Manga are typically done in black and white, but you can color it using things like watercolor, gouache, Copic markers, etc.
Add some facial expressions to your manga faces. These can help communicate emotion in your characters, expressions are very important in drawing manga.
Start with manga hair. Hair is usually one of the traits that instantly identifies a character as manga-style. When you’re comfortable with these steps, move on to more complicated styles, and add shine to the hair in zigzag patterns.
From here, we can go a number of different directions. here are some examples of what you can do with your eye shape. Depending on how you wish to express your character, will depend on what goes in the eye shape. Eye shape 1 and 2 and 4 are fairly regular average eyes. Eyes 3 and 5 could be looking up and eye 6 could be scared or surprised. You can do a whole lot by just adding a different shaped iris to your eye shape.
Do in pencil first, then lightly shade it before drawing in the lines you want with ink/pen.
Now add detail to your eyes, keeping them a bit thinner than the female eyes and add in your iris for each eye. Add in another dash nose, and another smile and lower lip.
Blending pencil (used when shading not required at the starting point)
As you can see in the first four, eyes can be made expressive by what the rest of the face is doing. I have used the same eyes for these four but the faces look different because of the mouths I gave them. In the last two, you can see that using different eyes can create the same effect. These eyes are just thick drawn arches and tend to be the easiest anime eyes to draw because they require no detail.
Flesh out your stick figure. Add weight and depth to the various parts of your stick figure and you must do it well. Head: Indicate which way it’s facing with a line, and then add the chin and cheekbones.
Remember that the chin may be very pointy depending on your style. Shorter cheek and round chin indicates cuteness. Chest/Torso: Block it in with a circle, or a simple prism – more rectangular for guys, more triangular for girls.
Make sure that with girls, the waist is thin, flaring out into rounded hips; while for guys, the shoulders are much wider, and the hips are narrow. Hips: Can be indicated with a sphere/circle. Limbs: Should be blocked in with ovals or cylinders, with circles/spheres for the joints.
Hands and feet: Can be left simple for now, though you might want to indicate their positions.
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Pictures to look at for practice, especially for eyes (you can’t draw if you don’t know how to; study on how to flesh out and add detail)
Ink your drawing, more possibly with a nib pen and color, if desired. Practice over and over. Once you are confident,start reference with other popular manga on paneling and story. Then good luck with your manga!
Draw the “stick men” This is the basic framework of your character. Draw the lines for where arms/legs will go and their positioning. Draw the circle for the head first, a line for the spine, a line for the shoulders (a little below the head, so there’s a neck), a line across for the hips.
It may be easier to draw circles for joints . You’re drawing a stick figure. This step is to block out the proportions and figure out what your character is doing; Standing? Sitting? A heroic pose? More things to note! Don’t feel too worried about your proportions being messed up, more practice then! Usually you can go on and copy more pictures OR copy a page from your favorite manga.
They can guide you on how to get an “active” drawing. One day you will realise a style,a way you WANT to draw,a way where the characters look right to you and everybody else. Practice hard for that day to come.
Use the ‘head’ rule: the body is roughly 5 heads tall and the shoulders are 2 heads outward.
Now that we’ve done some anime face practicing, lets look at the anime body of the female first. Anime people tend to have really long legs compared to regular people, so when you are drawing your stick figure guide line, make sure your legs are long! Females also tend to have less broad shoulders than males so try to keep the shoulders closer to the size of the head circle.
Now for some clothes! His shirt is going to be a lot tighter than the girls shirt, so you can draw the chest part of the shirt closer to his body, but make sure it comes off the body at least a little bit to show that he’s IN the shirt instead of part of it. Make sure the sleeves come off the body too and aren’t stuck to him.
Hey ya’ll! I love Dawn’s new “for kids” tutorials SO MUCH! So I decided to draw up my own “for kids” anime tutorial. Normally my anime characters come out a lot more detailed than this, but since it is a for kids tutorial, I went ahead and left them pretty bare so no one gets overwhelmed. If anyone wants to add more detail to the basics of these guys, I encourage it! I love to see what people do with my tutorials…..
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Now you can finish him up by adding in a large hand, a collar to his shirt, an ear, thick eyebrows and eyelines, the spikey edge to the underneath of his bangs and even a little cow lick to the top of his head!
Use a pencil and draw lightly so it will be easy to erase your starting lines. Make sure that your head has the right proportions. For beginners, this is a common and easy mistake. Manga and anime characters don’t have to have huge eyes to qualify as manga or anime.
A lot of manga and anime characters have eyes that are very close to actual human anatomy! Start drawing your manga before you get an instruction book (if you do) so you can gain your own style, rather than copying someone else.
At the end, very carefully go over the main lines over in nib pen. Make sure the hands drawn are relatively the size of the head, usually smaller. If you have your own anime figures, put them in front of you while drawing.
Sketch the main shapes first, then go over the lines. Practice folds and shadows too. Comedy genre characters usually have lesser folds. If you do not know how to draw certain figures or objects, do your research online as reference.
Try creating animal-based characters, such as catgirls or rabbit-inspired chibis. It will help you to add personality to your characters too: just think about the personality of the animal. For more inspirational ideas start watching anime, draw your favourite characters and then draw your very own original anime characters.
Adding details to the eyes will add more life and dimension to the character. Learn anatomy and study the human body before even attempting a full body. This will give you more body proportions as well as the right anatomy.
Practice drawing facial expressions for your characters, as these are important. There are many useful resources available from Pinterest and Google Images. Search for ‘drawing expressions reference’.
Draw most body parts with straight lines instead of curves. Facial features can be curved.
Give your manga characters a pet by drawing a dog. Once you get the basic technique down, try adapting it to different breeds.
Now, remember what you learned with anime eyes! Build the eye shape you want by drawing thin plain lines. Remember to keep the eye that will be furthest away from you thinner than the other to create the turned head effect!
For the first step of the pants, draw out the basic outline. Make sure the pants hang off of his body a lot underneath and just slightly on top. Don’t forget his waist band! Next, draw in the details of his pants. Pockets, coin pocket, zipper flap, extra wrinkles, and dotted lines to show the seam of his pants.
Draw in some spikey bangs (in blue) making sure to not cover up the eyes. Now when drawing the rest of the spikey hair, be sure to not lay it flat against the head or it won’t look spikey and fluffy anymore. Pick a focus point and from there, draw out large spikes that follow the direction arrows around the head. You don’t want all the hair to be going in the exact same direction so it’s best to pick the direction point as the “part” of the hair.
Add shading in the iris and white patches, as if your character was looking into a light.
Now thicken up the top and side of the eye, leaving the bottom alone and pick what kind of iris you want your anime girl to have. I chose the basic side look with a smile. Draw in a little dash nose and a smile with a smaller smile underneath to show the lower lip.
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Refine your figure. Still don’t worry about details for now, but clean up your lines, and generally just make the figure clearer. A kneaded eraser can come in useful here.
Add unique manga clothing styles. Start by tracing the clothing over a basic form, then erasing unnecessary lines.
Now connect your bangs to the rest of your head! After that, you can start to draw in her pony tail. Draw a big bump on the back of her head, this will show the bunched upper part of the pony tail. Then draw the rest of the pony tail coming out form behind her head about where your face points. You can draw your pony tail as long or short as you would like. It’s your character!
Look at where the clothing scrunches up on a figure and add lines there. If you need more help, use a reference image to give you a better idea of where the wrinkles should go.
Guys tend to be a lot more blocky than females, but there are some key things to keep in mind when drawing the figure. The waist will not dip in like the females and the chest is flat and blocky. The shoulders need to be visibly wider than the head, and the arm should be thicker than a females. The legs aren’t as long and the feet and ankles should be bigger and thicker than a female. Take your time here and erase as much as you need to. This is a very important step.
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“Manga” refers to comics and graphic novels created in Japan, but this style of comic is popular worldwide. To draw manga or illustrations in a manga style, you’ll need to practice sketching facial features, clothing styles, and other elements common to manga. You can also incorporate elements of “anime” — Japanese animation — into your drawings, as well.
Now to start building her school uniform. Draw in a loose fit shirt that will extend off of her body a whole lot, notice the sleeves and chest part of the shirt aren’t touching the body at all. Then draw a V shaped collar. Again, try to draw this just slightly off your character to show that she’s in the clothes instead of the clothes being a part of her.
Once you’ve chosen what kind of eye you want to work with, you can decide if you need to determine if your head will be turned or head on. To do a turned eye (top) Do a similar, but not exact eye shape that is thinner than the already drawn out eye. By making it thinner, you create the effect that it is further away and the head is turned. Or if you wish to be head on, look at the bottom eyes. You draw two eye shapes that are identical but flipped. Make sure both eye shapes are about the same size or it might look strange. Then you can draw in your iris and you have some head on eyes!
Now, for boys, they have broader shoulders than females, so make them visibly larger than the head circle when drawing out your stick skeleton. Also, the hand will be a lot bigger than the females, so you can express that now too. The legs are long, also, but not as long as the anime females legs. he’s going to be sitting and one leg will be hidden behind the other so just draw the beginning of the furthest leg.
Draw anime-style eyes. Do it by hand, or try drawing on a computer. When you’re ready, try to use anime eyes to express emotion.
Copy, but don’t trace! From tracing you only draw it in that moment nothing more. Copying is better, doing so then you have a concept of what you drew. Find a simple character on a manga you like or on the web.
More possibly headshots, Make sure they have relatively easy to draw hair. Fan art can be just as good as the originals. Practice drawing the pictures you have found, so you can develop a “feel” for manga style.
Things to note: Eye Styles: This varies greatly, not just between manga, but also between characters in the same series. Eyes are a very expressive feature in Manga, and a character’s eyes can tell you all about them.
Proportions: Manga style is all about manipulating proportions, your character may be anywhere from three to eight/nine heads tall. Compare to a normal human figure, which is generally six or seven.
Clean up and get ready for inking. Erase any other guidelines, and make sure you know which ones you want to keep. Again, this is one place a kneaded eraser comes in handy.
Make the hand larger than the body and draw it in front of the body.
Now we can start to build the rest of the body. Using your stick figure guide lines, start drawing out the rest of the figure paying specific attention to the purple lined areas. These areas ensure your anime person will look like a female. The wrists and ankles of anime females are much smaller than males, so they should be drawn thin (not too thin!). The neck and shoulders will be much smaller than a male and should be just slightly bigger than the rest of her head. If you build the shoulders too broad, they will look very masculine and strange. Next is the waist. Anime females get thinner in the waist just below where the ribs would be, so make sure your lines will come together and branch out again to form the hips. The hips should be just slightly wider than your shoulders. Notice we’ve created an hourglass shape! Keep the lines curvy for females. Take your time on this step, building the anime frame for your drawing is very important so don’t rush this.
To draw manga, start with a basic outline of the head. Use sharp, zig-zag shapes for the hair, and large, expressive eyes. Draw a small nose and mouth, keeping the focus of the face on the eyes. For the rest of the body, start with the basic outline of torso, legs, and arms. Add unique clothing to the character, like a gothic style, and accessories, like bags, pets, or hats. For a less detailed character, you can borrow styles from anime to make the character look more like a cartoon.
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Now we need to finish her up by adding in some hands, remember to keep the wrists and hands not too large. Draw in an ear behind the ear tail that is closest too you, draw in some eyebrows and eyelid lines to give her a bit of life. Draw in some knee socks and curve rectangle lines to show her shoes as well.
Add manga-style eyes. As with hair, eyes are an instantly recognizable hallmark of manga drawing.
Try drawing gothic-style manga clothing. This usually incorporates features such as top hats and petticoats.
Now for the skirt! I’ve color coded it to show the order of which to draw the pleats instead of drawing them all at once. Draw the middle one that is colored red first. This will establish how long your skirt will be. Then draw in the two green pleats, but when the connect with the red pleat, they should be slightly higher up than the red pleat. Then you can draw in the two purple end pleats. These should also be more higher up than the green pleats and one of them can even be flipping to the side.
Try observing real life objects to see where the light would fall. Shadows will usually be under folds of clothes and hair, and lighter areas will be opposite to this.
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The male is going to be more head on than the female, so after you draw in your chin, make sure your eyes are close to identical, just flip flopped.
Draw a template of a manga head. Use this as a starting point for your manga characters.
Now, from here we can begin to build our face. This is how you build an anime face the proper way. The guide line circle is the bulk of the head, and then you’re going to curve the line out and create your chin. The head should always be able to connect back to the guide line circle. For facial guide lines, draw a curved line from the chin to the top of the head, and a curved line going around the head just below the middle.
Next I thicken up my lines by adding more lines to the already created shape. Thicken up the upper part and the side, but leave the bottom pretty untouched.
Now between the lower point and the upper point of the collar, draw in a rounded rectangle. This serves as the base for her bow. From the rectangle, draw out some upside down bunny ears with a single line through each of them. Now you can draw a line on the lower part of the collar, a line on each sleeve and the bottom of the shirt.
Draw a manga boy. Change the hair, eyes and facial expression as you see fit.
Draw a manga robot. Try combining the shapes into different robots as you get more comfortable with the technique.
Now that you’ve built your frame, we can work on the hair! The most common hair styles we see in anime have what is called “ear tails.” These are pieces of hair that fall in front of the ear beside the chin to break up and frame the face. Add in some spikey bangs first. Then, on the edges of the bangs, draw in some ear tails that come to about chin level. Draw the hair off the head on the side that curves away.
And we’re finished! You can either take an individual from this and color them or you can take the both of them and color them together like I have done. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and happy drawing!
Start adding detail. Start drawing in the clothes, making sure they fit the form of your character. Shonen styles character will have fancy heroic clothes,comedy style has carefree or strange clothes draw the hands and feet, and fill in the, eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc.
You can’t. Impatience will ultimately destroy your style in an effort to get professional looking manga. Take your time and get better as you go.
To draw the same character is kind of tough. Have an original image of the character for guidance, and use templates of people in different positions/angles and imitate them. Keep a sketchbook to try out different perspectives until you’re happy with them.
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Find a point in which you want the wind to be coming from. Then, you can estimate how long the character’s hair is and make it flowing the opposite of where the wind is coming from.
First, you may need to practice some anime eyes before you begin. This is how I draw my anime eyes. I start with the outer shape of the eye, thin and plain and only one line.
Try drawing a whole character. Incorporate face, hairstyle, eyes, and expression as you work.