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Now I introduce SOME of most typical pieces of ninja clothing.

Forehead protector

Also known as hitai-ate. As you all know, it is a piece of cloth to which is installed a metal piece with the sign of the ninja's village. Most, MOST of the ninjas use forehead protector, but not all (like Jiraiya or Shizune). However, adding forehead protector to the design of your character makes the costume a lot more Naruto-like than not using it.

Forehead protector is one of most versatile accessories that are seen among Naruto ninjas: there is some different colors with them and even more ways to wear it. I list some:


* Blue. Most seen color, especially in Part I. Used by all level ninjas from genins to jounins. Blue forehead protectors used in Iwagakure tend to be purplish.
* Black. Another common color, mainly used by chuunins and jounins, very common in Part II. Not very common among genins, unless they have been ninjas for some time.
* Broken red. Not the most common. All the notable Konoha ninjas using red protector thus far are specialized in taijutsu: they are Guy, Lee, Shippuuden Sakura and Shippuuden Chouji. Also, many Iwagakure ninjas use red head bands.
* White. Rare color, but seen among Kumogakure and Takumi ninjas.
* Purple. Some ninjas in Otogakure and Hoshigakure use that color.

STYLES, or some of them!

* On your forehead. Most common, hence its name. Examples: Naruto, Kiba, Kakashi, Baki… etc, etc, etc…
* Around your neck. Also quite common. Examples: Hinata, Kid Temari, Hidan
* As a headband. Examples: Sakura, Pakkun
* As a bandana (the cloth of forehead protector is actually quite wide). Examples: Izumo, Genma (backwards)
* Around your upper arm. Only seen on Kid Shikamaru.
* As a belt. Examples: Guy, Lee, Kid Ino
* Attached to another piece of clothing, most usually to a headpiece. Quite common, too. Examples: Kankurou (his hood), Shippuuden Shikamaru (the sleeve of his shirt), Kid Chouji (his cap), Yamato (his mask), Choujuurou (the chest of his shirt), Yagura (the stomach of his shirt)
* And you can invent even more of them!

"Normal clothes"

Almost all Naruto costumes have some piece that is made of normal fabric, like shirts, shorts and stuff. There is no strict rules for them, but I list you some traits that are often seen in the costumes:

* Usually, Naruto clothes have no patterns (except fine yukatas and kimonos), but they are sewn of one-colored cloth (probably to ease Kishimoto's job in drawing). Instead, you can make the clothes to be sewn from many different-colored fabrics: for example, Naruto's Shippuuden jacket contains both orange and black areas. There still is some exceptions: people in Kirigakure like striped shirts and camouflage pattern, and Otogakure people have usually snake skin patterned scarves.

* Simple symbols, clan symbols and kanjis are IN. Even if fabric patterns are OUT, Naruto characters like to use symbols in their clothes. Simple symbols are always okay, like dark green "stop mark" circles in Shikamaru's gray Pre-Shippuuden jacket, but avoid making them continuing pattern. People hailing from clans or organizations they're proud of like to use their clan symbols even in their free-time clothes; the Uchiha Clan is the best example about that. Japanese kanji symbols are hot, too, and they are seen in the clothes of several characters, including Tsunade and Zaku.

* Details from traditional Japanese garb are fun and rather often used in Naruto clothes. What about adding geta sandals or making the collar kimono-like? Also high collar favored by Uchihas and hospital medic-nins origin from Japan: they were used by soldiers to make slitting the wearer's throat more difficult. (Of course those soldiers used thicker fabric.)

* Try to use a little unusual clothes. Very few character from Naruto main cast use totally normal clothes, but the clothes always have something odd trait, separating them from usual clothes. For example, Shikamaru's combination short-cut jacket + fishnet shirt is not something that most boys in our world use. Neither Neji's shirts are something you see in your school daily. At least no character get stuck with t-shirt/top and trousers/shorts combination, it's too plain! Thumb rule: You can keep leisure time clothes normal, but try to make ninja clothes to have something that makes people to turn their heads in your schools - but because of their unusualness, not (necessarily) because of their coolness!

Ninja vest

Also known as flak jacket, tactical vest etc. Anyway, I'm talking about those vests that contain pockets, shoulder protectors and/or neck protectors and that are greatly favored by Uniform Type ninjas. Each village has their own types of them, and I'll lecture about them in section "Special Aspects from Village to Another". Ninja vests are (at least in Konoha) traditionally given to a ninja that has become chuunin, so the vests are commonly seen on chuunins, special jounins and jounins. Personally I think that the vests are highly useful: you can carry stuff in them, they give some armor, and it makes your allies to recognize you quicker. Of course they are very uniform-like, but still very handy.


Fishnets are seen on many ninjas in various forms. It is seen often as undershirt, tubes on legs or arms, and such. Fishnet is good when you are sweating: it is not too hot, but it warms a little when your skin is damp of sweat. Also, as it reveals skin, it eases the evaporation of the sweat and makes your skin to dry faster. For some reason, fishnets are rarely seen on young characters but more often on more mature ones, maybe because of their revealing and a little sexual look.

In the series, fishnets are also used as decoration instead of practical means. For example, members of the Hyuuga Clan are often shown to wear black shirt that have some fishnet in the lower part of the head hole, and in Shippuuden, Ino uses some fishnet tubes on her elbows and knees. (...what happens her knees when she trips? Ouch, stylish fishnet decoration on the skin…)


Bandages are used equally with fishnets as secondary covering of the body. Though it seems that tying bandages takes lots of time, they have their good sides. They can be used like normal bandages, by tying them around your ankles and wrists to prevent them from twisting and as light elbow and knee protectors. Stretching, cheap, and not too heavy or hot on skin. It's hardly even seen that the bandages fall down in Naruto, so we can assume that ninjas can tie them quite firmly. But still I don't support using them as the only cover of the tactical areas, like the bust with females! Few ninjas are willing to make Stripping no Jutsu without warning… :P

Hip pouches and shuriken holsters

Many ninjas carry their small weapons and equipment, like kunais and shurikens, in their hip pouches and kunai holsters.

A hip pouch is often worn tied in the belt and located in the right rear, though some people may carry more pouches. Medical ninjas carry so-called medical pouches that contain first aid equipment. Those medical pouches are usually notable larger than the normal hip pouches, though they are worn in similar way (Sakura and Ino also carry a small dagger called tantou above their pouches when they are on their missions). I believe that left-handed people may put their pouch to their left rear to reach it better.

Kunai holsters are rectangular pouches that are usually tied vertically onto one's right thigh to allow them to snatch some weapons more easily. I believe that left-handed people may put onto their left thigh to reach it better.

Ninja sandals and other shoes

So called shinobi sandals, the most common ninja foot wear, are also known as ninja shoes, shinobi sandals, shinobi shoes, toeless shoes etc. Vast majority of Naruto characters wear them: ninja sandals are the sneakers of the Ninja World. Even civilian kids and adults are seen to use them.

Shinobi sandals have quite many variations. Some of them:

* Common version. Little over ankle-length, flat part under the feet, some padding in the heels of the feet. Worn by most characters, including Kid Naruto, Kid Sakura, and companies. Google it, also cosplay tutorials are good material for this.
* Common version, model Sunagakure. Sunagakure's ninja sandals differ from the common (=Konoha) ones by some details: they are almost always black, they have no paddings, and there is an extra strap between the big toe and other toes. Again, google for example Sand Siblings.
* Extended covers over legs. In Shippuuden, they are rather often seen. They vary at least from Naruto's little extra coverings to Sakura's boot-like shoes.
* Sandal version. Some shoes, like Tsunade's, Temari's and Tenten's ones, coverings are very sandal-like.
* Heels. Some ninja shoes have a small heel in them, but they are low and wide enough to allow the user to walk and even run and jump normally (I've experiences that: I cosplayed Inuzuka Hana in her vet costume with heeled shoes, and I was capable to walk well even if I'm not used to heeled shoes! …but because of rising heels, my toes hurt… D: ). For example, Tsunade has heels in her shoes, and also Sakura and Tenten have minor heels in their shoes. Though, generally I feel that if Tsunade could change her clothes before going to action, she might do it. Even if she is a medic ninja, I don't think she wants to take a danger of twisting her ankles!

Ninja sandals are usually colored either black or navy blue, though in Kishimoto's manga colorings Kid Sakura is seen to wear turquoise ones (in anime, she wears blue ones). But I think it's fine to use other colors, too.

Other shoes that are seen in Narutoversum include:

* Traditional Japanese sandals (geta sandals: Haku, Jiraiya... flip-flop-like sandals: Tazuna, and I'm sure here is other people, too)
* Bare feet (many civilians, especially robbers)

And VERY RARE (but seen) ones in the series:

* Kick-ass-boots (worn by Ibiki… but ONLY by Ibiki)
* Business man shoes (worn by Gatou… but ONLY by Gatou)
* Rubber boots (worn by Tazuna's work men… maybe they'd be rather useful for Amegakure people, too.)
* Canvas sneakers with cut toes (Zouri, one of Gatou's bodyguards… but ONLY by him)

Note that those rare exceptions appear in early manga, in the state that Kishimoto possibly haven't firmed all laws of the fashion world of Naruto.


Every village in the Narutoversum have their own quirks and even their own trends. I'll list them a little. Please note that the details I mention are not used by all characters in the village in question, but many of them. This section is most useful for the ones that are planning Uniform Type costume that was mentioned in the previous part of this guide. And remember, is your friend!

Konoha (Leaf Village)

Konoha lies in a fresh forest land with gentle climate and without any massive natural phenomena. That's why Konoha people's clothing is often ruled by the comfortableness and looks: they don't have to be against weather more than needed. As being first village that Kishimoto introduces in the series, Konoha has less notable traits in its fashion than the other villages – it is the 'basic' ninja village, the base for the other ninja villages. However, there are still some of them.

Most notable of them is Konoha's ninja uniform, which you can see on Kakashi, Iruka, Asuma and guys. It consist of a forehead protector, that handy green vest (that many chuunin-and-up ninjas use), dark blue trousers, a dark blue shirt with red spirals, bandages on ankles and black ninja sandals. Google it. Many chuunins and jounins use just the vest and their own clothes, like Kurenai (in flashbacks), Shikamaru, Guy and Lee.

Otherwise, Konoha ninjas like nets, bandages, clan symbols, and of course the forehead protector and shinobi sandals. Civilians like to use semi-traditional-semi-modern clothes, like yukata-like jackets, t-shirts and aprons.

Sunagakure (Sand Village)

Sunagakure lies on a hot desert. People in it must protect themselves from both kunai and the hot sun.

The common Sunagakure's ninja uniform, one seen on Baki, consists of Sunagakure's beige ninja vest of which model is versatile. In the usual model, there are the front pockets near the hips, and the shoulder guards are longer, but there are many variations of it with pockets, shoulder guards, neck guards or without any of them. The trousers and shirts are dark brown. Many Sunagakure ninjas (at least males) use turbans to protect their heads from the hot sun. Again, google it or watch episodes. Here is not seen very many variations of the common uniform, but many genins (like Matsuri and Ittetsu) are seen to use some kind of brownish vest with their costumes.

Sunagakure's ninja sandals differ slightly from Konoha's ones. In Sunagakure sandals, there is a strap between the thumb toe and the other toes. Also, there is no heel patch in the sandals. Study the pictures. Civilians in Sunagakure like to use brown, gray or dark long robes with a poncho-like white upper part. Turban is liked among them, too. Overall, Sunagakure people like earthy and grayish colors, reflecting their living place (but they don't use them solely).

Kirigakure (Mist Village)

Kirigakure is not so seen in the series as often as Konoha or Sunagakure, but something can be told about their fashion, too. There is seen vertically striped upright collar shirts on them (Ao, Haku, Choujuurou). Also gray camouflage pattern is liked (seen in Zabuza's arm warmers and Choujuurou's pants).

Kirigakure's ninja uniform differs from from Sunagakure's and Konoha's one by the colors and shape of it. There is external shoulder protectors on them with symbol of Kirigakure on them. Google, again, or look at Kisame's flashbacks (in manga). Kirigakure's ninja vests are slate grey and may come with or without the neck padding. The shirt and trousers are black. Kirigakure civilians are seen to dress very similar way to Konoha civilians to semi-traditional clothes. However, there is not yet seen very modern clothes within them. Kirigakure people like grey, brown, blue and turquoise colors, reflecting their element and sea.

Some Kirigakure's ninjas, like Kisame and his ex-commander, look like fishes. There isn't shown any explanation for that yet.

Iwagakure (Rock Village)

Iwagakure is another ninja village that is not shown so much – in fact least of the five big villages. Iwagakure's ninja uniform's vest is greyish-brown, containing just one big pocket on the stomach. Google it. The shirt (that usually has just the left, loose sleeve, while the right one is missing) and the trousers are more grayish brown in anime, but in a splash image of Chapter 489, the shirts are shown to be red. Also, their straps of their forehead protectors tend to lighter and more indigo-like blue than ones in Konoha.

Kumogakure (Cloud Village)

Kumogakure's is neither shown much, but there are still many very distinct features among them. At first, Kumogakure is the only ninja village thus far that is shown to have notably dark-skinned people (tanned people like Iruka are not counted, neither freaks like Kakuzu). Those dark people have often (but not always) light or even white hair and black or dark eyes. White people in Kumogakure are usually blond or brown-haired. Dark eyes are a lot more common than light ones.

Also, Kumogakure's ninja uniform differs most of all types of the vests. The white vest is triangle-shaped and is kept on it's place by just one strap, going over the left shoulder. The shirt and trousers are dark gray. Once again, google it.

Otogakure (Sound Village)

Otogakure ninjas are briefly shown in Part I. They are shown to like grey cow-pattern scarves and grey ninja vests. The latter ones resemble somewhat Konoha's ones by their model. Otogakure ninjas are also seen to like loose up-right collars, slightly similar to the ones used in Akatsuki cloaks. They seem to prefer grey color and purplish shades of it.

Ninjas working directly under Orochimaru have their own uniforms. For example, guardians like Karin have their own one consisting of light purple shirt and black trousers, or in Karin's case, shorts. Also, Sound Four had their own garb.

Amegakure (Rain Village)

A thing that Amegakure ninjas have to protect themselves against is the constant rain, of course. It's not nice to catch flu in the mission! Thus, they like to use long robes or cloaks covering them wholly and thus keeping them quite dry. Also some of them (Hanzou, the Rain team in the chuunin exams) also wear something looking like breathing masks with big filters, though they seem to be used for diving underwater.

An interesting fact: since Nagato and Konan origin from Amegakure and set up Akatsuki here, the garb of Akatsuki is evolved from Amegakure one.

Other villages

Since I don't know well, for example, filler villages, I don't talk about them in this. Do some research by yourself.

Self-invented villages

Some people like to set their ninja characters into their own villages. That's okay, but note the following issues when developing their fashion and uniforms:

0. Practicality.

1. The climate. People living middle of snow can't wear similar clothes to people living middle of desert. Be sure they can stand their own climate!

2. Practicality.

3. The history and the originality.
Think of the history and location of the village. How old the village is? How far is it from other villages? What kind of culture it possesses? For example, all big five ninja villages (Konoha, Suna, Kiri…) have very different uniforms, since they are separated from long, long time ago. But Konoha and Otogakure have very similar tactical vest (except the color) because Otogakure is very new village set up by Orochimaru that is from Konoha. So, avoid re-colorings, unless the village is REALLY new and haven't developed its own uniform. Prefer very own uniform design: in war, it's just a good thing if you can tell apart a companion and an enemy.
The thumb rule: the less separated the village is from another one, the more the villages resemble each others, and vice versa.

4. Practicality.

5. Economics. Unless the village is really small and rich, all ninja uniforms can't contain badass magical sword, bling-bling belt and/or expensive haute couture armor. I presume that the ninja uniforms are usually mass product, and if the village is too poor to have mass product, either no uniforms are used or ninjas themselves collect pieces of clothing for their uniforms (like, village leader says that the uniform consists of green shirt and trousers and certain type of vest, and each ninja tries to get them somewhere). The explanation in Sunagakure's varying ninja vests (at least in Part I) may be the latter one.

6. Practicality.



Fan art and general art have something uncommon between them. In general art, we have free hands, but in fan art, we have a base that we must follow to make the art to be part of the fandom of original series. Without the solid base, the fan art is not fan art, but just something that takes just minor scratches from the series and doesn't find the heart of the series. We can make great fan art by inspecting the original series and checking out the outlines of the issues – knowing the rules of the series.

But following faithfully what Kishimoto has drawn doesn't mean that it SUPPRESSES our creativity. In fact, when we are given some central lines to follow, we can more easily concentrate on the main issue and pick the gold pieces from all the trash. By knowing the heart of the design of the series already, we can offer the fandom our own creativity and expand it with ideas that Kishimoto probably haven't even thought about. But to synchronize with the original series, the artist of the fan character have to know the laws of the original series. (S)he can even break them, if (s)he still knows that the costume is still okay.

Make research. Watch anime. Look at other, faved fan creations. Look at real life fashion and people. Feed your brain with useful material, don't let them starving! And remember the Golden Rule of an artist: Never break rules before you know them.

Thank you for reading this tutorial from the start to the end! If you still have something to comment about the tutorial, feel free to say. And have fun with future Naruto OC creations!
Another and the last part of my Naruto OC design tutorial, mainly concentrating on existing ninja wear. Commenting is free here, too.

The general character tutorial: [link]
The first part: [link]
The cover: [link]

E: Added some notes about fabric clothes.

EE: Here is awesome collection of brilliant OC designs! Thanks, *Kumkrum :D [link]
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BlueMoonroseDragon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey i looked over your tutorials and i think my Oc's outfits fit with the villages that they live in, but can you look over them and tell me what you think. i'd really appreciate it:D (Big Grin) 
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NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry about a delay with this! A sudden swamp struck me.

Anyway, some comments! Overall, your designs look great! They look extravagant enough to make them look non-real-life-like, but simple enough to allow proper movement. I like especially Ryuuki's sleeve things, which itself may not be a novelty, but that print there looks real nice :) The only thing I can quickly criticize about is the string things in the sleeves Mizu's shirt in the non-Suna-non-Chuunin-exam outift; they look like that they could catch a branch and rip the shirt, and I don't think it would be very convenient. Instead, her Chuunin exam outfit is really cute and reminds me of a water flower c: I like especially her girly hairdo.
BlueMoonroseDragon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks youChitanda Bowing Icon  i really appreciate the feedback on the costumes for my Oc's.  i would like to explain the strings on Mizu's non-Suna-non-Chuunin-exam outfit. the strings are meant to separate the kimono sleeves from the the rest of the top. During her fight in the Chuunin exams she goes into a transformation that turns her into a half human half fish hybrid and she has flipper like spikes sprouting out of her arms and elbow. i couldn't think of a way for her to keep her with the transformation without having to rip or tear outfit. So i thought that the strings would workSweating a little... 
But anyway thanks for the feedback. Hug   
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry about delay with the reply! A swamp happened.

Okay, that explains the strings. I can't immediately come up with a better way, except by removing the sleeves, but alas, then we lose the fancy factor D:

Glad you found my feedback useful! :)
BlueMoonroseDragon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Student General Artist
I knowWaaaah!  but oh well thank for the feedbackHug 
SadnessYu Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I had tought about so many of this things before, but still this gave me lots of ideas to dress my baby Oc xdd I really like this tutorial, one of my favourites, now I need to find paper soon to sketch clothes your tutorial made me imagine xdd Thank you for taking the time to help people with your knowledge~!
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^_^
Darkjinx1994 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
This was incredibly helpful. Thank you so much!
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
Chiyosumizome Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Thank you SO much for your help! it really got my brain going :D 
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
Zelika-Okami Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for both of these tutorials! It really helped me along the way and even got me inspired of mii very own outfit! Thanks a bunch! It's very basic and still, it helps me alot Clap 
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to hear that! c:
MinatoLikesSmoothies Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. I kind of knew the basics, but it was interesting to read what you had to say about the topic :3 Thanks for taking the time to write all that! 
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
Angelofthedarkness12 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Um hi I was using this to design my Oc and I was wondering what you thought of it so far.

NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Replied! Sorry it took that much time.
2442rosepetal Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Um, you said in "normal" clothes that oto nin usually wear 'cow' patterned clothes. I think its more snake skin than cow. Just saying. But overall this really helped me thank you!
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'll fix that!
Brisingr-Arget Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I liked this tutorial. Thanks! I'll keep in mind when designing my OC's.

BTW, I was wondering if you could critique one of my OC profiles. Only if you're willing.
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I can do that! Though I don't promise to reply fast... and also, I quit reading scanlations in summer 2011, so I prefer not to critique it if there is spoilers :'D Event-wise, I quit at the very start of the Great Shinobi War.
Brisingr-Arget Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... darn, he's next gen... Well, he doesn't have spoilers as he is completely original, ancestry-wise anyways. I'm just wondering if you're go for it.
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Does he spoil anything about the original series? Like (big) things that are revealed in the Shinobi War Arc but not before it?
Brisingr-Arget Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No, not really.
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Then in that case, I can review that profile C:
Brisingr-Arget Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I decided to comment it on your critique journal, thing. Thanks!
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay! I'll check it in some point C:
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Brisingr-Arget Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One moment then...
pandatama Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! I love your tutorial and have often resorted to it when designing or redesigning my OCs!
I'm currently considering redesigning my OC Haruko, and I'd really love if you could give me an opinion on her current design! The references I have are very old and thus very poorly drawn, but if you could give them a look I'd be very thankful - [link] and [link]
Sorry for the bother, and thanks again for the wonderful tutorial!
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for stumbling upon my tutorial! C:

I find your designs authentic and good :) I like more that pre-Shippuuden shirt, as it is rather unusual-looking. The Shippuuden shirt borders more the "you could see this in you school" look.

Some extra twist wouldn't harm these designs, though! She does look a bit background character material here... Here are some ideas for what to alter:

- Unusual hairdo? Like a ponytail tied in such a way no normal kid would wear without getting surprised gazes? Or maybe some kind of unusual headpiece?

- Tricot shorts are really practical but also rather plain. What about giving them an interesting detail or putting something onto her waist?

- What kind of jutsus/fighting styles she uses? Could she need some equipment/armor in order to use them? (Like, an archer could be thankful of having arm and finger protectors in order to avoid the skin peeled when firing arrows xD)

- A bit vanity: what about giving her trinkets/accessories just for vanity? Of course not a mile-long necklace that could tangle into a nearby branch and strangle her, but, like, hair accessories, bracelets etc. things that are easy to put on and that don't limit her when fighting?

(My personal favorite would be a noticeable hair piece or hairdo, anything something head-related that would gather the viewer's attention and make her easier to recognize. Many memorable characters have something unique in their heads that make them easy to recognize by headshots only: Naruto has his spiky yellow hair and "whiskers", Kiba has fang tattoos and slit-like pupils, Ino has one-eye-covering bangs, Hinata has her hime cut, Neji has his long hair with ends tied, etc...)

I hope you find these suggestions useful C:
pandatama Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your help, it was indeed very useful!

I'm probably not going to change the pre-Shippuuden look too much - it could also use some revamping, but what worries me is her Shippuuden looks.
I'm a little stuck with ideas for her hairstyle; coming up with unique hairdos has always been my weakness. I agree that it's a key point to make her look more unique, though, so that's definitely on my 'to change' list.

I'm currently doodling some possibilities, and I've tried asymmetrically cut shorts - like, one leg longer than the other. Also, I dug up an old concept sketch that features a slightly more complex that could be a starting point.

My big problem, though, is that Haruko is very down-to-earth and a bit of a tomboy; I can't really picture her wearing jewelry. This is hindering me a bit, seeing as I tried to draw her wearing her forehead protector as a headband to solve the plain hair problem, but then her neck feels too exposed and I'm not too sure what to do about it.

She's mostly a taijutsu user, so she needs a practical outfit - hence my top and shorts choice - and she mostly uses shuriken, kunai and wire as weapons, which is why she wears a shuriken holster. Her ninja team's nicknamed as 'team fishnet', since all the members wear it; I'm not too sure if fishnet and bandages in one outfit isn't a little too much, but I'll try it out - I'd like to know your opinion on that topic, if you don't mind?

Anyway, thank you so much for the big help! I'm sorry to bother you so much with this, but could I send you a pic when I have a new possible design?
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm, what if we don't talk about vanity... but rebellion? >:D MOHAWK TIME. ...okay okay up to your decision xD Asymmetrical hairdos sound good, as long as you don't stuff tons of distracting details there but keep the simple wholeness.

And also, many people wear jewelery/accessories out of emotional values and sometimes even due to practical purposes rather than due to wanting to look fancy (like I do: I wear a cross around my neck as an emotional reminder of my nice confirmation camp and Christian values, and war a fancy watch (a gift) in my wrist since, well, I want to know time xD).

A couple of ideas: That if she wore a high ponytail with a biiiiig, unique hair accessory? (Something prominent but easy, like an unusual (but not overly girly) hair clip or a hair tie). Hair is kept away from her face, and the hair accessory gives some variation :D Or maybe a non-hitai-ate hairband? With tomboyish badges or other guy-like accessories in similar fashion than Soul Eater uses them? [link]

Fishnets and bandages... I don't see anything wrong with them, but using both adds complicatedness of the outfit, so if the outfit is already sort of complicated, using both of them looks confusing. I would treat them a bit like fabrics with different colors and materials.

And yup, I can give a look to the new design, too! C:
pandatama Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! You can find a new version of her design here: [link]

I still have a few doubts about it, but after brainstorming with my friends this is what I came up with. I did decide to go with a bigger hair tie, just as you suggested, although I fear the hairstyle might still be too plain, and I decidem to risk a fishnet and bandagens combo. If I end up not liking it, I can always go back and edit those out c;
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BTW many of my design favorites from Kishimoto are often the characters with faces that differ from the main stream and that also support their personality. Examples:

Asuma: Brown puppy dog eyes, large nose, BEARD --> An easy-going mature guy
Hidan: Well defined, mature facial structure, wrinkled eyelids --> Adult villain who is too sexy for his shirt
Gaara: BROWLESS FREAK WITH PERMA EYELINER --> Emotionally limited kid who freaks out people by appearing more emotionless than he actually is
Hinata: One of few characters with "tareme" eyes (outer eye corners pointing more downwards than upwards), which highlights well how she is gentler and more shy than rest of the girls. I felt a bit disappointed when she later got "eye corners up" (tsurime) design. I also think that as a kid, her face was rounder than the other girls'. Or then it's just me.
Shikamaru: Ideal pencil-point pupils and wiggling brows that fit for "Why me?" expression acrobatics. xD

Different faces also help telling apart the characters C:
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like that new shirt a lot C: Air conditioning and still looks of a full-length shirt! Also asymmetric ponytail looks good. The combination of fishnet and bandages work here well!

The only thing that hits my eye a bit is that her face still reminds me of Sakura, despite that her fringe is different, but that may be just my own nit-picking. Kishimoto often likes to give characters unique facial structures (compare, for example, Hidan and Shikamaru), though he doesn't do that to everyone (for example, not counting pupils, Ino and Sakura's face structures are rather similar, like many other teen females). Hmmmm, one idea: a bit different eyebrows than the usual line-like ones? Like arched brows, horizontally short brows, drop-shaped brows, or thick(er) brows? (Not Lee-like thick but, say, two times thicker than that?) You can dumb that idea if you want, but tasteful tweaking from the main stream is always a good thing :'D

BR a girl with thick brows xD
pandatama Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I did a good job on her outfit and hair c:

Oh, I know what you mean! It took me a while to grasp Kishimoto's style, and I'm still not very good at diversifying the facial traits... Anyway, I think the eyebrow suggestion is a great one, especially since I just noticed they looked kind of oddly drawn here. I made them only slightly thicker, though, because when I tried to make them a lot thicker they would look unnatural; I’ll work on that part of her design over time, as in this picture I was focusing more in her overall outfit and such. I replaced the old image with this new version, but I'm not sure the changes are even noticeable.

I think tsurime eyes are what will work best for Haruko's personality, so I might make that trait slightly more noticeable when drawing her in the future.
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that making her unique enough requires only one or maaaaayyyyybe two The Things into her design. Slow development might be the best choice here :)
MissRabennest Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
A nice tutorial! I knew most things already and I think I tried to pay attention to them when designing my RPG characters, ignoring some points but I think it's fine as long as it isn't too much... At least I deceided those points on purpose different that it would be common.
The tutorial is well written, easily understandable and surely a great help for someone who's unfamiliar with the clothing of the Naruto universe but wants to create an authentic OC!

I don't want to push you to give an opinion but if you are interested.... I am always interested in constructive criticism especially concering the outfit designs. I like designing outfits for Naruto characters... It's a lot of fun but criticism helps you to get better! ^-^

Suzume Aoyama: [link] (Headshot with forehead protector) & [link] (left side xD)
Genin of Kumogakure.. I know she's very brightly coloured but that was deceided intentionally...It's a special trait that she is quite monochrome - blue hair, blue eyes, completely blue clothes! She pays attention to that a lot for a reason (it's not completely logical but she's still a teenager and I refuse to make all her deceisions and feelings rationally motivated ^^). Also, she's from a game that plays several decades after the manga and after some mixing of the countries because of the storyline (long and written in German >.<) what might allow some more freedoms with fashion and looks.
She keeps her hair completely out of the face with her forehead protector while on duty and braids her hair or puts it into an updo when she goes on missions.
What I really like about her are the clothes... Wide cut 3/4-pants with sleeveless tops usually. She likes high collars, zippers and hoods a lot. Just a little jewelry that can't get entangled and average ninja sandals complete the picture.

Nadeshiko Amatou: [link]
Created for the fanmade Heartshrine Village (:iconheartshrinevillage:) which is quite special itself...
Her clothes are always matched to the current season in colouring and mostly traditional. This outfit is an autumn one with warm colours but not as bright and vivid as the summer ones.
Nadeshiko avoids to get engaged into close combat at any cost, she prefers distance, Ninjutsu and her seal scrolls while her body is of the weaker kind. She's not sick but has quite a low stamina and gets tired easily. So I deceided that her clothes could be a little bit less practical. She doesn't move as much as her teammates and is more a support type than an actual fighter. Probably she'll become a "shinobi priest" later on.
The right sleeve is fixed so she can move her arm better... Same goes for the skirt. She doesn't run around a lot but at least she could if she wanted.
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glimpsed at them :) And then authenticity is just fine! I LOVE THE DETAILS.

About Suzume: I love the hoodie/zipper/collar etc. theme, it looks fun and it's still logical for a ninja! The only things to nag about are more like my personal tastes than [a huge quote mark]absolute truths[a huge quote mark].

1. I find her hair color a bit too neon for me. Most Naruto characters with weird-colored hairs have rather toned-down hair-colors (except there are bright reds in the Uzumaki clan, pointed out in-universe too). DON'T SPOIL THE SERIES, I STOPPED READING SCANLATIONS TWO SUMMERS AGO. However, if the game happens in the future, they may have bright hair dyes...?

2. I'd like to see more differences to the "nowadays" Naruto fashion and your "future" Naruto fashion (the fashion evolves!). Though I think that'd be clearer to me if I saw more examples of the latter.

Aaaaand about Nadeshiko... nothing to nag about! :D Her costume makes totally sense, and the colorfulness can be explained by her status as an upcoming shinobi priestess... though... if her clothes are already that fancy, how fancy they'd be in the future? :'D
MissRabennest Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to comment on their designs ^-^

To Suzume:
I actually decided that her hair colour is an intense cyan but she uses dyes to brighten it up even more. But that's a little secret she doesn't talk about.
But I have to admit that I didn't think too much about how bright the colour should be to fit... I just liked it and there are several characters in her environment with equally bright hair colours... But well, I do consider Naruto's (and Minato's) hair to be bright yellow, not blond. That's Ino's hair colour for me^^
And the fashion didn't change too much, I think^^ The world is still very close to the one known from the manga but allows a bit more freedom for the designs and story.

To Nadeshiko:
Well... She is a colourful little butterfly xD Her teammates tend to wear a lot of black and white with less bright colours. Nadeshiko is the smallest team member but definitely the most colourful one ^^ But she loves pretty dresses and flowers and she is a nice possibility to become creative xD
The village's motto is "We regret nothing" Well well... Creativity is the only limit how fancy her outfits might get xD
Killyhawk Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I was wondering if this is any good!

She's from Sunagakure.


The symbol on the half skirt (which has pockets on the inside for small tools and things) is her clan's symbol.

Also, I should mention that her shirt goes under the bandages- they're mostly just there for uh. Anchoring, I guess. (I drew them a bit low in this picture on accident)
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry about small delay. Anyway, I reply to that deviation! Stay tuned~
Killyhawk Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :)
SilverVoodoo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Does my OC look good? :D [link] Your tutorial is pretty professional, so I just had to ask if she's ok ;)
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll post that to that deviation!

Professional? And I'm just a geek xD
WhatLoveCanBe Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does my OC Kitaro look ok? [link]

I've seen cargo shorts used in Naruto, on some of Orochimaru's subjects in the background.
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks authentic (=I could easily believe there could be a character looking like that in Narutoverse), but she looks slightly boring to my eyes. A twist in her attire would spice her looks nicely :3 What about giving her an unusual piece of clothing (=something you most likely won't see in your school)? She already appears quite tomboyish (nice contrast to Sai who has OH SO MANLY midriff-baring shirt), so something to strengthen her tomboy looks? C:

I can't suggest you anything direct, but here are some examples of twists in the outfits of canon characters (DO NOT COPY):

- Neji's shirts + his Shippuuden man skirt
- Guy&Lee's bodysuits
- Sakura's qipao in Pre-Shippuuden + medic-nin "apron" in Shippuuden + her qipao-inspired shirt
- Tenten's Shippuuden hakama pants
- Gaara's belt thing for carrying his sand gourd
- Sasuke's duckbutt hair (yeah, it's unusual sight at least if we assume that he doesn't pour tons of hairgel into his hair every morning)
- Temari's quartet pigtails
- Kakashi's gravity-defying silver hair
- Kiba's slit-like eyes
- Etc etc etc.

Think about what kind of impression you want to give about her. Do you want that readers mistake her into a boy? (Then it might be good if she has clothes that hide the curves of her body, if she has them.) Younger or older than she actually is? (Inspect the clothes of people of different ages.) Agile or clumsy? (If the character is wrapped into loose, baggy clothes that look like he is going to trip over them, it's unlikely that people think he is agile.) Open or shy? (Shy people may "protect" themselves by wearing peaceful colors and covering clothes.) Do you want to highlight her personality via her clothes? (I LOVE TO DO THAT WITH MY CHARACTERS :D )

And practical issues... How does she fight? Does she have any fancy weapons that might require carrying equipment (Kankurou's puppets, Gaara's sand gourd, Tenten's Shippuuden scroll, all those sword-fighters...)? Or something that requires protections? (If you do Akimichi-style human rolling thing, some protection might be nice, and also if you do archery, you probably don't want that the string of the bow peels the skin from your arm when you try to shoot.)

I hope this helps you to think :3
WhatLoveCanBe Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I most likely wouldn't see these clothes in my school anyway. There's a uniform XD

Maybe something a little lighter added to her dark clothes, like a cap or a scarf? A cap is a bad idea IMO because I don't know how to make it Naruto-like.

Thinking about her personality, maybe I should add something a little girlier to her clothes like a small heart symbol with a light colour to say that she has a feminine side.
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoops. School uniforms are something I keep forgetting xD

If you add a single item that is light-colored onto the outfit that is otherwise dark, I suggest adding it onto her "mid section" (somewhere from neck to waist). If you add it onto her head or feet, it goes a bit too, well, edge, and the darkness balance isn't that good. Like, "dark + light + dark" is more balanced than "light + daaaaaark".

I wouldn't say that cap was a bad idea, if you happen to get any even slightly original idea for that. :3 Caps are usually pretty boyish, and I haven't seen them often on the Naruto OCs -> Originality scores! We have already at least Tayuya's cap, Kankurou's "hood/cat ears cap", Chouji's "underwear cap", and Suna guys' headgear, and many ninjas wear their forehead protectors like a bandanna (covering also the top of the head).

For getting an inspiration, you can, for example, think about functions of headgear...

- Protection against sun/rain? (...still allowing the fancy jumping in trees...)
- Keep your hair out of your face (if tight enough)
- Warm your head (did you know that 40% of heat of human body escapes from head and neck?)
- Just look like a rebel and annoy the teachers and other authorities who want that you don't have headgear indoors (gansta beanies)
- Protect your head from physical traumas (helmets... helmets, why ninjas don't use them more often?)
- etc.

Do what you feel best. C: But on the other hand, I think it would be funny to make the reader to confuse her gender / age / an issue in her personality / etc. Yeah I said that showing the personality is golden, but also misunderstandings are golden when they are INTENTIONAL :D (For example, Chad from Bleach is a wardrobe-sized, foreign-looking and silent guy with intimidating strength and toughness, and he communicates mainly by grunting, but actually he is a very kind and gentle guy who likes stuffed animals.)
WhatLoveCanBe Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's meant to be thought of as a boy at first.
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