How to Draw Tomie Kawakami from Junji Ito’s manga series




Let’s learn how to draw Tomie Kawakami from Junji Ito’s manga series today!
Tomie Kawakami (川上 富江, Kawakami Tomie) is the main antagonist and titular character from the Japanese horror manga and film series of the same name created by Junji Ito.

Tomie looks like a young woman frequently described as almost impossibly beautiful by those she meets. Tomie is a malevolent, regenerative creature with the unexplained ability to cause anyone, particularly men, to be instantly attracted to her. These actions inevitably lead to violence, usually resulting in the murder of Tomie herself or others. Her death allows her to replicate herself. Each copy of Tomie is its own independent individual. She has long dark hair and a small mole underneath her left eye. Tomie is a manipulative, hedonistic, and extremely selfish woman, seducing men to do her bidding.

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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There are also some new lines so better sketch them in pencil first ^_^.

Step 10

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

Step 11

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 Tomie Kawakami 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)