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How to Draw Taiga from Toradora

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Let’s learn how to draw Taiga from Toradora today! Taiga Aisaka is the main female protagonist of the Toradora! series. She has a well-regulated and beautiful appearance with honey blonde hair though is unable to stomach company from others. Due to her often snapping at others in brutal ways and her short stature, she is given the nickname “Palmtop Tiger”. Her under-developed body and the added nickname has given her a complex which in turn serves to give her a negative attitude and facial expression. Essentially, Taiga gets upset easily. Taiga is also brutally honest, typically when she is lashing out at someone. She is clumsy and tries to hide that too; it seems that only Ryuuji has observed it. Despite coming from a well-to-do family, her life with them is very difficult because of various problems. She had lived with her father and stepmother and constantly fought with her parents, but she moved out and since then has taken to living on her own. (from tora-dora.wikia.com)

Thanks a lot to Mesoro and Nami1331 for request. ^^

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Step 1
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 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.

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Step 9
Lighten all the construction lines by "stamping" the kneedable eraser on paper. Make sure to refer to the picture above as you need to ink only some parts of the construction lines. There are also some new lines so better sketch them in pencil first ^_^.

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Step 10
Wait till the ink is nice and dry and erase all the construction lines.

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Step 11
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 Taiga 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)

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