Naruto characters: Naruto – Welcome to this new tutorial of the Drawing Factory. This time we’ll show you how to draw Naruto and paint Naruto using photoshop. If you follow all the steps you should get something close to the drawing underneath.
This is deep and complex tutorial so be prepared to many pages and steps but I’ll assure you the result will be worth it. Ready to start?
Naruto characters: Naruto – Let’s get started!
For the drawing I have used the following software:
Autodesk SketchBook Pro – for the sketch and line work; Photoshop CS3 – for the coloring
However do not be intimidated if you can not use these software, they are not essentials. Line work can be done with pencil and pen and subsequently scanned. Coloring can be done with free drawing software like Gimp for example.
Ok bare with me along this process. The first thing to do is to draw a rough outline of the head of our character. An oval approximately. Also at this stage divide the oval with two perpendicular lines. One vertical one horizontal. As indicated. The vertical determines the symmetry of the face the horizontal one is the line of the eyes.
Once this is done, let’s get in and establish with a few lines the neck and shoulders of Naruto (red).
Now this is a delicate part. It’s time to establish the internal proportion of the face. Let’s start with the eyes. As shown by the figure divide the eye line in 5 small segments. The central segment and the two segments on the side are of equal length. These last two will contain the eyes.
This is a cartoon character so the distance of the eyes from the side of the face is shorter than real anatomy and eyes are much bigger.
Ears are approximately two eyes long and are cut precisely in half by the eye line.
The nose line is exactly distant one eye length from the eye line so it’s easy to position.
Finally the mouth line is approximately half eye length from the nose line.
As you see we have established the proportions of the face using the eye length as main internal reference length.
Naruto characters: Naruto – Facial features
In this step we’ll draw the eyes, the eyebrows, and the headband. Just sketch, we’ll detail those later. We want to get proportions right at this stage.
To draw the eyes simply draw an oval that starts and ends within the marks we have done previously. The eyes have not this shape but we’ll get in soon and shape them properly.
Eyebrows are just two thick lines and, you see, nose and mouth are really easy to draw.
Finally draw the headband that occupies al the forehead. It starts just where the ears are.
Naruto characters: Naruto – Start detailing
Let’s start put some detail into the eye and eyebrow now. I have drawn only the right eye here to show you the difference to our sketchy eye.
The bottom part of the eye is flat then it goes up in a gentle curvature. The upper part o the contrary is round and stays pretty much close to the shape of the oval we sketched in the first place.
The eyebrow is just slightly thicker see? Narrower in the middle and slightly bolder on top of the eye.
To draw the pupil make a cross in the eye and center the pupil and iris in the middle of that cross. Remember that pupil and iris are concentric.
Drawing the hairs can be a chore but here is a trick to draw them perfectly.
Starting from the upper side of the headband draw these curved lines moving outward (see the arrowhead) and laterally. The central lines are linger than the lateral ones. Using these lines as a reference we’ll build the hair mass in the next step.
Once the lines are drawn building the hair mass is simple, just connect the tips of the (red) lines with a saw-shaped lined. Like in the drawing above. Let’s move on onto the next part.
From this point on we will start cleaning up our drawing and detailing our sketchy lines. The only major object we will add will be the neck guard typical of Naruto’s outfit.
Naruto characters: Naruto
Delete all of the construction lines from the drawing and start detailing the facial features. For example a good point to start are the eyes and eyebrows. I have indicated with a small arrow the top-right corner of the eye that must be pointy.
Nose and mouth are really simple. Substitute the nose line with two tract that are Naruto’s nostrils. The mouth lines remains the same only try to give it a more organic look by introducing a bit of bilateral symmetry and curling the angles up. Keep cleaning the drawing from the construction lines.
See how beautifully everything falls into place?
Naruto characters: Naruto – the neck-guard
In this step I have added a little more detail to the ears and started drawing the neck-guard. It is basically a cylindrical shape and the only thing you should take care of is its orientation.
In this case we are looking Naruto slightly from above so it will be like we are looking at a cylinder from above. Once you have drawn the cylinder it will be easy to draw the neck-guard inside it.
To draw the neck guard smooth the cylinder lines and delete those lines that do not constitute the outline of the garment.
Also remember to draw the inside of the neck-guard too as it folds and covers parts of Naruto’s shoulders and neck.
Now it’s a good time to draw the symbol of Naruto’s clan, the leaf onto the head plaque. The simplest way to do it is starting by drawing two concentric circles.
Naruto characters: Naruto – the leaf
Add also at this stage a little detail to the neck guard and a bit of shadow under the nostrils using small pencil strokes.
To add the detail to the neck guard follow the schematic shape of the cylinder that you have used to sketch it in the first place.
And YES we are almost there! Almost ready to finalize the drawing and start painting it with photoshop!
Take care of all the small details as you please and bring them to finish. However do not go crazy with detail as many of the effects will be achieved using digital coloring.
Now if you have done the drawing using pencil you ned to ink it either with real ink pen or on the computer before going to the next step.
If, on the contrary, you have been drawing directly in photoshop you just need to select your drawing or line work and put it in a separate level as we will be painting on separate levels underneath the drawing.
As a last thing before starting painting create a background level underneath the drawing and give it a flat kind of neutral color. I have chosen this red-brown cause it goes well with the color of Naruto but you can usa another color. It’s good practice though not to paint on white as it is more difficult to assess color and the painting will look flashy and uncomfortable.
It’s time to start coloring your drawing but before starting we need to set up our working canvas.
Naruto characters: Naruto – Let’s get started!
The way I used to color this drawing uses a technique based on flat colors laid on different levels underneath the drawing. This technique is simple and achieves a decent result that is cartoony so perfect for this type of characters.
The thing to do is to create a layer for each area of the drawing that has a specific color. For example a layer called HAIRS where the coloration for the hairs will go, one called FACE for the face and so on. As many as you want but try to use the minimum number possible to keep things easy to manage.
So go on, create the layers and label them. All the layer shall go underneath the drawing, this is very important.
Once you have created the layers start painting inside them with a base color like in the drawing below. Choosing the right color is a tricky part and the only way to do it correctly is through a bit of trial and error.
We’ll use a very soft toning for this drawing, we do not want harsh shadows or highlights. To color an area of flat color simply select it in photoshop using shift+left click on PC on the correspondent layer. Once the area is selected you can play with colors in it without being afraid of coloring outside of it.
To obtain the final effect of this drawing you need to use a brush with similar characteristics: 50% soft edges, 15-20% opacity. Select a color that is slightly darker or slightly brighter than the base color and start painting in adjusting the size of the brush while you go.
Your aim is to create slight shadows and highlights building up color very slowly so to obtain this smooth and pleasant effect.
Take your time with the coloring is a difficult part of this drawing. Try to imagine which parts of the face for example need shadowing or highlighting and work your way slowly through your desired result.
Naruto characters: Naruto – Let’s get coloring
Working with layers is very handy as you can focus on one part without worrying of messing with another. See how nicer he looks with a little bit of coloring done already?
Naruto characters: Naruto – the head plaque
The same identical technique you can use for the plaque however because it is a metallic object highlights and shadows needs to be sharper. Use the same kind of brush setup as per before and create these oblique stripes of highlight increasing the brightness at each pass of the brush
Slowly build up brightness. When done work at the contour of the plate to give the illusion of third dimension.
Let’s finish this drawing shall we? We are really getting there now and with a bit of patience and a couple of tricks I am going to tell you enhance your drawing we should be able to get a really nice result.
Naruto characters: Naruto – Finishing coloring
Using the same technique illustrated in the previous parts we tackle now the hairs of Naruto. Select a slightly darker yellow and wok from the tip of each pointy bunch and down making it darker and trying to follow the shape of the pointy bunch.
Once you have done this move down where the head band intersects with the hairs. There you want to use the same darker color to create small bunches of darker hairs and finally a lighter color to create some zigzag reflections.
You can see the finished result underneath.
Naruto characters: Naruto – Complete the drawing
Before finalizing our drawing we want to use the same treatment for the neck-guard and a little bit the neck itself.
The final step is enhancing the shadows a little. Here is a trick to do it and to achieve a similar effect as the painting here. Apply a dark color where you want to shadow to appear. Say the face. Well apply a dark brown, for example at the sides of the face as I have done, then blur it to make it blend with the background.
Proceed as follows: create a separate layer in Photoshop and call it shadows. Apply all the shadows on this layer and then apply the BLUR filter to make the shadows blend with the background.
Naruto characters: Naruto – the finished result
Adding the highlights is piece of cake. Usa a white brush with soft edges and low opacity and add highlights to the eyes, plaque and where you feel they should go.
Do you see them all on my drawing?
The background I have created is also very simple and effective to do. Use pictorial brushes that you can find free online or just here for example, and fill randomly (but with a bit of taste) the background varying just the size and lightness of the brushes.
To finish it off apply a radial blur and you will have just completed your drawing!
That’s all my friends, I believe you have enjoyed this deep tutorial and I hope you’ll return to the Factory for more!!