Introduction: How to Draw a Fat and Simple Chibi

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Hey guys!  This tutorial is made for beginners.  Or people who are new to the chibi concept.  It's a very easy tutorial and I hope you guys have fun following it.  I'm also deeply sorry about the quality of then images.  Scanning is too much work considering that my scanner takes forever to load.  Feel free to share your drawings in the comment box below!

Approx. Time: 5-10 mins.  Maybe even less...

Step 1: Head

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Start by drawing a circle.  In this tutorial, you'll be drawing chibis sideways.  Draw a line around the circle slightly below half of it.  Draw another line down from the center of the chibi's head and work your way down.  

Step 2: Modify Head

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Now add a little bump to the side of the face.  Make sure it's a little bump.  Try to make it noticeable too.

Step 3: Add Body

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Now draw in the fat body.  You won't need any measurements or grids or tracing paper.  Just start the body from somewhere near the center of the circle.  Give it an outward curve for the upper body.  Then go straight down for the legs.  The arms start of tiny and enlarge towards the hands.

Step 4: Guiding Line

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Draw another line around the head.  The space in between these two lines will help you tell how big the eye's are going to be.  Of course, you won't be using ALL the space inside for the eyes.  The top line is just for you to see where your chibi's fringe would fall.

Step 5: Hair

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Now...  Add in the hair!  I know, weird hair.  But be creative with your hairstyles!  Give it an afro if you want.  I'm making my chibi a girl (obviously).  This tutorial is made to teach you how to draw a chibi form not the design.

Step 6: Eyes

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Now for the eyes.  As I mentioned before, this is about the chibi form, not the design.  Tips for the eyes:  Do not make the eye on the farther side of the face the same size.  Instead, try making it thinner but keeping the same height.

Step 7: Clothes

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Unless you want a naked chibi, leave it as it is.  Be creative with it's outfit (unlike me -.-||| ).  Don't worry about the clothing folds and all. Just try to make a simple outfit first.  I might make another tutorial on clothing folds.  Although I'm not an expert at it.  

Step 8: Facial Features

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Add the nose on the intersection.  Again, make it a little bump.  I prefer to position the mouth under the nose but that's just me.  The position is up to you.

Step 9: Darken Outlines

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Darken all the outlines.  In my case, the face.

Step 10: Feet

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For those who dislike 'peg' legs, give the chibi a little bump at the feet.  

Step 11: Erasing

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Erase all the sketch lines.  Or at least TRY to.  To be honest, this step took me the longest due to my fat eraser.  

Step 12:

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Tada!  Color it in or shade it in and you're done!  I prefer to shade but again, personal opinion.  

Hope this helped you!

~End of Tutorial~


trevorquips made it! (author)2017-06-20

Mu first chili character pretty good eh

Omg! it's Beautiful for a first!

(btw its chibi, not chili)LOL

LucarniM (author)trevorquips2017-11-30

Oh my goodness, it’s beautiful!

pikagirl8840 (author)2014-12-01

rock chibi! (please let me know if there's anything I need to improve :-D)

LucarniM (author)pikagirl88402017-11-30

Maybe lower the eyes a little, and you’re all good!

Love manga (author)2015-04-25

pictures I drew

LucarniM (author)Love manga 2017-11-30

They look really good!

Tamara_Ridgewell (author)2017-11-28

Omg! I just started and i'm terrible,but working on it

TuiteyF made it! (author)2017-10-19

This was super helpful! I drew my first chibi following your instructions!

J6 made it! (author)2017-10-17

Oh my gosh it took me an hour and a half (searching through a bunch of facial expressions and hair styles) but I did it, thank you so much for the tutorial it was a great help!

spandey13 (author)2013-06-09

I'm new to your site and now I'm gonna use this site always

bombaliera700 (author)spandey132017-06-08

Me too.

bombaliera700 (author)2017-06-08

Thank you soooo much! <3 It helped me alot now I can draw chibi characters! I AM SO HAPPY THX!! :D <3

Sugarrrer (author)2017-05-20

Wow my chibi actually looks cute! Thnx for being a great teacher without meeting me!

lol didn't feel like making the eyes, hair, and clothes original and in my style so I just copied

Team_Rocket_Rocks (author)2017-05-10

This tutorial helped me with my chibi so much! Thank you!!

ClockQuirkCrochet (author)2017-01-19

Thanks for this! I started drawing chibis as a kind of art therapy and I've absolutely fallen in love. This will let me create so many new characters!

GraceS54 made it! (author)2017-01-18

So fun and cute. Thanks for the instructions!

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FodayT made it! (author)2016-12-16

I love this ty for teaching ALL OF US!

FodayT (author)2016-12-16

Lemme send u guys a picture when I am done....

FodayT (author)2016-12-16

OMG This works so good!

RavenC11 made it! (author)2016-08-01

I just started drawing (anime style people) about a year ago, and when I saw my friend drawing chibis (the same one who got me started on drawing in the first place) I knew I had to draw some of my own. I began looking up different tutorials, and found this one. It wasn't like my friend's, but I liked them, and started my first couple. When I showed them to my friend, she loved them even more than her own, and now wants to draw chibis like these! Thanks for the wonderful step by step tutorial!

ToxicMagpie made it! (author)2016-07-14

It took me ages but this is my first completed attempt. Thank you. It's a good tutorial.

JeriB4 made it! (author)2015-12-03

I've been trying to find a chibi tutorial for a while now! I'm rather impatient, so I'm hopeless at learning how to draw hands and feet, so I thought I could just learn chibi! Thanks ^^

JeriB4 made it! (author)2015-12-03

I've been trying to find a chibi tutorial for a while now! I'm rather impatient, so I'm hopeless at learning how to draw hands and feet, so I thought I could just learn chibi! Thanks ^^

bcholette made it! (author)2015-08-30

Awesome tutorial! I sketched a few trials until I found yours and then the good one happened (#4)! Thank you!!

stars-cream (author)2015-05-27

I like your instructable. Thank you. But I'm to bad at hair. What can you advise me?

Love manga (author)2015-04-25

and a other picture I drew also I don't have any good colours

musicmonster13 made it! (author)2015-04-04

Thank you, I love mine (it took me a while though!) :)

misuki made it! (author)2015-03-14

wow its cool and awesome

misuki (author)2015-03-14

mazzy mitchell (author)2015-01-27

That is awesome! I like to draw manga and this chibi tutorial is great! Keep on going with the awesome drawing tutorials!

red raven (author)2014-05-02

hey thanks your the first person to actually help me with this. ive been looking all over to find someone that could help me draw them thank you and your drawing is pretty good

UniKitty75 (author)2014-03-22

You should be the guy to invent awesome chibi dragons! The pictures look great! I like boy stuff but I'm really a girl!

gabypopper (author)2013-07-28

thank you very much! It helped me a lot!

amazing and beautiful

freetree123 (author)2013-09-02


spandey13 (author)2013-06-09

Your tutorial helped me better that others...

emilyvanleemput (author)2012-08-04

Great drawing

Thanks! Sorry about the late reply!

kaylaangelkisses (author)2012-06-19

PLEASE look at my stuff

Sure! Great instructables you have there! ^ ^

Thanks. I know there not very good...

No! They're actually good! Especially the Samurai hat. I suck at origami XP

Thanks. I've been doing origami along time. The hat was my first 'ible. I had no idea how to use this. >_<

Although I've been taught origami since a young age, the only things I can make is a star... And I'm not even sure if stars are part of origami...

Yea, it is. The type is called modular origami. You don't use one single peice of paper. You should learn how to make a crane. Its pretty easy and alot of people will be inpressed :3

ravenking (author)2012-06-23

Your tutorial inspired me! So I want to share my chibi that I drew with my nintendo. :)

cynthia2901 (author)ravenking2012-06-24

I'm glad you're inspired! Great drawing! I love the hair! Tip: Make the bump a little bigger. You'll master the chibi concept with some more practice. >.^

ravenking (author)2012-06-22

This is a good tutorial! Where did you hear about chibi style drawing?

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