How to Draw a Chibi

Chibi is a subtype of the manga style, where the characters are given child-like features to appear cute (small body, huge head, large eyes). Because of this heavy exaggeration, chibis are very easy to draw—no knowledge of human anatomy required! And once you can draw a chibi base, you can give it various outfits and facial expressions, which is also not hard to do. Because of this, drawing chibis can be a great activity for a beginner!

How to Draw a Chibi

How to Draw a Chibi
In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw a base for a chibi girl, and how to create three various outfits for her: for a party, for a graduation, and for a medal ceremony.

What You Will Need

For traditional drawing:

  • some sheets of paper
  • a pencil
  • anything darker and thicker than a pencil (marker, fineliner, etc.)

For digital drawing:

  • a graphics tablet
  • one layer for the sketch (low opacity)
  • one layer for the final lines (full opacity)

1. How to Draw a Chibi Base

Draw the guide lines lightly, so that you can cover them with final, darker lines later.

Step 1

Draw a circle. It doesn’t need to be perfect—you don’t have to draw it with one continuous line. Remember that the smaller the drawing, the easier it is to draw such a shape.

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Step 2

Draw a line under the circle, roughly as long as the diameter of the circle. This will help us find the ground under the character. Keep in mind that this is a classic proportion for a chibi, but it can be changed to create the effect you want.

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Step 3

Divide the line into thirds.

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Step 4

Sketch the basic shape of the body by drawing two curves on the sides.

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Step 5

Cut a part on top to create some space for the neck.

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Step 6

Draw a circle under the neck—this will be the torso.

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Step 7

Draw a half-circle under the torso—these will be the hips.

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Step 8

Draw two curves under the hips to close the shape of the stumpy legs.

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Step 9

Draw the arms using another pair of simple curves.

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Step 10

Add a curve below the arms to close their shape.

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Step 11

Divide the head-circle into halves.

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Step 12

Chibis have tiny faces on huge heads. Sketch the area for the face as a simple oval in one of the quarters.

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Step 13

Add the hands…

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… and thumbs.

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Step 14

Draw two circles on the chest to create breasts. Don’t make them too big—the whole body of a chibi is about being small.

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Step 15

Time for the huge, manga eyes! In chibis, they shouldn’t be too complex, but they still should be expressive. Draw two curves in the upper half of the face.

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Step 16

Draw two curves on top of them.

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Step 17

Add the tiny mouth to better see the facial expression we’re creating.

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Step 18

Add the simple eyebrows.

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Step 19

Add the ear.

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Step 20

With the face almost done, we can safely finish the eyes. Add two ovals inside the area we’ve prepared for them. These are the irises.

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Step 21

Draw two smaller ovals inside. These are the pupils.

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Step 22

Draw a curve for the eyelashes.

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Step 23

Close the shape of the eyelashes. They should be thick and visible.

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Step 24

Sketch the shading for the eyes.

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Step 25

If you want to finish your drawing now, take your darker tool/go to another layer and draw the final lines. If you want to give it an outfit, skip this step.

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2. How to Create a Chibi Girl in a Party Outfit

Step 1

Sketch the upper part of the dress.

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Step 2

Sketch the rim of the dress around the legs.

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Step 3

Draw the frills around the rim.

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Step 4

Outline the dress.

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Step 5

Create some accessories for the outfit—cute shoes and some jewelry. Don’t make these details too complex; they should fit the simple style of the whole chibi body.

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Step 6

Let’s draw the chibi hair now. It’s basically manga hair, just simpler. Draw a “helmet” around the head. Some distance is necessary to make the haircut look soft and light.

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Step 7

Draw the parting and one side of the haircut revealing the face.

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Step 8

Sketch the general rhythm of the rest of the haircut.

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Step 9

Outline the strands, keeping it as simple as possible.

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Step 10

Add some details to the strands.

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Step 11

Let’s add a final detail to the outfit, a cute bow.

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Step 12

You can now add the final, dark lines to the whole picture. She’s ready to go the party!

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3. How to Draw a Chibi Girl in a Graduation Outfit

Step 1

First, let’s give our chibi girl a more interesting pose. She’ll be holding an important accessory, after all—a graduation diploma! Use simple curves to bend one of the arms.

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Step 2

Draw a closed hand on the end of the arm.

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Step 3

Draw the length of the diploma paper with some swirls on its ends.

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Step 4

Outline the whole paper.

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Step 5

Add the thumb.

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Step 6

Draw the characteristic “collar” of a graduation robe.

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Step 7

Sketch the rims of the robe: the bottom and the sleeves.

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Step 8

Outline the robe.

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Step 9

Sketch the rim of the dress underneath the robe.

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Step 10

Now, let’s add the haircut. Again, sketch the “helmet” at some distance from the head.

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Step 11

Sketch the front of the haircut.

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Step 12

Sketch the rhythm of the whole haircut.

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Step 13

Add the cap, step by step:

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Step 14

Add the tassel on one side.

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Step 15

Outline the whole haircut in a simple way.

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Step 16

Now you can add the final, dark lines!

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4. How to Draw a Chibi Girl in a Sport Medalist Outfit

Step 1

Let’s give our chibi girl a triumphant pose, with her arms up. You can do it by drawing the same curves as before, just in a different direction.

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Step 2

Add the hands.

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Step 3

Draw the collar of the jacket.

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Step 4

Draw the rims of the sleeves and the bottom of the jacket.

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Step 5

Outline the jacket.

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Step 6

Give some details to the jacket to make it less plain.

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Step 7

Add the outline of the bottom of the shorts.

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Step 8

Finish the outline of the shorts.

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Step 9

Draw the shoes:

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Step 10

Add the medal on her chest.

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Step 11

Finally, the simple haircut. Draw the “helmet”, leaving some distance around the head.

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Step 12

Draw the side of the haircut in the front.

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Step 13

Sketch the rhythm of the rest of the haircut.

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Step 14

Finish the haircut in a simple way.

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Step 15

Now, just add the final, dark lines!

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So Cute!

Now you know how to draw three cute, celebrating chibi girls, as well as any chibi in any outfit you want. If you want more chibi-related tutorials, you’ll love these:

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