If you want to draw something but you don’t consider yourself an artist, you can draw some Pokémon—they can be easily created out of simple shapes, and they’re so heavily stylized that you don’t need to worry about realism.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw three Pokémon with three levels of difficulty: Butterfree, Pikachu, and Charizard.
What You Will Need
If you draw digitally, you need two layers and an ink-like tool. If you draw traditionally, you need a pencil for the guide lines, and something darker for the final lines (marker, fine liner, etc). Remember to sketch the guide lines lightly, without pressing hard on the paper! Also, if you want to lower the level of difficulty, keep your drawings small—this way it will be easier for you to achieve the correct proportions.
1. How to Draw Pikachu
Draw two squares, one upon another. You don’t need to use a ruler if you can eyeball it correctly.
Draw a circle inside each square.
Draw the diagonals of the squares.
Draw a vertical middle line across the diagonals.
Draw two horizontal lines crossing both squares in the middle. Then draw a horizontal line just under them.
Draw round pikachu thighs in the lower half of the lower square.
Draw tiny feet under the thighs.
Draw two circles between the two squares—these will be the shoulders.
Draw the basic shape of the arms.
Give them thickness.
Finish the arms with rounded hands.
All the facial features will be placed inside this rectangular area. Sketch it.
Draw a line across the rectangle, slightly below halfway.
Draw the round cheeks.
Draw the eyes in the upper corners of the rectangle. Don’t make them perfectly circular—slightly tilted ovals will look cuter!
Add the shine dots to the eyes.
Draw the mouth and nose.
Draw two small circles on the top of the head to create a base for the ears.
Draw the length of the ears…
… and their thickness.
Sketch the basic shape of the tail.
Draw lines roughly parallel to the vertical ones, and one long line at the tip.
Add tapering lines to the horizontal ones.
The sketch is done! Take a darker tool and outline the final lines.
To make the illustration less flat, make the outline thicker.
2. How to Draw Butterfree
Draw a “fat teardrop”, slightly tilted. This will be the torso of our Butterfree.
Add a big, circular head to the torso.
Draw two elongated ellipses for the legs. Make the one on the right longer.
The main body is defined roughly, so let’s add the wings now. First sketch their curve…
… then sketch a teardrop shape around it.
Draw the rest of the wings the same way.
Butterfree has only two pairs of wings, doesn’t it? That’s
right—connect two upper pairs to create the final shape of the upper
With the main silhouette already established, we can go to the details now. Draw two tilted ovals for the eyes.
Two small circles on the torso will be the hands.
Draw zigzags across the circles to create the fingers.
Draw a circle where the mouth should be.
Cut it with a curve to create a smile.
Draw two little fangs under it.
Draw the long antennae on the head.
Draw ovals inside the eyes to make them more detailed.
Create the pattern on the wings:
Our sketch is done! Take a darker tool now and outline Butterfree.
Some parts can be filled with dark tones to create a nice contrast.
To make the drawing more interesting without colors, make the main outline thicker.
3. How to Draw Charizard
Draw a circle. This will be the lower body of our Charizard.
Create a snowman, adding a smaller circle on top.
Stick another circle on top, this time with a “neck” in between.
Attach the thighs to the bottom of the biggest circle.
Draw the ground line under the thighs.
Draw the oval feet.
Attach the circular shoulders to the torso.
Sketch the basic shape of the arms.
Add circles for the elbows and hands.
Attach three circles to each hand—these will be the fingers.
Add a muzzle to the head.
Draw a line across the head, keeping its roundness in mind.
Sketch the shape of the wings.
Sketch the direction of the tail.
To give the tail a proper thickness, draw circles along it—first a big one, then smaller and smaller.
Time for the details of the face! Draw a flat heart to create the front of the muzzle.
Sketch the nose holes.
Draw the smile across the head.
Add the fangs.
Draw the top of the muzzle.
Draw the eyebrows.
Draw the typical manga eyes.
Draw the horns.
Outline the eyebrows.
Add the claws.
Draw additional circles in the wings, legs, and feet to better see the thickness you’ll need to outline.
Sketch the flame.
The sketch is finished! Take a darker tool now and outline your Charizard.
Don’t forget to thicken the main outline to make the image more interesting.
Now you know how to draw Butterfree, Pikachu, and Charizard. Do you want to draw other things following a simple step-by-step instruction? Check these out: