【How To Draw Yourself】as an Anime Character

【How To Draw Yourself】as an Anime Character

Hi guys, in this video I am going to show
you how to draw yourself as a manga character. I have to say it’s quite a challenge but
also it’s just so much fun to work with yourself as a reference. You can vary your outfit, your hairstyle or
just vary the style you use to translate the photo to your paper. That said, what do we need? First you are going to need a photo of yourself,
preferably of your full body, so there is enough detail do make your drawing recognizable. Then you will need some paper, an eraser and
a pencil. I prefer a mechanical one so I don’t have
to sharpen it, but it’s up to you. As you can see I already prepared a circle. Circles are really helpful to keep everything
in proportion and also to place our drawing in the centre of the paper. One circle represents one head size, so depending
on your size choose as many circles as you need. Since I am around 1,80m I add 7 circles underneath
so I come out with a height of 8 heads. Then I divide them in the middle. This is about the area where the legs are
going to be. To make the general posture more dynamic I
add two slightly tilted lines, one for the shoulders and one for the hips, that I can
use as a rough skeleton to draw basic shapes for the body. For the shoulders and joints in general I
use ovals and circles. The elbow should be around the waist, which
you can easily keep in mind with pressing your own elbows against your body. The legs are going all the way down to the
last circle and the knee is around half way between the line we did for the hips and the
bottom of the lowest circle. To prevent the pose from being to stiff don’t
just think about which leg is the “supporting leg” and which is the free leg but also
keep an eye on the overall composition. This way I decide whether an arm looks better
angled or not. Once we are done with our puppet we are going
to transfer it with a light table to another piece of paper to get rid of some guidelines
and circles. You can also use a window for this step, just
make sure your paper is fixed so it doesn’t slip during tracing. After that get your reference ready because
we are going to focus on the details. I start with the face that I drew a cross
on which helps me to draw the eyes on the same line. For more on that check out the info card in
the top right of the video. I also like to vary the facial expression,
so I put a little smile on there. For the hair I need to rely more on my reference
picture and I try to get the basic shape and look of it on the paper by looking out for
the point of growth and direction the hair has. Then I start to transfer the lines of the
clothes following the photo. This by itself is pretty simple, just watch
out for the details and properties of your clothes. Does it have a vneck, or is it round? Is there a particular pattern? Is it leather or fabric? Since my shirt is a bit thinner I add some
flow to the drawing. The pants aren’t particularly skinny fit so
I add some folds here and there, to get that look on my drawing as well and to make the
pattern on the shirt more visible I also shade the dark parts a bit. Pro Tip: This is optional, before we begin
transferring the drawing on watercolor paper I recommend checking if everything is alright
with the drawing one last time. For that I scanned the image and open it in
Photoshop. There I can flip the image. This way it’s easier to track and correct
any oddities with the liquify filter. Just push the parts you don’t like to where
you think it looks better. After that I print out the image, which, using
this method, also allows you to adjust the size of your drawing in case you maybe want
to color it on a larger sheet of paper. Alright, now we can trace the drawing on watercolor
paper. Usually I recommend 300g watercolor paper
but they are usually hard to use for tracing because the light has a hard time shining
through. So for this step we can go for thinner 200g
watercolor paper since we are going to color only a tiny surface on the paper with watercolor
so it shouldn’t be all wavy afterwards. With the final sketch on paper we can finally
draw some outlines. For that I use a copic multiliner 0.03 and
trace the pencil lines. I figured you get the cleanest line art with
the fewest of strokes, So try to draw lines like the hair carefully with one precise stroke
rather than connecting tiny little lines together. It requires some practice but it’s definitely
worth it 🙂 Finally we can use some color. For the next step you will need your lineart,
the reference photo, some clean water, watercolor, brushes and tissues. I like to start with shading the skin. With this drawing I work a lot with the whites
of the paper, so I leave the highlights free from color, focussing only on the darker areas. I use a mixture of naples yellow reddish and
a reddish brown tone. My imaginary light source is on the upper
left side. For this drawing it means that the right side
of the face lies in shadows. I place the color roughly and blend it in
with a clean brush. For more on how to paint smooth skin with
watercolor check out my tutorial that is linked in the upper right corner. I use a light grey shade for the white of
the eyes and while I let that dry I focus on the hair, adding shadows layer by layer,
going deeper with each step,still watching out for the light source. Then I go back to the eyes and since I have
grey blueish eyes I use a diluted indigo for that. Because the T-Shirt I wear on the photo is
black I start with a grey tone, but to make it more vivid I also add some orange and blue
tones. Regarding the pattern: I will focus on that
in the end. The shirt has brown and beige stripes and
in order to not confuse the correct order I start with laying down a first light wash
of browns and paint the beige parts once the first layers dried down completely. This way I prevent them from bleeding into
one another. The eyes have dried down as well and so I
can paint more details like the pupils and highlights. Then I go back to the shirt and deepen both
the brown tones and the tones of the T-Shirt, while already adding some shadows to them. After that I start to paint the pants. The reference photo wasn’t really showing
it but I was wearing muted purple trousers the day I took that picture. So I mix purple with a bit of black. Both tones granulate so they dry down with
a more interesting texture, which is perfect for large and otherwise flat colored pieces
of clothes. Letting that dry I go back to the T shirt
and add hard shadows to it. For that I paint with black on the dry paper
and blend it with a mixture of color and water so I don’t end up with plain cel-shading. If you have watched the do’s and don’ts
you surely remember that watercolors need water to flow 🙂 For the shadows on the shirt I also use hard
shadows that I blend with the rest on certain parts, also adding some more exciting tones
like orange and purple to it. Now I add some highlights to the hair by using
pen white and carefully drawing them on the strands that I believe are exposed to the
light source Once that’s done I go back to the pants, which
compared to the photo are still too light. I use a flat wash of a neutral gray and push
the colors around on the wet paper to illustrated the folds and creases of the fabric. With this pose one leg is more in the front,
while the other has more distance to the viewer. That is why I am going to use a lighter bluish
tone for the sock on this leg to create the illusion of it fading into the background. For the final details of the shirt I use a
white pencil by Faber Castell and roughly sketch the shape of the pattern. Some trivia in case you wondered, I got this
Final Fantasy 15 shirt at GamesCom in Germany last year, after trying the VR Fishing simulator. Once everything is sketched out I use white
paint mixed with some yellow and paint over the colored pencil. And voila, we are done. Our own little selves as manga character. Of course if you notice your colors don’t
accurately match your photo you can adjust them after scanning in Photoshop (or some
similar software) and also retouch the areas where you painted over the lineart. But for now we are done. The best part about it is doing this over
a period of time and comparing the little changes and differences between those drawings. Maybe your hair changed, or maybe even your
drawing style changed. If you cosplay you can also use that to create
unconventional pictures of yourself or even little fanarts. That’s it for today. Please leave a comment, like and subscribe
to my channel. I really helps me a lot if you share this
video with your friends as well. If you want to follow me on instagram, deviantart
or check out my etsy shop and Patreon, you can find all the links in the description
as well as the material. Thank you very much for your support and I
hope to see you next time. Have a great day!

Dereck Turner

97 thoughts on “【How To Draw Yourself】as an Anime Character

  1. shadowgirl765 says:

    I want to commission you

  2. SkyLee LovesAnime says:

    So listen…..

    The circle looks like a SQUARE

  3. Ravina Pandey says:

    You are so handsome

  4. Eva Diaz says:

    HoWt XD

  5. loki says:

    And I can't even draw the circles

  6. CLACKA says:

    No es justo tu eres guapo :'v

  7. beta basta says:

    need your help… please subs my channel 😀 ….

    i will subs you all back

  8. Reina Dragoness says:

    Drawing :*charismatic smile
    Photo :


  9. Reymix - Gaming says:

    Laovaan:or check out my ecchi (etsy) shop

  10. Joshua Jaws says:

    Hi… cool artwork, do you still do commission ?

    Did't notice you have Etsy acccount but i have email u there, its hard to find people that do Shounan Ai style of drawing, like Given etc. Hope to hear from whether you still do commission or not 😅

  11. MushroomCat_UwU says:

    You are very good at drawing!

  12. Juliana Cintra says:

    Step one: look like a cool anime character

  13. Angeliaryx says:

    Sees him draw and color
    Me: I cant color T^T

  14. courage plays says:

    I love his artstyle

  15. MAY_ PLISETSKI says:

    I feel like if i draw myself in an anime ver and show it to people, they wouldnt even know its me cause it looks rlly pretty but then if i tell them its me, they'll just say nothing or they wont believe me HAHAHAHAHA LOL XD.

    (jk guys i dont know how to draw good. hA sIKE!)

  16. aero angel says:


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  19. Demon Princess says:

    omg ur art is amazing and ur super duper cute

  20. REDVELVET 4LIFE says:

    You sound dead inside… snap your fingers if you need help

  21. Luis Qiu says:

    Tu te crees igual que el del dibujo, eres mas fro

  22. zaynab says:

    this is so frigen cool

  23. Actual Trash says:

    don't take this in a weird way but your friggen cute but like kitten cute lmao😂

  24. ZorRuu Grey says:

    Oh!I remember I can't draw like this…
    (Sad Violin sound)

  25. Jacky Yu says:

    I like how he just adds a smile to his drawing

  26. Art by Rafaela says:

    I really love it!!! It;s so amazing!!!😍💖🤩😭

  27. Sharon 2c says:

    The hard thing about drawing yourself is drawing your true self, not adding or modifying details you dont want. If you do, then you would be drawing someone else, not yourself.

  28. Heather Kim says:

    😱😱😱😍😍😍 amazing 😍

  29. Linh Phan says:

    Your real voice actually sounds like Moderndayjames 🤔

  30. Izabella Tóth says:

    That's so cool! I love it :33

  31. Space Pickle says:

    Me: trying to watch the video
    Random ad: I'm excited to learn how to wash a bunch of cars!

  32. Biatch _1112 says:

    Is it just me… or does he look so cute and handsome? 🧐🧐🧐 i someone to confirm this too 😂

  33. Will says:

    How to draw yourself as an anime character

    Step One: Be an anime character

  34. potato kawaiidetsune says:

    :'v i think i fall in love with the manga boy xd

  35. Karma A says:

    Really good drawing but why do you look sad in the photo

  36. Kai_Hasnain says:

    You look like sekke bu ha from black clover best anime

  37. lilly sahani says:

    Yes ….
    I make my own anime character because of you ….
    Thank you so much…😀😀.
    But instead of water colour I use pencil colour ….. BELIEVE ME IT LOOKS AMAZING 😍😍:-):-)
    Well I am good with water colour too…

  38. claryssa forde says:

    woah, woah, woah, you have a drawing tablet and your own light box :OOOOOOOO, my mom will only buy me a few colored pencils. but that tablet is gorgeous, GORGEOUSSSSS. And so is that pen or sharpie thingie. (I really need to figure out all these art supplies) Also great shading with watercolor. I heard black is hard to control.

  39. Sketchy Art says:

    the one you draw in this video is amazing and handsome than the others
    i will try this way of doing

  40. yes yea says:

    Title: How to draw yourself as an anime Character. Him: How to draw yourself as a manga character….ME:RUINED

  41. 2PMisTimeless says:

    Anyone has tips?? So I can copy very well any drawing that I see. But if I don't have anything to look and copy at, then my mind is blank and I don't know how to draw. How's that even possible…

  42. Venkat2019 says:

    Awesome art Well done

  43. kartik ten says:

    😁👍Loved it I mean it after looking at this I have A long way to go 😂😂

  44. kent MGDELAROSA says:

    i can`t draw myself

  45. Антон Максимов says:

    Это годнота. Good

  46. ethanmusic says:

    what if i have long curly hair

  47. Mika C: says:

    you look like a darn anime character

  48. Vicky Violet says:

    I love drawing myself, it lets me pretend I'm not a hot mess.

  49. Emo Boi says:

    I did it it only took 1,000 times it’s so worth it TvT

  50. Jimi Yun says:

    step 1: be good looking

  51. Silvia Caruso says:

    Domanda: voglio frequentare l'accademia delle belle arti ma non ho frequentato un liceo artistico, quindi se dovessi iscrivermi alla facoltà di grafica mi insegnerebbero a disegnare o pretenderebbero che io già lo sappia fare bene (ps. Non è che non sappia disegnare qualcosina, ma non sono neanche a un livello medio essendo autodidatta). Per favore, consigliami

  52. U.S.A Gay Unicorn Toiley says:

    Man you already look like a anime character while i am here looking like a baked potato….

  53. monoma pon pon says:

    I made a potato guy

  54. urxz says:

    Your such a talented artist!!

  55. BuVi Kristan says:

    The drawing technique is up to you!
    you don't have to follow their drawing ways, it's complicated
    choose what suits you well

  56. Rosalind Francis says:

    Make a anima character male body video

  57. ipay navato says:

    Hello.can you make me one please?please reply so i can send the photo..thnx

  58. JustABlank Mind says:

    PARTY PETE FROM REGULAR SHOW, Wheress…the party??

    I'm not making fun of him -_-

  59. Ashley Urban says:

    I am 5’10” tall how many circles do I need to draw myself?

  60. Mrdagoodboy says:

    whats the song

  61. Reality V says:

    How i actually draw myself draws a circle make it blue and put a sad face on it

    *cries eternally

  62. Chaotic Peace says:

    Gosh, your lucky.

    You look good! I refuse to draw bad on purpose so why draw myself?

  63. Stefan Swanepoel says:

    I guess it helps that one already looks like an anime character 🙁 Feels impossible almost for me to draw myself, don't quite fit that style.

  64. Rom Blackjackie says:

    He says: 8 circles

    Mine: 8 Mutated Potatoes

  65. Xtrain 24 says:

    Him:*Draws how many circles he did*
    Me: Where are the circles… Am I going crazy

  66. Meliodas X Liz says:

    Pfft. When people have actual talent.

    And then there’s just me with sloppy drawings

  67. Afro Duck says:

    i can just draw levi with grey eyes and im done

  68. Hey Mama says:

    Him: first draw a circle

    Me: Ight imma head out

  69. Motorbikes ‘n’ Gaming says:

    that thumb nail is practically ban from the seven deadly sins…

    not throwing shade… I auctually really like them.. just pointing out similarities.. 😀

  70. As forces says:


  71. Dark Cloud YT says:

    Instructions not clear I’m stuck in konoha

  72. I Just Draw Ya Know says:

    im sure your face will be my face in the future

  73. SpaceToon F says:

    It looks so amazing thank you to show me how to make myself 🥰🥰

  74. iqmzt says:

    lol so many people think circles are so hard, when I see my friends draw circles they almost always use their wrist

    try using your elbows and shoulders

  75. Hage Taker says:

    I must say you are damn good at painting and drawing .Actually my friend is an artist too he still learns to draw and he didn't even start learning paint(I hope he succeeds)yet he recommended me about u and now so I have watched your art I must say Bravo,Bravo keep it well going(clap,clap)

  76. Far Mia says:

    Wooooooooooooooooow❣️ wtf!!!!!!! AMAZING 🖤❤️

  77. Far Mia says:

    😯😎🤑🤓🤩Your perfect 😁❣️😝🙏😍

  78. Rasberryluv says:

    I love the way manga/anime characters looks when they're colored with watercolor! 💖 Do you always draw the head scale for height reference? I'm usually to lazy but it seems to help…

  79. J-lee YT says:

    he attacc
    he protecc
    but the way he draw circles is perfecc

  80. Curtis Sorensen says:

    Laovaan, In Windows 10 for paint, I don't know how to draw an anime character looks like me? See Coco Bandicoot for to see this where I've paint myself as an Anime Character?

  81. Azoz Amleh says:

    Can you draw me and i will give you money 💵

  82. aaron ogilvie says:


  83. Miya Zhu says:

    Hello! I love this drawing! Can you draw my profile picture?? I’ll follow in return! 😊

  84. Husky Ender says:

    Hey, doesn't Laovaan's drawing of himself look like Stephan and Hosah's son? (My opologies if you take offence to this Laovaan.) (Sorry if i spelled Stephen wrong.)

  85. Nezuko Kamado says:

    Me:looks up in the internet on how to draw realistic anime
    Clicks on the video
    Goes straight to yt
    Tries it
    Not catching up
    Gives up
    Realizes life is hard so dont make it harder :'>

  86. Md. Nur Nabi says:

    Awesome tutorial 🙂

  87. D.M.A.C Gaming says:

    How do you draw hands?

  88. Young Ravenger Anime Gaming and more says:

    Isn’t the paper going to rip u added so much water

  89. Hothy Memster says:

    you forgot step 0: already have the single most weeb protagonist looks of all time

  90. sub human scum says:


  91. Fight Potato's says:

    What app do you draw on?

  92. Daring Potato says:

    Emo af

  93. Sean Dylan says:

    ban UwU

  94. Mika San says:

    Wow tu trabajo es magnifico, me encanto ♡

  95. Yinsen_ATL says:

    My steps

    -Get an artist
    -Pay them

  96. karla michelle says:

    where did you bought the light table I been looking for one for a long time now

  97. DeAtH rEbel says:

    Nothing much jst paint ur face and take a paper print ur face tada itz done 😎😎😎

  98. Legend Of the Dead says:

    4:31 why did he breath like that?!?

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