Let’s learn how to draw Akitaru Oubi from Fire Force today! Thanks a lot to Duda for request. ^_^
Akitaru Ōbi (秋樽桜備, Akitaru Ōbi) is the main hero of Enen no Shouboutai. He is the Battalion Commander of Tokyo’s Special Fire Force Company 8. Akitaru is high and a well-built young man with short, slightly unruly dark hair. The sides of his head are shaven. He also has small dark brown eyes. He is seen wearing bunker gear, which consists of a black tank top, buckled at the waist with a belt, which presses a middle part that’s strapped to his shoulders, and dark pants. Those are later topped by a protective jacket, trousers and a helmet, which has a metal face-shield attached to it. Parts of his outfit are coated with blue lines, just like with other Special Fire Brigade members. Akitaru wears a jumper underneath his protective jacket with a hood. He also wears a neck protector, protective gloves and black boots. When on the battlefield, Akitaru carries a plethora of different weapons. The buttons of his protective jacket are in the shape of cross-like symbols. When not attending missions, Akitaru wears a grey jumpsuit. His outfits contain patches with “8” on them to signify his affiliation to the 8th Special Fire Brigade.
Akitaru is a courageous individual, able to face Infernals and ability-users. Despite lacking an Ignition Ability and fearing death, he believes that he cannot afford to flinch or hesitate because of his responsibility to his teammates. Akitaru greatly believes in justice. He doesn’t tolerate evil-doers and is compelled to ensuref that whoever is causing trouble in the world be stopped. Having a highly ethical attitude, Akitaru has a very nonchalant perspective of things and isn’t bothered by matters that would usually annoy the average commander. Despite this, Akitaru can be angered by people who disrespect the feelings of the bereaved. Though serious and strong-willed, he likes to joke around with subordinates. Akitaru is a very charismatic figure. Even people in opposition to Company 8 acknowledge his ability and moral character. He is commonly seen working out at any opportunity.
As always all the blue and green lines are just construction lines and will be erased later so do not push on your pencil too much ^_^ I will try to be super efficient with the text so will only describe steps that require some explanation.
Make sure to leave enough free space on paper for next steps. You can see how much space you will need from the size of the paper on this picture.
Lighten all the construction lines by “stamping” the kneaded eraser on the paper. Make sure to refer to the picture bellow as you need to ink only some parts of the construction lines.
Wait till the ink is nice and dry and erase all the construction lines.
To add colors, make sure to sketch the color outlines with the right color or pencil first.
If your goal is to become a real Mangaka and design your own manga characters make sure to try to draw Akitaru Oubi from memory several times. Always compare the drawing to the original and correct any mistakes you see. Do this till you are happy with the result. It doesn’t have to look exactly the same, don’t sweat the details. The point is that you get the main shapes right and that it looks good. This is the best way to build a huge library of manga shapes in your memory that you can use to draw and design your own manga characters ^-^.
Draw with passion! ^_^
Hiroshi (drawing by Bianchi)