Today’s post is actually written by Timothy Ross who is this awesome artist who teaches online courses on drawing. If you’re interested, you can see some of them right HERE.
In this tutorial, we’re going to draw Naruto. Naruto is a popular manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. The series tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who seeks to develop his skills and become Hokage, the leader of his village.
Naruto is a fairly simple character to draw, so even if you’re not an experienced artist you should be able to follow along. We’ll start by drawing the basic shapes of Naruto’s head and body, then add his distinctive features.
- Tools Needed:
- 2B Pencil
- Graphite Pencil(optional)
For this tutorial, I’ll be using a tablet. If you don’t have a tablet, I highly recommend one as you can get a much more natural line with one. You don’t have to buy an expensive tablet. There are many options for cheaper tablets. But if you don’t have a tablet, a pencil and paper will work just fine.
To draw Naruto, start by sketching a small circle for the head.
Draw a line through the center of the circle. This will be our guideline for the center of the face.
Starting from the left, draw the cheeks using light strokes with the pencil. From the chin, continue drawing the right cheek until you reach the other end of the circle.
Now we start drawing the torso. Start by drawing the neck. After you’ve drawn the neck, draw two circles on opposite sides. These will be the shoulders. Once you’ve done that, draw a line from the center of the neck down to about 2 and a half heads down. This will be our guideline for the torso.
In this step, we draw the torso. Starting from the left shoulder, draw the torso down to about one head in length. And then curve up to the center and back down again and repeat the process for the other side.
Draw the chest next and the collarbone. Nothing too fancy. We’re fleshing out the character first before we add clothes on him.
Next, we flesh out the shoulders even more.
Let’s draw the upper arms now. The upper arm’s length is usually as long as the torso.
Draw the forearms and the hands next. First, draw the forearms. After you’ve done that, draw simple shapes for the main portion of the hands. After that, draw a circle indicating where the knuckles will be and the fingers will be.
Starting from the knuckles, draw the fingers. After you’ve drawn the start of the finger, draw a circle for the joint to finish the end of the finger.
Erase the guidelines you used for the fingers.
Now we start drawing the face. Draw two lines across the face indicating the placement of the eyes. Doesn’t need to be perfect as it’s just a guide.
Start drawing the left eye. Draw it sort of like a slanted oval. After that’s done, repeat the process for the right side. Remember, the length of the eyes to one another is one eye apart.
Draw the eyeballs and the pupils.
Now we draw the nose and lips. Draw the nose first by making two dots for the nostrils and lines on top of those. Draw the lips starting from the center of the centerline and draw the lips.
Now it’s time to draw the eyebrows. Start by drawing the left side from the center of the face and drawing your way upward following the curvature of the eye. Repeat the process on the right side.
Erase the guidelines used for the face and add eyelashes to both eyes.
Erase the centerline for the face and draw the ears on both sides of the face.
Sketch in the headband and the insignia in the center of the band.
Now, draw the hair. His hair tends to be spiky at the top and the back and softer at the front.
Erase the rough sketch used at the beginning of the sketch. Now that we have a good overview of the character, let’s finish the torso and draw the clothes.
Starting from where we left off at the end of the torso, draw the waist. After that’s done, erase the rough sketch used to draw the arms connecting the hands.
Roughly sketch the clothes. In this case, we’re going to draw the shinobi outfit that he wears most of the time. Remember there will be folds at the arms where he is bending his arm. Also, I drew the marks on his face to give him his signature look.
To finish up, draw varying lines of width on the lineart you already drew to give the sketch more depth.
There you have it! You’ve just drawn Naruto Uzumaki from the anime Naruto. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful.
Timothy Ross is a professional Illustrator and Real Estate Photographer. He’s the owner of TimmyRoss.com where he writes about everything in visual media, from Graphic Design to Photography.