How to Draw a Manga Maid & a Manga Cat Girl

Learn how to draw a manga maid and a manga cat girl from art instructor Chris Hart in this Howcast video.

Maids and service workers are very popular characters in manga, and they’re often glamorized. That’s the case with the maid, very glamorous with a frilly outfit, and they combine with catgirls often, in order to make a character like this, very appealing. Now, we’re going to learn a few tricks about drawing the maid catgirl.

First thing we want to do is draw the ears, obviously. And the ears, on most mammals, not human, start at a diagonal, like this, rather than on the side of the head, go off on a diagonal on the head. The inner flap is rounded, to give it life. If you draw it straight, it doesn’t look quite as convincing. I’m going to darken the interior, and then the tail, we want it to be perky, because a catgirl actually has some of the qualities of a cat.

So, we’re going to make this one kind of perky. To do that, we curve the tail, make it curled, into the bottom of the spine, rather than making it straight or hanging down, sort of droopy. And most of the tails on catgirls are thin, like this, but curvy.

Then we draw the apron. Now, to draw the apron, we have to follow the contour of the dress. See the dress is rounding here, like that? So, the apron is going to round off here. And as far as the bottom of the apron is concerned. This dress is rounding off this way at the bottom, so the apron also rounds off this way. We put some flounces or curls right here, a nice bow. Add a little contour to it. Add a little depth. A second bow up here, and a knot back here, hiding back here is a knot. And so those are some tricks to drawing a maid catgirl.