How To Draw Manga – Tips And Techniques

This is a great easy to learn from ‘how to draw’ tutorial where artist Paige reveals her tips, techniques and inspiration for drawing manga characters and their different poses.

Paige discusses ways for which you can draw inspiration for your manga characters and their poses and a very good way is to recycle and rework your old sketches or even just reuse them exactly as they are but create a new manga creation. Using theInternetor magazines is a fantastic resource to gather tons of images of models to gather the basic framework of the skeleton which will make it far easier for you to draw from instead of relying solely on your imagination. There are many great books and comics available to you which archive thousands of different poses for manga characters so it may also be prudent to consider these as a resource for your artwork and drawings.

With all this in mind Paige mentions how drawing a rough skeleton using lines for the limbs and circles for the joints and head is the best way to start sketching out your manga characters in their various positions and poses.

With manga drawings you do not necessarily have to follow the rules of gravity so you can have fun with your poses and create some extremely unique and adventurous positions. It is best to start with the basics like the front on pose to begin with before thinking about developing your own manga or anime style as this enables you to become more confident when you start exploring other artists and your style.

Paige developed her style of manga characters through years of trial and error and relied heavily on other manga artists for inspiration and as a direct result hasbenefited from this by having her own unique and recognisable style of drawing. For example she used one of her favorite manga books ‘Vampire Night’ to draw inspiration from and particularly likes the way the artist draws the eyes and lips of her manga characters. She uses another famous manga artist to draw inspiration from to create her poses of her characters, so it is easy to see by appreciating other artists work how beneficial this can be to create your own style of drawing.

Studying other artists can only be a good thing and further your creativity but using the Internet and glossy magazines to keep up with the current cutesy fashions is another fantastic way to dress your characters giving them a contemporary edge and fresh style of drawing. Pulling clothes from your own wardrobe to draw onto your manga characters is a great visual aid for your designs and with this you could even try turning yourself into a manga creation.

For her characters she likes to draw reference from books like Lolita Punk Clothing as this is the style she likes to dress her manga. So from this manga tutorial you can get some extremely useful tips for creating your own work and who knows, one day you could be in the process of illustrating your own manga comic.

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    1. y r ur copic markers so much im only 12 and my mom wount buy that thats a lot of money but i really want them markers but i cant because the 2 main ones i want are 349.95 and 389.95 i told my mom about the 12 pack for 62.91 and her eyes got big and she said ok but i really want them kind of markers but there so much /:.(

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    2. OMG I LOVE THIS <3333but i have to ask....is the guy *im guessing* in the background too close to the mic?i can like..hear him panting o.o....*lol idk if anyone else will notice, im a musician i tend to find these lil noises randomely*

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    3. Your style is awesome BUT you likely didn’t do what most of the artists you’ve incorporated have probably done. You have to study anatomy. The fact that you haven’t is evident in the way you speak and in your art. Might I suggest “Figure Drawing for all it’s Worth” by Alexander Loomis. He explains it in a way that makes it easy to incorporate into your style.

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    4. It’s funny but it’s oddly true. Even a few artist on youtube say that looking at naked people or looking at perverted things really helps with the understanding the human anatomy. Even though I don’t like porn to that extend, it’s actually helping me 0___0.

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    5. To an small extent– and don’t mock me. Anatomical accuracy varies when it comes to manga and anime– although proportions are generally more accurate than western cartoons. Needless to say, heads and eyes (and breasts) are noticeably larger in Japanese art styles, for exaggeration of course, but is otherwise faithful to human anatomy.I can’t type it here but the JBOX website sells “how to draw” books that employ photo references which are translated into a manga art style quite accurately.

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    6. how to draw manga: don’t draw manga and start with traditional stuff. anatomy, persepcetive and how to draw 3D properlyDon’t spent money on equitment like these markers when you have no experience at all. That stuff alone won’t make you a better artist.don’t COPY others work. nobody wants to see something that was already done by a professional. And sketches are done with your elbow mostly so don’t rest your hand on the table and stop doing these scribble lines, paper won’t bite you 🙂

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    7. ‘don’t COPY others work. nobody wants to see something that was already done by a professional.’Excuse me but!! Are you sure? Well you see…my happiness comes from COPYING others works and i am EXTREMELY happy when it looks completely like the drawing that was already done by a pro. SOME PEOPLE is the same as i am, you know it’s something hard to explain lol

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    8. Sorry, but, when you copy, you don’t learn anything, and you’re stealing other people’s job.Maybe you think that’s good or something, but if you want to become a proffessional (not in manga, but in anything that has to be with art or design) nobody will want you, because you’re not original.If you’re talking about Fanarts, then I think that’s good, to use other’s OC to draw with your own style, but if you’re just copying, you’ll never get anywhere, sorry

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    9. I know that feel but it is contradictory in my opinion.It’s basically not your work and it barely helps you to improve and especially anyone who sees it will say ” yeah it looks nice but it isn’t yours someone else did all the work.”You don’t understand why it was drawn like this, you just accepted it to be correct.You watch these tutorial videos and they often convey the notion that everything you do must be perfect which isn’t true even they have sketchbooks full of doodle drawings.

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    10. Koron-san, I also have lot of drawings that i did draw by myself , my own drawings.Is it so wrong to draw something that you truely love?Even know it’s someone else’s?Yes you are right, I don’t understand why it was drawn like this/that but i never hurt to learn new ways and try to learn some new techniques from those you like thier styles and you feel comfortable with.

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    11. Maybe I’am talking too much traditional drawing in general but those things help you to improve your manga drawings. I copy stuff from other artists myself but I use a different approach. I don’t look at it and try to copy every line. I use the knowledge from school and books,I search for solid shapes and work with planes (like polygons in video games). I draw around a middle line and focus more on the overall gesture instead of features like the eyes. break everything down into simple shapes.

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    12. Why sorry? I know you’re right i’ll never get anywhere if i keep doing only that:) but copying is a part of my practice . I’ve approved so much. Before i coulnd’t even draw two eyes properly 🙂 Now i make a manga on my own(sounds unbeileivable to you, a BL has 5 pages,my own style of course 🙂

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    13. I’m not that into drawing cute manga girls because they “looks nice”. If i draw manga, i keep it a bit realistic (no gigantic eyes or crazy proportions).Of course i copied the hell out of every manga before i started studying which is totally okay.

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    14. Well, then it’s alright XD I mean, If you do so to practise. I also improved a lot by copying just to understand how anatomy work, and that helped me a lot.I didn’t mean to judge you without knowing, I thought you were one of those art thieves… they suck

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    15. It’s okay if you do it that way, but there are people who just copy their whole life and never really understand. If you copy because you want to learn, then that’s okay, but I’m telling you ’cause a friend used to do that, he copied everything just because he wanted, and he was good at it. But when we were at Drawing class, HE DIDN’T KNOW A SINGLE THING! He couldn’t even draw a proportional body or symetrical eyes, anything! Because he never tried to learn while copying!

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    16. you cant tell somebody how to draw .-. they do what they do because it helps themand just because you copy something, doesnt mean nobody would like it. ._. if i copied Gumi’s outfit but in my own style, you wouldnt like it because it was the same? its not the same if it looks different .-.

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    17. Most of the time the problem with copying someones work is that all you do is copying the outline. Sure it looks nice but afterall it’s not your work. The original artist spend years to get this far and not you. If you draw an already existing character in your own style demonstrates practice and skill but drawing with the intention to duplicate is layman’s work.

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    18. It’s drawing from a reference. you don’t copy or atleast you should not try to.You normally use the stuff you have already learned like now i try to make a rough sketch to get the gesture and then i have a look at the muscles, values etc.It’s not stylized like manga and drawing from real life should always be your first concern.

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    19. If it is too difficult try something that is easier.if you can’t draw a human start with simple shapes or just lines.this here is pretty much how it’s done if you want to start with figure drawing /watch?v=mBq7rtnES0Aand just ignore complicated stuff like the face, hands or feets. you can learn them later.

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    20. There are some people in art schools doing nothing but copying references (not sure if tracing). they have the best looking portfolio but well that’s it.Of course you should copy as much as you can but you should not sell it as your own work. I usually add the artists name if i “copy” something. I feel stupid when someone flicks through my sketchbook and compliments me on a drawing that is actually not mine.

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    21. Ummmm, How long have you been drawing?….You can defiantly rest your hand, just use another piece of paper to keep from smudging, and what do you mean “and stop doing these scribble lines..” I do very lightly sketched/scribbled lines all the time so that i know where to put a dark, thick line and erase the lighter lines…

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    22. Why would you do a scribbled line instead of a relaxed rythmic pencil stroke? It’s a sketch afterall, later on you will not see it anymore but you will see how forced every line looks if you spend too much time scribbling around. atleast that’s what i can tell from my expercience.Can’t tell when and how i started drawing. pretty much my entire life time. filling sketchbooks like a champion 🙂

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    23. Thats why i said “sketched”/scribbled; when you said scribbled I thought you meant light strokes to make as a base/ skeleton for the finished product.I’ve been drawing since i was around 5 or 6. I’m 17 now and i’m about to do a mural in a cafe that has to be done by Nov. 15th :]Over the years my drawings got more and more clean because I started using pencils like F, 2H, 4H, HB, 2B, 4B etc. I progressivly got darker/cleaner in all my drawings, I have a few of my drawing on my facebook ;D

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    24. I’ve just recently gotten into anime art about a year ago, and since I love cartooning and sketching it alot, i took anime/manga a little easier than most others because (well, anime is a cartoon lol). I’m just trying to get The shape of the head just a tad less disproportional to the body, and i’ve gotten the eyes down pretty well. Ill soon be adding color with brush markers *a.k.a Copic* if I had the money for those….

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    25. You’re :-Pretty-Cute-Great at picking out amazingly cute outfits-Talented-Into manga and drawing it (aka epic)-organized-talented-cute-pretty-talent-helpful-practical-smart……………..Y CAN’T I BE YOU?!?!?!!??!?!?!?!

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    26. maybe you practiced wrong… were you doing it like every day? 😛 were you challanging yourself with stuff that you were bad at? like hands etc? 😀 Were you drawing from your head or just re-drawing someone elces drawing? 😀 I just think that everyone is capable to learn anything they want to it just depends on your effort 🙂

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    27. I draw and write my own storys i have a fairly distinctive stlye i wouldnt describe my stlye as manga because i find manga to very tame in terms of charectors and themes. if any wants an idea of my artstyle please check my profile picture it is an image of a main charector from one of my storys i am currently devoleping.

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    28. i really like drawing manga character i have my own characters too, but i wish i had manga book and stuff like that BUT unfortunately it isn’t available in my country i am not good at internet shopping too…it is have been second year since i started drawing this kind of things and i have got my own style…

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    29. oh stop being such a weeaboo. you can pronounce it the Japanese way if you want to, but there’s nothing wrong with pronouncing it the English way… Imagine you’re in a restaurant ordering foreign food, are you really going to be expected to pronounce everything the native way? No!And if you do, you sound like a bit of a snob (in my opinion)

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    30. So if I go to a Japanese restaurant and order some Udon noodles and a bento box, I’d sound snobby if I pronounced it right? That makes so much sense. And I’m not being a weeaboo. Weeaboos are literally engulfed in their own fantasy land of anime and Japanese crap. I’m just pointing out that the way she pronounced a word is wrong. I didn’t diss her on anything else. It just bothers me that a lot of people pronounce the word “manga” in that way.

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    31. Im not trying to be a jerk but why do people try so hard to look Asian. Even if you are asian im not judging you specifically. But i have a friend, white as can be and Canadian as can be. Yet she tries so hard with her makeup that she thickens it so hard to make it look like her eyes are on a slant and she cuts her bangs to cover her brow….Anyone?

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