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How to Draw Big Hero 6 Characters: Step-by-Step Guide

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A person posing in front of the Walt Disney Animation Studios building with a large sorcerer's hat and text overlay "How to draw Baymax - My Big Hero 6 press day experience".

My time at the Roy E. Disney Animation Studio's was some of my favorite from my trip to Los Angeles. This is where I was able to get the real behind the scenes experience with how a Disney movie is made. I had the opportunity to interview the directors and learn all about the process, become the voice of Baymax (this awesomeness requires its own post-coming soon), and learn how to draw Baymax. I hope that you have already seen Big Hero 6 because it really is such a fantastic movie. I was so excited about seeing the movie on the Red Carpet that I came home and took my kids to see it opening weekend. I love learning the behind the scenes features to movies because it really truly helps me to appreciate the movie even more.

Group of people forming a line with raised arms in front of the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, demonstrating how to draw Baymax.

But first off, aren't we adorable in our Baymax sweatshirts! 🙂 I was able to spend the day at the Animation Building with these awesome bloggers and took these awesome jumping photos. I jumped so high when these photos were taken. Probably the highest out of all of the other bloggers, but when I received the photos, my feet were on the ground on every single one of them. Hahaha. I so don't have jumping skills!

A collage showcasing various "big hero 6" themed items, including how to draw Baymax, themed interiors, movie merchandise, and related artwork.

This is my second time being in the Disney Animation Building. One of my favorite things about being inside is that the decorate the inside around the movie that they are releasing. Since Big Hero 6 was coming out, everything was decorated accordingly. This really makes it fun for taking photos! There were large murals on the walls, concept art, lantern lights hanging from the ceiling, blow up Baymax and more. I think the look and design of Big Hero 6 is beautiful so it really made for a fun environment. I think I need to get a job and disney so I can enjoy the environment every day. I probably could one for my drawing skills, because unlike jumping my drawing skills are amazing.... As you will see below. (sigh!) 😉

Group of people posing for a photo in an art gallery with various artwork pieces, including how to draw Baymax, displayed on the walls behind them.

As part of our Big Hero 6 Press Day we had the opportunity to interview Directors Don Hall Chris Williams. They were really fun to interview and seemed really down to earth and passionate about their movie. We had lots of laughs with them when bloggers were giving them really good movie suggestions. Who knows, they may need to call us back to help with a sequel! This part of the trip was really neat because we got the pick the minds of those that actually created the movie. The story has so much heart so it was a great experience learning more about it. Here are some of my favorite things I learned from the interview:

  • Director Don Hall was first attracted to the Big Hero 6 title. He saw the Japanese superhero theme, thought that was super cool, and then read the books and was really struck by the characters.
  • Everyone on the film was really taken with the idea of a kid who was going to lose his brother and who would be left with his brother's robot, a surrogate big brother, to help him move on.
  • The story wasn't coming together, and it didn't come together, until they put Baymax front and center
  • Other than Baymax (everyones favorite character) Chris Williams identified a lot with Fred.
  • San Fransokyo is based on two of John Lassiters favorite places: San Francisco and Tokyo
  • They knew from the beginning that there would be no super heroes. It's going to be real people, and their superpower is gonna be super technology.
  • Baymax  was though of as more of a character than as a robot.

I loved watching Big Hero 6 again after having this interview with the directors because I was able to recognize things about the movie that they had talked about. I felt having this experience gave me a great connection the story because I knew more about the time, heart and passion that went into making it. If you haven't had a chance to see Big Hero 6 yet, I highly recommend it!

A person smiling and giving a presentation on how to draw Baymax from behind a lectern in a room with audio equipment in the background.

As part of the Big Hero 6 Press Day I had the opportunity to learn how to draw from Jin Kim, he Character Design Supervisor on BIG HERO 6. He was very talented in drawing Baymax and could do it really fast. I imagine that is because he has probably looked at Baymax and drawn him thousands of times in making the movie.

Sketch of how to draw Baymax alongside its projection on a screen during a drawing lesson or presentation.

He went step by step showing up how to draw Baymax. It was fun seeing a group of us following the same directions, drawing the same character and all of our final pieces turned out so different! It doesn't matter how many times I tried, Baymax ented up a much skinnier version of himself. So, how did I do?

Hand-drawn sketch illustrating how to draw Baymax from Big Hero 6, featuring a speech bubble saying "Hi, I'm Baymax!

I had a lot of fun. Yes, I recognize that they aren't going to be banging on my door to offer me a job, but I was proud of the fact that when I showed my drawing to my kids they immediately recognized who it was! 🙂  That says something, right? 🙂  Baymax really is a pretty simple character to draw. You can draw him too, by referencing the photo below drawn by Jin Kim.

How to draw Baymax

Are you a fan of the lovable characters from Big Hero 6? If you want to learn how to draw them, you're in luck! With this step-by-step guide, you can easily create your own drawings of Baymax, Hiro, and the rest of the gang. Impress your friends with your artistic skills and bring these beloved characters to life on paper.

Start with basic shapes

Before you begin drawing your favorite Big Hero 6 characters, it's important to start with basic shapes. This will help you establish the proportions and overall structure of your drawing. For example, Baymax's body can be broken down into a large oval shape for his torso, smaller circles for his arms and legs, and a rectangular shape for his head. Once you have these basic shapes in place, you can start adding details and refining your drawing.

Add details and refine the shapes.

After establishing the basic shapes of your Big Hero 6 character, it's time to add details and refine the drawing. Start by adding in the facial features, such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. Then, add in any clothing or accessories that the character may be wearing. Use reference images or screenshots from the movie to ensure accuracy. Finally, refine the shapes and lines to create a polished and finished drawing. Don't be afraid to make mistakes and keep practicing until you're happy with the final result!

Add shading and highlights.

Once you have the basic shapes and details of your Big Hero 6 character drawn, it's time to add shading and highlights to give your drawing depth and dimension. Use a pencil or shading tool to add shadows to areas that would naturally be darker, such as under the chin or around the eyes. Then, use a white pencil or eraser to add highlights to areas that would naturally catch light, such as the top of the nose or the forehead. Experiment with different shading techniques to create a realistic and dynamic drawing.

Use reference images for accuracy.

To ensure accuracy in your Big Hero 6 character drawing, it's important to use reference images. Look up images of the character you want to draw and study the details of their features, clothing, and accessories. This will help you capture the essence of the character and make your drawing more recognizable. You can also use reference images to help with shading and highlighting, as you can see where the light source is coming from and where shadows would naturally fall. Don't be afraid to use multiple reference images to get the best possible result.

Practice, practice, practice!

Like any skill, drawing takes practice to improve. Don't be discouraged if your first attempts at drawing Big Hero 6 characters don't turn out perfectly. Keep practicing and experimenting with different techniques until you find what works best for you. Set aside time each day or week to work on your drawing skills and challenge yourself to try new things. With dedication and persistence, you'll be able to create amazing drawings of your favorite Big Hero 6 characters in no time!

A drawing tutorial for Baymax on a digital screen with the caption "Learn how to draw Baymax.

 Learn how to Draw Baymax

If you want to learn how to draw Baymax here are some tips that we received:

  1. Start with the head and make it an oval shape then draw in the eyes
  2. Next, draw a pear shaped body
  3. Next you draw his arms, you could make both of his arms on the side of the body for an easier picture
  4. Add his fingers- notice he only has 4 fingers
  5. Next you draw the legs- make sure they round out on the outsides
  6. Add shade marks  on his elbows, legs, feet and stomach with a line connecting from one side of his stomach to the other and you are done!

If you need more help, here is a great video by Jin Kim teaching you to Learn how to Draw Baymax.

YouTube video

Here are some fun Free Printables that teach you how to draw Baymax and Hiro!

How to draw Baymax: step-by-step drawing guide for the character Baymax from Disney's "Big Hero 6", with space for the viewer to try drawing.

Step-by-step illustration showing how to draw Baymax from Disney's Big Hero 6.

Group of people displaying their drawings in a room with a sketch of how to draw Baymax projected on the screen.

I had the opportunity to go on a trip sponsored by Disney. In return I am sharing my feelings and opinions with my readers. All opinions are my own.

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