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How to Draw Shampoo (from Ranma 1/2)

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In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw Shampoo from Rumiko Takahashi's classic series "Ranma 1/2." Start by drawing a large circle for the upper half of the face. Draw in the lower half of the face, and divide it up with guidelines as shown. Make sure that the guidelines for the nose and mouth are drawn close together.



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Next, draw in the eyes, nose, mouth and ears (drawn in red), making sure that her features line up with the guidelines you drew in step 1. In this view, Shampoo's eyes are very large and circular (the irises are perfect circles), and her nose and mouth are very small. Notice that the nose is just a small, oval shaped mark rather than your typical, wedge-shaped anime nose.


 


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Erase all the guidelines. Add the highlights and light glares to her eyes, and fill in her eyebrows. Add some shading under her mouth, and draw in the shoulders. The shoulders are relatively thin; they shouldn't extend too far out past her head.



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Begin drawing her hair, making it very thick and rounded. Try not to make it too big; notice how close it is to the top of her head.



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Here is the finished result, which I have colored in Photoshop. As always, you can use whatever medium you like; I chose Photoshop because you can make a fairly clean picture in a shorter amount of time. Please take note of the shading on Shampoo's hair; rather than just using bands or zigzags to highlight her hair, several series of flat ovals are used, which gives her hair a much more thick and rounded appearance.



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Next, I'll go over how to draw Shampoo's face from at a 3/4 view. This section will be a little briefer than the front view, because a lot of the steps are similar. Start with a large circle as shown, and separate it into guidelines (which are drawn here in red). The guidelines will be positioned on the face exactly as they were in the front view, except this time they are rotated to the right. Make the lower half of the face small, and the guidelines for the nose and mouth close together, just as you did with the first picture.



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Draw in the eyes, nose, and mouth, making sure that all the features line up with all the guidelines you drew. The eyes are not quite as circular as in the front view; the nose is small and wedge shaped. Draw the ear, as well.



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Erase all the guidelines, and add the shiny parts and light glares to her eyes. Draw the basic outline of the main part of her hair and shoulders.



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Draw the rest of Shampoo's hair; make sure that it is very smooth and rounded. Draw her clothes, as well.I was too lazy to draw in the rest of her upper body; if you want to draw the rest, you'll have to do it on your own. ^_^ Once you are done, go over your lines and make them as smooth and clean as possible.



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Color or shade the finished result with the medium of your choice. As always, it is very important that you shade your picture in some way (unless you're just making a flat line drawing or something). It will look dull and flat without the shading. Notice that the shading of the hair uses series of ovals as highlights rather than bands of light or zigzags, just like with the front view.

 

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