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15+ Ideal Anime Characters To Draw To Get You Started

Finding anime characters to draw can be tough, particularly if you are new on how to draw characters.

Having anime drawing references, even pictures of anime characters can be a good place to start.

You have your laptop for drawing, now it is time to find anime drawing ideas.


Cool Anime Characters to Draw

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Having anime ideas can come from plenty of different places. But your inspiration is what will get you moving down the path to creativity. Even if it is just a hobby you never know if that hobby could turn into business.

Let’s get started.


1. Naruto Uzumaki 

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What better place than to start with one of the most famous characters out there. There are tons of Naruto pictures to draw.

Whether mimicking Naruto drawings or learning how to draw Naruto Uzumaki, this is a great place to start.


2. Rintarou Okabe 

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Check out Okabe Rintarou of Steins Gate as well. Okabe Rintarou is one of the more famous names when it comes to learning how to draw an anime face.

If you want to learn to draw anime, Rintarou is a perfect choice. His style is simpler as well.


3. Itachi Uchiha 

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An Itachi drawing, whether it be an Itachi face or some other hand drawing, can be another great place to start.

Itachi is known throughout the anime world for his style. Mimicking his works can make for a great foundation.


4. Shoyo Hinata 

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Shoyo Hinata is another famous anime character and his style can help create a good basis for future creations.

Hinata drawings have a specific intensity to them that can be tough to match. Depending on the drawing of course.


5. Monkey D. Luffy 

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Monkey D. Luffy is a little on the simple side for his art style, making it an easy basis to start with. 

The video above goes into drawing him, but he’s also a good character to go with if you’re just looking for ideas.


6. Levi Ackerman 

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Levi Ackerman is one of the few non-Asian characters on the list. Levi Ackerman has become famous thanks to Attack on Titan’s story telling and how the anime grabs you.

There’s a lot of different  styles and approaches you can go with as there are many examples.


7. Katsuki Bakugo 

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If you are looking for another source of inspiration, check out Katsuki Bakugou. He’s the hard headed MHA character.

Given his popularity, you’ll have no trouble finding examples to use.


8. Killua and Gon 

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Gon and Killua, also known by the hunter x hunter Gon and Killua, features more childlike aspects in the anime characters drawing of the style. If you want to create younger-looking characters, try the strongest hunter x hunter characters.


9. Sakata Gintoki 

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Heard of Gintoki, the white haired samurai? You have no doubt seen Gintoki fanart when looking for cool anime drawings and anime drawing ideas.

Why not mimic one of the most popular in terms of fanart creations out there? He’s a unique character to use as far as ideas in general as well.


10. Dabi 

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There is also Dabi from My Hero Academia.

Dabi anime is not quite as popular as some of the others but it is great for when you want to turn a picture into an anime drawing.

There are aspects to Dabi’s character that make his art style cool though.


11. Kurisu Makise 

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Makise, who’s a main character from Steins Gate, is great if you want to draw an anime girl.

Her read hair, facial expressions, and style of dressing makes her an appealing character stylistically.

Relevant: 10 Of The Best Anime Scientists That Will Make You Think


12. Senku Ishigami 

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If you have heard of Dr. Stone manga or Dr. Stone characters, then you have seen Senku anime drawings.

If you are looking to learn how to draw anime hair, this is the style for you.

Related: 8 Real Life Science Facts From Dr Stone For British Science Week


13. Nezuko Kamado

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If you know the Demon Slayer main character or have seen a Demon Slayer drawing, then you know Nezuko.

There’s quite a lot of styles to do with Nezuko given the fanart and styles already out there.


14. Edward Elric

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Edward Elric fanart has become more and more popular among those looking to draw anime eyes or just drawing characters in general.

Ed Elric has a ton of different styles that he can pull off but remains popular for a style all on his own.


15. Hinata Hyuga 

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Hinata Hyuga’s eyes are one of her most interesting traits as far as art and style. Along with her style of outfit.

She’s not just a good character, but a great one to practice with and hone your skills.



As you can see, there are plenty of directions that you can go in. You can start by mimicking the style of one of the more famous anime types and adapt your style as you go.

The simple fact is that creating anime takes time. 


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