Let’s learn how to draw Shinra “Devil” Kusakabe from Fire Force today! Thanks a lot to Duda for request. ^_^
Shinra Kusakabe (森羅日下部, Shinra Kusakabe) is the main hero of Enen no Shouboutai. He is a Third and Fourth Generation pyrokinetic in the service of Special Fire Force Company 8. Shinra joined the Special Fire Force after the death of his mother and younger brother. They were killed in the fire accident twelve years before the start of the series. He wants to become a hero, just like he promised to his mother, saving people from Spontaneous Human Combustion, and uncovering the truth behind his family’s death.
Shinra is a teenager of average height, with a slim muscular build with short and spiky black hair. He has crimson eyes with white pupils instead of black. Shinra suffers from nervous laughter, a condition where animals naturally grin or show their teeth when nervous, stressed, angered or uncomfortable. He developed this condition after witnessing his mother die. He is often shown with an artificial and menacing-looking grin on his face with especially sharp teeth. Because of this and his history, he acquired the epithet “Devil.”
His bunker gear consists of a dark t-shirt buckled at the waist with a belt. Dark offshore trousers have light patches on the front leg and pelvis area, which are strapped over his shoulders. Later he added a protective outer jacket, gloves, trousers, a neck protector and a helmet with the number 8 on it, signifying his affiliation to Special Fire Force Company 8. The cross-like buttons decorate his protective jacket. Shinra’s bunker gear trousers were specifically tailored due to his Ignition Ability. They only reach below his knees so he can freely use his Ignition Ability without having to worry about burning through his clothing. Parts of his outfit are coated with blue lines. Off duty, Shinra is commonly seen wearing an orange coverall and white t-shirt underneath and he tends to walk barefooted or with sandals as they can easily be disposed of. Shinra’s trousers generally are rolled up to just below his knees so he is able to use his ability without burning them.
Shinra is level headed, brave, intelligent, confident, and willing to help others. He doesn’t hesitate to act when the time calls for it, and can sometimes be impulsive in combat, but has also displayed the capability to step back and think about the situation before acting.
He respects his fellow teammates and isn’t afraid to act on his own, even if confronted with multiple opponents and even when taking on opponents stronger than him. This habit compels him to rely on quick-thinking instead of mere brute strength or sheer speed, which in turn makes him smarter than his appearance would suggest.
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 (meno panacika) 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)