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with Cotty Kilbanks
Online Class

Drawing Anime Style

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Discover how to draw anime characters! Transform your rough sketches into amazing, full-color illustrations with animation artist Cotty Kilbanks as your guide! Begin with a chibi rendering and learn how to use simple shapes and guidelines to create an expressive character. Progress to a more complex anime sketch and find out how to easily render the distinctive heart-shaped face and winsome eyes of the anime world. Conquer changes in perspective as you learn how to translate a front-facing character to a side view, and transform your drawing from flat to fully volumetric with form-building shading. Explore inspiring options for hair, eye and costume designs and learn how to depict various facial expressions. Then, bring your character to life with bold inking, vibrant Copic markers and Cotty's expert tips.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h57m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Getting Started

1. Introduction & Getting Started

Meet your instructor, anime artist Cotty Kilbanks, as you start your first sketch: a basic chibi character. Use Cotty's tips on drafting guidelines to help you as you begin to work on your character's features. Then gain confidence developing light and shadows.

2. Manga Head Design

2. Manga Head Design

Begin to develop a more complex character with Cotty's troubleshooting tips along the way. You'll design the head to your liking as you learn how to rough in facial features, taking your future inking and coloring plans into consideration as you work. Discover tips for working with tricky areas such as highlights and hair, and draw along with Cotty as she demonstrates how to draw the face from the front and side views.

3. Eye Design, Hairstyles & Expressions

3. Eye Design, Hairstyles & Expressions

How do you transform a character from tired to excited, or add emotion to his or her face? Capture the nuances of eyes, hairstyles and expressions with Cotty's help as you make informed artistic decisions about your drawing. Next, you'll add details such as dynamic highlights and pops of color that help tell your character's story.