Let’s learn how to draw Kojiro Kanemaki from Orient today!
Kojiro Kanemaki( 鐘巻 小次郎 Kanemaki Kojirō) is the deuteragonist of the Orient series. He is the childhood best friend of Musashi and the captain of the Kanemaki Bushi. His and Musashi’s goal is to form the greatest Band of Bushi ever. Bushi (武士, Bushi) are warriors (samurai) who kept fighting angainst Oni in order to free the country from their rule.
Kojiro is a lean young man. He has an average height and build with yellow eyes and short, spiky blond hair. He initially wears a light-colored kimono with a color-matching hakama. He is always carrying around a sword which was given to him by his late father, Jisai Kanemaki, along with his own Kitetsu Sword.
Kojiro is a kind person who cares about his friends. However, he can be little competitive with Musashi. He also has the tendency to compare himself with his friend, leading to him gaining an inferiority complex and doubting his own abilities and competence. Since his father’s death, he had to take care of himself and became self-sufficient from a very young age. He grew up to an independent and handy young man. He is resourceful when he strategizes during fights.
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 Kojirou Kanemaki 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)