12 Cool and Stunning Anime Drawing Ideas

Are you struggling with your first anime drawing? Explore different anime drawing ideas and draw your first anime sketch/drawing to showcase your skills.

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If you're a manga fan, there's a huge probability you might have thought about drawing your own anime characters.

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To make your job much easier, we are going to share a few ideas for easy anime drawings that you can use to get started and draw stunning anime characters.

Part 1 Everything I Learned about Drawing Supplies That Should Come First Before Drawing

Now, before diving into the ideas, let's first discuss what equipment you'll need to draw an anime character. If you want your drawings to look more appealing, it would be better to add a few essential items to your kit. These items include:

1. Stumps for Blending

Blending is one of the most crucial elements of drawing an anime. However, many beginners use their fingers to blend the colors. Not only can this ruin your entire sketch, but it'll also damage the color contrast due to the oil in your fingers. Instead of using your fingers, make sure to buy a blending stump and use it for the purpose.

tumps for Blending

2. Paper Pencils

This one goes without saying; pencils will be necessary if you want to make your drawing more appealing. But, it's also worth noting that not all the pencils are the same. Make sure to buy all types of pencils because you don't know what you might need in a particular sketch.

Paper Pencils

3. Paintbrushes

If you want to add life to your drawings, it'll be crucial to color them. To do this, make sure to buy different types of coloring brushes. You can use online tutorials to understand how to use a specific type of brush in a particular situation.


4. Colored Pencils

Apart from paintbrushes, you can also use colored pencils to color your sketch. Coloring will mainly depend on what type of drawing you're planning to create. You can choose any brand's coloring pencils because the majority of them deliver the same results.

Colored Pencils

5. Sketch Book

Along with your primary sketchbook, you should also keep a second sketchbook to practice every day. In your secondary sketchbook, you can work on your weak points and add new skills to your quiver.

Sketch Book

Part 2 Is Drawing A Talent Or A Skill? Something You Need To Know

While starting with anime character drawings, many people have self-doubt that they can't draw properly. While some people are naturally good at drawing, it's also safe to say that you can learn and improve your drawing skills with practice.

YouTube is the biggest platform where you can find dozens of tutorials for anime drawings and use them to work on your skills. If you're also stuck at the initial barrier, don't feel anxious and start drawing your first anime character right away.

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Part 3 12 Creative Anime Drawing Ideas for Beginners Step by Step

So, now that you've got all the essential supplies and are ready to start with your first anime drawing, let's take a look at the 12 best easy anime sketch ideas that every beginner could draw.

1. Senku Ishigami

Senku Ishigami

Senku Ishigami is the main character of the popular manga and anime series - Dr. Stone. If you're looking to draw an absolute beginner-friendly anime sketch, we recommend choosing Senku over other characters.

He has the simplest hair among all anime characters, which means you won't make any mistakes while drawing his sketch. Moreover, his facial features are comparatively simpler - so you'll be able to complete the sketch within a few minutes.

2. Itachi Uchiha

Itachi Uchiha

Itachi is one of the highly underrated anime characters, that's easy to draw and has a few features that'll help you step up your anime drawing skills. For people who don't know, Itachi is the older brother of Sasuke Uchiha in the widely popular anime - Naruto.

His character is bold and is responsible for killing the entire clan. In terms of drawing, Itachi has the coolest hair, which means you'll be able to make your sketch more enticing.

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3. Shōyō Hinata

Shōyō Hinata

If you're an avid anime fan, you must be familiar with Shōyō Hinata. He's the protagonist in the popular Japanese anime - Haikyuu. Similar to his determination to become a successful volleyball player, his sketches can be pretty impressive.

If you're a beginner, however, you might face some challenges while drawing Shōyō Hinata, mainly due to his complex hairstyle.

4. Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer is another popular anime series that has acquired thousands of fans across the world. Apart from a great storyline, Demon Slayer has multiple anime characters and all of them are easy to draw.

Whether you want to draw a simple sketch or create a complete drawing with colors, you can pick any of the Demon Slayer characters and start working on your first anime drawing instantly.

5. Midoriya Izuku

Midoriya Izuku

Midoriya Izuku is the main character of the 2014 manga series - My Hero Academia. Like every other nerdy anime character, Izuku has an appealing innocence on his face that makes him one of the fan-favorites.

However, he's the holder of six different superpowers that make him one of the most powerful characters in the series. As far as drawing is concerned, you'll find it quite easier to draw Izuku in your sketchbook.

6. Nezuko Kamado

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Even though we've already mentioned demon slayer, it's worth mentioning that Nezuko Kamado can be one of the best anime drawing ideas for a beginner.

While drawing Nezuko, you'll also be able to use your coloring pencils and brushes to draw her painting.

7. Killua and Gon

Killua and Gon

Gon and Killua have one of the best bromances in the whole anime world. If you want to improve your sketching skills, their sketch could be the perfect place to get started. Both of them have plenty of features that you can highlight while drawing their sketch.

8. Levi Ackermann

Levi Ackermann

Levi Ackermann, also known as Captain Levi can also be one the best anime drawing ideas for someone who's just starting with drawing anime.

With his unique hairstyle and straight face, you'll face many challenges to correct the look and learn new skills while drawing Levi's sketch.

9. Katsuki Bakugou

Katsuki Bakugou

Katsuki Bakugou is the protagonist in My Hero Academia - a popular manga/anime series.

You can choose Katsuki Bakugou as your first anime drawing if you have decent drawing skills. He can be one of the most challenging characters to draw, mainly due to his special suit and flying hair.

10. Sukuna


If you watch anime for villains, Sukuna will be the best choice for your first anime drawing. He's the main antagonist in the Jujutsu Kaisen series and has been living as a cursed spirit.

If you're a beginner, you can either draw Sukuna's sketch or complete a colored anime glass painting as well.

11. Naruto


It doesn't matter which anime list we're talking about; it'll be incomplete without Naruto's presence.

If you're a Naruto fan, there would be no one better than him as your first drawing. The best part is you can draw Naruto at different ages to create the perfect fan art.

12. Minato Namikaze

Minato Namikaze

Speaking of Naruto, you can also choose Minato Namikaze as one of your first anime drawings. He's Naruto's father and probably one of the favorite anime characters. So, it's no surprise that many people choose him as their first anime sketch.

Key Takeaways from This Episode

  Drawing an anime character is a pretty straightforward process.

  All you have to do is explore different anime drawing ideas and choose the perfect character that you can draw easily.

  Once you've acquired the essential beginner's skills, you can slowly move your way towards some of the complex sketches and become a professional anime sketch artist.



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