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How to Draw Chibi

Stepping into the whimsical realm of chibi art, I’ve created this straightforward guide on how to draw chibi characters, ensuring everyone can master their exaggerated cuteness. My approach simplifies each oversized head and sparkly eye to make your drawing journey as joyous as the characters themselves.

How to Draw Chibi
how to draw chibi step by step

How to Draw Chibi: Basic Information

As we embark on this creative journey, I’m eager to guide you through the charming world of chibi characters. My tutorial is crafted to simplify how to draw chibi, breaking down their distinctively large heads and tiny bodies into easy steps. With a focus on the chibi iconic features, we aim to capture their enchanting essence with ease.

During our artistic exploration, we’ll pay special attention to the nuances that bring a chibi character to life – the curve of a cheek, the spark in the eyes. These little wonders, while seemingly complex, unfold beautifully as I lead you through each stage, crafting expressions that speak volumes despite their small stature.

By the time you add the final touches to your drawing, you’ll have not only learned to draw chibi, but also embraced a form of art that delights in its own cuteness and character. These miniature creations are more than drawings; they are vibrant characters with their own stories, ready to jump off your page and into the hearts of all who see them.

Chibi Drawing Tutorial


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Time needed: 45 minutes

How to Draw Chibi

  1. Draw the head of the chibi character.

    Begin by sketching a large oval shape for the head. This will serve as the foundational element of your chibi character, so ensure the oval is smooth and even.
     How to Draw Chibi very easy

  2. Add the torso.

    Draw a small, rectangular shape beneath the head to represent the body. The top of the rectangle should be narrower, gradually widening as you move down, to create a subtle taper.
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  3. Draw the legs of the chibi character.

    Now, add two small cylindrical shapes beneath the body for the legs. In chibi drawings, the limbs are usually quite stubby and simplistic, so avoid too much detail. The legs should be about half the length of the body
    How to Draw a Chibi man

  4. Sketch the T-shirt.

    Draw an arc directly below the head to represent the top edge of the T-shirt. Then add the sleeves using straight lines to the right and left of the upper torso.
    Draw the clothes of the chibi character

  5. Draw the arms of the chibi character.

    It’s time to sketch the arms. In chibi art, hands are often represented by simple shapes with minimal detail. Here, you can use small ovals or rounded rectangles for the palms
    draw the arms of the chibi character

  6. Add the feet.

    For the feet, draw small, rounded shapes at the bottom of each leg. In chibi characters, the feet are typically drawn quite small, in line with the minimalistic approach to limbs. Make sure the feet are proportionate to the legs.
    add the shoes

  7. Draw the eyes and eyebrows.

    Add two small circles or ovals inside the head for the eyes. Place them quite far apart and low down on the face—chibi characters have large, expressive eyes that dominate their facial features.
    add the chibi eyes

  8. Draw the mouth and ear.

    Match the oval ear to the level of the eyes. Between the eyes there is a smooth curved line of the mouth. In general, minimalistic mouth features and large eyes are one of the distinguishing features of the appearance of any Chibi characters.
    add the mouth and ear

  9. Start drawing the hairstyle.

    Now, add some hair details. Chibi characters often have exaggerated hairstyles, so feel free to be creative. Start with the fringe (bangs), adding some jagged lines above the forehead
    draw the hairstyle

  10. Create the top of the head.

    Continue with the hair, sketching it around the outline of the head. Your lines should be smooth, following the curvature of the skull, but with some sharp points to suggest strands of hair.
    draw the top of the head

  11. Erase the guidelines.

    Refine your chibi character by going over the pencil lines with a pen or darker pencil strokes. This is the time to clean up any excess lines from your initial sketch and to finalize the shape of each part of the body.
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  12. Color your chibi character.

    Lastly, add colors to your chibi character. Chibi drawings are often vibrant and colorful, so choose a cheerful palette that reflects the character’s personality. Start with flat colors, and then, if desired, you can add simple shading to give some dimension
    How to Draw Chibi

Additional Content

To support your artistic endeavors beyond the screen, I’ve crafted a complimentary PDF file to accompany this chibi drawing tutorial. This concise edition is portable, giving you the freedom to practice your newfound skills anywhere, with or without an internet connection, truly making art accessible at any moment.

Inside this PDF, you’ll find additional materials that are specifically designed to enhance your drawing skills. It’s the perfect next step after you’ve completed the main lesson, allowing you to deepen your understanding and finesse of the chibi style, nurturing your ability to add personal touches to each character you create.

Embrace this resource as your artistic ally, ready to help you polish and perfect the craft of chibi characters. It’s been created to encourage continuous learning and growth in your drawing journey, ensuring that each character you draw is imbued with more personality and charm than the last.

Alternative Drawing Methods

In addition to the primary pathway outlined in our session, I’ve developed a series of alternative chibi drawing techniques to enrich your practice and elevate your artistic capabilities. Each variant technique presents a new perspective on the chibi form, challenging you to explore different styles and expressions, adding depth to your artistic repertoire.

These additional methods are your stepping stones towards greater versatility in your art. By engaging with a variety of chibi styles, from the subtly nuanced to the boldly expressive, you expand your ability to convey emotion and character through your drawings, sharpening your skills with each iteration.

Let these alternative techniques be a playground for your creativity, where you can experiment and refine your chibi drawings. They are tailored to push your boundaries and invite you to discover new ways to bring these adorable characters to life, ensuring your chibi creations are as unique and dynamic as your imagination allows.

How to Draw Chibi in a Fight Ready Pose

In this alternative approach to chibi drawing, we focus on bringing to life a character bristling with determination and readiness for battle. The process begins with a simple, curved line that sets the foundation for a head full of focus and spiky hair that mirrors the character’s fiery spirit.

As the character takes form, attention to posture is key; arms are drawn akimbo, fists clenched, signaling readiness for action. The expression is crafted carefully – eyes narrowed, brows furrowed – to convey a sense of intensity and courage that’s larger than the compact frame of the chibi itself.

The final stance of our chibi warrior is a dynamic pose that speaks volumes, illustrating not just a character, but a story. This method isn’t just about drawing; it’s about channeling the essence of a tiny yet fierce warrior, ready to leap off the page and into an epic adventure.

The Subtle Art of Chibi: Advanced Technical Tips

In wrapping up our chibi character drawing tutorial, let’s highlight some technical nuances that can turn a good drawing into a great one. Paying attention to these finer points will ensure your chibi drawings stand out with precision and charm.

  • Smooth Lines for the Head: Use a steady hand to create the roundness of the head, avoiding sharp angles unless shaping the chin, to maintain the softness characteristic of chibi figures.
  • Controlled Pressure on Facial Features: Apply light pressure when sketching the initial outlines of the eyes and mouth to allow for easy adjustments before finalizing with bolder lines.
  • Consistency in Eye Size: Ensure both eyes are symmetrical not only in shape but also in size; discrepancies can distract from the overall harmony of the face.
  • Guidelines for Proportions: Faintly draw guidelines on the face to help place features correctly, then erase them gently once the final features are in place.
  • Hair Volume and Flow: When adding hair, consider the direction of each strand for a more natural, voluminous look, remembering that chibi hair often defies gravity for dramatic effect.
  • Body Posture: Chibi characters may have small bodies, but posture is vital. Even a slight bend at the knees or a tilt of the shoulders can convey a lot of personality.
  • Outfit Details: Use simple lines to suggest clothing folds and textures, keeping in mind that less is more to avoid cluttering the small figure.
  • Shading Techniques: For depth, apply soft shading under the chin and around the limbs, using it sparingly to complement the chibi’s innate cuteness.

With these technical nuances in mind, you’re now equipped to refine your chibi characters with expertise. These details, while subtle, are powerful tools in your artistic arsenal, giving life and personality to your drawings. Continue to practice, observe, and refine your technique, and watch as your chibi characters become more lively and engaging with each creation.


Our journey through the delightful world of chibi drawing may be drawing to a close, but your artistic path is just beginning. I encourage you to continue exploring; my website is a mosaic of tutorials waiting for your eager hands. Whether you wish to capture the strength of a helmet or the dynamic action of a basketball player, each lesson is a new adventure.

I’d love for you to be part of our growing artistic community on social media, where the latest lessons and creations are always at your fingertips. And your voice matters to us – under this lesson, leave a comment with your wishes for future tutorials. Your ideas fuel our creative fires, and together, we’ll keep the art flowing.

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