[MEDIBANG PAINT] DRAW A GIRL IN KIMONO
2018-02-08. AM 07:00
[Medibang Paint] Draw a girl in kimono


Hello, PENPLEs!
It’s time for us to learn drawing tips.
This time we will have a tutorial with @rang.
Like last time, the lesson will be on drawing the global costumes.
The artist will teach us how to draw a girl in Kimono, the Japanese traditional costume.

Japan’s Kimono is one of the most known traditional costumes in the world; its extraordinary fabric and strong patterns are sensational.

One can’t stop wondering how @rang will draw the Kimono.
Let us begin. :)





TUTORIAL by @rang

Draw a girl in kimono

with MediBang Paint



Amidst the “Drawing characters in global costume”, the theme for this tutorial is “Kimono”.

Kimono is Japanese traditional costume.
I believe there are many different kinds as many Hanbok, the Korean traditional costumes.
While searching for the Kimono, I came across so many kinds of Kimonos.
I learned that there are so many different kinds according to how you wear it or on what occasions you wear them.

In Japan, there is something called hope card.
People are said to write their hopes in the temples during the festivals and/or holidays.
So, I want to draw a girl holding up her hope card.

I would also want to give a more detailed tutorial on how to use MediBang Paint app.





First, set the canvas size and then the brush and layer.
I usually use “pencil brush” or “mechanical pencil” for the sketch.
This is recommendable for those who have not so smooth lines, which may give a messy look, or those who prefer the paper texture.

Lock the layer 1, and we will do a rough sketch on layer 2.





Proportion is important as we are drawing a human.

First, draw the head, shoulders, chest and the pelvis(hip).
Get the core right, and draw the body lines that are not so distant away from the core.
Then, think about the hand gesture for the sketch.





Once you get the body lines to some extent, you need to shape up the costume.
It will look more natural if you draw the costumes in the order of real put-on of the apparel.
If you don’t know what comes first when putting on the clothes or if you just have to imagine it yourself, you may refer the costumes that come to you as a motif.

If you go in the order of clothes, hair, accessories and face, it will be helpful for you to draw facial expression.





Once you get the rough sketch done, you will do a line drawing on a neat background.
Lower the transparency level in the layer 2 and add another layer; you will do the line drawing on layer 3.





For those who say that they cannot do neat line drawing, you can as well use the hand shake prevention feature on the top left side.
When I do the line drawing, I adjust it to level 8; you may as well try the feature as it helps you with neat line drawing.

Do the line drawing as neat as possible.
For those parts where the lines come cross together, you may draw in thick lines to give neater presentation when done.

I noticed while doing the sketch that I had too many curvy lines in the first sketch; so I made some revisions.
Kimonos are usually in straight lines without many curves.
So, the legs became quite longer than the they were in the first sketch.





When I do the hair, I add one more layer before drawing.
It just makes it easier to revise while I draw.
Once done, all I need to do is just trim the lines and converge the layers.

When you open the layer setting window and use the “Merge Down”, the layer will converge with the bottom layer.
The same goes for the face drawing.





Now, it’s time for the face.

I usually do thick eyelines.
I draw thick bottom lines and fill inside.
Since I use Samsung Galaxy Note, I use S pen.
All I need to do is lightly hold S Pen and fill inside blurry.





The line drawing is all neat.
Now, it’s time for me to color.





First, select the layer that I first sketched.
Erase the sketch or delete it before adding another layer.

Set the layer onto 100% transparency, and we will do brush setting.
I selected “Pen Brush” and adjusted the pen pressure in the setting window.
You see that the end points on two sides are dull, right?





Then color inside line drawing.
I usually use grey color.
You can use any color you want.





It is now time for us to do the under color.
First, add a new layer in between layer 1 and 2 and check “clipping”.

The same goes for every addition of coloring.
For coloring, do the face first and color in the order of how you put on clothes.
If you do it in the order of hair and accessories, it will be easy to remember and convenient to color.

You get many layers now.
If you are done with every coloring, release the “clipping” check on every layer.





The dotted square tool there is the “select tool”.
Select grey layer 2 that you’ve colored before, and select in the order of 1 & 2.





Erase the colors that were pressed out.
Once you erase it all, just click on “deselect” in the “select tool”.





This time, you will add one more color above the under color.
If you give shades and highlights, you will have more lively looking character.
In the under color that you’ve already colored, add a new layer and select “clipping”.

Also, let me tell you how to add brush.
Select the palette shape and “+”; you will see this type of window.
They are all free brushes, and you can download the brush whenever you want.

If you’ve downloaded the brush, you will come across a setting window.
You can adjust the density or texture type upon your preference.





I selected the “soft pastel brush”.
This is the brush that I enjoy using these days; it is somewhat tougher than “air brush”, but it has got natural presentation.

If you lower the transparency level for coloring, you can have free expression as you add more colors.





Then, select the direction of the light-in.
Then, add subtle color on the opposite side.

I mentioned in the drawing tip last time that the light and shade near to black tone would look messier or dull.
Keeping that in mind, set the part where the shadow comes in as a standard, and use the color that is a bit darker than that part.





Add a new layer for coloring on top of the layer where the under color has been filled.





Add another layer aside from the layer where the kimono costume coloring has been done, and do “clipping”.
Now, we will put in splendid patterns.
As said, I downloaded brushes.
I selected splendid brush to present the flower patterns.





If you just draw along in the direction of the arrow, you will have a beautiful flower-patterned kimono.

In the same method, I downloaded another brush and spotted in the Obi(belt part).





Now, I will give some highlights.
Add the grey layer that’s been colored before, and follow the order of 1 and 2; you will now have a purple background.

Then, add another layer under the line drawing layer.





Adjust the pen pressure in the brush setting that’s been colored.
Color it while adjusting the brush thickness in the parts that need highlight.
I recommend you lower the transparency level.





Do it for the face too to make it more dimensional.
You just need to stamp in the curvy parts like pupils, nose tip and lips.
Then, select the “select tool” and do “deselect”.





It’s all nicely colored, but the background seems quite empty.





Add another layer on top of layer 1 and color it pink.





Now, let us use the “overlay” feature.
Add a layer below the line drawing layer.
Then, open the “setting window”; you will see many different effects.

Add “overlay” and color the part with light in blue and the darker part in pink.
Set the brush with lower transparency level and color it little by little.





It’s all done.
Does it look nice?

This is about it for this tutorial.
My tutorial would not be the answer, but I hope that it has helped you somehow.
Thank you.



We’ve drawn a girl in Kimono, the traditional costume in Japan, with @rang.
The splendid coloring and silhouette of Kimono could be presented in simple skills.
Just adding the hope card element really gives it more of Japanese mood.

The tutorial on Medibang Paint is detailed enough for even the beginners to follow.

Let us all send notes of thanks to @rang, who gave very helpful tips this time.









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