Welcome mangakas to how to draw manga in 3d. In today’s tutorial we’ll be drawing Zorua from Pokemon. If you like Pokemon be sure to click on the Pokemon tag in the tag cloud on the right of the page to check out all of our Pokemon drawing tutorials. Zorua is a foxy, sassy, shapeshifting pokemon that loves to frighten by taking on the shapes of other pokemon characters even if she doesn’t get their powers. She’s more of a trickster than a combatant but you don’t want to get on her bad side as teeth, fangs and claws can be dangerous enough. She’s got a great flame of hair poofing up from between her gigantic ears. So I think we’re going to have some fun drawing this one. Get your pencils and eraser ready. Let’s start!
Step 1: As any returning mangaka will know the blue lines you see in this tutorial are all construction lines and will be erased later on. So it’s important that you don’t press too hard on your pencil when drawing your own construction lines. The final lines you will see in black towards the end of the tutorial and you can do your permanent lines in pen if you would like. Let’s begin, everyone, by drawing our construction lines for the head and body shapes. We’ll draw a circle in the center-left of our paper for the head shape and a smaller squished ellipse that overlaps about half of the head shape for the body outline.
Step 2: Now, we’ll add the outline for Zorua’s shock of hair in the center of her head. We will draw a large tear drop shape near the top of the head. Notice how the bottom of the tear drop overlaps the top portion of the head shape. Yours should do the same.
Step 3: Moving right along and continuing with our construction lines, we’ll draw the center line on the head shape that curves slightly to the left and touches the bottom of the head circle near where the body and head shapes overlap. After that, let’s add two straight lines sticking out at angles from the head for the center lines of the ears. The line on the left should pass through the hair shape.
Step 4: Great work everyone! In this step, we’ll begin by drawing the eye and nose lines on the head circle to help us locate her features. The eye line is just above the half way point on the head shape and doesn’t cross the intersecting body shape. The lower, nose line crosses the whole head circle including the part that overlaps the body shape. Before moving on, let’s give those Bugs Bunny ears some definition by drawing two tent like shapes and using the center lines for the ears we drew in the previous step as our guide. The ear on the left should touch the head circle at just about the eye line, while the ear on the right terminates at about the point where the body and head circles intersect.
Step 5: Alright, time for some legs, we can’t expect Zorua to float. But first, let’s add a curving line starting on the left just above the center line and curving around lower than the head circle and then back up to touch the head circle on the right. This will be for Zorua’s muzzle. At the far right of the body shape we’ll begin drawing her legs. The first two are shaped a bit like hot dog buns. We should be able to see the full leg on the far right and about half of the leg in the middle. But the final leg is both smaller and shaped differently from the other two; it is much shorter and should touch the bottom of the muzzle line we drew earlier in this step (our size and squashing 3D principles).
Step 6: Time for some details in the next couple of steps. But we’ll take each one in turn. You might want to take a moment here to lighten the construction lines we’ve made so far. We’ll begin with Zorua’s eyes which are both made with one larger ellipse and a smaller circle/ellipse in the inner corner of each (the smaller circle isn’t an extra eye but just a facial mark). The ellipse and circle on the right should be larger than the one on the left (size and squashing 3d principle). Also, the eye on the left should almost touch the head circle on the left. Next, we’ll move on to add a curving upward line in the corner of her muzzle on the right to suggest her grin and a dash on the left of the muzzle for her nostrils.
Now, let’s move up to the coiffe and we’ll add some fire symbols to Zorua’s hair puff. Once you’ve got the flame on her puff to your liking, then we can add the tent like shapes inside each ear for her inner ear. The flame symbol and hair cover a portion of the ear on the left so we won’t see the complete tent shape on the left and the base of the inner ear touches the head circle, while on the right the tent shape should extend down into the head shape and we see the whole inner ear (overlapping 3d principle). Before moving on we need to add two flame like shapes to the body outline in order to suggest layers to her fur. The longer shape is between the ear and leg, and the smaller second shape stays within the outline of the body shape.
Step 7: We’re doing well. Some more details here in this step. Again, we’ll start with the eyes. Start with the eye on the right by drawing a sharp diagonal through the eye shape that slants towards the center line and then add two concentric half circles for the iris and pupil. We should do the same thing to the eye on the left. After that, we need to draw Zorua’s facial fur by adding two parabolas to either side of her face, the upper one being larger than the lower one and the fur on the right being larger than the fur on the left (size 3d principle).
Moving down, we’ll add two more flame shapes to the front of her body to suggest the layers to her fur. Next, we’ll add a curving line across the two larger legs about half way up each leg. Then, lastly, we’ll give her tail a try. It should look like two fingers pointing upward from the back of her body, with the ‘finger’ closest to the body being smaller than the outer one.
Step 8: Excellent work so far mangakas. We’re all finished with our construction lines so now we can lighten them up as we get out our pens or finishing pencils for our final drawing. As you trace your final lines you’ll see a number of our 3d principles come alive for you. For example, notice that the facial fur is covered on the left by the muzzle but covers almost the whole side of Zorua’s face on the right. Also, you can see how the puff of hair covers the ear on the left but the ear on the right covers a part of the tail. And, as we mentioned before, the eye shapes are smaller and more elliptical on the left compared to the right. These are examples of our size, overlapping and squashing 3d principles.
Step 9: There you have it, mangakas! Use your eraser to completely erase any remaining construction lines and take a look at that clever fox Pokemon Zorua! If your goal is to become a great mangaka make sure to draw Zorua again from memory. Then compare the final drawing with the original and correct any mistakes you might have made. Try once again from memory. This is the best way to build a huge library of shapes that you can use in the future for your own manga characters.
Draw with passion! -_^ Hiroshi