I’m trying out a new manga today and we’re going to learn how to draw Killua from Hunter X Hunter requested by user Kostas783. Killua is a good guy with some super strong moves, so don’t let his sheepish appearance mislead you. He’s best friends with Gon in the manga and they get into some great adventures. One disturbing aspect of the manga is that Killua was tortured as a young child which makes him immune to more traditional methods of murder, such as poison and electricution. Some crazy stuff ^_^. I’d say this tutorial is at an intermediate level. There’re a few tricky spots, but the tutorial includes some great hair practice. We’ll be doing some shading at the end of today’s tutorial so you might want to have a grey marker handy. If not, no problem, we can do the shading in pencil. Let’s get everything together and learn how to draw Killua!
Step 1 Step 01: Just a reminder to all of our mangakas that all of the blue and green lines you see in this tutorial are only construction lines and will be erased later on, so don't press too hard on your pencil when drawing these lines. Our final lines you'll see in black at the end of the tutorial.
We're going to begin with our head circle, center and eye lines. Let's start by drawing a fairly large head circle in the center of our paper.
Pro Tip 1: When drawing your head circle go around a few times very lightly with your pencil to get a nice outline of a circle, as it can be quite hard to draw a circle free hand. Then trace your head circle over the outline you have made.
Next, we're going to draw our center and eye lines. The center line is vertical but it is shifted to the left of center slightly. Our eye line is horizontal but it is titled downward to the right slightly. We also want to add a small dash mark towards the end of the center line to help us mark out where the chin will be (the green dash).
Pro Tip 2: Measurements: The eye line should start on the right a little more than 1/6 of the way up the head circle. The distance between where the center and eye lines intersect and the dash mark for the chin is equal to about 1/3 of a head circle.
Step 2 Step 02: Now that we've got our major construction lines, we'll add the eyes and jaw here. I've labeled everything for you in the order to draw them in. Remember, as a general rule we want to draw things from the top to the bottom and from the left to the right. We'll begin with area #1 and draw the two half circle shapes for the tops of the eyes.
Pro Tip: Positioning of the eyes is critical for this drawing as Killua's face is like 75% eyes. So take a minute to notice a couple of things. Firstly, the tops of both eyes rest on the eye line. Secondly, the eye on the left will start almost where the eye line meets the head circle. And lastly, the eye on the right will be slightly larger than the eye on the left, notice that both eyes are the same height even thought the eye line slopes down to the right. This is due to our size 3D principle. Killua's head should look like it's turned slightly, so we have to compensate by drawing the things "closer" to us larger.
Once you've got the eyes done, let's draw the jaw on the left (line #2) from the eye line down to the dash mark on the center line we made for the chin. You'll see that Killua's jaw is quite angular so make sure to copy it. Then, we'll do the same thing on the right (line #3) only this time the angle in the jaw will be softer. Finally, we'll draw the horizontal line for the mouth (line #4).
Step 3 Step 03: In this step, all the lines are labeled with numbers in the order to draw them. So, our first line is the irregular line (#1) across the forehead. This will help us to draw the hair in future steps but isn't used for anything else, so you can draw it quite lightly. Next, on the left, we'll draw the small "c" shape for the ear (#2). Then, we'll move to the right where we'll draw the slightly irregular ear shape on the right (#3) starting where line #1 ended on the head circle on the right. When you've got the ear on the right finished, we'll move down to the mouth and draw the "V" shape (#4). Lastly, just below the head we'll draw a free standing horizontal line that slopes up to the right (line #5) for the top of Killua's sweater and that's it.
Step 4 Step 04: Let's add some more detail to Killua. We'll begin with the eye on the left (area #1). Start by drawing the line for the bottom part of the eye. You'll notice that it doesn't link up with the top of the eye on the right, it shouldn't. Then, draw the oval shape for the pupil. And finally, above the eye, we'll draw the eyebrow. For the eye on the right (area #2) we'll do the same thing, bottom of the eye first, then the pupil and finally the eyebrow. But notice that the pupil in the eye on the right is rounder than in the eye on the left (our 3D squashing principle), and that the eyebrow is a little lower on the head than on the left. Next, we'll move on to the ear on the right (area #3) and draw the inner ear. You can start by drawing the "?" like shape and then adding the small "c" shape to it. In area #4 we should draw the small "^" shape for the nose and then add the small line in the left top corner of the mouth. Lastly, in area #5 we should draw the neck line connecting the top of the sweater to the head. Then, we'll add two lines to the end of the sweater line, on the left a wavy "s" shape and a simple curve on the right.
Step 5 Step 05: I've zoomed in on the eyes for you so that you can see the detailing work you need to do inside the pupils for the reflection and shading spots. We want to begin by drawing a small circle in the top left of the pupil and then below that we'll draw a crescent shape. Above the eyes, there's a line to add for the upper lid that is slightly different for each eye. Before finishing up, be sure to add the small line in the top of the ear on the left.
Step 6 Step 06: In the next two steps, we're going to be drawing Killua's hair. Make sure to study the images you see above and then do your best to imitate what you see. I haven't labeled each hair segment as I think you can figure it out on your own. But to begin I've labeled the areas and where to start.
So we want to begin at the top of the head circle (#1) and then move to the left drawing five hair segments. Each one is shaped slightly differently, a little thicker or thinner, a little more like a triangle or like a leaf, so copy what you see. Then, when you're finished on the left, move back up to the top of the head circle (#2) and we'll draw six hair segments from the top of the head to the ear on the right. Then, in area #3 there are three hair segments to draw. It might be easiest to begin with the center hair segment as it touches the center line and the hair line we drew in a previous step and then add the other two. In area #4 there are three more hair spikes to add and you'll notice that the hair segments use the hair line we drew in step 02 as a guide. Lastly, in area 5 below the ear there are two more segments to draw there.
Step 7 Step 07: Here in step 07 there are a lot of little hair segments to draw. There are too many to label so it's best if you just try to imitate what you see in the image above. Once you get Killua's hair the way you want it, just move down to the sweater/neck area where you'll see a final construction line to add to create the slight "v" neck to his sweater.
Step 8 Step 08: That does it for our construction lines. So use your eraser to lighten all of the lines that we've made so far. Then get our your finishing pen and trace your final lines in black.
Pro Tip 1: At first, just get a nice outline in thin black lines. Don't worry about filling or anything for now. Just do a nice outline and then continue as follows.
Pro Tip 2: Be sure to notice when you're tracing your lines in black two spots we don't want to trace. The bottom left corner of the mouth shouldn't be traced. And we want to be really careful with the line for the bottom of the eyes. They should be quite short.
Line quality: Once you get a nice outline of Killua in black we'll go back and work on line quality. This means that we want to thicken some of our final lines to give them more depth. I've thickened the following lines: the upper lines of both eyes, then the mouth slightly, and the jaw lines on the left and the right. When these are a little thicker they will help his features stand out.
Filling: Now that we've got our outline and done our line quality work, then we have to do some filling in black. There are just three spots to do. First, color in the pupils in black except for the small circle and the crescent shape. Then, we'll fill in the corner of the mouth in black. And lastly, we'll fill in the "v" shaped area on the sweater and that's it.
Step 9 Step 09: Give your ink a minute to dry and when it's completely dry, use your eraser to completely erase any remaining c
Step 10 onstruction lines that you can see.
Step 10: In this final step, I've decided to do a little shading. You can use either a grey marker or a pencil to do the shading.
Pro Tip: It's always a good idea, whether using pencil or marker, to mark out the areas that you want to shade in in grey first with pencil before you begin shading. Then it's just a simple color between the lines exercise and it reduces a lot of mistakes. So, mark the area you want to shade in pencil and then shade it in in marker or pencil. Be sure to shade in the crescent shape in the eye in grey ^_^!
Let everything dry for just a minute and then take a look, you've just drawn Killua from Hunter X Hunter! If your goal is to become a great mangaka make sure to draw Killua 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! -_^