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Online Class

Drawing Anime Style


Learn the skills to create incredible anime drawings and gain the creative confidence to invent your own original characters!

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Cotty Kilbanks

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Discover how to draw anime characters! Transform your rough sketches into amazing, full-color illustrations with animation artist Cotty Kilbanks as your guide! Begin with a chibi rendering and learn how to use simple shapes and guidelines to create an expressive character. Progress to a more complex anime sketch and find out how to easily render the distinctive heart-shaped face and winsome eyes of the anime world. Conquer changes in perspective as you learn how to translate a front-facing character to a side view, and transform your drawing from flat to fully volumetric with form-building shading. Explore inspiring options for hair, eye and costume designs and learn how to depict various facial expressions. Then, bring your character to life with bold inking, vibrant Copic markers and Cotty's expert tips.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Getting Started
Meet your instructor, anime artist Cotty Kilbanks, as you start your first sketch: a basic chibi character. Use Cotty's tips on drafting guidelines to help you as you begin to work on your character's features. Then gain confidence developing light and shadows.
2. Manga Head Design
3. Eye Design, Hairstyles & Expressions
4. The Anime Figure
5. Costume, Hands & Feet
6. Coloring Techniques
7. Action Poses & Male Characters

Taught by

Cotty Kilbanks
Cotty Kilbanks
Carol “Cotty” Kilbanks attended Syracuse University and St. Martin's School of Art in London, England, and began her animation career working on shows such as The Berenstain Bears and Strawberry Shortcake. After re-locating to Los Angeles, she worked as an animator for Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Marvel New World, South Park and Disney. Kilbanks has taught anime drawing at a host of prestigious art schools, including the California Institute of Art and the Laguna College of Art. She currently teaches in the Continuing Education Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, at her own teaching studio in Easton, PA, and now here on Craftsy!

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