How to Draw an Anime Panda girl

How to Draw an Anime Panda girl with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Anime girl drawing tutorial for beginners and everyone.

How to Draw an Anime Panda girl

Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below

Nina Nga Nguyen

You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below

Step 1 – Draw the head and shoulders of the panda girl

Start by drawing your character’s head as well as the neck and shoulders. In general, the character will have a rather large head with a narrow neck and small shoulders.
Start with a vertical line through the center of your drawing area. Near the top of this line draw a circle representing the top of the head and make sure to leave some space at the top so you can later fit the hoodie and panda ears on top.
Going down from the circle draw the bottom part of the head. You can see shape analysis based on small line segments in the example.

The shape of the lower part of the face is as follows:

The two lines are facing down slightly inward (to the center of the face).
A pair of slight curves
Two more lines pointing inward than the previous pair
Small curves for chin
Going down from the lower part of the head draw the neck. Make it a little wider as it goes down. Then pull the shoulder muscles and run down toward the shoulder. You can draw the actual shoulders with a pair of curved lines then convert to downward lines for the arms.

Step 2 – Draw the eyes

Place the eyes that bisect the head horizontally and draw them just below the lower half point.

Make them quite large and tall, spaced far enough apart that you can place a third eye in the middle.

For this stage of the drawing, leave out any smaller details as the goal is to first establish the position of the facial features.

You can see a more detailed analysis of how to draw eyes in the following section.

Step 3 – Draw eyebrows

A little above the eyes draw eyebrows. In this case they will be shorter than the eyes.

Step 4 – Draw the nose

Place the nose between the semi-vertical point of the head and the bottom of the chin. You can draw the nose itself as a dot or a small dash.

Step 5 – Draw the mouth

Position the mouth so that the upper lip (not actually drawn) is between the nose and the bottom of the chin. You can draw the actual moth just a little bit taller.
In this case, the mouth will have a slight smile. To show this, draw it slightly more curved than the normal expression.

Step 6 – Draw the ears

Please note that the actual ears will be hidden by the hair so there is no need to draw them. However, their positions are still shown for reference in case you want to draw a different hairstyle.

Place the erasers with their top just a little below the top of the eye and their bottom just below the tip of the nose.

Step 7 – Draw Hoodie

As mentioned in this case, the “panda girl” would actually just be a girl in a panda hoodie.

Before drawing the hoodie over your head, you should estimate the amount of hair underneath it. In the example above, the volume of the hair is shown in red and the outline of the upper hoodie is shown in blue. You don’t have to outline the hair as you did in the example but at least keep in mind that there will be some gap between the outline of the head and the fabric.

Draw the outer shape of the hoodie first. Then draw the inner opening, followed by the folds. Add some creases to the outer sides of the arms as well as some creases around the armpit area. Alternatively, add a placket (the part to which the buttons are attached) that runs down the center of the hoodie starting from just below the shoulders.

You can erase the head/arm parts covered by the hoodie once you’ve finished drawing.

Step 8 – Draw Hoodie Panda Ears

At the top of the hoodie there are extra panda ears. Make them quite round in shape. To show they’re made of soft fabric, you can intentionally make their hem slightly uneven.

Step 9 – Draw the side hair

From underneath the hoodie, draw the side sections of hair. Make them slightly curved so they “hug” to the face.

You can erase the parts of the head and ears (if you choose to draw them) that are covered by the hair so you have a clean drawing like in the example above.

Step 10 – Draw the front part of the hair

Draw the middle section (red) with a large strand running down the center and the rest swept along the sides.

Step 11 – Draw the back of the hair

Finally draw the hair in the background (in blue).

Step 12 – Drawing details Draw the eyes

Add the following details to the eye:
Hints of eyelids
Suggestions for individual eyelashes
Highlights / Reflections in the Eye
You can show the eyelids a pair of small curves located near the inner sides of the eyes and slightly above the eyelashes. You’ll also want them to lean slightly toward the nose.

Black out the outer edge of the lashes and draw a few lashes that look pointed in them as you shading.

Draw the pupil in an iris-like shape with each pupil colored on top of the other.

You can see a breakdown of all the eye drawing steps above. However, you should keep coloring until you get to that stage of the tutorial.

Step 13 – Draw the cape detail

At the top of the hoodie draw a panda face as shown in the example. It could be pretty simple with just contouring of the black areas that pandas have around the eyes (no need to draw real eyes) mouth and nose.

You can also add a button to the placket and outline a small highlight within it.

Once you’re done with this stage of your drawing, you can go over your lines to darken them. However, do not darken the outline of the highlights on the eyes/buttons. You want to keep these lines light so they blend into the color.

Step 14 – Apply Color

You will only need a few colors for the panda girl.

Make panda ears, eye area, nose dark gray/black. You can also do the same for the pupil (keep white highlights) and button. Make the irises and hair brown. You can make the face/neck a very light orange/pink color. Leave the rest white.

Step 15 – Add Shadows and Finish the Panda Girl drawing

You may have noticed that in the previous examples, the drawings look a bit flat and the eyes appear to be a bit “staring” at them. To fix this, you can give the drawing a little bit of shading.

Generally shadows form based on how the subject is illuminated. In this case, the character will have a fairly general shade as if she were in a well-lit room or outdoors during the day with the main light source somewhere above her.

To remove the “gaze,” start by shading the top of the iris. Then put some lighter shadows like this:

On top of visible hair (from the hoodie)
Around the eyelids (because these areas are in recesses less light reaches them)
The whites of the eyes (from the eyelashes)
Around the middle and side curls (created by those sections)
Keep one side of the nose (with the nose)
Under the mouth (molded by the lower lip not actually drawn)
The back hair (that area is darker due to less light reaching the back of the hood)
The back of the hood (again less light hits here)
Over the entire neck (molded by hoodie and head)
Under the hood (self-molded)

You can see all the details of the eyes in the close-up/large drawing above.

Keep in mind that this is a rather stylized character overall, and that the goal is NOT to create absolutely precise shadows, but rather just to have enough precision to look believable.

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