How to Draw an Anime School Girl

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Many animes and mangas are aimed at youths. It comes as no surprise, then, that many of these stories take place in high school.

School uniforms are common in Japan, and these appear in anime as well. The classic style is characterized by a short pleated skirt, popularized by the 1990s pop star Namie Amuro.

In Japan, the term otaku is used to describe "people with consuming interests, particularly in anime and manga." In certain places, such as the Akihabara neighborhood of Tokyo, there are shops and restaurants that cater to the otaku subculture, even featuring workers in anime costumes.

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Would you like to draw a cute cartoon of an anime schoolgirl? This easy, step-by-step manga cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

All you will need is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Sailor Moon, Anime Girl Face, and Anime Eyes.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Anime School Girl

Anime School Girl drawing - step 1
How to Draw Anime School Girl: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the anime girl’s face. Draw three successively smaller circles to form the eyes. Shade between the two smallest to indicate the pupil. Use a thick curved line above and a curved line below to give them the classic squared shape of anime eyes. Then, use curved lines to draw the eyebrows, nose, and lips.

Anime School Girl drawing - step 2
How to Draw Anime School Girl: Step 2

2. Draw the anime girl’s hair. Above the face, draw curved lines that meet at downward-facing points. Then, draw lines extending along the sides of the face.

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Anime School Girl drawing - step 3
How to Draw Anime School Girl: Step 3

3. Use curved lines to outline the ears and pointed chin. Then, extend two curved lines for the neck, and connect them at the bottom. Draw an inverted triangle below the neck, and a curved triangle on each side of the neck, to form the collar of the garment.

Anime School Girl drawing - step 4
How to Draw Anime School Girl: Step 4

4. Use curved lines to outline the long hair on top of and at the sides of the head. Texture the hair with short curved lines. Draw a small circular shape below the neck. Extend a curved line from each side of it and double it back to enclose an irregular shape. This is the tie or bow at the neck of the sailor suit.

Anime School Girl drawing - step 5
How to Draw Anime School Girl: Step 5

5. Use curved lines to outline the sleeve, upper arm, lower arm, and hand. Notice the narrow “U” shaped lines that form the overlapping fingers and the short lines that contour the girl's palm of the hand.

Anime School Girl drawing - step 6
How to Draw Anime School Girl: Step 6

6. Use curved lines to draw the remaining sleeve, arm, hand, and fingers.

Anime School Girl drawing - step 7
How to Draw Anime School Girl: Step 7

7. Draw curved lines to form the sides of the torso and seams of the sleeves. Connect them at the bottom using a curved line, and draw a short line to indicate the hem or a wrinkle in the fabric. Below the torso, draw many curved lines to form the sides of the skirt and the pleats. Connect the sides of each pleat with a curved line.

Anime School Girl drawing - step 8
How to Draw Anime School Girl: Step 8

8. Draw the leg. Use a pair of long curved lines, noting the bend of the knee. At the bottom, use curved lines to enclose the irregular shape of the shoe. Draw a short curved line at the knee, and band the leg with a curved line just below it to indicate the top of the tall sock.

Anime School Girl drawing - step 9
How to Draw Anime School Girl: Step 9

9. Outline the remaining leg using long curved lines. Draw the shoe at the bottom. Band the leg with a curved line, and use a short line to detail the knee.

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How to Draw Anime School Girl: Step 10

Color your cartoon school girl. She’s wearing a sailor suit outfit, which is typically navy blue and white in color with a red tie. Did you notice how it resembles the outfit worn by Sailor Moon?

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