How to Draw Miko Yotsuya from Mieruko-chan




Let’s learn how to draw Miko Yotsuya from Mieruko-chan today!
Miko Yotsuya (四谷みこ) is the main female protagonist of the Mieruko-chan series. She is a school girl who suddenly gets the ability to see ghosts and other spirits who live in her city. Miko can see even the very powerful ones that are invisible to other mediums, with total clarity.

Miko is a short teenager with black hair and yellow eyes. Her expression is somber and tired. However, she tries to smile in front of others. She wears school uniform or casual clothes.

She tries to have a stoic exterior when confronted with spirits, but is internally frightened by them. Only her incredible peace of mind keeps her from screaming. Miko prefers to ignore the spirits, because she has noticed that if she doesn’t acknowledge them, spirits will not bother her. She even didn’t acknowledge her own talent.

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 Miko Yotsuya 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)