Yes, I say all Japan because adults as much as by kids loved it.
Pikachu images, goods, mascots, cell-phone straps with Pocket monsters were everywhere around.
Some of the Japanese domestic Airlines were painted by Pokemon characters.
Even today, Pokemon popularity is still high, which is a rare thing because in Japan all popular new things usually fade away very quickly.
It is caused partially by the fact that new characters, new ideas are popping up just like mushrooms after the rain almost daily.
click the image to enlargeIt is good if you have a light blue pencil for this framework, but also a HB pencil (or any other) will work well too.
click the image to enlarge1. Draw two intersecting circles placed on each other, approximately vertically. Upper – the head is slightly smaller than bottom – the body circle. These circles are the bases for Pikachu’s body, very similar to snow man. Add the ears and the outline of the head is ready.
click the image to enlarge2. Draw crosshair on the head circle. Position of the crosshairs serve as facial coordinates and will determine where Pikachu will be facing. While you draw Pikachu – before finishing the face - you can alter the position of crosshairs as you wish.
click the image to enlarge3. Now you can place the facial parts – eyes, nose, mouth on these coordinates….and… you have ready the basics of the face.
click the image to enlarge4. Add hands and legs. See the hands carefully; one is lifted higher up to eye level. Draw them just roughly; do not mind much about the “exactness” or the proportions now.
click the image to enlarge5. Now, observe a bit how the outer lines – how the curves of the body really look like. The bases are two round circles but here we have to re-shape them a bit.
click the image to enlarge6. Only a part of Pikachu’s tail is visible behind the head. Draw it roughly either by blue or graphite pencil.
click the image to enlarge7. When you are ready with the basic body outlines, curves and tail, you can erase the help-lines so that only a pencil outlines remain. You will have a basic outline to draw Pikachu really perfectly. Just like on this picture.
click the image to enlarge8. Now it’s time to draw a firm dark pencil lines and gradually create the necessary black and white contrast. I recommend you to start from the head and the face. Outline the entire head, eyes and mouth first.
click the image to enlarge9. Draw out the pupil of the eyes and make small circle on the upper part of the eyes. This small circle will remain white (!), it is a highlight on the eyes. Darken the tip of both ears.
click the image to enlarge10. Add more black to the eyes and leave small white circles as highlights on the top.
click the image to enlarge11. To make the eyes of Pikachu look more cute and more animal-like, draw the iris of the eye large.
click the image to enlarge12. Draw the round cheeks and shade the inside of the mouth.
click the image to enlarge13. Last step is simple and important. It is about adding shades to certain parts of the body in order to obtain more plasticity and three-dimensionality.
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