How to Draw Shikamaru Nara from Naruto Step by Step Tutorial

  It’s a personal opinion, one of the things that makes an anime great is a side character who is unexplainably smart and can take on an enemy who might be way much stronger than them in a fight solely based on their razor sharp intellect. The famous Shikamaru Nara is such a character from Naruto verse. Let’s talk about Shikamaru in this article.


Shikamaru is a shinobi of the Nara tribe in Konohagakure. Shikamaru is the only child of Yoshino and Shikaku Nara. Even though he is naturally lazy, Shikamaru possesses a rare intellect that allows him to consistently prevail in combat. Although the responsibilities that these victories inflict upon him cause him frequent annoyance, he accepts them gladly in order to serve his fellow members of Team Asuma, and to prove himself to generations yet to come. Shikamaru had very little interest in the class itself, preferring to spend his time sleeping rather than listen to Iruka Sensei’s lessons. Shikamaru showed the same lack of enthusiasm for the tests he was given and couldn't be bothered to actually answer the questions, leading to his poor grades. Shikamaru is naturally a lazy person and his inclination is to do as little work as possible. As an Academy student and even during his early career as a genin, Shikamaru is able to get away with this, spending his days sleeping, watching the clouds, or playing games of Shougi. His goal is to live unremarkably, free of anything of noticeably good or bad, and then to die just as unremarkably as he lived. When he is faced with the potential for conflict or commitment, he responds first by saying, "what a drag," and then by trying to find some way out of it, either by pretending to be indisposed or even outright saying that he doesn't want to do whatever it is.


The anime talks a lot about Shikamaru's great strategy, which explains why he's often put in charge of his friends' missions. Though he is good at planning out strategies, he is also talented at executing them. The same way he plays a game, Shikamaru also thinks many moves in advance of the next move in life. Shikamaru's intelligence was tested by Asuma at the beginning of the manga when he first became his sensei. During the course of Shikamaru's evaluation, Asuma discovered that he likely had an I.Q. over 200 - a record. When the Boruto series aired, everyone in Konohagakure considered him to be the smartest person of Konoha.


As a member of the Nara clan, Shikamaru is able to manipulate his own shadow. His signature move is the Shadow Imitation Technique, which in the anime he learned before even entering the Academy. By connecting his shadow to a target's, Shikamaru can use the Shadow Imitation Technique to restrain their movements and force them to mimic his own. When used against opponents, they may be able to resist his control, requiring that Shikamaru exert additional effort to keep them bound; when used for whatever reason on allies or others who have been incapacitated, no resistance occurs and the process is accordingly much easier. Throughout Parts I and II, Shikamaru must perform the appropriate hand seals in order to use his shadow, but in later years, he is able to manipulate it without them. By adulthood, his speed with the technique allowed him to capture the Five Kage and their bodyguards before they could react, with only the Hokage having the capabilities to free himself. As such, he had the opportunity to kill them if he chose to.

Shikamaru's nature transformations include Yin Release, which he commonly uses to perform his hiden techniques, as well as Fire and Earth Release. In the anime, he has shown to be able to use fūinjutsu, as seen when he tried to seal Kakuzu's lightning technique into a scroll, and when he unsealed water from a scroll to use as a medium to electrocute Kakuzu. He is also able to use the Flying Swallow and can create clones of himself, either by flowing chakra into his shadow and shape them, or by using the Shadow Clone Technique.


STEP – 1 : Drawing baselines

The first step of drawing anime boys, such as Shikamaru himself, requires you to simply draw a circle.

STEP – 2 : Drawing baselines II

In this step of anime drawing, you’re going to have to draw one vertical line and three horizontal lines parallel to each other, on the circle that you have drawn in the previous step, which will help you place the facial features. Initially this is the first step of how to draw an animated face.

STEP – 3 : Drawing the lower part of the face

In the third step you are required to draw the lower part of the face of Shikamaru which is basically the jaws and the chin, on the underside of the circular baseline.

STEP – 4 : Drawing Shikamaru’s hair / How to draw anime hair

Start by drawing the outline of the top part of the hair that is slicked back.

STEP – 5 : Drawing Shikamaru’s Eyes and ears / How to draw anime eyes

This step requires you to draw Shikamaru’s sharp almond like eyes and his eyebrows on the inside of the first two horizontal lines along with the ears with earrings on each side of the face.

STEP – 5 : Drawing Shikamaru’s Eyes and ears / How to draw anime eyes

This step requires you to draw Shikamaru’s sharp almond like eyes and his eyebrows on the inside of the first two horizontal lines along with the ears with earrings on each side of the face.

STEP – 7 : Drawing Shikamaru’s neck

It’s a really simple step, just add these two lines for his neck.

STEP – 8 : Drawing Shikamaru’s hair II

Now you have to draw the hair that is tied up in a ponytail and shorter lose ends on the back of his neck.

STEP – 9 : Drawing Shikamaru’s upper body / How to draw an anime body

This step requires you to draw Shikamaru’s upper body, covered by his Jonin uniform.

STEP – 10 : Darkening the outlines

In this step, you’re going to have to define the outlines further.


STEP – 11 : Finalising Shikamaru fanart

In this step you can erase all the excessive guidelines and rough lines, leaving out only the final outlines.

STEP – 12 : Colouring the drawing

In this step all you have to do is to colour and shade your final drawing as shown in the picture. Colour the hair black and his Jonin gears with green.

At this point, your Shikamaru drawing is complete and ready for the world to see. We hope the tutorial was helpful for you. Let us know in the comments your thoughts on Shikamaru and this tutorial. Don’t forget to subscribe and share! See you on the next one.


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