Drawing manga guide

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This guide is an introduction to the basics of drawing with a focus on the anime and manga style. It provides tips on approaching the drawing process in the right way and suggests some beginner friendly exercises to help you get started.

For a list of other things you can learn that will help you draw anime and manga you can check:

Tips on How to Learn How to Draw Anime & Manga

This guide covers the first part of that list (The Basics of Drawing).

1. Make Light Line Drawings First

Sketch to clean drawing anime eye

Draw using light lines first and then trace over them with darker lines once you are sure that everything is in the right place. This be especially helpful for large or more complex drawings.

Light lines are easier to erase if you make a mistake and easier to make (you don’t have to press as hard on the pencil so your hand will be less tired).

Even if drawing digitally it’s still a good idea to first make a sketch and go over it with cleaner lines afterwards.

Tracing your own lines will also work as another exercise to help steady your hand.

Try and draw with as few lines as possible. If you make a mistake with your first line it’s fine to add more lines until you land the correct one but don’t scribble or draw extra lines just for the sake of it. If you make too many mistakes erase that part of your drawing start over.

2. Use Guide/Construction Lines

Constructions lines when drawing anime

Use guide lines to help yourself draw. For example if you want to draw a symmetrical head/face from the front view you can first draw a horizontal line though the middle of where you want to draw the face. This line will help you make sure that both halves of the face are even in width. You can then draw a horizontal line (or several lines) to help you make sure that both eyes and both ears are on the same level.

For drawing different styles of anime heads see:

How to Draw Different Styles of Anime Heads & Faces

3. Plan Out Your Drawing & Draw Larger to Smaller

Anime large to small shape drawing order

Estimate your proportions before  you start drawing. You can see that in the above example the girl is 6 1/2 heads tall (as anime characters tend to have larger heads in relations to their bodies then real people). By comparing the size of different parts or objects in your drawing to one another you will be less likely to make a mistake.

Regardless of what you are drawing start with the larger shapes first. You don’t need to always start with the absolute largest shape but definitely don’t start with the smaller details.

If you area drawing a person start with the head and work your way down through the rest of the body. Don’t draw the smaller details like the facial features until you have the shape of the entire body.

Drawing this way will make it a lot easier to fix mistakes. For example if you fully draw out the head with all of the details of the facial features you may then find that the body doesn’t actually fit on your drawing area. You will then have to start over and redraw the entire face again.

Some of these mistakes can be easier to fix if drawing digitally but that doesn’t mean that you should not learn to draw in the correct order.

For more on drawing anime bodies you can see:

4. Keep Different Parts of Your Drawing in the Same Stages of Completion

Drawing consistency example with anime eyes

Try and keep the various objects in your drawing in roughly the same state of completion. If for example you are drawing eyes than draw the outer shape of each eye and then draw the shape of each iris. By doing so you will be more likely to notice if the first one is out of place and you will only need to do a little back tracking if you make a mistake (similar to the previous example).

For more on drawing anime eyes see:

5. Draw Things That Are Hidden

Sketching out hidden parts of anime drawing

It’s sometimes a good idea to draw things that are hidden by something else.

In the above example some parts of the head and face will be hidden by the hair in the final drawing but you may still want to draw their basic shapes and erase them later. The reason for this is to insure the correct placement of the parts that are visible. For example by doing a light drawing of the second eye you will be able to check the spacing between the eyes which will help you insure that the visible eye is correctly placed. You can also draw the outer shape of the ears to estimate the volume the hair needs in order cover them.

For drawing anime style faces see:

6. Do Drawing Exercises

As a beginner artist you can really benefit from some fairly simple exercises of drawing lines and basic geometric shapes. These exercises will help steady your hand and train you to see (and avoid) common mistakes.

You can do these for about 10-15 minutes at a time.

Straight Lines Drawing Exercises

Straight line drawing exercises

The most basic exercises is drawing straight lines in different directions. Draw horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines without rotating your drawing area (paper, tablet, etc…).

Curved Lines Drawing Exercises

Curved line drawing exercises

In addition to straight lines practice drawing curved lines in different directions and try to have nice and smooth curve without jitters or sharp turns. Just like for the straight lines exercise don’t rotate your drawing area.

Basic Shapes Drawing Exercises

Basic shape drawing exercises

Practice drawing basic shapes such as squares, circles, triangles, ovals, rectangles, etc…

Try and draw each shape with only one stroke per side. Draw the circle and ovals with one solid line from start to finish.

Don’t worry if your shapes don’t come out right, simply try and improve on the next shape.

Mixed Drawing Exercises

Shape and line drawing exercises

You can also combine the drawing exercises. For example you can draw a square than inside it draw lines going from one corner to another followed by two more lines going through the intersection point of those lines followed by drawing a circle inside the initial square. But unlike the previous exercise draw this circle a quarter at a time.

In addition to all of the previous benefits this exercise is also really good for learning to draw symmetrical shapes.

Anime head from basic shapes structure

In the above example you can see how an anime style head can be broken down into three simple shapes. The same can often be done with other parts of the body and various other objects. You don’t need to actually draw all of these out every time you want to draw something but its a good example for why learning to draw basic shapes can be so useful.

7. Study the Anime Style

Anime girl under magnifying glass

To make art that looks like anime and manga you have to understand their defining characteristics. Fortunately there are plenty of tutorials here on AnimeOutline to help you study these styles. Simply see the Anime & Manga Drawing Tutorials section and pick whatever it is you are interested in drawing.

8. Check for Mistakes

Anime girl drawing flipped

If you are having trouble spotting your mistakes turn your drawing upside down or hold it up to a mirror. This will give you a fresh “perspective” making it easier to see them.

For mistakes beginners commonly make when drawing anime (and fixes for them) see:

Common Mistakes When Drawing Anime & Manga

Conclusion

Doing the exercises and applying the tips suggested above will help you with the basics of drawing anime. Once you you have a fairly steady hand with good control of your pen or pencil you can move on to more advanced aspects of drawing. These include things such as perspective, color and shading. For some basics on all of these see the following tutorials:

For a suggestions on things that can help you learn to draw anime see:

Tips on How to Learn How to Draw Anime & Manga

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Best Manga Drawing Books To Help You Master The Art Style

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Mastering the manga art style is not a simple formula. It takes a lot of practice and a willingness to try new techniques in your art.

But with the right learning materials you can shave off some time from the learning process.

In this post I’ve organized the best books covering the manga/anime art style. Each book has a different focus on specific types of manga, hands/feet/hair, chibi styles, or specific techniques to improve your manga drawing skills.

Take a look over the list and see which titles stand out to you.

The Master Guide to Drawing Anime


One of the best intro books you can get is The Master Guide to Drawing Anime. This covers everything you could possibly need to know including facial expressions, clothes, posing, and quick tips for mastering the manga style.

The author Christopher Hart has written dozens of books about art and self-teaching. He really knows how to convey information clearly regardless of your skill level.

This book is full of templates and step-by-step guides to help you master the manga art style. If you follow along with each chapter and do the exercises on your own then you should see a big jump in skill.

Each page is full of rich information and the print quality is superb. This is a must-have title for anyone serious about drawing manga.

 

Mastering Manga


Learning how to draw in the style of Japanese manga is one thing. But the book Mastering Manga goes even further to teach the structure of manga layouts.

You’ll learn how to create poses and compositions that help to tell your story in action. The author Mark Crilley uses plenty of visual examples to convey each idea so you can follow along with ease.

You should pick up this book once you have some basic ability to draw in the manga style. Mastering Manga teaches more about anatomy, posing, facial expressions, and the overall “flow” of drawing a graphic novel from scratch.

Mark does not get too deep into the art style itself. However by practicing these exercises you should walk away with a much stronger practical understanding of manga.

This book is perfect for anyone who wants to create their own graphic novels or even their own manga-style webcomic.

 

The Manga Artist’s Workbook


The Manga Artist’s Workbook is a title by Chris Hart which covers different manga drawing styles from start to finish.

It’s a spiral-bound book so you can keep it open on your desk for any page without crinkles. The chapters progress slowly from faces and poses to sparkling anime eyes, crazy costumes, and wacky hair designs.

Inside the book you’ll find individual lessons with tracing paper to practice. If you repeat these lessons frequently enough you will see results.

Note this book is not for an absolute beginner. You should already feel comfortable drawing from your imagination, but you don’t need any practice with the manga style yet.

If you need a better place to start consider picking up The Master Guide to Drawing Anime or even consider grabbing the next book in this list.

 

Manga for the Beginner


In a line of Chris Hart books I have to say that Manga for the Beginner is truly a fantastic intro to drawing the anime/manga style.

This is one of the longer books in this list with a total of 192 pages. You’ll find many different chapters covering facial expressions, body poses, costumes, and other styles like chibi art.

I will say that some of the body posing exercises can be intimidating. Chris doesn’t do a great job holding your hand through this section, so you might feel a bit frustrated when doing these exercises for the first time.

But just be patient and keep trying!

Over time you will develop the muscle memory to replicate these styles with ease. And the exercises in this book can help you get there.

 

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Manga Art


I’ve enjoyed every book from 3DTotal and the Beginner’s Guide to Creating Manga Art is one more to add to the list.

This book spans 240 pages full of exercises for drawing and coloring different anime figures. Many different artists contribute to this book so you get to learn from a variety of experts.

If you have no idea where to start but need an overall view of manga drawing then this book is for you. It covers anatomy, clothing, facial expressions, and delves into color theory for styling your drawings.

And for the price you really can’t beat all the info you get with this book. However I only recommend it for beginners who need an overview of the manga style. Otherwise you’re better off with a more focused manga drawing book.

 

Draw Manga Faces for Expressive Characters


If you just want to focus on manga-style faces then you’ll want a copy of Draw Manga Faces for Expressive Characters.

This is the most comprehensive book on the subject with over 900 faces for you to study, clone, and restyle for yourself. The book splits 180 pages into chapters based on facial type.

You’ll learn to draw faces for babies, young kids, adults, and elderly manga characters. You can also browse through faces based on positive or negative expressions like anger, stress, confusion, excitement, or confidence(among many others).

Drawing great manga faces comes with lots of repetition, and this book will help. If you’re trying to improve your manga drawing abilities then this should be a staple on your list.

 

Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures


One thing I like about this book is how different it feels compared to all the others. Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures is the de-facto title for anyone hoping to master chibi art.

It’s a really cute book for kids but also great for artists who adore the cutesy anime/manga faces and creatures. The book spans 160 pages full of step-by-step lessons covering faces, eyes, and more specific animals in detail.

It does help if you already have some drawing experience but you can pick this up as a beginner. The steps are pretty simple to follow and this is a great book to build your confidence early on.

However it does not touch the “traditional” manga style so it is meant for a niche audience.

 

Pop Manga


Pop Manga is authored and guided by skilled manga artist Camilla d’Errico. This book starts from the very beginning of manga art and moves through lessons that anyone can follow.

You’ll get a lot of artistic direction and beautiful illustrations scattered throughout each chapter. The lessons follow a natural progression so you’ll learn how to draw each piece to completion without much struggle.

This means you will need to do a lot of practicing on your own. Nothing good comes without work.

But Camilla’s writing style is so easy to follow and her examples are brilliant. She covers all the mainstream manga/anime styles along with chibi art and related styles for graphic novelists.

Pop Manga is a stupendous book for beginners who want a solid introduction to the world of manga art.

 

The Manga Fashion Bible


Character designers and hobbyists alike want to draw their own manga characters. And a big part of this process is the clothing.

If you want to build your clothing design skills then The Manga Fashion Bible is the #1 book to use. It’s a fairly new release with the 1st edition being published in Q4 of 2016.

It’s also fairly short but very detailed. Each exercise covers a different concept borrowing outfit ideas from real mangas and Tokyo’s fashion scene. You’ll learn how to match shirts/pants, dresses, and more wacky outfits with accessories and color schemes.

The author Chris Hart has written a lot of these books so if you’ve read any other titles under his name then I think you’ll like this one too.

The Manga Fashion Bible covers fashions for all seasons and character styles. This book will not only help you plan fashion ideas for your characters, but will also improve your manga drawing capabilities by leaps & bounds.

 

Manga Crash Course


Another beginner’s book you can try is Manga Crash Course by Mina Petrović. She’s a specialized illustrator and manga teacher based out of Serbia with years of experience drawing & painting.

This book is made for complete beginners who need a hand-held approach to learning manga. You’ll learn the whole artistic process from drawing hair, facial expressions, poses, and compositions to inking and creating a completed manga.

You can pick this up with little-to-no knowledge and work through the lessons somewhat comfortably. If you have no artistic experience then you’ll need to practice a lot more on your own.

But the end results can be fantastic and with this book you’ll learn so much more than just an art style.

With even 1-2 months of practice you will see big improvements in your storytelling abilities and your visual compositions.

 

How to Draw Anime: Practical Guide for Beginners


How to Draw Anime: Practical Guide for Beginners is a book that’s true to its title. Anyone of any skill level can pick this up and start drawing anime-style art.

The exercises are easy enough to do with a sketchbook and any pencil. Each chapter is easy to follow and naturally leads into the next chapter. So as you work through the exercises you’ll be building a visual library of knowledge to draw from.

You’ll find lots of pictures for each exercise and the steps are easy to follow regardless of your background.

However this is a pretty short book totaling about 60 pages. So while it is easy to follow it’s also not a comprehensive guide.

I do feel it’s an excellent starting point and you can go pretty far if you practice daily.

 

Basic Anatomy for the Manga Artist


Here’s yet another book from Chris Hart focused on the topic of human anatomy.

Basic Anatomy for the Manga Artist is undeniably the best book you can get on proportions and limbs with a manga slant. You’ll learn about the musculature of the body and how it all fits together, along with the visual differences between men and women.

Note this is not a pure anatomy book. If you want a deeper study guide then look over our anatomy book list.

But this is a deep enough guide for anyone just practicing the anime/manga art style. Chris explains the different shapes and sizes of muscles along with different poses in action. He has more than enough knowledge to explain things clearly and he offers plenty of exercises.

Anatomy is a big topic so you won’t master it in a day or even a month. But this book is the best starting point for anyone studying the manga art style with precision.

 

How to Draw Manga: Mastering Manga


My last book in this list is How to Draw Manga: Mastering Manga by Andrew Harnes. It’s a pretty short book just shy of 100 pages teaching all the core basics of manga drawing.

You’ll learn the fundamental artistic process, which materials to use, and how to draw manga characters from different angles.

Naturally this leads into many different chapters on eyes, ears, noses, hair, and facial expressions. Andrew also moves into poses and how to draw characters doing different actions.

The chapters are fully actionable so you can easily copy the exercises and study from them as you go along. The only downside is the short length of this book.

However the writing is superb and the illustrated examples are designed to help you really see how manga art is formed.

And that’s my list! I know there’s a lot to choose from but you’ll notice each book does have its unique benefits.

If you’re a complete beginner who just wants to learn the manga art style then check out Manga Crash Course. Another great choice for a complete beginner is The Master Guide to Drawing Anime which gets into stylized exercises.

Or if you want to create your own graphic novels then Pop Manga offers great composition and storytelling exercises.

Take a look over the list and see if any other titles catch your eye. And remember that the one consistent point across all these books is practice! Put in the time and you will see the results.


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How to Draw Anime and Manga (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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A Beginner's Guide to Drawing Manga and Anime

Have you ever wondered how anime and manga are drawn? Being an anime lover and a manga reader, you must be curious to make something of your own. It's amazing how a pencil can do so many wonders—all you need is practice and inspiration. To help you start, I have broken down the crucial steps you may need to create your first-ever anime or manga drawing. I hope you'll find it helpful.

6 Steps for Creating Your First Anime or Manga Drawing

  1. Draw the Basic Shapes
  2. Master Perspective Drawing
  3. Grasp Basic Anatomy
  4. Shade Your Work
  5. Use Color Theory
  6. Use Reference Material

Step 1: Start by Drawing the Basic Shapes

Drawing anime characters is fascinating and looks pretty hard—but, interestingly, all your favorite characters (from simple to extremely complicated) are born out of basic shapes like circles, squares, triangles, and so on.

Start by improving your basic drawing. Practice simple figures like straight lines, circles, rectangles, ovals, and other similar shapes. This sounds boring (it actually is), but everyone who draws has started from this "baby" stage, so why should it be any different for you? To build complex structures, you need to first master simplicity. This will help you improve your drawing and your creative vision.

Try drawing these basic shapes for a few minutes daily. Then, draw anything that fits your imagination. You can try combining these basic shapes to make real-life figures; for example, you can use squares or rectangles of different sizes to build basic human anatomy. One such example is given in step 3 below.

Step 2: Master Perspective Drawing

Perspective means that things appear smaller when looked at from a distance. And perspective drawing is a method of enhancing the 2D object to give it a look of three-dimensionality. A great example is a cube, as shown above. Though all the sides are equal, they appear smaller from a distance. All cubes appear to be 3D objects.

Perspective drawing can be one-point, two-point, and multi-point. The cube shown here is an example of a two-point perspective drawing. An example of one-point perspective is looking straight on a road—the view that you witness is a one-point. Examples of third-point or multi-point perspective include complex objects like buildings, vehicles, or characters.

You should begin with cube drawing, then try other shapes like cuboid, cubical, sphere, then barge on the complex structures like a cupboard, bed, and so on. Third-point (or multi-point) perspective is often compared with the bird’s-eye view.

Perspective drawing is a subject in itself. Before moving on, I suggest you learn every aspect of this technique. It takes time and effort, but it is extremely helpful.

Step 3: Grasp Basic Anatomy

In anime and manga, it actually sort of looks right if the characters are not perfect imitations of real-life human beings. However, giving them the right body structure enhances their personalities, and viewers can relate to them more as you convey the characters' thoughts and emotions through their physique.

The good thing is, learning basic anatomy isn’t tough at all. You have already mastered steps 1 and 2—now all you have to do is combine these two steps and practice the anatomy. Before that, make sure you know the proportions and placement of different body parts. In other words, first know the rules (basic anatomy) before you intend to break them and try to mold your unique character.

Step 4: Shade Your Work

Shading is important—it gives your drawing a real-life look. It enhances the two-dimensional object and creates a sense of three-dimensionality. To perfect your shading skills, first look at how objects of different sizes and surfaces reflect light. The basic rule remains the same for everyone—i.e., the side of the object towards the light source is the lightest and the one away from the source is the darkest.

Correct shading not only improves perspective, but also indicates the environment, time of the day, and weather as well. Consider an example of a character standing on a street on a sunny day. As you must have already imagined, the character’s shadows are fairly sharp, with sheer contrast between light and shaded areas. When the day is foggy or rainy, the shadows become blurry and the contrast between light and shaded areas is less distinguishable.

In anime and manga both, shading is rarely used to show shadows unless needed to describe the scene. One such example is given below: The scene of Kenny Ackermann chasing Captain Levi in season three of Attack of Titan is a perfect example of shading in anime.

If you understand aspects of lighting and perspective, then shadowing is one of the easiest parts of a drawing. Start by a drawing simple object like an apple. Getting the right angles takes time and precision, which is important to make the scene appear more realistic.

The right shading shows the real difference between an amateur and a professional. So, make sure you shade perfectly.

Step 5: Use Color Theory

Colors speak volumes without using any words to describe them. To use color effectively, you should be aware of simple theories like warm, cool, and complementary colors. Each color helps depict specific situations—for example, white is a symbol of peace. You can draw characters in white clothes if they are supposed to be plain and simplistic. The color red is used to illustrate anger and rage—and someone who is peppy and wants to stand out. Pink and blue are often used respectively for girls and boys.

An exemplary use of colors is shown in Avatar: The Last Airbender, where the characters from different nations are shown with their respective colors. Water Tribe is shown in blue, Fire Nation has a red color, the Earth Kingdom is green, and Air Nomad is Yellow.

Another perfect use of color can be seen in the anime Skip Beat! The deuteragonists Ren Tsuruga and Shoutarou Fula have been given appropriate colors as per their personalities. While Ren acts mature and reserved, Shoutarou is restless and outgoing—which you can see from their appearance. Check the above image for reference.

Step 6: Draw With Reference Material

Getting everything right in the first few attempts is pretty rare. It’s better to start with reference material. Sometimes what you think is best may not really work the same way in reality. If you are drawing a historical character, then start by researching other, similar characters. Study their personalities, statures, colors, and how their faces are drawn to show the types of characters they are.

You can also follow specific manga artists and should definitely check other people’s work, especially when you are a beginner. Most famous artists have distinguished approaches, You can also look at photographs or take inspiration from real-life objects, animals, and human beings. An example in the image above is Yuno from the anime Black Clover (the manga artist is Yuki Tabata). Yuno is serious, handsome, and sophisticated. He also has the power of the wind. All these attributes are clearly identifiable in this drawing.

Remember: Keep Calm, Keep Improving, and Keep Practicing

Learn drawing characters isn't a matter of a day's or even a week's work: It takes time and attention to minute details. Every famous artist started from this stage, and you can be just like them.

It's highly likely that things won't turn out the way you want them to, but don't let this discourage you or make you lose your motivation. You should take a break and then try another day. If the drawing is still not good enough, then you still need to master the basics and some perspective techniques. Make your basics strong, and then it will be easier to create more complex structures.

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[HOW TO MAKE MANGA Pt.1] - 6 Tips to Get You Started!

Complete Guide on How to Draw Manga

What to expect from this tutorial?

I’m going to break it down into a few sections so it’s easier to follow. We will be covering everything from your initial character design, to rough sketches and inking, to shading and coloring. Not all manga is created equal – there are tons of nuances depending on the kind of style you’re into. Because of this, we’ll be focusing (at least in more detail) on drawing eyes, faces, and the differences in male andm female characters. To keep things simple, this tutorial will focus on drawing the head of a character. Check out other tutorials later on for more advanced tips on bodies, poses, hands, feet, etc.

So, there you go. Once you get all your tools together, you’re ready to begin.


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Section 1 – Coming Up With an Idea for Your Manga Character

This part should be a piece of cake, right? You have a million ideas floating around in your head – all you have to do is pick one.

Easier said than done, I know. But for this tutorial, let’s start with a simple human (male or female).

Once you have something in mind, start putting down some very rough doodles of how you want things to look. This is where you figure out the character’s features, expression, overall style, etc. Don’t focus on quality line work or anything here – you just need something as a base for your actual sketch. It’s a great idea to use something as a reference when figuring out how you want your character’s features to look. Find some images online of manga characters you like, or even use photos of real people. Whatever works best for you.

A few great resources for finding a good variety of characters are Pinterest, Anime Planet, and My Anime List.

Sketching & Drawing Manga

Section 2 – Sketching Out Your Character

Now comes the fun part. Grab yourself a fresh, clean piece of paper, your favorite pencil, and get drawing. If you’re not into traditional methods, you can use a tablet or a drawing pad and do your sketch right onto your computer. Isn’t the future great?

Sketching Manga
Manga Face Sketch

Since this tutorial focuses on the head, it seems like as good a place as any to start.

Using light pressure, start with the basic face shape (don’t worry about the hair or any features yet). Once you’re satisfied with the size, angle, and form, you can begin plotting out where you want the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth so sit.

Now, you’d think eyes would be fairly intuitive to draw, seeing as how everyone has them and you see them all the time. They are actually one of the trickiest parts for artists to get down skillfully – especially on manga characters since they tend to be much more expressive.

Because of this, eyes get their own little section in this tutorial.

Section 2.1 – Drawing Manga Eyes

There are probably hundreds of different styles you can use for eyes, but we will just go over some of the basics. For obvious reasons, male eyes differ greatly from female eyes, just as “evil” eyes look much different than “good guy” eyes. We could spend hours going over every single nuance, so for this tutorial, we’ll keep it simple.

If you’re interested this quora anwser is a reasonably comprehensive (if not complete) explanation of what different aspects of eyes could mean when drawing your Manga.

Manga Eyes

Let’s start off with a basic female manga eye first. Start by drawing a curved line (remember to press lightly) where the top of the eyelid and the eyelashes will sit. From here you will want to draw a large oval shape underneath, roughly the same width and the first line you made. Leave one side of the oval open (this will be filled in later during the coloring process).

Now you should have something that is starting to resemble an eye. If for whatever reason you aren’t happy with it thus far, just gently erase and start again. This is why you are pressing so lightly with the pencil. When the inking starts, there’s no going back.

Inside this first oval, you’ll want to draw another smaller oval that is slightly overlapped on the top by the eyelashes. Then, draw yet another oval around pupil to represent the iris (the colored part of the eye). If you’re tired of drawing ovals, too bad… There are more coming.

This next part is something very common among manga and anime character eyes.

Light reflections.

For the interested, these reflections are called “catchlights” in both film and photography.

Make a small oval near the top of the eye, covering mainly the iris, but also a bit of the pupil. Draw a second, must smaller oval on the opposite side of the eye, covering the area where the iris meets the white of the eye.

Female Manga Eyes

Let’s make the lashes look a bit more… lashy. On the underside of the line you initially made for the eyelashes, draw a couple smaller curves nears the outside of the eye to give some more detail.

Now we’re getting somewhere. What’s a good eye without an eyebrow? Draw another, thicker curved line above the eye contouring to the shape of your first eyelash line. How much of a curve you draw and at what angle is entirely up to you depending on what expression you’re going for. Play around with a few different ideas on some scrap paper to get a feel for it. From here, feel free to add a few more lashes or detail lines wherever you see fit.

And there you have it – the art of the female manga eye.

Male Manga Eyes

Now let’s try drawing a male eye. The overall concept is pretty much the same, but you’ll see the differences.

First, draw your curved eyelash line as you did for the female eye. Then, draw a second curved line (a bit thinner this time) underneath to represent the bottom eyelashes. This line shouldn’t be as long as the one on top.

Near the middle of the top, draw a small circle for the pupil and surround that with a larger half circle for the iris. Again, expression is entirely up to you. You’ll notice that how much of the iris is exposed can drastically change the emotion the character is showing. To give this eye a more masculine look, draw some curves around the corners of the eye to emphasize wrinkles in the skin, and a long, thin line above the eyelashes to make the eyelid stand out.

All that’s left now is the eyebrow. Make a thick, curved line above the top eyelid and angle it however you feel is best. For male eyebrows, they tend to vary in thickness – usually they are widest in the middle, with very narrow tips, but feel free to style them however you like.

And that’s how to draw standard manga eyes. Again, there are hundreds of different styles, but they all seem to follow a pretty rudimentary method. Play around with different approaches to see what works best for you.

Section 2.2 – Drawing Faces

Does your character have a head? Check.

Does your character have awesome eyes? Check.

Does your character have any other features that most human beings have? Nope, so let’s fix that.

Start by drawing very faint lines through the head to mark where you want to place the nose and mouth. Like eyes, there are multiple ways to draw a nose. For most manga and anime characters, noses are comprised of just a line or two and some shading. There’s no heavy detail on nostrils or bridges or anything like that – a simple vertical line that slightly bows out to one side is all you need.

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The mouth is a little trickier since it’s nearly as expressive as the eyes. Let’s go ahead and draw a basic closed mouth with a little bit of a smile. Again, this will only consist of a couple lines and some shading, but you can experiment a bit more with it. Draw a line under the nose about the length from one pupil to the other and give it a slight curve. Next, keeping the same shape, draw a shorter, thicker curved line under the first. This distinguishes the bottom lip.

That’s really about all there is to simple noses and mouths. For other features such as stubble, wrinkles, scars, or blemishes, you can play around with various techniques. Just remember to keep your lines faint so you can make changes easily.


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Now that you have your character’s head with all of the needed facial features, it’s probably a good time to add some ears and hair (unless you like bald… Bald is cool, too).

Ears are relatively simple unless you’re showing them really up close. For this tutorial, they’ll be pretty basic. Typically, ears should go from about the top of the eyes to the bottom of the nose. It’s usually a good idea to look at a picture of an ear for reference during this part just so you can get a more solid idea of the shape. Obviously the earlobe will be thicker than the tip of the ear, but it’s entirely up to you when deciding how big they should be or what shape looks best.

Manga hair – this is where you can really use your imagination. Short, long, curly, straight, spiked, bangs, tied back. The options are almost endless. Let’s keep it simple, though.

Very lightly, draw a rough outline of the hair. Don’t worry about parts or points or anything like that yet. Just focus on where you want the hairline to sit and how it should lay around the ears. From here you can start experimenting with length, bangs, and more of the fine details. Unlike realistic hair that is made up of millions of individual strands, manga hair is drawn in several sections or clumps. Once the shape of the hair is how you like it, you can start adding some finer lines throughout the different sections of hair to indicate the way it flows and where shadows will lie.

Section 3 – Inking Your Drawing

All right – things should be looking pretty good at this point. You have your character drawn the way you like and you’re ready to take the plunge into inking. There’s no going back after this step.

Inking Your Manga Drawing

Grab a quality, fine-tipped pen (or a darker pen setting if you’re using a tablet) and very slowly and carefully go over your lines. It’s best to not lift the pen halfway through a line – try and maintain a steady solid pen stroke. Once everything is properly outlined, let it dry a bit, then gently erase any sketch lines that remain. If done properly, you should be left with a very clean looking drawing of your character.

Whether you are using a digital media or pen and paper, Tom Richmond has a great inking tutorial if you want to take a look.

Section 4 – Coloring and Shading

You’re getting close to finishing. Excited yet?

If you used a tablet or drawing pad, your image should already be on your computer. You can go ahead and open it in Painter or whatever program you prefer to use for shading and coloring.

If you created your sketch on paper, make sure it’s free of any debris and scan it into your PC.

When it comes to picture editing software, the possibilities are endless. There are hundreds of books out there that go over every feature and offer thousands of tips and tricks, but we’re going to keep it basic for this tutorial and give you a very broad overview of what goes into coloring and shading digitally.

So, you should now have your image on your computer. Go ahead and open your drawing in your program of choice.

It’s a good idea to separate areas of your drawing out into several layers. Create a layer for the background, a layer for the hair, a layer for the skin, and a layer for the eyes. This makes things easier if you make a mistake and need to undo something.

Coloring Your Manga Character
Coloring & Shading Manga

Choose whichever area you’d like to start with first and with the brush tool and color of your choice, begin filling in the whitespace. Take your time so you don’t go outside the lines (the magnifying tool helps to fill in those tiny, hard to reach places). Repeat this step for each layer until your entire image is colored how you like.

If you’re satisfied with your character’s colors, you can move on to shading. Shading is pretty similar to what you just did, but you’ll want to use a larger, softer brush tool and go over section of the hair that should be lighter than the rest. Getting the lighting right can be very challenging, so use an image for reference or keep playing around until you get something you like.

Like I said, using picture editing software can get very, very complicated, so just take your time trying out new things and see what you can come up with.

Once you finish, you can collapse all of the layers and export your image into an .img, .png, or whatever file format you prefer.

So, how was it? If this was your first time drawing manga, just keep practicing. The more you draw and edit, the better you will become. Once you feel you have the basics down, check out some more advanced tutorials and maybe someday, you’ll publish your own manga.


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