Chibi Art Class – Book Review
In Chibi Art Class, renowned anime artist Yoaihime teaches you the art of chibi, step by adorable step.
Anime artist Yoai has captivated a huge audience with her adorable chibi drawings, and now she’s ready to share her secrets with you! Chibi is Japanese slang for “short,” and that’s an appropriate description for these tiny doll-like creatures.
In this book, you’ll find tutorials on recreating their signature features and props, including dreamy eyes, mini-skirts, vibrant hair, colorful bows, and boba cups! You’ll also practice drawing, coloring, and shading fully-formed versions of these vertically challenged, baby-faced characters and their kawaii little companions.
As a bonus, several pages at the back of the book will allow you to create your own original characters and add your own color and shading to several colorless cuties.
With Yoai’s expertise and step-by-step guidance, you’ll learn the art and technique of cuteness in no time!
I’m a big anime fan, and chibis are my favorites. I just love when a chibi version of an anime character pops up to appear super cute or yell at someone but looking all tiny and kawaii.
I even took a video course in the past to learn this style of drawing. And although I am by no means a professional, I am already familiar with this style from watching anime and doodling a bit myself.
Chibi Art Class is full of tips and tricks for drawing chibis. Tutorials for bodies, faces, hair, and clothing. A total of 19 tutorials make the bulk of this book, but you get more than the tutorials. You will ding a nice gallery of inspiration and even coloring pages to practice shading.
To get started with the Chibi Art Class, the author goes over a list of recommended materials. She mentions that she prefers to use the Canson Comic and Manga Illustration Bristol for color and layering projects, or the Canson XL Mix Media Paper for single layers.
The list goes on to mention markers, pens, watercolors, pencils, erasers, and other additional tools.
Chibi Art Class: Basics
Here is where the magic starts!
All the basics to drawing chibis are presented in this book. From sketching the base, body proportions, poses, facial features, hair, clothing, and even props and backgrounds.
Chibi Art Class also features an introduction on shading and coloring. Everything you need to know to get started drawing chibis is presented in this section.
Chibi Art Class: Cuties
This section contains various “cuties” or chibi characters to draw. Each one is presented with step by step instructions and accompanied by a drawing example. A total of 12 cuties, one for each month is presented in this segment.
Chibi Art Class: Beasties
Next the “beasties” segment presents a total of 5 step by step tutorials of beast-chibis. Feline humanoids, Canine, and even demons and faeries.
Chibi Art Class: Inspiration Gallery
In the inspiration gallery you will find numerous elements to inspire you when drawing chibis. A plethora of eyes, hair styles, clothes, props, accessories, beasties ears and tails. All in full color and separated by sections.
Chibi Art Class: Practice and coloring pages
Well, the name says it all, doesn’t it?
First, the practice section has a collection of simple body sketches that you can use as inspiration, or even copy it as a base to practice other elements, like dressing up your chibis, practicing expressions or hairstyles, with practice and practice you will start drawing chibis by yourself in no time.
The coloring pages offer complete chibis, but without any color of course, so you can practice your shading and coloring skills that are taught in the basics section of this book.