How to draw an anime girl sitting down, depending on whether she has siblings or is an only child

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Japanese Twitter artist produces handy reference guide covering characters with younger or older brothers or sisters.

Japanese anime artists and manga illustrators tend to be incredibly meticulous in how they present their characters. Aside from having the right costuming, a character needs expressive body language to quickly and effectively communicate their personality to the audience.

To that end, Japanese Twitter user @Miyajimanouen has created a comparison of five different anime-style girls, all with different family structures. Since one’s relationship with siblings, or the lack thereof, is one of the most influential parts of growing up, @Miyajimanouen feels that each of these five young ladies would sit on the floor (as is common in Japanese homes) in a different way.


宮島農園 (@Miyajimanouen) December 27, 2016

At the top left is the girl with a younger brother. Confident and self-possessed, she crosses her legs in a regal manner that suggests just a touch of haughtiness stemming from her position atop the pecking order of the children of the house.

Next to her, at the upper right, is the girl who’s an only child. Like the big sister with a little brother, the only child also has no qualms about taking up