Of late, I’ve been obsessed with drawing chibi characters.
I am currently enjoying drawing chibi food and chibi girls because they’re so darn cute and you can make such cute stickers from these drawings.
I want to teach you how to draw a chibi face in this tutorial. I think this will be very useful if you’re trying to draw chibi characters.
You can even pick up my free printable chibi face template here and practice on your own:
This is what you will learn to draw by the end of this drawing tutorial:
Okay, let’s begin with the basics.
I am learning how to draw chibi characters from all these chibi drawing books. So, please check out those books if you really want to enhance your learning.
Tools I’m using to draw my digital art:
I’m currently using:
And I’m using the Procreate software (which costs $10 one-time-fee)
I highly recommend looking at this superb online course that teaches you how to use Procreate.
You can draw this using pencils or a fine marker, or draw it digitally like me.
The tools you use don’t matter because the technique remains the same.
How to Draw a Chibi Face – Step-by-step easy tutorial for Beginners
If you are using digital art, please remember to keep your lineart on one layer and make it a reference layer.
Remember to keep each color on a new layer – this will allow you to manipulate any specific layer without affecting the others.
All these colors should be underneath the reference layer so that you’re not messing with your outline.
This will enable us to drag and drop colors easily if the area or section is closed completely by lineart.
Step 1: Draw the head
Before starting the face, it’s always best to draw a rough template of a circle first.
This will help us draw the face very easily.
So, first, I’m going to draw a circle and a cross-section inside the circle.
Please use a compass or a stencil if you’re drawing a circle traditionally.
Easy enough, right?
Now, draw 2 more lines (that divide the cross horizontally) in the circle like this. Please note the arrows to understand it better.
This will divide the circle into 4 equal sections.
Just to make it easier, I’m going to label these sections – 1, 2, 3 and 4. Now it will be easy to draw a chibi face.
Now, we are going to draw the chibi head. So we’ll draw the upper portion first.
Draw a simple curve like this and see how far the curve moves away from the circle as we draw it downwards.
Chibi heads are very big. Sometimes they are bigger than the body so don’t fret if your head looks too big – this is how it is typically drawn.
Next, we will draw the chin.
Please note that chibi characters are usually chubby. That’s what gives them that super cute factor.
So, instead of drawing a pointy chin, draw a small curve like this to complete the head of the chibi girl.
As long as you can remember this shape, you can draw practically any chibi face and character.
So, keep practicing this shape so that drawing chibi head shapes comes naturally to you.
Step 2: Draw the facial features
Now that we’ve drawn the head, it’s time to draw the rest of the face.
We’ll begin by drawing the ears – just draw 2 small “C” shaped curves at the side of the face.
Draw the ears low because this enhances the cuteness of the chibi girl.
Remember to draw the ears in the 4th section.
Now, it’s time to draw the eyes.
Draw 2 crescent or moon-shaped lines in the 3rd section moving tilted downwards.
These shapes will be the upper eyelids of the chibi girl.
Next, draw 2 soft circles like this right under the crescent shapes. These soft circles will become the chibi eyes.
Now, it’s time to add more details to the chibi eyes.
So, draw 2 small circles at the right and then shade the upper half area of the circles like this. This will give your chibi eyes more depth.
Add 2 small dots underneath the eyes.
The eyes are almost done.
We will add the rest of the details when we are coloring the chibi face.
For now, let’s move on to the rest of the facial features.
Draw 2 eyebrows in the second section of the face (in the middle) and then draw a mouth between the eyes and the chin.
Remember to keep the facial features very simple.
When learning to draw a chibi face, you must remember that the eyes are the main attraction.
The rest of the features should be very small and not distracting. So, keep the nose, the mouth and the ears very simple.
Step 3: Draw the hair
I already have a detailed post on drawing chibi hair here, so please check it out. I won’t elaborate too much in this tutorial.
First, I always start drawing hair (on any character) with a simple shape.
This allows me to understand how I want the hair to look on the chibi character. I do this rough sketch on a new layer so I am not disturbing the other layers.
Next, I will draw some quick bangs and the hair’s sides.
Note: Chibi faces look very cute with bangs – so if you want to learn how to draw cute chibi faces, practice drawing different types of bangs so that you can get the perfect chibi face.
I’m also going to add the behind portion of her hair to complete her look.
And lastly I will clean up the lines and join all the disconnected portions to make my drawing neater.
I’m really happy with how this looks, so I can move on to coloring my drawing.
Please download your chibi face template here so that you can practice lots of different faces and also practice drawing different hairstyles.
Step 4: Color the chibi face and hair
I already have a very detailed tutorial on how I color my digital art, so please check that out if you have any doubts. It even includes a video so you can see step by step how I color all my digital art.
I’m going to color the face a very light cream color and add 2 light pink blush spots on her cheeks.
When drawing chibi characters, always remember to add the blush spots on the chibi’s face. This will make your chibi character very cute and youthful!
Next, I’m going to color the eyes.
You can color the eyes any color you want – purple, brown, or red. Use your imagination.
I am going to go green because I love green!
I will color the whole bottom part of the eye mid-green, and then, with light pastel green, I will draw 2 small semi-circles at the bottom of the eyes.
Please note that there are so many types of chibi eyes you can draw. But I prefer this style because I find this style very cute!
Next, we can move on to coloring the hair.
I am going to go with custard pink because I love this color. My whole blog has multiple pink tones.
And I will color the hair pink. When coloring the inside portion of the hair, remember to use a darker tone because light is not hitting that section directly. This will add depth to your drawings.
You can color your chibi hair any color you want!
Please use your creativity to mix and match colors!
Next, I will take a slightly darker tone of pink and add shadows throughout the hair like this:
And finally, it’s time to add the highlights.
With a light pastel pink, I’ll just add highlights throughout the hair.
You can ask yourself where the light is hitting the hair, and accordingly draw the highlights in her hair.
You’ve finished learning how to draw a chibi face and even learned how to color it.
Please download your free chibi face template here if you haven’t already!
Drawing Anime and Chibi takes some time but I am going to attach a few resources below that will really help you.
If you want to see more tutorials on chibi, just leave a comment down below. You can check out my other posts on drawing hair over here.
I will be adding more chibi drawing tutorials to this blog, so keep a lookout!
If you are looking for books on how to draw anime and chibi faces or how to draw anime hairstyles, take a look at these books:
I have found an in-depth course on Udemy that teaches how to draw chibi characters. It’s really beautiful and helpful, please check it out.
What I love about this course is that you will learn how to draw chibis from scratch. This course starts with the basics and includes 11 hours of video content that will teach you:
- The basics of Photoshop so you learn how to draw (you can use any digital tool or even pencil and markers)
- How to draw chibi bodies and a variety of heads using simple shapes
- How to draw male and female clothes and even draw folds on the clothes
- How to draw different types of hair and even color the hair
- How to color the character’s skin, hair, and clothes
You will have lifetime access to the course, and you can ask the course creator any questions, and she will help you out along the way!
I loved this course because it’s so beautifully detailed. She teaches how to draw different lengths and different types of hair:
And the coloring section is even more detailed.
If you are just getting started with ProCreate, I highly recommend this course: Procreate for Beginners: Digital Illustration 101
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