How to Sketch Ponyo, Ponyo

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STEP 1. Draw the oval and line lightly with a No.2 or HB pencil. Make sure you draw it as seen in the picture.   STEP 2. You can draw in the lines a. for eyebrows, b. for top of eyes, c. for bottom of eyes & nose, and d. for shoulders.   STEP 3. Now draw Ponyo's eyebrows and eyes.   STEP 4. Draw in the mouth. Notice the mouth is at the bottom of the circle.   STEP 5. Look at where her facial outline appears in relation to the guidelines. Draw it in and don't forget the small hump for her earlobe.   STEP 6. Sketch in Ponyo's hair lightly with curls. Notice how the hair follow a curved motion. When drawing those lines, you get more control by drawing from your elbow, not the wrist (which binds your movement). Remember to draw in her ear on the right side facing you.   STEP 7. Sketch in the half portion of her shoulders, straps, and arm.   STEP 8. Last but not least, sketch in Ponyo's other half of her shoulders, straps, and arm. Don't forget to add her collar and container. Now you can erase the guidelines if you haven't already.   STEP 9. Your drawing may look like this or you might have your own version. At this point, you can color in your picture with a medium of your choice.   STEP 10. Here is the color combination of Ponyo. Following this step are tips and guides on sketching/drawing.   STEP 11. I didn't want to skip this. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the Tone Exercise.   STEP 12. Here is how the tools look. I used the 0.7mm 2B mechanical pencil, 9B pencil, tissue, and the blending stump.   STEP 13. This is a black and white version of my full color digital drawing. I used this as a reference for shading in my pencil sketch of Ponyo. As you can see it helps out with how dark the shades are.   STEP 14. Start using a No.2 (HB) pencil for light shading. Small circles or diagonal lines can be applied for the stroking method with very light pressure.   STEP 15. If you shade with your No.2 pencil, go a little darker by adding some pressure. Shade her hair & dress for the same tone.   STEP 16. She is almost done. Take your pencil and sketch her straps and container darker. You can crosshatch or go over applying pressure a few times.   STEP 17. Blend with a tissue. Doing her face, make sure your tissue edge is clean as you rub. Now take another piece and blend her hair and dress. I found the outline did not get too messy as I rubbed over them. Be careful if they get messy. Use a small blending stump for those tight areas.   STEP 18. TIP: To keep your drawing clean, put a piece of paper under your resting hand so oils will not get on the paper. Clean your background with an eraser or kneaded eraser. If you want, draw lightly a small circle for her catch lights. Now you can darken in her iris.   STEP 19. This is the finished version of my drawing. In my editing/drawing tool program, I added white to the white of her eyes and catch lights. I also added light gray to her face with an airbrush tool. Generally everything was blurred to add smooth texture. I added a background to spice up the picture. You can add highlights to your drawing with titanium white, white pastels or even work hard with a kneaded eraser. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on "How to Sketch Ponyo." Please fav, click on "Love It" or comment to let me know if you like this and how you feel. Luv n hugs to you all!   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12. Step 13. Step 14. Step 15. Step 16. Step 17. Step 18. Step 19.