How to Draw Manga Useful Tips and Tricks


face-tutorialMany people have difficulty drawing Manga style because they do not know where to start, or do not have sufficient knowledge of other types of art styles. However, I am here to help you find the best tutorials on deviantArt that are helpful to your unique learning curve. However, you may look at these in any order that you like. Everyone has a different way of learning, so find what is best for you. A lot of people learn better by reading, some by diagrams and pictures, some by talked instructions, and some by doing. I will try to cover these needs in the many tutorials I find.


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This does not apply to Manga, but is equally important to characters. However, you are allowed to be a little more exaggerated with the anatomy.

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Chibi is a very exaggerated style, often geared at younger children. They depict comical, non-serious scenes and are supposed to look cute.


Quick Chibi Reference:

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Quick Anatomy:

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This ties in very much with anatomy, and also is important in most all styles of art.

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Faces are the main things that differ from regular, realistic to Manga art. They have larger eyes, smaller noses, and sometimes larger, more full hairstyles. To what extent that you apply this depends on the artist, and you should try to find the style that you like best.


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Facial Expressions:

There are also many expressions that are different, and not seen in non-Japanese culture, or are also exaggerated. (For example, you don’t see everyone making Manga poses in America, but it would not be uncommon in Japan).


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These faces are not very serious, but many can be used in a serious way by, for example, changing the eye size and adding a nose and maybe making the mouth smaller. These are easily implemented into Chibi. Obviously, these are not meant to be copied exactly, but more for reference.


Eyes are different for every artist, and it is best you do not just try one eye style and stick with it, but to experiment and try many eye styles. Here are many eye styles that I have seen. This tutorial is the artists’ style mixed with a Sonic the Hedgehog style.

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Soft eyes:

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Realistic Eye Drawing Tutorial:

eye drawing tutorial

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This is an excellent tutorial that does not show you how to draw the eyes, but shows you, in 1 image, 100 different styles of eyes by 100 different artists. See this Link


When a lot of people draw Manga, clothes are usually not the first thing that you think of. However, you can’t deny that they are not important, unless you limit yourself to drawing nude people.Most people, including myself, have a hard time drawing clothing folds. This should help out.


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This tutorial focuses more on elaborating clothing, but also has a bit on shading.


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Just like eyes, everyone has their own style for doing hair.

Realistic Hair Drawing

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Shows placement of hair, expected hair stereotypes, and is more Manga-oriented.


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There are two different types of Manga, Shoujo and Shounen. Shoujo has pretty girls and usually focuses on relationships, character development, and is made to appeal to girls. It has very little, if all, action. However, a lot of times, guys like to read Shoujo because the girls are pretty and.. well.. have large breasts. Shoujo is the action Manga,
usually drawn with more muscular, hunky guys, big robots, and tons of fighting. it focuses less on relationships and character development so that the pace keeps on going. Eyes and heads are smaller, and the muscles are more proportionate.

Examples of Shoujo are: Fruits Basket, Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew, etc.

Examples of Shounen are: Dragon Ball Z, Full Metal Alchemist, Naruto, etc.


Even if you are not a beginner, all of these tutorials can help you in some way. Even looking over a concept you have already learned can help you to become better at it.

Note: All tutorials are linked back to their respective owners.

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40 Comments on “How to Draw Manga Useful Tips and Tricks” Join The Discussion!
  1. ANDY CHAN says:

    i like this very much^~^

  2. says:

    Some great tips here for sure.

  3. firman says:

    i love reading manga :)

  4. Brooke Richards @ Japanese Manga says:

    Thanks for the great tips on drawing manga. I feel good to learn the tricks and apply them to create nice images.

  5. facials providence ri says:

    It gives useful tips and tricks for how to draw a creative picture.

  6. MangaReader says:

    great tips, and detail illustration, that much be alot of works, thanks

  7. says:

    Wow, thanks for the exclusive tips :) I tried and they worked like a charm ;)

  8. crisdann1 says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the useful tips and tricks.

  9. Rawr says:

    Thank you so much! I been learning on my own how to draw manga, but with this it’ll help in the area’s I most need help in! :D

  10. Oo.ImUrDrEaM.oO says:

    I reall like drawing mangas
    im not that good but this websit helped me a lot

  11. Anneitakekatsu says:

    thanks your tutorials helped alot

  12. Harsh Lalani says:

    I needed help in drawing hair because of that my drawing always looked awkward…

  13. syaza izzati says:

    i luv it!!!!!!! so fun n cool… i even can still learn the right way 2 draw!!!!

  14. jordan says:

    i need to learn how to draw girls properly i cant make them look like hot babes they look like nerds because i can only draw boys hair styles the best :)

    1. Ayaz Malik says:

      Hey Jordan, yeah that happens a lot :p you shud try there are good artist drawing female characters there. might give u some help and inspiration :)

  15. saisou says:

    thanks a looooooot

  16. Sarah says:

    I love manga! My best friend is amazing at it!!!!!!!!

  17. saisou says:

    thanks a lot you are amazing

  18. alfie says:

    its helps a lot….. thanks..!

  19. acemangalovingirl says:

    i love to draw manga but could never get it right i had trouble drawing hair, clothes, and males. but this website really helped.

  20. Maxy says:

    Very good tips and tricks :)

  21. jenny orpia says:

    hahaha…ilovemanga drawing:)


    I absolutely love manga pictures!!! :D

  23. joshua says:

    thanks alot im making my own manga thanks for the advise

  24. Dennise says:

    thanks a lot !! this is one step to my dream

  25. mangalover says:

    wow I really like manga so the comments were useful… thanx!

  26. Chili 06 says:

    this site is very helpful, thanks!

  27. NAME________ says:

    holy crap this helped so freaking much!!☺☺☺☺☺☺☺♪♫

  28. max johnson says:

    these r some really good tips

  29. sam says:

    like :P :O :I :) alot dudes!:O )

  30. oti says:

    omg tx i am crap at stamina so if i make my manga better it would help ;) :) 3<

  31. Sampson says:

    Awww why didnt I find this sooner?! I had to basically teach myself how th draw manga. I will use these tutorials on cloth folds (my eternal weakness!)

  32. fatin nuraini says:

    wow this is a great tips

  33. Sebastian says:

    Thank you, so much., this is really awesome.,. ., such an awesome tips., I’ll treasure it most. well, thank’s a lot again. :)

  34. Rrrr says:

    totally worth it:)

  35. Lovely girl says:

    Man thanx
    My friends say that I am super good
    But right now
    I am super awesome ;)
    Thanx alot! Have been along time since I looked for a website that helped me more than this
    Thank you thank you thank you

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