How to Draw Fran “The Stardust Witch” from The Journey of Elaina




Let’s learn how to draw Fran from The Journey of Elaina today!
Fran (フラン Furan) known as the “Stardust Witch”; is one of the recurring characters of Majo no Tabitabi from the Wandering Witch series. She is Elaina’s mentor from a distant land. Beneath her laid-back attitude lies an incredibly powerful and knowledgeable witch. Fran is portrayed as an elated and jocular woman and a non-judgemental person. She has waist-length black hair that is half tied at the bottom with bangs covers the left side of her face under the midnight-blue hat with a red ribbon coiled around it. She has a blue eyes and a beauty mark underneath her right eye. Her matching color outfit and her hat  have a starry night pattern in the interior. She also wears beige-colored pants, red earrings, brown boots and her witch’s brooch on her right chest. The most important thing she taught Elaina was to stand up for herself and not just endure mistreatment in hopes it will all turn out.

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 Fran 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)