This week, Artist Celine Chia takes a fresh approach to creating Mobile Legends or ML Chibi art. Here’s a guide to anime chibi art in case you’ve missed out on the previous fun and interactive tutorial. This piece is less beginner-friendly so do check out the previous article before starting on this one!
Here are the steps to get started with ML Guinevere Chibi Art:
Firstly, mark out the outlines and rough sketch of her whole body. In this case her head is slightly off center, and take note to leave ample space for her dress as it’s more puffy.
The most tricky part of this image is her dress, so be sure to do a rough outline of her dress instead of the details. Next, focus on the main folds of her dress and take into account the wavy lines and avoid tangents. To ensure that her dress looks more natural, ensure that there is a distinct layer (folds) between the waves of her dress.
Next, add in the details of the dress. For every layer, take note of the frills, their layering and the finer details. To bring out the frilly effects of her dress, going into details is a definite must!
This is followed by drawing her hands. To make her hands more realistic, take note of the obtuse angle of her wrist. (Do not draw it at a right angle.)
The next step is to add in her facial features. For her eyes, only draw the upper and lower arc for Guinevere’s eyes. Do note that her upper eyelid is slightly longer than her lower eyelid. Remember not to include her nose in the sketch.
The next hardest part of the art work lies in her hair. Take note to avoid adding too many lines at the midsection of her hair.
In order to achieve a subliminal depth in her hair, take note to include more lines at the roots and ends of her hair.
Add in the colours to bring your ML chibi art to life. For her face, the colour beige is used, while yellow and light brown are used for the streaks in her dress. One tip for preventing smudging while doing the dress, is to work on the streaks first, before adding in the purple. This is because yellow plus purple equals brown.
Light blue is used for the flower on her wrist. This light blue tone is achieved by diluting water.
Next, work on the inner layer of the dress. The colours used are largely white, alongside a tiny tinge of black and brown to achieve a cream colour. After colouring the inner layer of her dress, fill in the outer layer of the dress with purple. Add the tones at the folds of the dress. Here, we use a mixture of dark blue and purple to achieve the shadows at the folds of the dress.
For the ribbon and the waist area of her dress, we use black paint. Just like the flower, use water to dilute the black to achieve the grey colour. For the lace of her dress, we use the same cream colour (as the inner fold of her dress).
Last but not least, we colour in her hair. Here, we utilise a base colour of orange and brown. (orangey-brown). Use brown to do the shadows and emphasise the different layerings of her hair. Focus on the roots and the ends of her hair (with brown).
Lastly, we colour in the eyes and the background colour. Use a dark green base and use a dab of water with a tinge of black. This is to achieve a slight tone at her pupils and the rim of her eyes. Little to no water is used because we want to highlight the black to green gradient and prevent the black from smudging.
Right beside her pupil, use white pen to highlight the reflective part of her eyes. We use blue for the background as it contrasts her hair, which occupies a big portion of the image.
There you have it! Your very own ML Chibi Art! A pro tip from Artist Celine Chia is that for such a highly detailed drawing, break down the image. Do up the main shape and proportions of the subject before adding in the finer details. For more tips and tutorials, stay tuned to our upcoming blog articles or subscribe to our Youtube today! If you need a more in-depth guide, consider signing up for our online art class !