Learn how to draw Sasuke, one of the main characters of Naruto with this stunningly easy step by step tutorial!
Naruto characters Sasuke Uchiha- This is time to learn how to draw and color another famous character from the Naruto series Uchiha Sasuke!
asuke Uchiha (うちは サスケ, Uchiha Sasuke) is one of the members of Team 7. He was created to be a rival to Naruto, as well as a, cool genius, which Kishimoto (creator of the series) believed was an integral part of an ideal rivalry.
Naruto characters: Sasuke – Let’s get started!
We’ll start by drawing, as usual, the foundations of our drawing, so the main masses that compose this framing of Sasuke. Start by drawing an oval for the head (blue) and divide it into four section using a vertical and a horizontal line.
See how the lines follow the volume of the head? Also notice how the horizontal line, the eye line, is precisely at the mid point of the head.
Sketch the neck and shoulders (green). Do not be to precise as we are going to cover them with the special kimono that Sasuke wears however they are important for proportion sake.
Naruto characters: Sasuke – Delineate facial features
Using the eye line as a reference draw two small ovals for the eyes, the shape of the nose (the final won’t be much different from this one) and a line for the mouth.
Very close to the eyes draw a first line for the head-plate and then at about one-third from the top a second line for it. Position the ear of the character, slightly larger than a realistic hear though.
Work at the eyes and like we did for the Naruto tutorial remember to flatten the bottom of them and draw pointy ends for the upper lid. Define the pupil with black pencil, we will add small details later. Start removing the unnecessary construction lines.
Sasuke is one of the few remaining members of the Uchiha clan along with his brother, Itachi Uchiha, who killed the rest of their family. Due to this, Sasuke’s sole desire is to kill his brother, and he develops a cold and withdrawn personality.
Naruto characters: Sasuke – Drawing the hairs
Time to sketch in the hairs of Sasuke. Sasuke has basically two big locks of hairs that start from the middle of the forehead. So draw these two big masses going to the right and left of his face.
On the back of his head his hairs just go up! From there they taper down in smaller wisps and finally go flat at the bottom of the head just below the head band. This is also a good time to draw the posterior part of the head band. It is a bit wrinkled here because it is suppose to keep the hairs put.
Completely remove the construction lines that at this point have served their purpose and work a little bit on the overall detail of the face completing what you have left undeveloped so far.
Naruto characters: Sasuke – Adding the kimono
At this point we’ll add the big collar of the kimono. Draw first an elongated circle around Sasuke’s neck and then join it to the profile of the shoulder.
Trace with stronger lines all the drawing, delete the construction lines relative to the neck and shoulder that are covered by the collar and draw the leaf symbol on the metal plaque of the head band.
If you need a guide on how to draw it look for the tutorial on how to draw Naruto and you’ll find it there.
At this pont our drawing is ready to be colored, keep following you are doing a great job!
His interactions with his fellow teammates, especially Naruto Uzumaki, make him focus less on revenge at the start of the series. During an encounter with his brother in Part I, Sasuke is easily beaten, which leads him to leave the village to seek more power from the criminal Orochimaru
Naruto characters: Sasuke – Lay down the flat colors
First thing to do to start coloring our drawing is deciding what colors are we going to use for the different areas. In this case I will color the drawing in a very simple but effective way using only flat colors (no blurring or blending) and flat shadows. So for every hue used there will be only a darker version of it working as our main shadow.
Finally we’ll add the highlights at the very end of our process.
Here you can se the color I have selected for the process from up to bottom we have the skin color, the cloth color, the hairs, the metal plate and inside of the kimono.
Let’s get started.
In photoshop remember to create a separate level for each area with a different base color then go on and fill the relative area with the relative color. So far very simple!
You should be able to get something like this at the end. Use also a separate level for the background and color it with a flat color that harmonizes well with the color used for the main drawing.
Naruto characters: Sasuke – Adding the shadow
To add the shadows there is a simple trick. Select the main color of a certain area say the hairs then darken that color at your will at least of about 30 – 50 %. To add it precisely use the LAZO TOOL and select the area you want to add the shadow in and draw precisely using a stylus or your mouse. Than simply fill it in with the darker color.
In this case the light source is located in the upper left of the scene so all the shadows will be located approximately in the bottom right of the scene and the character.
Using this guide add the shadows to the character using your imagination and taste.
His teammates’ attempts to recover him from Orochimaru form a major component of the Part II plot.
Naruto characters: Sasuke – Completing the coloring
Proceed filling up all the shadows where needed, for example under the head band and on the face and nose. Work loosely on the metal plate adding a darker color and a very light one (almost white) to give the effect of a strong metallic reflection. Also remember to add the shadow of the hair wisps on the head plate.
Naruto characters: Sasuke – Final touches
Our final touches will be mainly the eyes and subsequently the background. Sasuke has grey eyes so draw a light grey iris surrounding the black pupil. If you want you can add a bit of movement to the iris by adding minute lighter reflections.
Finally add the two big white highlights for each eye. highlight should be on the upper left, same position of the main light source.
For the background I used the following trick but you can (and should) really improvise here. I used two special brushes in photoshop representing paint stain. I have resized and deformed them to suit my needs and applied in different colors. A touch of radial blur and the background is done!
There you have it! Another great tutorial from the Drawing Factory!