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How To Draw Totoro

Today I am going to fulfill another reader request and teach you how to draw Totoro. Totoro is a Japanese icon, much like Winnie the Pooh is here in the U.S. He made his big debut in the movie “My Neighbor Totoro”, and he’s been a beloved Japanese character ever since.

So, let’s get started.

What you’ll need:

To begin with, make Totoro’s body by drawing a large egg-shape that ends with two small bumps at the bottom. These two little bumps will be Totoro’s stubby legs.

On either side of his body, draw in Totoro’s arms. His arms start near the top of his head, and come down to about the halfway point of his body.

Be sure to give Totoro three claws on each arm, and also sticking out from to bottom of each of his legs.

Totoro has a very wide mouth when he smiles, with about four or five large teeth. His mouth should sit at the base of his arms, (where his shoulders should be).

If you don’t want to draw Totoro smiling, his mouth is nearly invisible– just a tiny dot, which you can see in the image at the very top of this post.

Also, give Totoro a couple ears by drawing two small leaf-shapes that stick straight up, directly on top of his head.

Totoro has very tiny eyes for such a large body, which should be placed right above each corner of his mouth.

His nose is fairly wide and flat, and sits level with his eyes. Draw in a couple short, horizontal lines above his nose to simulate a snout.

Draw in three whiskers on each side of Totoro’s head, and his face is complete.

All that is left to do to complete Totoro is to give him his trademark pattern on his belly. You can make this by drawing a large circle that starts near his feet, and almost touches the bottom of his mouth.

Inside this circle, draw about 8 small boomerang shapes, and you’re done!

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