How to Draw Satsuki Kusakabe from My Neighbor Totoro

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Hello once again, will you guess which character we will draw now? Do you want me to tell you what it is? Yes, we are going to a character from the anime series “My Neighbor Totoro” Mei’s elder sister- Satsuki Kusakabe, but in a fun way that you and I will enjoy the process.

Before we get started now, let’s talk a little about Satsuki.

Satsuki is easily recognizable because she wears a yellow short sleeves dress, an orange color skirt with pink on one side of the skirt, she wears blue-colored footwear.

Are you ready with your drawing materials?

Come around and let’s learn how to draw Satsuki Kusakabe within a few minutes.

Outline the Head of Satsuki Kusakabe

Let’s take a close look at how to draw Satsuki  Kusakabe by starting with the head; draw an oval for the head, Satsuki has a very big head. Therefore, ensure the circle of the head is not small or too big.

Add all the important lines in the circle of the head so that they serve as the basis for the facial features, make three different horizontally curved lines on the circle of the head; the first horizontally curved line is for the basis of the eyes, and it seems to be the widest of the three lines.

The second horizontally curved line will help you fix Satsuki’s nose, while the last horizontally curved line will be used for the mouth.

Make a vertically curved line on these horizontally curved lines of the facial features so that it helps in the proper alignment of these features.

Outline the Head of Satsuki Kusakabe

Outline the Body of Satsuki Kusakabe

I will quickly explain the best way to outline Satsuki’s body. Since you have the shape of the head sketched out, you can continue by drawing all the basic shapes of the body.

To draw Satsuki’s chest, make a rectangular shape under the circle of the head so that there is space for the neck to be fixed and ensure the rectangular shape of the chest is slightly facing the left side of the body.

Outline the Body of Satsuki Kusakabe

Outline Satsuki’s Hands

For the arms, draw the left arm first; draw a line at the left side of the rectangular shape of the chest.

For the right arm, draw a curved line at the side of the rectangular shape so that it points towards the left direction while the upper right arm is resting on the chest and the lower arm crosses the left arm.

Draw the primary shape of the hands so that it’s attached to the arms; the left hand is facing downward with its fingers pointing in the direction of the hand, as well as the right hand.

Outline Satsuki’s Hands

How to Draw Satsuki Kusakabe Eyes, Nose, and Mouth

Here’s the magic to fix her facial features. Begin with the shape of the eyes, and others can follow later; draw circles for the shape of the eyes so that it’s aligned with the horizontally curved line you drew for the basis of the eyes.

Have you ever imagined how weird it will be if Satsuki has a big head and very small eyes? So, make sure the circles of the eyes are big enough to complement the size of her head and add a curved line at the top of the eyes to serve as the eyebrows.

For the pupils of the eyes, make another circle inside the shape and maybe another little circle inside the pupil of the eyes to make it more realistic.

For the nose, make a little curved line on the vertically curved line of the head so it points towards the basis of the nose; make little vertical lines on the horizontally curved line you drew for the basis of the nose so that the vertical line of the head is at the middle of these little lines that made up the nose.

For the mouth, make a horizontally curved line on the line you drew for the basis of the mouth, and with these approaches, you’ve already fixed the eyes, nose, and mouth.

How to Draw Satsuki Kusakabe Eyes, Nose, and Mouth

How to Draw Satsuki Kusakabe Jaw & Ears

Still, on the features of the head, draw the jaw and the ears.

For the jaw, trace down the lower part of the head into the natural shape so that the lower part of the jaw seems to be blunt towards the neck. Extend the left side of the jaw upward with a curved line to form the left side of the face.

For the ears, Satsuki has two ears, the left and right. Draw the right and left ear by adding a curve at the side of the head so that it’s attached to the head’s jaw; add a little line inside the shape of the right ear, making it pragmatic.

How to Draw Satsuki Kusakabe Jaw & Ears

How to Draw Satsuki Kusakabe Hair

Do I still have your full attention?

This is one of the most important parts of Satsuki’s body, which requires your full dedication. Now that you have the shape of the head figured out, you can draw the hair.

Start by making a curved line at the side of the right ear so that the curved line is extended with a zigzag line to form edges pointing to the right side of the head; draw the top of the hair with a flat letter “m” so that it looks like the upper of apple fruit, finish up the top of the hair with a zigzag line so that it’s joined to the end of the extended line of the jaw towards the left side of the face.

Complete the hair by drawing the hair at Satsuki’s forehead, make a curved line from the top end of the right ear to the right eyebrow and extend the line with a zigzag line pointing towards the direction of the facial features.

You can make the hair more realistic by adding curved lines that form a shaped edge pointing up so that it looks like the upper part of the triangular shape.

Lastly, draw a curved line from the end of the triangular shape to the joint of the jaw and top hair, and that’s all for Satsuki’s styled hair.

How to Draw Satsuki Kusakabe Hair

Draw the Collar of the Satsuki Shirt

You are almost there! This next step is to draw the collar of Satsuki’s shirt, but before then, there is a need to draw the neck first; because this is the bridge between the head and the body (it connects the head to the body,) and the collar of the shirt is also attached to the neck.

Make vertical lines for the neck so that it’s attached to the jaw and ends on top of the rectangular shape of the chest. Back to the collar of the shirt, make a curved line joining the ends of the neck together, so it shows the top of the collar, draw a curved line from the sides of the neck toward the waist and extend the curved line with a slant line, so it’s pointing down.

Make a diagonal line from the bottom of the curve you drew for the collar’s top to the end of the slant lines, so it forms sharp edges of the collar toward the chest, and with that, you are already done with the collar of the shirt.

Draw the Collar of the Satsuki Shirt

Draw Satsuki’s Outfit and Its Sleeves

The last step for this article is to draw her outfit and the sleeves.

Satsuki is wearing a short sleeve shirt covering half of her upper arms for the sleeve. For the right sleeve, make a curve from the shirt’s collar and extend the curve with a slant line to form the length of the right sleeve in alignment with the direction of the right arm.

Draw a wavy line from the top end of the curve to the direction of the arm, draw a vertically curved line joining these ends together and finish up the right sleeve by making a curved line from the arm to the lower joint of the sleeve, so it makes the right sleeve look natural.

For the left sleeve, as earlier said, the right arm is resting on the left arm, so make a curved line from the left collar to the lower right arm and draw a curved line from the lower part of the right arm to the side of the rectangular shape of the chest.

For the body of the outfit (top), make little curved lines at the sides of the rectangular shape of the chest and join the ends of the curved lines together with a horizontally curved line. You can add a horizontally curved line under the body of the top so that it serves as the upper part of her skirt. Make curved lines to form the design on the top

For Satsuki’s skirt, a quick reminder; the skirt covers up to her knee; draw a curved line from the additional horizontally curved line of the top of the skirt so this lines toward the direction of her footwear while minding the circle of the waist.

Draw the left side of the skirt by making a slightly curved line from the upper part of the skirt and join the ends of these lines with a horizontally curved line showing the skirt’s helm.

Draw Satsuki’s Outfit and Its Sleeves

Add Details to the Satsuki Kusakabe Drawing

Adding details to your drawing is a task, but you must overdo this to have a realistic drawing at the end of the day.

Firstly, make a little circle under the shirt’s collar, so it serves as the shirt’s button.

Use a thick pencil to trace out all the borders of the outline and the outfit to know your focus so you won’t have a delay in the next step.

Shade the pupils of the eyes while minding the smaller circle inside it, and you will be amazed by what you get. To be certain you have the perfect image, you need to erase all excess lines and dots that might make your drawing ugly.

add Details to the Satsuki Kusakabe Drawing

Add Colors to the Satsuki Kusakabe Drawing

This is technically the last step of the drawing in which you will be adding beauty to your drawing.

Satsuki’s hair is black; the upper part of the outfit (the top) is yellow while the design on it is orange in color; Satsuki’s skirt has two colors which are pink on the right side of the skit and orange on the left side of the skirt, the footwear is blue.

To make the drawing presentable, you can add shadows and highlights.

Add Colors to the Satsuki Kusakabe Drawing

Conclusion

Satsuki is a character from the anime loved by many because of her nature, natural features, interesting character, and her cool storyline.

If you want to draw her, follow the steps above, and you will see how fun it is to draw this character!

Do not forget to share your result with your friends and family. Be proud of your drawing skill and have fun while learning new things.

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