How to Draw Laura Bodewig from Infinite Stratos




Let’s learn how to draw Laura Bodewig from Infinite Stratos today!
Laura Bodewig (ラウラ ボーデヴィッヒ, Raura Bōdevihhi) is an antagonist-turned main protagonist in the light novel and anime series Infinite Stratos. She is a first-year transfer student at the IS Academy in Class One and the IS Representative Candidate of Germany. A genetically engineered super soldier, Laura is a member of the German military and holds the rank of second lieutenant. She has been designed and raised as a test-tube baby for the army, originally created to become a weapon. Laura possesses heightened reflexes and improved condition and great deal of military tactics which allow her to deal with more experienced soldiers. She is very skilled in unarmed and armed combat.

Laura is both the shortest and most petite of the female heroines. She has a very pale skin and long silver hair. Her right eye is red and left eye has golden-yellow color. This was the result of a failed nanomachine experiment that was meant to help her become a better IS pilot. She wears a black eye patch over her left eye. Her IS Academy uniform is a modified version of the standard uniform with baggy pants and high boots, this is befitting of her former post as an army officer. For her IS Practice and battles, she wears a gray version of the training uniform.

She is initially seen as a tough person. She has a major superiority complex surrounding her identity as a super soldier, as she often remarks that surrounding people’s abilities are second-rate. Despite her arrogance, she can acknowledge when she was beaten or outclassed. Having been raised in the army, she does not understand the workings of a normal life. Laura is rather shy when it comes to her looks despite her pride. She is quite honest and straightforward with her thoughts and intentions, she will usually come out and say what she is trying to do instead of hiding it.

Thanks a lot to Stewart Niven for request. ^_^

Step 1

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.

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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.

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Wait till the ink is nice and dry and erase all the construction lines.

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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 Laura Bodewig 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)