Let’s learn how to draw Vanitas from Vanitas no Karte today!
Vanitas (ヴァニタス) is one of the main protagonists of The Case Study Of Vanitas series. He is an ‘average human being’ using the power of the Book Of Vanitas in order to heal vampires of the Curse Of The Blue Moon.
Vanitas is a young man with bluish dark wavy hair and light blue eyes. One side of his hair is cut shorter than the other in an asymmetrical fashion. He has piercings on both sides and a dangling hourglass earring. He wears a baggy coat, that is far too big for him. He wears short boots with spats and pointed gloves on his hands. A large light blue bow is wrapped around his waist and his shirt collar.
Vanitas seems to take nothing seriously, and almost always has a playful grin on his face. Vanitas finds utmost amusement in others’ abnormal reactions to things. He often attempts to put up emotional walls. However, he seems to hate being vulnerable around people, and his confident and cheerful persona begins to crumble in situations where he isn’t in control. He acts impulsively, makes and carries out reckless plans without regard for his life on several occasions. Despite all of this, he knows when to get serious. He is highly intelligent with strong memorization skills and is talented at reading people. Vanitas seems to truly believe that he is unworthy of love and is almost terrified by the idea of anybody caring about him, whether it’s platonically or romantically.
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 Vanitas 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)