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How To Draw Manga Characters.


Go on DeviantArt and search up ‘Anime’, and find one to try to do a quick sketch. That way you can observe it and do a similar one yourself. It can help build skill of drawing Anime Characters. Buy a Anime/Manga drawing book for a more comprehensive guide.

Watching anime while drawing helps with expressions and more and sometimes trying to draw a character from your favorite anime then comparing with an actual picture can really help with technique. Buy an art diary and keep a record of your drawings.

Then draw a circle! If it makes you feel better about your work, go for it! Remember that it’s art, and you should put your own spin on things.

Español: dibujar personajes de manga, Italiano: Disegnare Personaggi Manga, Русский: рисовать персонажей манга, Português: Desenhar Personagens de Mangá

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.

Manga artistry can be an amazing skill when mastered properly. It’s simple, easy and with proper practice can become a skill that can help you in many ways. Eg – doing projects (at school), designing clothes and heaps more. One of the most satisfying things is bringing your character to life and personalizing them with clothes and more. Read on to learn how.

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

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Start with the basic frame, lines indicating the bones of your person and dots representing joints. For examples buy one of those modeling dolls from a craft store or look in the mirror. Making your pose realistic is important, but start of with something basic, a person standing with hands behind their back.

Draw a large circle for the hips, the legs connected on.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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This guide is geared towards the beginner to intermediate artist who wants to dive head first into the world of manga character creation. First, let’s go over some tools you’ll need. A graphics tablet or some type of digital drawing pad is highly recommended, as well as digital art software such as Corel Painter. You’ll also need a pencil and paper to do your initial sketch, and a scanner to get the image onto your PC. That’s about it, really… Other than time, motivation, and determination.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

New to drawing Manga? Looking for some inspiration or to spruce up your process? The Complete Guide on How to Draw Manga is one of the internet’s top resources on Manga art and provides a fairly comprehensive view on getting started with drawing Manga style characters. Start on this page with our overview or jump straight to one of the specific tutorials below.

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.

Add some flesh. Draw circles/oblongs around your lines, making sure again it’s realistic. If you’re a man, start off drawing men, if you’re a woman start by drawing a woman. Start off according to your gender and learn to know the male/female body better before you draw any boy/girl characters.

Turn your dots into larger circles, for example, around the knees (this eventually makes the kneecap).

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.

Put on clothing and decoration. You can basically design any clothes but an important part is the fold. They make the look realistic (that ever so important word again). Start basic though, a simple robe or something.

If you need help, get a rag and hang it the same way. Gravity applies to fabric as well so make sure it falls the right way.

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.

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.

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 and 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.

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).

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.

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.

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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.

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

It is difficult to draw anything perfectly, and circles are no exception. If you want to draw better circles, it may be useful to trace something or invest in a compass (the math/drawing kind, not the navigational kind), as it will help you draw circles.

So you’re a fan of manga and you have a passion for drawing?

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.

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.

Smooth out your lines and put your waist in. Women have a slimmer waist while a man’s is less defined. Add some lines for the neck and make some triangle shapes for the feet. Erase all the original ‘skeletal’ lines leaving only your border.

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

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

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

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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PART 1: OVERVIEW PART 2: MANGA TIPS PART 3: MANGA EYES PART 4: MANGA HAIR PART 5: EXPRESSIONS

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

Table of Contents What to Expect An Idea for Your Character Sketching Your Character Drawing Eyes Drawing Faces Inking Your Drawing Coloring & Shading

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

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?

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.

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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.

Practice and use a base of triangles a lot! Do the fingers as you can see in your own hand. If you have a lot of trouble, just make the hand hides behind darkness or an environmental object. In my case, I often make characters use clothes that hide their hands to save on some work.

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.

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.

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.

What if I need to draw a circle because it looks bad without it?

WikiHow users are constantly trying to make the pages better, including pictures with the instructions to help. Meanwhile, you could try a different tutorial or look at a YouTube video if this one was not helpful to you.

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

.First, don’t use a ruler and don’t draw circles. The way most people do it is by placing one arch over the top, then one slightly angled line inward on both sides, the, one angled to a point they both meet up at.

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.

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

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.

Turn it into a creepy character. If one specific part or parts of the drawing look creepy, keep practicing those parts until they look the way you want them to.

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



Categorise the fabric, Von Reuden clarifies how one can add value plus shading to create more layers of depth in addition to weight. He admits of which , when drawing and re-creating fabric, the types regarding wrinkles created can most be placed under 3 separate categories: hanging/relaxed, stretched/tension, and scrunched/compressed. Hanging cloth tends to be unfastened and have a streaming appearance. Stretched fabric generates long lines, usually along with a point of help . Compressed fabrics bunch in to each other, creating scrunched-looking areas.

Use contrasting concepts, One particular drawing technique Healy makes use of in her work is definitely to use contrasting aspects within a piece associated with work, for instance, juxtaposing beauty and ugliness. Items use the beauty associated with colours, flowers, the real softness of skin or tresses , along with the female form. Items also tend to make use of something which is opposite to be able to all of that, for instance bones, insects, sharp pearly whites , or anything that might provide discomfort to the particular viewer, she elaborates. `Somehow this provides an unique principle to a piece. In particular when the `ugly` parts very much harder to spot with first. To me it is a very stark representation involving what life is such as

Beyond that will , different artists have various approaches to lines -- you need to discover the style that`s most suitable for you. I choose to use a specific outline in my art work , many people using thin shapes or bold outlines, ` says Healy. It may help pinpoint the audience`s eye to a selected area. In addition, it gives some sort of stylised look, if that will is what you will be hoping to achieve. Chiu, however, prefers a diverse approach. I try to be able to avoid outlining my images because this tends in order to make things look smooth and deadens the THREE DIMENSIONAL effect. Breaks and places in my lines display form in the signals and shadows.

Short on time? That above, from character artist Bobby Chiu, runs via some pencil drawing linked with action. For extra in-depth how you can composition to be able to how to capture light source and shadow, look into each of our art techniques article. Or perhaps , for inspiration, look into this particular roundup of unbelievably genuine pencil drawings.

Know if you should prevent , The majority of designers can tinker with their particular work - even following they`ve signed their brand . I can always get something to change in the event that I look hard good enough , so it can get difficult to share with when a new piece is truly done , says Chiu. However, be suspicious of overworking your part . `Eventually, I make some sort of conscious decision to place my drawing away plus start something new, they continues. `That`s when I actually consider my drawing completed

Attempt different approaches to sets out , The following drawing technique worries line weight. As properly as demarcating different things , lines can help stress shadows. Thicker lines may fade and disappear in the shadows, which can support convey the 3D type , explains Chiu.

Mix up covering techniques, There are tons of different pencil attracting techniques relating to covering . Chiu uses two key approaches. The first is definitely with all the outlines going in the exact same direction. `This makes my personal shading appear more natural, and helps my specifics pop out from typically the lines I`m using regarding shading, he explains. Typically the second method involves doing work in patches of covering , to help define condition . Patches of lines avoid the form, which support keep things in point of view , he says. It is likewise great for backgrounds and even creating texture.

Utilize the proper grip, The first action is usually to master how to be able to hold a pencil properly . Chiu recommends holding the particular pencil as you could the piece of charcoal, in addition to taking advantage of typically the side of the business lead to draw, rather compared to the point. This will help maintain the pencil sharper regarding longer. When covering significant areas, I shade along with my pencil perpendicular in order to the line I`m attracting to get wide, gentle lines, he adds. With regard to details, I hold the pencil parallel to our lines to get sharpened , narrow marks. The just time I use the particular thing is when I`m working on intricate particulars

Find the right document texture, The surface structure you`re working on may make a big variation for the effects you could create. This really is referred to be able to as the grain or perhaps `tooth` of the papers . A rough tooth will be more visible, and the particular ridges will grip typically the colour from your pencils. Using a smooth tooth, the particular ridges are very great , and there`s less traction . Healy finds this type of paper provides a great easier surface for mixing coloured pencils, although the lady warns that it`s furthermore easy to operate the color off the surface.

Draw on your individual experiences, Dip into your current experiences to add a particular layer of authenticity for your piece, suggests Healy. Therefore using something like a new memory, feeling or smell when building your work. Regarding example, the special sense you experienced when sitting down down with a buddy at the coffee shop, or even a memory of the years as a child experience. You can get abstract or use hyperrealism. Anything you choose makes typically the piece unique to a person . I`ve found that individuals resonate with these items the most.

Develop your skills with these kinds of pencil drawing techniques, intended for both graphite and female pencils. These pencil sketching techniques from top musicians will allow you to take your pulling skills one stage even more , whether you`re using graphite pencil or coloured pencils. For many artists, pad drawing is the ability that introduced them in order to the art world, plus even if you`ve advanced to a different method , understanding how to pull with a pencil may help you transform your expertise elsewhere. These pencil sketching techniques cover from typically the basics of mark-making in order to advanced processes to press you out of your own comfort zone. We`ll also provide advice on the resources and materials you want to know, such because blending stumps, paper choices , and different erasers. In case you`re a total starter , or just want to be able to upgrade your kit, get a look at our own guide to the most effective pencils.

Start out lightly and build by there, While i start painting , I plan and check out using loose lines, and even avoid committing ahead of time together with hard, dark lines, states Chiu. As I improve my lines will modify , so checking and rechecking my work is essential . I darken my outlines and add details with the end. I do not concentrate on one area with regard to too long in order to avoid overdrawing. Begin with an underdrawing, Artist Tim von Reuden likes to start along with a digital underdrawing that will he prints at one particular per cent Opacity. Preceding , you can observe the underdrawing regarding his sketch of the woman holding a personnel . He explains, I like to keep it mild so that it provides for a foundation rather than a new final image.

Guard your paper, This is usually a valuable pencil sketching technique for beginners: place a piece of papers under me to steer clear of smudging your drawing although you`re working. It seems like evident , but it can end up being the downfall of some sort of great piece of function ! Healy also prefers in order to mount her paper about a board, attaching that using a layer regarding matte medium. This allows keep things neat, in addition to provides a good surface to be able to work.

Make use of the right eraser, There are usually a few several types of eraser, and each is best suited to various things. You`ll definitely need a kneaded eraser. This has a new putty-like consistency (it`s occasionally known as putty eraser), and you knead this before and after make use of . A kneaded eraser is usually best for lightly selecting up the coloured pen binding off the report . This works wonders any time correcting mistakes, or when you`re deliberately lifting shade from an area including the eyes, says Healy. Some sort of gum eraser has a new more solid consistency, and even is better if you`re trying to fully clear off a coloured-in area. Vonseiten Reuden continues: I firmly believe in letting gut instinct take over in typically the creation process so We work with the underdrawing more as a guide . This implies the final end result varies.

Check and recheck, Before you begin tougher lines and detail job , it`s essential to ensure you have the correct type down. Chiu`s advice is definitely to check and check out again. Need to nail along my drawing`s underpinnings prior to I can add specifics . I really avoid questioning on the details: I need to make sure anything is symmetrical and seem right before writing tougher and harder lines. They also suggests considering your current work in a looking glass or through a digicam . Considering different vantage details is a great approach to highlight if anything will be crooked. I constantly request myself, does this think right? If anything appears off - even when I can`t immediately place my finger on which this is #NAME? have confidence in my gut and troubleshoot my drawing before carrying on with

Unify your colors , Having an uniform strategy to colour may help deliver cohesiveness to your job . It`s a good concept to make sure of which your artwork has unifying colours, says Healy. `This consists of a certain colour palette, mood and also a way of spreading these kinds of throughout the entire art part . In addition, she implies creating a harmonious basic by using tinted papers or adding a qualifications wash of colour (in paint). This will display through whatever you take a nap on top of this , thus giving it a great appearance of cohesion. If I use coloured pencils, I`m fond of employing tinted paper produced by simply Kraft.

Master mixing , Healy has a certain process for blending the woman coloured pencil work. Your woman depends on an description , to check the kind is proper before assigning to coloured pencil (it`s much harder to get rid of coloured-in areas than a good outline). It also assists her plan where the particular highlights and shadows may fall. She then forms up colour using refined layers. I love to be able to start out with gentle gentle layers to obtain a better notion of light placement, shadows as well as the coloring palette, she says. Right after each layer she combines gently using the mixing up stump. Once she provides reached a stage she`s happy with, she actions on to the last step: adding an description . For this final part , Healy uses coloured pencils alone, and does not really blend with a stump.

Create textile , Fabric can range by sleek and shiny to be able to matte and dull. Exactly how you shade it may help sell the thought of the information you`re seeking to depict. With this design , von Reuden is intending in order to capture the golden folds up of material found inside the original image. This individual began by outlining typically the shapes and blocking away aspects of shadow.

Use a stump regarding soft blending, How a person blend your work could have a big effect on the final result. Intended for a soft blended impact , try a blending stump. After each light level , I very gently combine the coloured pencils together with the stump, says US-based artist Jennifer Healy. Avoid push too hard or perhaps the colour will stay , making it harder in order to softly blend. I duplicate this process as usually when i need. After a lot of layers it produces some sort of very soft and fragile look. This technique needs a little trial and mistake , though. Healy warns of which if you blend also softly, the stump may pick up colour that will you`ve already layered around the paper.

Try combining pencils along with watercolour, While pencils upon their own may be used to make a wealth of various effects, it can get interesting to combine associated with other media. For instance , in her work, Healy wants to combine watercolour plus coloured pencils. It`s significant to get started with watercolour plus then layer coloured pencils on top, she points out , because pencils can produce a waxy surface that will repels liquid, and helps prevent the watercolour from putting into the paper. This kind of is a fun approach to try out, the lady says. Both mediums have got unique qualities and smoothness . Combining the two components produces a medium all involving its own.

Break free from your comfort zone, Whilst these pencil drawing methods should help you know the essentials with the method , sometimes you need to be able to toss the rules out and about of the window and locate what works for an individual . There`s nothing wrong together with stepping outside of the particular box if it signifies achieving the effect an individual want, says Healy. Learning from mistakes will occur when an individual step outside of of which box. But don`t become intimidated! The process will be entirely fun.


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