Drawing Process: James from Pokemon

I decided that I wanted to make a drawing process post. This isn’t the way I usually draw, but I’ve drawn my last two pictures like this, and I think they turned out good, so I think I’ll make this my new style. Especially since I actually finished the pictures I drew like this, which is a pretty rare occurrence. I should probably also mention that this was the first time I had ever drawn James, and it was also the first time I had drawn someone with their head tilted. I drew James’ outfit that he had in the the episode of Pokemon XY called “Grooming Furfrou”. By the way, once I get this post finished, I will begin typing my Super Mario RPG post. Anyway, let’s get started!

Step 1:

Drawing Process 1

First draw a circle. Next draw a horizontal and vertical line. These lines will help to position the eyes, nose, and mouth. They will also help keep track of which way the head is facing. If you are drawing someone facing forward, you will want to just draw these lines straight up and down, but since James has his head tilted in this picture, the lines need to be slightly tilted as well. Also, you’re not gonna want to draw these lines with the color black, like I did by mistake. It is easier to use different colors while doing the sketch, it makes it easier in the long run.

Step 2:

Drawing Process 2

Next, draw a rough outline of the face. This will help with the placement of the hair. Notice how the chin is placed at the bottom of the vertical line. This doesn’t have to be super detailed as its main purpose is to help with hair placement. After you draw the hair, if the ears are showing, you can add them.

Step 3:

Drawing Process 3

Now draw the hair. I probably should have mentioned this earlier, but it really helps if you have a reference picture. And it helps even more if you can find a reference that has the character facing the same direction as you want them to be in your picture. But if you can’t find one of them facing the same direction, then you’ll have to try to improvise.

Step 4:

Drawing Process 4

Draw the face. Even if the eyes are going to be closed, it’s a good idea to draw them open for right now. Especially if the character you’re drawing has glasses or something, because having the eyes open helps with the placement of accessories. Although, it’s a good idea to try to get the emotion you want right now.

Step 5:

Drawing Process 5

Draw the neck, shoulders, and any accessories that you haven’t drawn yet.

Step 6:

Drawing Process 7

Get rid of any unwanted lines. Now’s the time to change the eyes to how you want them.

Step 7:

Drawing Process 8

Finish the line-art by changing the color of the lines you kept to black.

Step 8:

Drawing Process 9     Drawing Process 10

Color! You can color the character the same way as they appear in their anime (if they’re in an anime) like in the first picture, or if you want more of a manga look to your picture you can color it the way I did in the second picture (basically use different shades of black and gray).

I also colored this with James’ eyes open, but I don’t think it looks as good as it does with his eyes closed. I’ll post it below. Have a great week!

Drawing Process 11

Later.

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13 thoughts on “Drawing Process: James from Pokemon

  1. stina

    I always like seeing another person’s process for drawing 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

    I like the black and white version…lots of contrast in the tones 😀

    Reply
      1. Ryogagaga

        You have toooooo, the world needs pretty arts. *u*
        I KNEW IT. But I thought that you had a major style change because the strokes are different.

        She has some pretty stuffies. C:

      2. Strawberry Post author

        Thank you! 😀

        Yeah, Dino’s better at drawing fuzzy stuff than I am. When I try to make stuff look fluffy, it usually just looks weird. So, I usually avoid making stuff look fluffy.

        Yes, she does. C:

      3. Ryogagaga

        Welcome. 8D

        Fuzzy is pretty simple, all you have to do is make small sharp edges with a smaller size of brush than the usual and voila.

      4. Strawberry Post author

        Yeah, but I tend to draw too many sharp edges, then the whole thing doesn’t look right. Plus, animal anatomy in general is hard for me to draw, for some reason.

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