Chibi Sketch

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  • What makes Chibi characters so popular Why people are so intrested How to Draw Chibi characters? These wonderful creation is so cute and not like to others. Chibi – an absolutely unique style of Japanese Anime and Manga drawings. Heroes, who drawn in this style have large eyes and large head and short body. They are comical and funny. In the anime film’s adaptations their have sweet.
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YouTuber Nautica Williams teaches you how to draw many different styles of chibi characters in this video. It’s basically the perfect introduction for anyone who’s wanted to do chibi drawings before, but never quite found their “groove” with the style. Regular chibi work has a unique style but there are variations on that.

Chibi (ちび or チビ) is a Japanese slang word describing something short (an inanimate object, a human or other animal). The term is widely used to describe a specific style of caricature where characters are drawn in an exaggerated way: small and chubby, with stubby limbs and oversized heads. This style of artwork, also known as super deformed (shorthanded as SD), has since found its way into anime and mangafandom through its usage in manga works.


Chibi is derived from the verb 禿びる (chibiru), which means 'to wear out and become shorter' (the tip of something). Chibi-debu (ちびデブ or チビデブ) is used to describe something or someone that is both short and chubby. Chibi can be translated as 'little' (e.g. Chibi Maruko-chan, which means Little Miss Maruko), but it is not used the same way as chiisana [小さな] and chiisai [小さい] ('tiny', 'small', 'little' in Japanese), but rather 'cute'.[citation needed]


Example of a kemonomimi character drawn in chibi style

The head of a chibi character is normally anywhere between one third and one half the character's height.[1] In addition to their modified proportions, chibi characters typically lack the details of their normal counterparts. As a result, when a character of average proportions is depicted as a chibi character, certain aspects of their design will be simplified and others will be exaggerated. Details such as folds on a jacket are ignored, and general shapes are favored. If a character has a signature characteristic (odd hair, a particular accessory, etc.) this will typically be prominent on the chibi version of the character.[2] For example, chibified Sailor Moon characters’ hairstyles and outfits are enlargened and have detail, while the character’s faces are more basic and the eyes are expressive and large.

Chibi characters are also known for their small bodies and large eyes and faces. While most anime characters have large eyes, chibi characters exaggerate the eye size and head size more than the other attributes; most chibi-style character figurines have bases under the feet because their head proportions are usually too big and would weigh down their bodies. Chibi characters usually lack feet, and their shoes are heel-shaped, less-detailed versions of the shoes on the tip of their pointlike feet. In some anime, characters from newborn age to age ten are drawn in a more chibi nature (until they surpass age 10, in which they look normal) with large heads, sparkly eyes, and less detail than their older character counterparts. An example of this is the titular Yotsuba Koiwai from Yotsuba&!.

Media usage[edit]

One example of chibi's usage in Japanese, which brought the term to the attention of Western fans, is Chibiusa; this diminutivepet name for the daughter of Sailor Moon comes from Chibi Usagi ('Little Rabbit').[3] The chibi art style is part of Japanese culture,[4][5][6] and is seen everywhere from advertising and subway signs to anime and manga. The style was popularized by franchises like Dragon Ball and SD Gundam in the 1980s. It is used as comic relief in anime and manga, giving additional emphasis to a character's emotional reaction.

The art style has also appeared in anime-influenced American series such as Homestuck, Teen Titans, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, which feature chibi-like characters in short episodes.[7] In some short episodes from Big Hero 6: The Series, the characters are rendered in a chibi style.

Chibi characters themselves appear usually as plushies, keychains, and other merchandise products of the characters in a certain anime. Keychains from the manga Magical Girl Site by Kentaro Sato feature chibi versions of the characters.

Chibi sprites are featured in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, faithful remakes of the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games.

Chibi Sketch Base

On the back of each tankōbon volume of Sailor Moon, chibi versions of each character is shown using their power in a “chibified” way, for example, Sailor Mars’ Fire is much smaller and less detailed. This “chibifiying” of magical powers is also seen in My Hero Academia chibis, Avatar chibis, and more.

See also[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chibi characters.
  • Kawaii, 'cute'
  • Moe (slang), expression of fascination or infatuation


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  2. ^How to Draw Manga Volume 18: Super-Deformed Characters 1: Humans. ISBN9784766114355
  3. ^'Sailor Moon volume 3 translation'. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  4. ^'Japanese student turns philosophers into super-deformed anime-style characters - WOWJAPAN'. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  5. ^Rose, Mike. 'Clash of Clans ' 5 keys to success'. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  6. ^'Why Japan Is Hands Down The Coolest Country On The Planet - SMOSH'. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  7. ^'Applying 2D Japanese Super-Deformed character to traditional American animation'(PDF). Retrieved 5 July 2018.
Retrieved from '' loves the anime theme, and we created a lot of instructions on this topic. And in the article on how to draw a chibi, we want to introduce you to this cute variation of anime characters.

Characters in this style are drawn very simply and have their own distinctive features. First of all, it is a large head combined with a small body, giant eyes and a minimal amount of detail. These and all other distinctive points will be discussed in this very simple instruction on how to draw a chibi.

Step 1

Let’s start with the head by sketching it in the form of an oval shape. Try to make this geometric shape using light and translucent lines.

Step 2

Chibi sketch tutorial

Chibi Sketch Body

Now create a torso as did the artists of It, as mentioned below, should be smaller than the head. Next, connect the head and torso with a short neck.

Step 3

Arms and legs, like the torso, should be very small. Try to depict them using the lightest lines. In our example, a chibi stands directly with hands in pockets, but your example may be in a different position.

Step 4

Let’s get down to the details in the chibi drawing. Let’s start with the eyes, depicting them in the form of simple ovals. Over the eyes, depict the eyelids in the form of two arched lines.

Step 5

Depict small pupils and wide eyebrows. Little lower depict the mouth in the form of a small curve. Note that chibi characters rarely have a nose.

Step 6

Depict the ear in a simple semicircle. Further, rise higher and depict a hairstyle. By the way, you can attend our instruction on how to draw anime hair to learn more about it.

Step 7

The details of the head are completed, and it is time to proceed to the details on the body. They are also not many, and they consist mainly of clothing items. At the top, create the folds of the t-shirt, at the bottom depict the folds of the pants, and in the middle sketch the bottom edge of the t-shirt.

Step 8

Now temporarily set aside the pencil, and using the eraser, clear your chibi drawing from excess lines. Next, take a darker pencil or ink and make your chibi drawing more clear and aesthetic.

Step 9

It’s time to give the chibi drawing a little more life. To do this, use your tools to paint the chibi either in the colors presented in the example from the artists of, or select any other colors.

The team of tried very hard to make the instruction on how to draw a chibi very simple and understandable even for a child. Write to us, was this instruction really simple? We read all your comments and respond to many of them.