How to Draw an Anime Smile

Easy, step by step Anime Smile drawing tutorial
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"And in her smile, I see something more beautiful than the stars."
- Your Lie in April, Japanese manga

Anime and manga characters - a unique Japanese drawing style that has become increasingly popular in comic books and animation - are marked by large eyes and highly expressive facial features.

Especially in chibi characters, facial features such as the smiling mouth are often enhanced and enlarged.

Some anime characters are even known for their smiles. These include Rinko Yamato from My Love Story!!, Shiro from Deadman Wonderland, Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail, Sawako Kuronuma from From Me to You, Reaching You, Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Reina Kousaka from Hibike! Euphonium, Leafa from Sword Art Online II, and Mitsukuni Haninozuka from Ouran High School Host Club.

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Would you like to draw a smiling cartoon character in anime or manga style? 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 character.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Natsu From Fairy Tail, Sailor Moon, and Anime Boy Face.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Anime Smile

Anime Smile drawing - step 1
How to Draw Anime Smile: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the squinting eyes. Use thick curved lines to draw a shape that is pointed on one side and that splits into two points on the other. This indicates the eyelashes. Contour the eyes with one curved line above and two below.

Anime Smile drawing - step 2
How to Draw Anime Smile: Step 2

2. Use curved lines to outline the shape of the nose, the contour of the upper lip, and the open-mouth, toothy grin. Draw a series of short lines horizontally across the mouth to divide the upper and lower teeth.

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Anime Smile drawing - step 3
How to Draw Anime Smile: Step 3

3. Begin outlining the face. Draw curved lines to form the hair at the sides of the face. Then, use curved lines to sketch the ears, cheeks, and gently pointed chin. Extend a pair of lines below the face to form the neck. Connect them at the bottom with two curved lines that meet at a downward point.

Anime Smile drawing - step 4
How to Draw Anime Smile: Step 4

4. Begin drawing hair across the top of the face. Use long curved lines that meet at a point to form each lock. Use thick curved lines to draw the eyebrows.

Anime Smile drawing - step 5
How to Draw Anime Smile: Step 5

5. Use overlapping curved lines to outline the top of the head. At the sides of the head, use pairs of overlapping curved lines that meet at points to draw more locks of hair.

Anime Smile drawing - step 6
How to Draw Anime Smile: Step 6

6. Continue drawing the hair. Use long curved lines and pairs of lines that meet at points.

Anime Smile drawing - step 7
How to Draw Anime Smile: Step 7

7. Outline curved triangles on each side of the neck to indicate the collar of the blouse. Below the neck, draw a small circle to form a button.

Anime Smile drawing - step 8
How to Draw Anime Smile: Step 8

8. Extend curved, loosely “L” shaped lines from each side of the collar to form the shoulders. Then, used curved lines to indicate the seams of the sleeves.

Anime Smile drawing - step 9
How to Draw Anime Smile: Step 9

9. Texture the hair with long curved lines running down its length.

Complete Anime Smile drawing
How to Draw Anime Smile: Step 10

Color your smiling anime or manga cartoon character. Blonde, brunette, or rainbow-hued, her appearance is up to you!

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