Subtitle Discover techniques for creating adorable chibi characters and doe-eyed manga animals

Samantha Whitten
Price $17.95 / £12.99
Description Description

How to Draw Manga Chibis & Cute Critters shows how to draw people and animals in the cutest chibi style using simple steps and easy-to-find art tools. Also included are tips and techniques for designing your own chibis!

The word chibis (pronounced “chee-bees”) means “little” in Japanese. Chibis are super cute caricatures of people or animals that have been shrunken and squashed into funny, childlike creatures with big heads, stubby proportions, and silly expressions. With this book, learn to draw chibi people of all ages, dogs, cats, birds, fantasy critters, and more! Also included are tips and techniques encouraging you to design your own chibi creations once you are comfortable with the art style. And templates you can use over and over are included in the back to make drawing easy! No complicated tools are needed; you can create your own chibi art using just a pencil, pen, markers, and paper.

The book opens with helpful sections on tools and materials, essential drawing techniques, color basics, and an examination of chibi faces and bodies. The step-by-step projects show you how to draw chibis of all kinds in any pose and from all angles. Tips and techniques for drawing chibi characters include:

  • What makes a chibi?
  • Chibi faces
  • Chibi front, side, back, and 3/4 views
  • Super-chibis
  • Basic poses
  • Action poses
  • Chibi facial expressions
  • Chibi hairstyles
  • Chibis young and old
  • Chibi animals
  • Chibi fantasy critters
  • Chibi accessories, including clothes and props
  • Templates

Written and illustrated by Samantha Whitten and Jeannie Lee, How to Draw Manga Chibis & Cute Critters is perfect for beginning and intermediate artists, lovers of manga and anime, and more. You will love creating your own chibis!

Format Trade Paperback 128 Pages
ISBN 9781600582905
Size8.75 in x 11.67 in x 0.38 in / 222.25 mm x 296.42 mm x 9.65 mm
Published Date August 1st, 2012
Samantha Whitten
Samantha Whitten is a Virginia-based independent artist who specializes in adorable illustrations. She has spent all of her life drawing and has pursued a career in illustration and graphic design, learning on her own and dabbling in a variety of projects. She earns a living by selling a unique range of self-produced products featuring her artwork, employing a cute and fun style that appeals to all ages, as well as illustrating a web comic in her spare time. Visit her website at for more.
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