How to draw an angel in a simple chibi style

Learn how to draw an angel. Turn a simple chibi boy into a cute angel by dressing him in long shirt and adding the wings and a halo around his head.

Our angel is another use of the simple chibi style, this time a chibi boy.

To turn a little boy into an angel, we dress him in a long white shirt and add a few more angel “trademark features” – large white wings, cute blond curly hair and golden halo – the light ring around the head.

The pose is also typical for angels: hands together in prayer, and legs bent back, as our angel is gliding in heaven above the clouds.

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How to draw an angel: step by step sketch

Step 1: Sketch the base head and body shapes

Sketch the base head and body shapes

Here is our chibi-style bowling pin again: A simple circle for the head, divided by the face cross to help us place the facial features.

The body is a simple bent cone – two curved sides, slightly wider at the bottom, and a curved line to close the shape.

Step 2: Sketch the jaw, ear and legs

Sketch the jaw, ear and legs

Next, we add a chin: a kind of rounded rectangle, placed at an angle starting near the face centre line. This is exactly the same chin as in our chibi base tutorial if you need more detailed steps.

The ear is a simple “C” shaped curve. It starts again at the face centre line (see how useful the line is?) and curves down to the chin.

Finally, we draw legs – these are definitely the very simplified chibi legs – just two bent “U” shapes.

Finally, we draw legs – these are definitely the very simplified chibi legs – just two bent “U” shapes.

Step 3: Draw the angel’s face and hair

Draw the angel’s face and hair

In this step, we give our angel a cute “angelic” face and hair.

The eyes are simple circles, with a smaller oval for pupils inside. They are again placed on the famous centre line. The nose is just a tiny “C” curve, with another simple curve for the mouth.

Next, draw some nice curly hair – start with the curls in the middle of the forehead and around the ears. Then fill in the hair shape with few more curves and spikes at the top.

Step 4: Sketch the arms and wings

Sketch the arms and wings

Time for some simple arms. The upper arms are two bent lines from the shoulder to elbow – we need only the outer edge here. The forearms are drawn back up to bring the hands together in the prayer – that is what angels do best. In chibi style, hands are simplified into plain ovals.

Next, we sketch the outer wing shapes. These are our simple butterfly upper wings. Mark the wing size with the outer bent lines. Then complete the wing by adding the top curves back to shoulders, and bottom curves back to waist.

Step 5: Improve the angel’s wings and add details

Improve the angel’s wings and add details

Well, angels do not have wings like butterflies – so let’s fix that. The simple wing shape though makes a perfect guideline to draw series of arcs, larger at the top, smaller at the bottom, which make up feathery, angel-looking wings.

Next add few more details. First, the little floating ring made of two ovals – that is the halo, or light ring, around the angel’s head. Next, add the wider sleeves for our angel’s shirt. And that is enough for the angel sketch.

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How to draw an angel: step by step outline

Step 1: Outline the face and hair

Outline the face and hair

We start outlining the angel by drawing the face and hair.

Start with the eyes. Here we have improved on the simple circle eye by splitting it into upper and lower arc line. That gives our eyes a bit of a sharp corner on each side.

The rest of the face and the hair outline is a straight copy of the sketch lines.

Step 2: Draw the head, jaw and ear

Draw the head, jaw and ear

Another improvement comes outlining the face and jaw – smooth out the sharp corners on the sketch where jawline meets the faces.

Then outline the part of the ear that is not hiding behind the hair.

Step 3: Outline the arms, sleeves and hands

Outline the arms, sleeves and hands

Moving down with outlining our angel, draw out the arms and sleeves of the shirt. Again, notice the subtle improvements to the sketch: Define the shoulders a bit more. Add the inner edges of the upper arms. Draw a small fold on the shirt on the left elbow.

Then draw the hands – they are a simple “C” shapes, with his right hand overlapping the left one.

Step 4: Finish the long shirt and draw legs

Finish the long shirt and draw legs

We are almost done, let’s just complete the lower part of our angel drawing. Outline the bottom of the long shirt – notice we have added some folds to the bottom edge. And finally, draw the angel’s legs.

Step 5: Draw the angel’s wings and halo

 Draw the angel’s wings and halo

The very last step to complete our angel is to draw out the wings and outline the halo – these are both just a straight outline of the sketch, no modifications here.

How to draw an angel: completed outline

How to draw an angel: complete pencil outline

And here is the complete angel – the outlined drawing, after we have erased the sketch lines

How to draw an angel: completed colour drawing

How to draw an angel: finished coloured-in drawing

And as usual, we like to colour in our drawings.

Angels have to have a snow-white long shirt and wings. So here we are again using the trick we first used on drawing a snowman to shade white with light blue and suggest the feather texture on the wings. Another stereotype is angels having light, curly hair – so we have coloured the hair, as well as the halo, in “golden” yellow.

The rest is just some colourful background – our angel is gliding gracefully above the clouds, with a beautiful golden aura shining all around him.

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