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Draw Your Own Anime Manga Character

Updated on May 13, 2012

It's really cool when you can draw your own manga characters !

Learn how to draw Anime and manga through this step by step materials that I've collected throughout the years. Trust me you wont be disappointed . Some of the videos have some pretty sweet techniques.

Grab your pen, pencil , paper or your drawing tablet ready! And you coffee too.We have three sections of tutorials and this is gonna take a looong time!

Brief overview of this Tutorial

This tutorial are separated into 3 sections:

1. Basic anatomy : Learn how to draw the eyes , hands , head and hair

2. Practice by drawing your favourite character : I've put here among the popular animes , but you can try almost any character you want

3. Advance character design : whilst still under construction, this section will have the theory on how to create your own characters. I just get my hands on Manga Studio.A brief how I created this drawing using this software is available below.

Section 1 : Basic anatomy

You can skip this section if you're already skillful in drawing basic anatomy of your characters.

Learn How to draw the eyes

The eyes is the most prominent feature that determines whether your drawing is anime-ish or not.

Most of the time, the eyes can help you differentiate between character and even show you their attitude!

These videos will help you learn how to draw the eyes!

You have to see this: 100 Ways to Draw Manga Eyes marathon - Finally some eye candy

Mark Crilley, manga artist of miki falls drew 101 styles of manga eyes.Check out his website

Learn how to draw the face

There are many ways to draw the face, but most of them start with a round circle and a cross in the circle as a guide before drawing the face.

The circle guide is useful as features are sharp precise and symmetrical in nature.The guide would avoid asymmetrical lines.

The front view is easy. The one you should concentrate on is the side profile and 3/4 view which takes a lot of practice. However its worthwhile it as having various face angle can depict different moods making your character alive.

Learn how to draw your anime hands

Hands is the most difficult body part IMHO to draw.You imagine it to be cylinder tubes of five digits , but the goal is always to make it look slender or in the case of an alpha male character, strong and reliable.

So remember to practice drawing hands multiple multiple times ! Don't stop even if your hand aches!

Learn how draw the hair

You need you to have skills in drawing hair.

Having different hairstyle for different character will help your readers to recognize which character is which.

Drawing the feet

A Step by step tutorial from Crysa on deviantart on how to draw anime bangs.

Her tutorial is in two parts , organized bangs and unorganized bangs. She also touch upon the issue that I have been wondering all along: What will happen when the bangs covers the eyes ? Should it be completely covered? or just let a peek of the eyes shown? All the answers are here in her tutorial.

For those who are not familiar with deviantart , you have to click on the thumbnail/distorted image to view the real image tutorial.

Drawing anime Hair Bangs

Now you can draw the whole manga character from top to toe!

I have the tendency of scribbling away starting with the head, then just adding up the body , hands and legs later on.The result is often a distorted barbie doll fresh from her trip to the sauna. Ugly.

Plan ahead. Start with a structure and build up from there.

A series from drawing to illustration

Learn to draw your favourite manga character

Its good practice to draw your favorite characters first before jumping into creating your own.

Each drawing you complete , you will learn something new from it and you can incorporate the style you haver learnt into your own drawings

Learn how to draw four favourite anime character : Naruto

your favourite ninja , naruto!

Learn how to draw Kakashi from naruto

one of my favourite characters from naruto.Also he's easier to draw because he only have to show one eye.

Learn how to draw your favourite anime character : Bleach

Learn to draw Ichigo!

Learn how to draw your favourite anime character : Cardcaptor Sakura

sakura-chan kawaii!!

Advance character design

Theory and application of manga and character design.

Applying colors to your character can be a headache. ~Sai-Manga-Tuts from deviantart explains how to apply color theory to make your illustrations have that professional feel to it.

For those who are not familiar with deviantart , you have to click on the thumbnail/distorted image to view the real image tutorial.

Color Theory: And It's Application to Character Design

The sketch in the Manga studio

This is my first time of using the manga studio. At first I was apprehensive because I already have photoshop and I've seen many tutorials on creating manga in photoshop before.

But If you really want to create a manga , this is definitely the software to buy because of this 3 reasons:

1. It has the specific library of brush and pens that are used in real manga creation. It even detects wacom pen pressure which I was not aware of before , or else I would've bought it sooner.

2. It has tones that are used in the real manga.

3. The page layout , panels and workflow are true and follows to the manga workflow.

I did a quick ten minute read through of the help file, and started with the pencil sketch first.

I love the pencil tool since in photoshop , I had difficulties to find a brush that really simulates the pencil.In photoshop, I just don't have the time to tweak it.

There is a panel for layers where you can create various layers for different kind of pen strokes. My first layer is of course the pencil sketch.

The Inking in manga studio

I had some trouble inking because it was my first time doing so. I find the Correction option in the pen tool option is really useful as it tweaks minor jitters that i made while drawing lines using my wacom.

You can see that the whole head are done with the correction option on. The collar however is done without the help of the correction option thus it's a little wiggly and jittery.

I tried the tones in manga studio

The tones are the fun part in manga studio.Hadn't had the chance to try it all yet, plus I suspect my workflow for inserting the tones are not the correct one.

I didn't read through the help file properly, so I went with my instinct and tried to make a selection with the lasso tool.Then I select the tones from the folder.Drag and drop.Voila.

The completed illustration

So here is my first attempt of the manga studio.Hope It'll fare better next time.

I like imaginefx magazine.. this is their manga book

Manga Studio

If you're looking to buy manga studio, its available here.... Also if you're really serious about manga drawing, buy a wacom tablet or the new inkling !

Manga Studio Debut 4 (Win/Mac)
Manga Studio Debut 4 (Win/Mac)

Software to create manga

Wacom Intuos4 Wireless Pen Tablet
Wacom Intuos4 Wireless Pen Tablet

must have if you want to draw manga


How to create your own manga characters?

Now that you have learn how to draw your manga character , you must have a system to create it's form , personality and costume.

This book provide a matrix or a grid table that you can use as a formula to create your heroes and heroines and also monsters!

p/s Usually you would have to worry about character development after you are good at drawing anime / manga. If you're not , scroll back up and try again.Don't even think about buying this book until you can complete a manga drawing from top to toe.. and yes including the fingers.

You can also go to this site: Ultimate Character Profile Sheet, it is a superb complete list of things you need to fill in your quest of creating a char, and this one from squidoo is pretty good too Character profiles. Of course they don't teach you drawing.It's just to add dimension to your character.What does he likes and hates, his fears and stuff like that.

The monster Book of Manga

There are a lot of instructional books on how to draw manga.Not all of them are very good. Some doesn't a very draw the characters very well let alone teach you how to do it.

A good step by step manga drawing guide should have good manga illustration. Yup, sometimes you just have to judge the book by its cover.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow this is so cool! lurve it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I did a Time Laspe video the other day of SSJ2 Majin Vegeta from DragonBall Z

      Video here:

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks! I now have the passion and talent of drawing manta. Thank you!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      awsome...........but i am better than you losers

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Eh, thanks to you, my passion for drawing is back. Thanks a lot

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am so much better t drawing now xD I hope to be as good as that some day ^-^

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      esichrissa 5 years ago

      you made me remember my old passion for drawing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you very much. I learnt the basics so I should be good. That's all I needed to keep working on it.

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      coletta lm 6 years ago

      Great video tutorials!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      you are awesome

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow all this was really helpful to me i can now make my anime manga tv series that will never be broadcast lol

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      luniarose 6 years ago

      great lense

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow, i love anime, like your lens

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      wow! With this tutorial even I could probably draw manga!

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      This is a great lesson for anybody wanting to draw at all, let alone draw manga. Blessed!

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      freewallpapers4 6 years ago

      awesome tutorial, thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is what helps me when I draw people good fundamentals are very important

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      PhotoshopWarrior 7 years ago

      wow, perfect, the videos are great

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Really is an excellent tutorial lens on drawing Manga. Squid Angel Blessed!

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      rewards4life info 7 years ago

      You were right I wasn't disappointed. Great selection of Manga tutorials and info a real help for any anime artist, like myself. Blessed and featured on Squid Angel of Digital Art.

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      Kipper25 7 years ago

      You're very talented! I've been drawing manga for a few years myself (though with just traditional pencil and paper). Mark Crilley has been such an inspiration for me.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      awsome but it sucks like cow poop

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      Ricardo Montrose 7 years ago

      great... i wish i could draw like that... hey could you recommend me some manga for my list plz

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      tskkmyhr 7 years ago

      wow, love your drawing, and all of the tutorials! :D Thanks! :D

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      Max Wong 7 years ago from Singapore

      The boy's eye in The completed illustration is simply life-like! Great drawing skills! :) This lens was tweeted ! :) Keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i've been serching so many websites to find something that can help me imporve on my anime drawing more. Squidoo is by far the best than all the other websites i've been :D

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow that's amazing ! without this technics I would have been stuck forever ! Thx a lot ^^

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      Elisa Margaret lesmana 8 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

      Wow, your drawing is really great. I like the tutorial about drawing Sakura. I tried to do one before, but the result did not look like her. I will try it your way. :)

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      lasertek lm 8 years ago

      So this is how artists do it. I have often wondered how cute cartoon images are made. I tried imitating the artworks but with no luck. I guess now I can make my own anime Mange. Can't wait to start! 5*

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      Doodlemanic 8 years ago

      This is a Great lens! It really is very instructional!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      BUT; make sure that each one says 'second edition illustrated' on the top. there are few differences between the first and second, but the second is more detailed, blah blah blah. it's better. XP

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      another good manga instruction book is the 'Complete Idiot's Guide To...' series. their names include: 'Drawing Manga', 'Drawing Superheroes and Villians', 'Drawing Manga Shoujo', 'Manga Fantasy Creatures', and 'Creating a Graphic Novel'.

      there are two others that look more realistic, 'Drawing Basics', and 'Drawing People'.

      everything inside of the books are completely illustrated, and I've learned a ton from them.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      oh and thnx for eye technique !!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      me and my brother are so good at manga anime its so awesomely fun lmao!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hey thanks a lot! that really helped me with manga eyes. i could never get them right when i drew. this has inspired me to make my own manga!!! thank you!!!!! :)))

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Very cool instructional lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm writing my own book and watching your videos to learn how to draw my own character. If you get the chance, could you make some videos illustrating how to draw different types of glasses on a characters face properly? thank you.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      thanks a bunch for this great info!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Im pretty good but that helped a lot, THANKS!!!

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      nekoneko 9 years ago

      my first favourite character was vegeta from dragonball

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      who's your favorite anime character?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I luv manga! But it takes a lot of rubbing awt for me 2 draw it but I do it in the end! This is great! I LUV MANGA!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      dude i can't draw this send my a link how to draw manga ppl at

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      that is awesome im working on my own anime character im still a little rusty though but redsportniac is right you guys keep on drawin

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Lover-ly resouses and a jucy bunch of tutorials... YUM YUM.This really helps! Thanks a lot! :-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      how do u download this send at

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      anonymous 9 years ago


      how to color photoshop anime style e anime studio pro 5 por favor preço???

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      anime and manga lover

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      anonymous 9 years ago


      Thnx for sharing your knowledge about how to start off on drawing your own Manga or characters. Really appreaciate this. :) and THANK YOU

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      RedSportNiac 9 years ago

      Nice resources on anime. Thanks for sharing all of them. I admire people who could draw anime. What a talent.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      ok!! I tried my best but the point is I´m not really good at this stuff!!! Yet I was really trying my best cause I want to do this anime for a friend of mine whose b day is coming soon!!! She will truly and really love to have it.........although it is a surprise and I haven´t told her about it!!!!.....I was wondering if there is anyone who can help me out and do it for a really good and amazing anime manga character.............I know there are some characteristics she will like her character to have!!! So please if you can help me email know this is a last minute thing specially because her bday is on the 10th of july........which is like in 13 days or so!!! Sooo please!! help me out here.........I was looking for something cool to give her and until now I realized what a great surprise it is!!!.......ok hope anyone will help!! THNX!! bye

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      Ginge_e 10 years ago

      What a great lens! Who knows what mangakas from the future you'll be starting off on this page. I've just finished my first lens on manga for adult readers- come have a look and tell me what you think!

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      EelKat13 10 years ago

      I just made a new group, for CosPlay-Anime-Manga type lenses. Sending along an invitation to come join it!

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      Terrax 10 years ago

      Nice Lens 5 stars... check out mine at ... Smile! :)

      <<(Lord Terrax XIII)>>


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