If you want to draw Pokemon, you should start with the most popular one: Pikachu. Ash’s yellow companion is super cute and also pretty easy to draw. The core character of the anime series, with the red cheeks and flapping ears, can be constructed from a few shapes. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to draw Pikachu and then paint it with watercolor.
- A Pikachu reference image
- HB Pencil
- Dark fine liner
- Watercolor paint
- Drawing/painting paper
Instructions on how to draw Pikachu
First, take a good look at your reference. Online you’ll find numerous drawings from fans, but also original illustrations of the Pokemon to help you find your way around.
Without pausing, you should draw the shape of the body with an HB pencil and faint strokes.
Note: You can approach the shape by quickly sketching and “scribbling” over the various lines. Be well aware that you can erase all the strokes later on if you draw them with little pressure.
From this still very raw sketch, you can outline the shape of Pikachu. Take the pencil and trace the lines of the Pokemon. Also, add the details like the eyes, the dark ends of the ears, the cheeks, and the mouth.
If you’re happy with Pikachu’s shape, grab a permanent marker and use it to thinly trace the lines. Doing this allows you to erase all pencil lines without leaving a trace.
Step 4 in learning How to draw Pikachu
Erase the pencil strokes from the previous steps.
Now, prepare four watercolors tones with which you will paint Pikachu. A medium yellow, a red, a brown, and a darker shade such as burnt umber or dark brown are excellent for painting Pikachu in its original colors.
Of course, you can also fill in the shapes of Pikachu with colored pencils. The color scheme remains the same.
Apply the colors, as shown in the following picture.
Finally, you can give Pikachu a little more expression by hinting at shades and increasing the intensity of color. To do this, paint over the yellow with a bit more paint in proportion to the amount of water. Under the arms, under the legs and on the tail, you can use a medium brown to suggest shadows.
And this is the result. As you can see, the instructions weren’t difficult at all, but you should always be aware that you should practice regularly if you want to learn how to draw Pikachu and paint it. But that is as with any subject in art.