Neon Genesis Evangelion – Eva Unit 01

How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the hit anime series & movies – Neon Genesis Evangelion, Eva Unit 01 is a mecha piloted by Shinji Ikari. One of several evas (designed by Ikuot Yamashita), its job is to protect the city of Tokyo-3.

Number one featured here – has always been my favorite. In the series, one of the coolest things it did, was go into ‘Berserker Mode‘ minus the need for any power source.

Here – let’s create a likeness – homage so to say to the series, of this amazing mecha! Perhaps after working through this lesson, you can transfer the steps over to creating another one – maybe #00?

Let’s begin!

First Step – The Structure of Your Evangelion

Beginning with a simple structure to work from, you’ll be much happier as you progress through this lesson. Really – there are a number of steps involved here – and this ‘planning ahead of time’ will help you move forward more easily.

Here’s how the structure looks…

How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - simple framework How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - second framework How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - third framework How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - fourth framework

Notice how I’ve included orange lines to mark off key features – protrusions at various areas on the mecha. Unit one is especially unique for this reason – and most of all (I’d say) due to its ‘dinosaur-like’ horn on its head.

All done your framework then? Lines nice and light??? Great! Let’s get a move on!

Second Step – Draw the Head of Your Eva

In this likeness to the real eva from Neon Genesis Evangelion, I’ve gone ahead and stylized it in a way that’s different from how you might expect it to look. One key difference – is that the head here is bigger. Surely you, you’ll be able to pick out some others.

Use these images to help you bring into view – the head of your mecha…

How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the horn How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the eyes How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the face How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the mouth How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the chin How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - completing the chin How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - finishing the head How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the tongue and details

Even more ‘cartoony’ – you can see I’ve added a tongue! Also, the teeth are clearly seen as separate from the mouth – and the back of its head (helmet?) is shaped slightly different.

Head all finished then? Alright – let’s move on to the upper body now…

Third Step – Draw the Upper Body

In drawing the upper body – I’ve kept a specific sequence from which you can more easily create this mecha. There may be some parts that you want to switch around, and if so – feel free. Still, this is a nice way to go about it…

How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - beginning the sides How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - continuing with the sides How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the sides How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the wings How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - continuing with the wings How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - more on the wings How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the arms How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the hands

Alright – so far so good. In the next step, we’ll finish off our Neon Genesis Evangelion character by completing the rest of the body – from mid-section to toe.

Continuing on!

Final Step – Finish Your Neon Genesis Evangelion Mecha!

Well – we’re just about finished now. With the upper part in place, now it’s time to finish things off, beginning with its mid-section, and moving on down to the feet.

Stylized in my own unique way, use the following images to help you finish off your character…

How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the torso How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the abdomen How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the legs How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - more on the legs How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - continuing with the legs How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - drawing the feet How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion - finished drawing How to draw Neon Genesis Evangelion image

Ah – that’s better! With a little color – my favorite Eva is finally taking on a closer likeness to the one in the series. Of course – that’s the beauty of adding color to a black and white drawing — makes all the difference in the world.

How about yourself? Actually – this is a pretty detailed/slightly advanced lesson – so if need be, take a second run through to ‘fine-tune’ any areas you’d like to see better.

And there it is – Neon Genesis Evangelion – Eva Unit 01… complete! 🙂