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How to draw kimono for dummies

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By Elruu   |   
Published: January 10, 2009
© 2009 - 2020 Elruu
OK, it's a quick lesson on how to draw a kimono. Just a glance, for total beginners.
There are several types of kimono. This one is most common. Married women have short sleeve. Unmarried and girls - long.
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NoPrimariesHobbyist General Artist
I need this. Thanks.
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TortiveHobbyist General Artist
I durn screwed up that picture I submitted on Friday.
Astral-Seas's avatar
Ahh this will help me a lot, thank you so much!
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RiversReverieHobbyist General Artist
Lovely reference!  It's so helpful to have all these observations in one place.  Thank you for sharing! :)
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You are welcome :)
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SuperMooshroomHobbyist Digital Artist
Sheesh. The Kimonoes in my drawings disobey almost all of these rules. Maybe mine are just Shrine Maiden uniforms?
Elruu's avatar
If by "shrine maiden" you mean "miko" that their wardrobe is a white kimono + red hakama (+ haori). A quick glanse at different kimono styles.
www.naomicosplay.com/kimono.ht…
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nitro-burner91Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, this has been really helpful!
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S-A-DiamondHobbyist Traditional Artist
Extremely informative!
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IchigoMurasakiHobbyist Traditional Artist
May I use this as a base as long as I credit you? :D 
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IchigoMurasakiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Thank you for letting me know, Elruu. ;3
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bloodyart13Hobbyist Artist
thank you for for putting this up. now i know how to fix my kimono errors. if i ever draw a kimono in my anime drawings i will defenitely credit you-rinny
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MollidysHobbyist General Artist
Definitely thank you, this is great!
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Charlatte4611Student General Artist
OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!!!!
Arigato! :D
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I was drawing a kimono, and needed a reference. Good thing I found this! I was drawing the wrap to the left! XD
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thewierdsideoflifeHobbyist General Artist
I think in several of my drawings it was wraped left... I also left some of the sleeve off.
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thewierdsideoflifeHobbyist General Artist
Basically I did bad.
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thats really usefull and detailed : D very good to look up things.
but i have to say (maybe someone mentioned it already) obiage and obijime are NOT only accessories, actually the obiage holds the obimakura, which is together with obijime needed for most of the knot/bow styles in which the obi is tied. except when you wear yukata, then they are only decorative
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Thank you so much , without this i would probably be raging by now :)
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CoreyCakesHobbyist Artist
I is dumb
Dis is hepful
Tank u
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CiusolStudent Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial. I often have trouble drawing kimonos properly, especially at the sleeves.
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Very cool :3 it is helpful, thank you~ :happybounce: 
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