Introduction: Recreating an Anime Still Onto a Canvas...

In this project, you will be able to select a still from an animated TV show and recreate it onto a canvas or any surface of your choice.

One basic skill of drafting is the capability to re-create imagery, blueprints, plans, and the like - that is necessary to engineering and manufacturing work. In order to examine this under a multi-disciplinary lens between visual thinking and engineering graphics, I have used minimal supplies to reinforce this learning without losing meaning along the way. On top of this, students will have the ability to accomplish this project remotely and independently.


Canvas, or heavy-weight paper

Paints and paintbrushes

Masking tape

Step 1: Step 1: Select an Image.

When picking an image to recreate for this, it's important to consider a couple of things. Composition of the image is crucial, because you will be creating this project for aesthetics and accuracy. It is easiest to compose a replica of an image that is well-positioned, clear, and has bold lines.

Step 2: Step 2: Edit Your Image to Include a Grid.

The focus of this project is to create a replica of an image, so it's best to lay this grid over the photo to reference while you recreate the image. Compartmentalizing each square in the photo will help to take one square each curve at a time. This is great for beginners to learn what images are composed of, in terms of lines, flow, shapes, and shading.

Step 3: Step 3: Recreate the Image.

Begin sketching, grid by grid, on your canvas of choice. If it helps, feel free to use masking tape to block off areas to work with at a time, as show above.

If you have time, feel free to color the image shown. To the left is my copy, and to the right is the copy of my friend. This is a good method to use to practice still life.