Noriko part 1: sketch


Welcome to! Here I will draw/paint anime- and game-related pictures, with probably some tutorials as well.

For my first project I’m going to paint a screenshot that has been on my todo-list for a long time: Noriko from Gunbuster sitting in the cockpit.

This screenshot is taken from the second Gunbuster DVD. There are quite some tricky parts to this image: the machinery in the background has lots of circles and shadowy parts, and the perspective is slightly skewed, with the legs being more in the foreground.

Preparing a canvas

First off, here’s my setup: a laptop and a watercolor drawingbook:

Now to begin, we first take our screenshot and overlay it with a grid (you can find the grid file in the tools menu). This will help a lot with getting the proportions right.

The gridded image in Photoshop:

There’s about 5×4 rectangles in that image. Our paper is sized 40×30 cm, so with some quick calculations I’ve set the on paper square to 6,5 cm.  For the drawing of the lines I use a 2H pencil, which keeps the lines thin and clear.


With a grid in place we can start sketching..making sure we only do a rough sketch for the proportions and don’t delve into all the details yet. I used a HB pencil to give the lines a bit more depth and make them stand out more compared to out grid:

When that is done, we start sketching in detail..the end result is this:

In the next part, we’ll start inking..