Let’s learn how to draw Yatora Yaguchi from Blue Period today!
Yatora Yaguchi (矢口 八虎) is the main male protagonist of Blue Period series. He is a second-year high school student, a delinquent with excellent grades. Yatora feels his life is dull and predictable, until he comes across his senpai, Mori, painting in the Art Club. He discovers his passion for painting and dedicates his remaining school years to it, aiming to pass Tokyo University of the Arts entrance exam.
Yatora is a young man of medium height and build with bleached platinum blonde hair and messy cut. He has yellow eyes, long eyelashes and ear piercings. He wears uniform or a plain, dark overcoat, sweats or hoodies.
Yatora is very hardworking and looks composed. He has an extroverted nature and can easily understand what others are looking for in a relationship. However, there is an underlying insecure part of him that is further exposed when he starts making art. He can adapt himself in order to please everyone around him. Because of that he tends to suppress his own feelings and wishes. Yatora is especially hard on himself. He puts high standards on himself while constantly undervaluing his own work and comparing himself to others, which ends up overwhelming him.
As always all the blue and green lines are just construction lines and will be erased later so do not push on your pencil too much ^_^ I will try to be super efficient with the text so will only describe steps that require some explanation.
Make sure to leave enough free space on paper for next steps. You can see how much space you will need from the size of the paper on this picture.
Lighten all the construction lines by “stamping” the kneaded eraser on the paper. Make sure to refer to the picture bellow as you need to ink only some parts of the construction lines.
Wait till the ink is nice and dry and erase all the construction lines.
To add colors, make sure to sketch the color outlines with the right color or pencil first.
If your goal is to become a real Mangaka and design your own manga characters make sure to try to draw Yatora Yaguchi from memory several times. Always compare the drawing to the original and correct any mistakes you see. Do this till you are happy with the result. It doesn’t have to look exactly the same, don’t sweat the details. The point is that you get the main shapes right and that it looks good. This is the best way to build a huge library of manga shapes in your memory that you can use to draw and design your own manga characters ^-^.
Draw with passion! ^_^
Hiroshi (drawing by Bianchi)