Learn how to draw hands on hips for your anime character

How to Draw Hands on Hips (Anime)

Drawing anime characters takes work.

Especially when you’re trying to draw them in a pose.

It’s easy to get the pose wrong or draw your anime character in a stiff pose.

And in this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to draw hands on hips on your Anime character in a step-by-step manner so that you can draw this position really easily.

I’ve already covered another post here on how to draw 1 hand on a hip.

It’s okay if you’re a beginner learning to draw anime or poses and you don’t quite know human anatomy – the steps are really easy to follow. This is what you will be learning to draw:

You will learn how to draw hands on hips on your anime character

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Let’s begin.

How to Draw Hands-on Hips for your Anime Character- (Step by Step) Easy guide for beginners

I’m going to be drawing the rough sketch of the anime character in this pose first.

This will make it so much easier to draw the girl with her hands on her hips.

Alrighty? Let’s begin!

First, we’ll start with the head shape.

So, I’m going to draw an oval and then draw a cross inside the oval shape to help me draw the facial features later.

Draw the head

I’m using the technical pencil brush in Procreate for this (it is free with the app) but if you are drawing this on paper, make sure the lines are very light because we’ll be erasing these lines later to draw the character over this rough guide.

I won’t go into detail about drawing anime heads and faces because this post is about drawing the position of a hand on a hip, but I purchased this book to help me learn more about drawing anime faces.

I highly suggest getting that book because you’ll learn to draw anime characters, the eyes, and even how to color them.

Next, we’ll draw a rough sketch of the neck and the torso – just picture a mannequin.

Draw the neck and torso

Now it’s time to draw the joints.

The easiest way to draw the joints is to draw 3 circles:

  • At the shoulders
  • The elbows
  • And the wrists

Just look below to understand what I mean. Don’t draw the green lines – that’s just for your understanding.

Draw the joints in the shoulders and arms

Now, it’s time to draw the arms.

Use sausage shapes to draw the arms – the circles will make it very easy to draw the arms.

Draw the arms

Now, we have to draw the hands.

The easiest way to draw the hands is to draw 2 shapes – the palm and the fingers.

This will help us draw the hands later.

Pretend you’re drawing mittens and remember to overlap the hands on the hips so that it becomes easier to draw.

Draw the hands

Now, we’ve finished drawing a rough guide of the anime girl with her hands on the hips.

We can start drawing the proper outline.

I’m going to lighten this sketch layer and start drawing the outline.

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Start drawing the outline

Remember to outline the head, the torso, and the arms.

Now it’s time to draw the hands.

I’ll start with the palms first and then draw the fingers one by one.

I go into detail about drawing hands in this post. Check it out if you’d like to learn how to draw hands.

Draw the hands and fingers

Next, I’m going to start drawing the eyes.

Anime eyes can be a little complicated in the beginning but this book does a great job of explaining how to draw anime eyes easily.

Draw the eyes

Now, I’ll continue to draw the pupils and irises of the eye.

Add details to the eyes

Next, I’ll add more detail by coloring some parts of the eyes and even add a nose and mouth to the anime girl.

Add eyebrows and a mouth

And lastly, I’ll add some space buns to her head.

I love drawing curly hairstyles and space buns are my favorite hairstyle to draw. Here is a post on how to draw different types of space buns if you’re interested.

Draw hair on your anime girl

I’m not going to go wild drawing her outfit because this post is mainly about the pose.

So, I’m just going to draw a sports bra and simple leggings to make things super simple.

Draw clothes on the anime girl

Isn’t that easy?

I think I’m done drawing this anime girl with her hands on her hips.

Let’s clean up all the rough lines so we can see what she looks like.

Clean up the lines

And now it’s time to color the character.

I’m going to color the base colors first by doing her skin and clothes.

You can color your anime character any skin color you want.

Feel free to color her clothes any color you want too.

Color the skin and clothes

Next, I’ll color her hair a light lilac and add some pink curls to her space buns just for fun.

I really want that cotton candy effect for her hair. I’m also going to color her eyes a dark green because I feel it will really contrast with the pink and purple shades in this drawing.

I have a post on coloring my digital art. Read this post if you would like to learn how to color digital art.

Color the eyes and hair

Now, I’ll add some blush to her skin to warm up her skin and even add some highlights to my anime character and I think I’m done!

You will learn how to draw hands on hips on your anime character


You’ve learned how to draw hands on hips. You can also bookmark this post and use this hands on hips drawing reference to draw your own anime characters in this pose.

Conclusion + Resources

I hope this in-depth tutorial was helpful to you, and you were able to learn how to draw hands on hips on your anime character.

It’s tricky to draw poses and it does get easier with a lot of practice.

Here’s how I learned how to draw poses:

  • Go to quickposes.com and practice drawing poses
  • Take photos of yourself in different poses and use that as a drawing reference (one of the best ways to learn)
  • Or look at stock photos online of people in poses so you can draw poses better.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t look the way you want it to in the beginning.

It does get better the more you practice drawing.

If you want to see more tutorials on hair and people, just leave a comment down below. You can check out my other Character Tutorials to learn how to draw people and clothes.

I will be adding more drawing tutorials to this blog, so keep a lookout!

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