How to draw manga: 8 useful tips

Gilgamesh   March 6, 2016   Comments Off on How to draw manga: 8 useful tips

Do you want to learn how to draw manga and anime characters? Then you’re in the right place. Here I’m going to share with you some useful tips for drawing manga to help make you a better artist.


Here are 8 tips you must know in order to successfully drawing manga!

1- Learn real anatomy.


Any “How to Draw Manga” tutorial that says you don’t need to know actual anatomy to draw proper manga either lying pr don’t know what he is talking about. Anatomy will make your life a lot easier when you want to draw any new poses, because you will need to know how the real body and how to put it together to draw new pose.


2. Use references

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It might hard to find best references not to mention that it take extra time, but if there is something you do not know how to draw, then try to search for reference online using search engine like Google. It will make your art look so much better. Look up poses, look look up environments. Do not try to draw something for first time out of your head, because you will miss important details.

3- Use guidelines.

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Guidelines can make your life a lot easier.  They help you quickly put down a pose and and know where each body part should be, Artists who use guidelines are less likely make errors.  Though you don’t need to follow them exactly, because they are just guidelines, nothing more, nothing less.

But they are so useful to point all professionals — and I do mean every professional — always starts with them before they draw their character. If you haven’t been using guidelines yet, I advise that you do.



4. Avoid shortcuts.


You shouldn’t avoid drawing any parts that you don’t want to draw just because you hate drawing them, such as hiding the hands behind body back or always drawing characters from the waist up. It’s better to at least draw it, be bad at it and keep improving than ignore it altogether.

5. Avoid character discrimination.

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If I it just about me, I’ll just draw the same character I like all time. We all have a certain “type” of character we like to draw. We also have a specific gender we like to draw more.  There is infinite types of people you can draw, don’t just stick to just drawing girls, boys, bishoujo ….etc. You should learn how to draw everyone.


6. You need to be OK with criticism.

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This is probably might be hard . Many people say they are OK with criticism, but what they really  mean is they are OK with having it go through one ear and out the other. Every critique is valid, because it means something was off about your art that made someone have to point it out. You don’t have to take every piece of criticism, but you need to listen.

7. Don’t get discouraged.

Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged when you see other artists who are better than you, especially younger yet a lot better artists then you. But trust me, everyone had to start somewhere. Try to use them as inspiration instead of shutting yourself down.

10. Have fun and keep practicing!

Getting better and better at art can be frustrating at time, and you might received many harsh criticism, but drawing should be fun and enjoying experience! Unless you are getting paid by someone else to draw something, no need to panic. Just relax and enjoy drawing.

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