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.
In this tutorial, I want to teach you how to draw a chibi face (side profile). I think this will be very useful if you’re trying to draw chibi characters. And not many tutorials cover how to draw a chibi side profile.
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 Side Profile – Step-by-step easy tutorial for Beginners
If you are drawing this digitally, 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 outline of the chibi side profile
Before starting the head, it’s always best to draw a rough circle template first.
This will help us draw the face very easily.
So, first, I’m going to draw a circle – it doesn’t need to be perfect. This is going to be the head, so make sure you have room for the rest of the body.
Easy enough, right?
Now, we are going to draw the head and add the mouth, ear, and eye on the side profile. If you’re having trouble drawing this, refer to my post on drawing a chibi face.
Just to make it easier, I’m going to draw these horizontal lines – the torso is going to be almost the same length as the head and the legs will be the other half.
Now, we are going to draw the torso – so I’m going to draw this pear shape like this:
I’m going to highlight the arm joint and the leg joint in purple so you can see where we are going to draw the arm and the leg.
You will need to practice this in different poses so you can draw your chibi character in a variety of poses.
Step 2: Add more details to the chibi side profile
Now that we have the outline, let’s add more details.
You can start by drawing the hair – I have already explained how to draw chibi hair in this post.
Then, draw the arms and legs.
I’m going to add a small teeshirt and skirt for our little chibi girl as well. You can see this post on how to draw a pleated skirt.
Now, I’m going to erase all the rough and overlapping lines and clean up the drawing a bit.
It’s easier to do this when you’re drawing digitally.
Now all that’s left is to color the illustration.
Step 3: Add color to your chibi side profile
I’m going to add all the colors in layers underneath the outline layer.
So, we’ll start with the skin and eyes – I’m using the dry ink brush (which comes free in Procreate) to draw the outline and do the coloring.
Next, I’ll add some color to her hair and clothes. You can color your chibi character whatever colors you wish – use your imagination!
Finally, I’ll add some details to her hair and add some details to her clothes as well.
I’m pretty happy with what I have!
You’ve finished learning how to draw a chibi side profile 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 list of books that I used to learn how to draw chibi characters.
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:
Want to practice drawing more Manga and Anime?
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If you are just getting started with ProCreate, I highly recommend this course: Procreate for Beginners: Digital Illustration 101
It will help you learn Procreate within a day or a week at most. I found it super helpful!
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