an anime character?

While prior drawing experience can be helpful, it is not necessary. Anyone can learn how to draw an anime character with practice and patience.

What are some tips for drawing an anime character?

Some tips include studying the anatomy and proportions of the human body, experimenting with different facial expressions, practicing drawing eyes and hair, and studying the work of other anime artists for inspiration.

How long does it take to learn how to draw an anime character?

Learning to draw an anime character can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the individual's dedication and practice schedule.

Can I create my own anime character?

Yes, you can create your own anime character by using your imagination and combining different elements and traits to make a unique design.