How to Draw Manga - Part 1: Where to Start at?
How to Learn to Draw Manga and Develop Your Own Style
Whether you are a child or adult, learning to draw manga can be an arduous process that requires much patience, dedication, and time. Developing your own style also requires many practice sessions, and accidentally adapting another artist's style can be a concern. This wikiHow article will help you start the journey of drawing manga, as well as provide steps on learning to establish your own unique art style.
Become familiar with manga and anime.A crucial step in learning to draw manga is to study the art styles of Japanese artists and understand the different components that set manga apart from other types of art. For instance, the eyes are normally the main focus of the face and contain the most detail. Furthermore, a variety of different manga styles exist, and it can be helpful to study them before deciding which one appeals to you the most.
Practice manga characters and/or animals without books.Before purchasing a how-to-draw book, attempt to learn the basics on your own. Because instructional books are normally written by a single artist, the images may be drawn in one style. To prevent unconsciously absorbing his or her style, it is best to practice for a while. With many references and guides on the Internet, you can search the basics of manga anatomy and do your best to learn them.
Follow each step in drawing books.Rather than skipping to the final product and copying it, it is best to lay out each step. The directions will guide you through the process of starting from scratch and developing each essential part of the face, so you can eventually draw on your own without the book's guidance. If you attempt to cheat and skip ahead, you may have difficulties with remembering and learning the anatomy of manga. Furthermore, attempt to draw your own character so that you can start to develop your own style.
Practice drawing your favorite characters.Although you should not completely adapt another artist's style, copying their work can help you decide what design you prefer. If you enjoy that particular style, bits of that technique will eventually carry over to you. Although this method can be used as a starting point for style development, you should not solely rely upon it; otherwise, you may have difficulties with creating original designs.
Do not allow others to discourage you.Although it is important to remain open to suggestions, remember that there is a difference between constructive criticism and demeaning remarks. As long as you remain dedicated towards drawing, you have a chance to improve your art. All artists work at different paces, so remain focused upon your own path and avoid comparing yourself to others.
QuestionWhat is the name of the pens used to get the manga look?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou want to use felt tip pens that don't bleed of fade, such as Micron or Sakura. Many manga artists will also use brush-tip pens as well. You can also use a traditional ink pen with an inkwell and nib.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I highlight hair and clothes?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you're using pencil and/or ink, leave the desired area of shine blank. For coloring with any medium, you can leave it blank for extreme lighting, or use a lighter color than the hair/clothes.Thanks!
QuestionIs there somewhere I can find this demonstrated?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere's a popular manga/comic book artist named Mark Crilley, the author and illustrator of Brody's Ghost and many other works. He posts weekly videos on YouTube about how to's, art supplies, and Q&A's.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I draw legs without making them look like straight lines?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStudy anatomy to see where the leg bends and curves. If you don't want to do all that work, study your own legs. Note: Male and Female legs are different. Look up references for different poses where the legs bend and draw them in your own style.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I draw detailed characters?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerLook for areas which might need shadowing and add wrinkles in clothes, this makes the drawing more realistic. You can also add details, such as accessories (necklaces, earrings, rings, wristbands, bracelets, watches, etc), stitching (especially in jeans), pockets, and prints.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I am terrible at drawing eyes?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPractice makes perfect. But even if that fails, maybe you aren't doing the eyes YOUR way. Maybe you're trying too hard to make it look like your favorite anime or some other artist. Draw the eyes in a way that's comfortable to you, even if it's not pleasing. With that base, start to add elements to make it asthetically pleasing (e.g., maybe you like the long lashes or the more realistic shape of eyes).Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get the head and hair to line up?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry to use guide lines for your hair, eyes, mouth, and nose. And always start off drawing the head before the body.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I learn to draw well?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou need to keep practicing. You cannot copy other drawings, but you may use them as inspiration. You don't need it to be exactly like the others.Thanks!
QuestionWhy do I hate my style so much?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's very common to dislike your own style, since you tend to think that it is not as good as the others. Try adding different characteristics from different styles to your drawing and practice them in individual parts (eg. dedicating a whole page to only eyes, mouths, hands, etc.). This will help you improve and develop a more satisfactory style.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I learn to draw different poses?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry having a friend model the pose for you, or you can sketch a stick figure in that position and then flesh it out.Thanks!
- How are you going to get better? By practicing. Buy a sketchbook and draw in it everyday. When you fill it up and see how your drawing improved from the first drawing to the last. You're not done! Keep practicing!
- Never give up. Remember that you may not have instant success or glorification, and that you may have to wait.
- If your having trouble developing your own style just learn how to draw in multiple pre-existing styles you like and they will eventually merge into your style and don't be afraid to look for inspiration outside of manga and anime styles.
- Believing in yourself is also crucial. Just believe in your drawings even if you think it is bad because you WILL improve if you believe in yourself and your talent in your drawings!
- Ask people who understand how to draw manga for help, whether if it's in real life or over the Internet. Sometimes, asking for help from someone more experienced can help you improve significantly.
- If you do want to draw, look at pictures over the internet and study them. That way you will probably be better at designing your own characters.
- Practice makes perfect. You can develop your own style by looking online anime and manga drawings and study and draw them and after studying the style, try to come up with a way to draw anime and manga your style.
- Study real people and how they move in daily life activities.
- Study Japanese culture. You will have a better understanding of what you are drawing. This is one way you can tell that you're reading a 'poser-manga' how to book if see tons of American things and stereotypes. (Like the 'ghetto'. That will not be in a 'how to' book by a Japanese person.)
- Draw real life before seeing how you can transform them into a manga style.
- Practice anatomy. Although it may be a tiring process, it is important to learn the basics so that you can draw realistic characters with accuracy.
- Every time you practice, you will improve. Within time, your own artistic style will begin to develop.
- This process takes a long time. You won't become an awesome manga-artist in a week, or a month. If you have a large artistic background, like going to an Art college, or anything like that, it will be easier to grasp this (or harder, it depends). You will probably also improve faster.
- If you really make it big, and if you start selling your art, be sure not to infringe on any copyright laws by making your characters just like your favorite manga characters, in costume, voice or personality, it doesn't matter. They'll find anything.
Things You'll Need
Clean, smooth good quality paper. This paper should be grain free. (Copier or printer paper is good, and inexpensive!)
How to draw manga book (optional)
A computer (if you make digital art)
Various real manga volumes and/or knowledge of Japanese culture (optional but very very helpful)
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