Description: My first tutorial! Yay! Thanks to animefreak2012 for asking for a tutorial from me and giving me the motivation to do this. Anyway, this is my current, favorite character ever, Rikuo Nura from the manga/anime Nurarihyon No Mago. Just a little background on him if you don't know who he is. He's three quarters human but a quarter yokai (spirits from Japanese mythology). This is his yokai form (which I should add is WAY different than his human form which looks like your average, adorable 12-year-old). Rikuo's the grandson of Nurarihyon, the leader of all spirits and is supposed to succeed him as the Third Supreme Commander of the Nura Clan some day. Basically this kid kicks butt. He's amazing. If you haven't read this manga (or seen the show), I suggest you check it out. It's pretty cool. Some notes on this tutorial: you might want to have a good eraser with you, and please excuse the tutorial's messiness. This was somwhat difficult for me considering I have a very unmethodical way of drawing, so I had to sort it out a bit along the way. Hope you like it!
Description: This is the basic skeleton I started out with. Draw this very lightly because, of course, you're going to erase most of this later. I changed the lengths of the arms very slightly a few steps onward as well. Note that his left shoulder is angled slightly more downward than the right shoulder. That rectangle on the bottom left is a rough estimation of where his foot will be.
Description: In red is the outline of his shirt. Just so you know, he's wearing multiple layers (that I'll draw in later), but this is the collar of the innermost shirt with the large sleeves of the jacket. When you draw it in, make sure you keep in mind where the arms are around the skeleton and under the clothing, and remember to put in the folds and wrinkles of the shirt.
Description: Here, I drew the pants. These are pretty simple. They're just really baggy pants (the traditional Japanese garb, you know). Again, remember the folds and wrinkles, especially around the knees and at the bottom. Also, I elaborated a little more on the foot and added the back of his other leg (which was so small and you can't really see it that much that I didn't bother drawing the skelton for it earlier).
Description: Okay, this is where I added in the rest of the layers of his clothing. I colored the different layers so that you know how it all goes on. The orange shirt is the undershirt which starts at that original collar you made earlier and is long-sleeved all the way to the wrists(so add that in). The green is the jacket overtop, of which the collar extends further downward. Along with this, add more lines along this longer collar and the wide sleeves(because that's where the interlocking square type of design is going to go later). Don't forget the bottom hem of the jacket either that falls over the top of the pants. Note: I lengthen this a little later. The blue is the ends of the sash that peek just a bit over the side.
Description: After all of that, he also wears a cape sort of thing which I just draped over the shoulders. Again, remember the folds and wrinkles around the shoulders, and notice that it's flowing off to the side. Also, I finished off his shoes which are just the sandals over the socks; pretty simple.
Description: This step focuses on his sword, Nenekirimaru (though I also higlighted the hands, which I'll show more closely in the next steps). It's not too hard, really just a slightly curved line with a rectangle for the hilt. Note: I also lengthened this later to compensate for his hair and balance it out.
Description: This is one of the hardest parts for me personally: the hands. Here's the hand holding the sword. It's holding it only lightly, and the fingers hardly curve around it. Notice the outline of the hand; It goes out wide at the knuckles, but the fingers eventually all come to a near point at the tips. Then, of course, you can't forget the thumb behind the hilt.
Description: Here's the other hand. The palm is facing toward you. Remeber to put in the line extending from the pinky that continues almost all the way to the wrist as well as the line from the thumb, since this is what makes it look like it's facing you as opposed ot just looking like you put it on backwards. All of the fingers curve nad, for the most part, stay pretty close together. Also, notice that at the bottom the fingers, there are small lines perpendicular between them that, again, simply alert to the fact that you're looking at the palm.
Description: Now, the face. This is where you have to be careful or you'll end up making it look like someone else entirely instead of Rikuo. I drew a simple guideline for the bottoms of the eyes. The nose is merely a small curve, barely noticeable. The mouth, too, is just a slight smile (remember the lower lip). When you draw the eyes, I hope you realize how tilted they are (I didn't at first, so I had to go through a couple attempts before getting it right). If you look in the top right corner, I drew some blues lines showing the angle of the eye. The bottom line is perfectly horizontal. Make note of the eyes' angles as you draw them. Then draw the eyelid and the eyebrows.
Description: Rikuo's hair is... big, to say the least. And it really does stick out to the side like that; it's not just wind or whatever (he is a spirit, though; he looks more normal than a lot of them). There are two layers to it. The main layer is in red. It falls over his eyes and looks pretty short on the left side. The bottom layer is in blue and sticks out from under the first layer. Oh, and don't forget the little bit of the right ear that's visible from under the hair.
Description: Here are the final details. Just make the design on the sleeves and collar of the jacket, there's also a thin line of trim on the cape. And on his hair, he has some strange little, curvy designs on the edge.
Well, that's it! Hope you did well. Again, I strongly recommend this manga (and anime) Nurarihyon No Mago (the english version is Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan; it's also easy to find online for free, and they have the show on hulu.com). :) It's really good. :)
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