Let’s learn how to draw Mint Rondo from Santa Company today!
Mint Rondo (ミント・ロンド) is one of the main female protagonists of Japanese anime short film Santa Company. She is a Tonttu, a mythological creature from Nordic folklore today typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. In Santa Company it is an assistance role helping with wrapping and preparing presents for delivery. In addition to preparing gifts for children, she belongs to the gift department that sells various products all over the world. Mint has gentle personality. She looks up to her skilled older brother, and has decided to take part in the island training. She has distinctive mint-colored ponytail.
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 Mint Rondo 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)