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Tutorial: Draw Better Kimono by iheartsendai Tutorial: Draw Better Kimono by iheartsendai
A quick, very messy guide that I hope is helpful anyway! :D

Those of you who know a lot about kimono will notice I glossed over a few things, but this is meant as an overview of the most common mistakes I see artists making when drawing people in kimono/geisha/etc. Cosplayers might find it handy too. Feel free to share your own kimono art or ask questions, and I'll help if I can. :)

Also! If you like kimono/traditional Japanese things, please check out my blog:

[link]

EDIT: Wow! O_O I had no idea people would like this tutorial this much. Thank you very much to everyone who has favorited it! :D

EDIT 2: NEW TUTORIAL! If you liked this one, please check out
"Tutorial: Real or Fake Kimono". (Only #1 is repeated information from this tutorial, but I figured it was important.)

[link]
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orlaith-vampire Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
It's very good ^^ But the musubi you've shown as wrong, is actually very simmilar to a real one, called yanagi (worn by geisha of some cities)
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Edited May 12, 2015
Thanks for your input, but I'll have to politely disagree that the wrong knot shown is close enough to the yanagi to confuse people. The yanagi still folds up and is a closed loop. The picture I drew is one flap hanging out and loose and I actually drew it that way for that specific reason (because I see it drawn a lot that way and I didn't want to draw the yanagi, a real knot). ;)
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BaskettheMiner Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That helps so much,
Ty owo
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:iconiheartsendai:
iheartsendai Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Glad to hear! Thanks! :)
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BaskettheMiner Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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GriellaAnime Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Thank you so much for the tutorial!
It's amazing, now I can practice, hahah xD
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:iconiheartsendai:
iheartsendai Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
You're welcome, and thanks! Good luck! :D
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bloodyart13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the tutorial i will credit you if i ever draw a anime character in kimono-rinny
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:iconiheartsendai:
iheartsendai Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
:D Thanks and you're welcome!
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bloodyart13 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
yesh 
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orange-pirates Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
thanks for the tutorial :)
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:iconiheartsendai:
iheartsendai Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
You're welcome! Hope you found it useful!
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Jeevas-Crow Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks bro, this is really helpful. ^^
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:iconiheartsendai:
iheartsendai Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
I am no bro! But thank you. :D
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DaughterofShinRa Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Hahahaha oh my gosh this is wonderful! Good thing the first one I made was for me to wear around the house during video game hour! The sleeves are open in the front! How embarrassing! Ha! Totally passing this on to my con friends! 
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thank you! :) If you're interested, you might find my other kimono tutorial useful, too.

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8arah Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
so helpful! :D
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Thank you! :)

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NiamCK Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a blessing. As a cosplayer I'm trying to sew a kimono for myself but oh my it is harder then I thought it will be :D So this little helping tutorial is really a good source of details for me :)
(Now I must say- I'm dead based on the way I was wearing it XD)
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Thank you, and glad to hear it's helping! You might want to check out my Real vs. Fake tutorial and Sleeve Construction tutorial for more tips if you're sewing. :) Good luck!
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NiamCK Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I saw that one too :)
It really looks easy but on the end it's really tricky.
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Ah, ok! Let me know if you have any questions.
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NiamCK Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mostly fight with the collar but i will figure out it somehow :D
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Yes, the collar is the toughest part! Good luck. :)
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YamaJoyce Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:( but.. I made my own little Lolita-Kimono and wanted to have chopsticks in my hair an geisha lips.. xD

Btw. Nice tutorial :3
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
lol Thank you! :)
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7sheryl7 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
i just wanted to inquire, is there a difference between the collar of a female kimono and the collar of a male kimono?
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
If you mean placement (how sharp of a V it forms in the front when you dress yourself) then men are like adult women setting with a sharp V showing a lot of collar for casual occasions. For younger women and/or formal occasions, you show less collar and younger women wear a wider, higher and more concealing V.

If you mean construction, there is no real difference in the total shape and width of the fabric. Some women's are sewn over in half, while others are open to their full width and you have to fold it in half while dressing. I think men's are always sewn over for convenience. Anyway, a collar will always be folded in half though, at the end of dressing, whether it's sewn or folded.

And if that doesn't make any sense let me know and I'll dig up some pictures. :)
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haddyDrow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
This is so good! How do you tie the Bunko, though? I am searching for a tutorial.
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Thank you very much!

Here is a good, clear demo of a bunko knot, with English notes as you go. :)

[link]
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Erikku8 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very informative.
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you!
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TheMorningStarPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Your guides are so helpful! I was about to draw a japanese woman in kimono, but decided to find a reference first... instead I found this guide and realized that I was about to draw a kimono VERY wrong. Thanks!
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you, and glad you found it useful. :) If you have any specific questions about how a particular item ought to look or would like reference photos of a certain thing, let me know and I'll point you in the right direction.
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Xia-Kyandy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I's very good, My heart stops any time that I see a KImono which ''hands praing'' XD
-sorry for my bad english XD-
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Thank you! I've started to see it when some Japanese are dealing with foreign people, so maybe some are starting to do it because the foreign people expect it?
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
this is really good
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Thank you! :)
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goddess-of-the-moon1 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for this :D
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
You're welcome! :)
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Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice tutorial! :clap:

It really covers very common mistakes (if only I won 1 cent for each wrong-crossed kimono collar I've seen drawn around, I guess I'd be seriously rich by now... X/ ).
I like the simple comparation drawings, and it's really helpfull for anyone who's starting to like/draw kimono. ^^

Also, if I could make a suggestion... there's another big mistake I see a lot - people drawing the kimono sleeve coming from the shoulder's hight (like a suit?). If you ever feel like doing another of those tutorials, you could cover this detail.
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Thank you very much! :)

That's a good detail: if I do another one, I'll definitely include it. Thank you!
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midsneypixels Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
weird question, but what kind of floqwers are typically on a bira bira?
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Very astute question, actually, because it does matter what flower you use. :) Traditionally they follow the seasons, so a bira-bira worn in November might feature red maple leaves, and one for May might feature irises.

Some examples of seasonal motifs:
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As a note, bira-bira worn by maiko (apprentice geisha) are often just the metal fan with dangling metal chimes worn by themselves, with seasonal flower kanzashi worn elsewhere on the head. For young normal women, and occasionally maiko, you can see the flowers and chimes combined, as I drew them.

Maiko with their bira-bira separate:
[link]
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midsneypixels Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, thank you! are you a mind reader? I am, in fact, drawing a maiko! I wanted to do kind of a spring picture, this will be very helpful.
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
lol No, but glad to help! Good luck!
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midsneypixels Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD seems like it!
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KivaChan8 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is gonna be so helpful when i start working on my Demon and Daughter drawing of Gakupo and Luka >w< Thanks!
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iheartsendai Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
You're welcome, and good luck! :)
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blodly Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's really useful ^^ and that knot tateya can be whit any kimono or it have to special ? :o
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