How To Draw Manga Step By Step

How To Draw Manga Step By Step Tutorial

Welcome to this tutorial on how to draw manga step by step. After going through the previous manga tutorials, you should have already learned how to draw manga faces and construct the basic figure of your manga character.

In this tutorial, we are going to put all the figure drawing knowledge together as I take you through how to draw manga step by step. You will finally be able to draw your own complete manga character.

How To Draw Manga Step By Step: Step Number 1

Start out by sketching your character in stick figure form. Think back to the earlier exercise where I had you create different poses using straight lines and circles.

Here is your chance to be creative. As you are designing your manga character, put him or her in whatever pose you want. Play around with it. You can even have the manga character hold swords or fly in mid-air.

Once you’ve decided on a pose for your manga drawing, sketch it out onto a new sheet of paper.

how to draw manga step by step illustration 1


The next step in how to draw manga step by step, is to add dimension to your stick figure. Use the different 3D polygons like cylinders and blocks to map out a basic body structure.

 add dimension to your manga character

 Now it’s time to decide what you want your character to wear. This is completely up to you and depends on what kind of character you want to create.

Are you going to create a ninja assassin with black uniform? Or a southern belle in a dress?

As a tip, I would stick to more simple clothing for now as you are still just starting out. Something the hugs the body will be easier to draw than billowing drapery.

As you become more skilled, you can make things as intricate as you want.

Once you are done with the clothing, sketch in the beginning of the hairstyle.

manga drawing with clothes

Step four of how to draw manga step by step, is to fill in the details for the face and hair. You should also begin erasing some of the guiding pencil marks that does not fit into the drawing.

manga drawing of a female ninja

Now it’s time to go over your sketch with ink. Take out your pen and ink over the lines.

Now you don’t want to ink every line in your drawing, only pick the ones that look the best and leave out the “mistakes” and practice strokes.

You’ll find that after you are finished going over it with ink, your drawing will suddenly look much better and polished.

The light pencil marks will fade away when contrasted by the ink and your drawing will look much sharper.

Then lastly, once the ink is completely dry, go over your drawing with an eraser and rub out all the extra pencil marks.

inked in manga drawing

This last step of how to draw manga step by step is optional, but if you are feeling ambitious, you can now color in your drawing.

Coloring can be tricky if you are not experienced at it. It requires some experimenting and trial and error. That’s why I recommend you make a photo copy of your original manga drawing and practice coloring on the copies.

Once you have found the color combination that you like, you can now apply it to the real thing.

manga drawing with color

Congratulation, you’ve just created your first manga character.

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One Response to “How To Draw Manga Step By Step”

  1. Isabel says:

    Always find your instructions very useful. Many thanks.

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