How to Draw a Chibi SD Gundam

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What happens when you mix the chibi or super deformed art style - which morphs familiar characters into childlike forms with oversized heads and large eyes - with heavily armed, mechanized Gundam battle suits? You get anime magic!

SD Gundam stands for Superior Defender or Super Deformed Gundam. This media franchise expresses classic Gundam characters and unique ones in cute chibi style.

During the 1980s, a student submitted a drawing of a chibi gundam to a model toy magazine. By 1985, the oddly proportioned robot-like characters had serialized comics and small toys. Soon, they expanded to manga, anime, trading cards, and video games.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Chibi SD Gundam

Chibi SD Gundam drawing - step 1
How to Draw Chibi SD Gundam: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the Gundam's face. Use straight lines to outline the triangle-shaped eyes and the "W" shape beneath them, the cheeks, and the trapezoid-shaped chin. Draw two wide, inverted, "V" shaped lines in the middle of the face.

Chibi SD Gundam drawing - step 2
How to Draw Chibi SD Gundam: Step 2

2. Finish sketching the Gundam's head. Use straight lines to enclose a large "V" shape above the face. Enclose an inverted pentagon at its center, and give this a three-dimensional appearance using a "Y" shaped line Use straight and curved lines to draw the rectangular shapes on each side of the face. Shade four small squares inside each. Connect the "V" to the visor and the sides of the face using curved lines.

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Chibi SD Gundam drawing - step 3
How to Draw Chibi SD Gundam: Step 3

3. Use straight lines to enclose two partial trapezoids at the center of the "V." Draw a small circle on each side of the head, and shade a smaller circle within it. Then, begin sketching the chest and shoulder. Use straight lines to outline the trapezoidal neck, the boxlike chest, cubelike shoulder, and top of the arm.

Chibi SD Gundam drawing - step 4
How to Draw Chibi SD Gundam: Step 4

4. Draw the shield - an elongated hexagon - using six straight lines. Enclose a smaller elongate hexagon inside it. Near the top, draw a small rectangle, and shade a smaller rectangle within it. Draw straight lines at the corner and along one side of the inner hexagon. Use curved lines to enclose the hand.

Chibi SD Gundam drawing - step 5
How to Draw Chibi SD Gundam: Step 5

5. Use eight curved lines to draw a four-pointed star shape on the shield. Draw two small circles near the top. Then, detail the Gundam's chest. Draw two rectangles crossed by straight horizontal lines. Between them, enclose a five-sided shape. Draw a horizontal line across the middle and a triangle on one side. Then, enclose two trapezoids in the bottom half.

Chibi SD Gundam drawing - step 6
How to Draw Chibi SD Gundam: Step 6

6. Enclose long, narrow trapezoid shapes to form the torso. Draw a short line across the corner for a three-dimensional appearance. Then, use straight lines to enclose the rectangular arm, with partial circles and a curved rectangle at the elbow.

Chibi SD Gundam drawing - step 7
How to Draw Chibi SD Gundam: Step 7

7. Complete the torso. Use curved and straight lines to enclose the irregular shapes. Then, draw the hand, using overlapping curved lines. From the hand, extend a pair of curved lines, allowing them to meet at a sharp point. Band the swordlike weapon with a short curved line near the hand.

Chibi SD Gundam drawing - step 8
How to Draw Chibi SD Gundam: Step 8

8. Detail the torso with small squares and a straight line. Then, use curved and straight lines to sketch the four irregularly shaped segments of the leg and foot. Draw ovals as joints between the segments.

Chibi SD Gundam drawing - step 9
How to Draw Chibi SD Gundam: Step 9

9. Detail the foot with perpendicular curved lines. Then, use curved and straight lines to sketch the four irregularly shaped segments of the leg and foot. Draw ovals as joints between the segments.

Complete Chibi SD Gundam drawing
How to Draw Chibi SD Gundam: Step 10

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