How To Draw Asuka Langley – Digital Art Tutorial


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This article describes my drawing process for drawing Asuka Langley from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Hope you enjoy this how to draw Asuka Langley art tutorial.

Starting to shape the idea

I had a good starting point for this drawing as I had gathered a lot of reference images already a few years ago to draw Asuka. Ir was only a matter of shaping that idea and deciding which way to go. I liked the idea of drawing a hat for Asuka. So that was the path I chose. With it came the outfit.

Now I was on the fence of choosing to draw the jacket for her. But I just wanted to show the suit more (as that is just awesome in design). So I went with a hat and the suit.

Next up were the pose and the overall mood of the character.

By looking at the reference images, the hat was always presented more or less in a situation where Asuka is relaxed. So I couldn’t go for an action set and draw her in a fierce battle. I wanted to keep things calm this time, plus I didn’t want to draw an angry face.

Finding Pose and Feel For the Character

Now that I knew I had to draw a rather calm and relaxed Asuka. I went for the reference images and looked for some ideas. I felt like it would be cool for her to touch her hat.

When the pose was ready, I tackled the face. Now, the face is always the most important thing for me to draw correctly. It is the first focus point viewer looks for. So I want to nail that correctly. I experimented extensively with the face, eventually finding the right feel for her.

Sketch of Asuka Langley. Notice the 3D model (frame) under the sketch. Feature of Clip Studio Paint I like to use.

I could have easily made Asuka angry and determined. However, I wanted to give her a slightly different feel. So I went with thoughtful and kind of mysterious emotion like she was to look at you and be a bit worried about what is coming up.

Sketching the Character

So with this drawing, I decided to do something very different. I made a quick sketch, and from that, I went for the line art. I usually don’t do this. I have a few more steps I usually take. With this drawing, I wanted to try out something new.

I drew the line art using a textured pencil.

So with a quick sketch done. I moved to line art but this time I drew the line art in a way of not so precise but still maintained clear shapes. I also added a lot of thick lines and on the other hand, made lots of thin lines. This created variety in the line art. Giving motion to the drawing.

The complete line art of the character.

Coloring and Introducing Manga Halftones

This is something totally new to me but something I will definitely visit again. Using halftones. Now, I hadn’t used halftones before this drawing but have always loved the style and feel it gives to drawings.

It is used in manga series for printing purposes. I went and colored the drawing with halftones. I’m no master at using halftones so one could say I used those wrongly.

Applied basic shading, before transforming it to halftones.
Halftones applied to the character.

Creating Anime-Styled Coloring

Even when I was happy with the results that halftones gave to the drawing. I still wanted to create the drawing in my own cel shaded style. I had done the shading, so it was only adding those colors correctly and creating the final mood.

I used this cool blue and shades of violet to get a cold vibe for the drawing. While still introducing warmth to the drawing with warm base colors.

The thing I love about cel shading is its simplicity and effectiveness of it. I mean, it is precise (which I like), and the shapes are clear. It also takes into account the line art efficiently and really brings everything together in a way that is clear and easy to read every time.

The final artwork of Asuka Langley.

I truly think unneeded creative pressure and stress are some of the biggest enemies of an artist. Luckily I have a certain process for creating artwork. That truly helps me in producing artwork at a fast pace and meeting deadlines way before they arrive at my door.



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I’m a digital artist who is passionate about anime and manga art. My true artist journey pretty much started with CTRL+Z. When I experienced that and the limitless color choices and the number of tools I could use with art software, I was sold. Drawing digital anime art is the thing that makes me happy among eating cheeseburgers in between veggie meals.

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