How to draw Goku from DragonBall Z. Son Goku (孫 悟空) is a fictional character, a superhero and the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball manga series written by Akira Toriyama. Learn basic drawing technique for Manga and Anime from step by step basic drawing lesson. You can scroll down further to see step by step images with instruction.

In this tutorial you will learn to draw a character Son Goku with basic instruction for beginners or novices. The step by step images will explain how you should draw the easy way and very comprehensive. You will learn manage and simplify a complex drawing. You will learn how to break down complex Manga drawing in to simple shape to start with. Then add necessary detail to complete the drawing that will look presentable.
“Goku” means “aware of emptiness” (the “Go” syllable means Enlightenment, and the “Ku” syllable means Sky or Emptiness). Goku’s full name (Son Goku) is the Japanese name for Sun Wukong, main protagonist in the Chinese legend Journey to the West, off of whom Goku is loosely based. Goku is the main character of the entire Dragon Ball series. He has spiky black hair that never changes throughout the franchise. He is most commonly seen wearing his trademark orange/red/golden gi over a dark blue undershirt.

Son Goku

Son Goku

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Below are step by step how to draw Son Goku.  Step one, I drew his head shape with two horizontal lines and one vertical line in the middle.  Step two, I drew his face over the construction lines, then began to add the right side of his hair.  Step three, I drew the rest of his hair design.  Step four, I sketched his body and arms very roughly.   Step five, I slowly draw his shirt and arm with muscles detail.   Step six, I finished the rest of his body.

How to draw Goku

How to draw Goku

Below is a very useful video tutorial how to draw Goku from Dragonball Z by Benzchan.

Artist: Robert de Jusus or Benzchan is one of my favorite Manga artist on youtube. I love his Goku, the face has so much character and attitude. Personally I think this drawing is as awesome or better than the Manga itself, but for sure better drawing than the Goku Dragonball Z Anime itself. I love how cool, clean and solid his style and line art is. The guy is super badass with Manga drawing. I really hope you guys enjoy the tutorial.

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How to draw Goku

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- Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.

  • edward patterson

    For one no one can draw like the actual creator akira toyriyami he drew goku how he wanted to draw it this guy doesn’t draw him like go us meant to be drawn.if u want to argue meet me at


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