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:

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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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  1. ANDY CHAN June 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    i like this very much^~^

  2. July 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Some great tips here for sure.

  3. firman July 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    i love reading manga πŸ™‚

  4. Brooke Richards @ Japanese Manga August 13, 2010 at 12:57 am

    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 September 3, 2010 at 5:15 am

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

  6. MangaReader September 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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

  7. October 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Wow, thanks for the exclusive tips πŸ™‚ I tried and they worked like a charm πŸ˜‰

  8. crisdann1 December 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the useful tips and tricks.

  9. Rawr January 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    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! πŸ˜€

  10. Oo.ImUrDrEaM.oO March 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

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

  11. Anneitakekatsu May 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    thanks your tutorials helped alot

  12. Harsh Lalani May 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

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

  13. syaza izzati May 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

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

  14. jordan June 6, 2011 at 7:02 am

    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 πŸ™‚

    1. Ayaz Malik June 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      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 πŸ™‚

  15. saisou July 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    thanks a looooooot

  16. Sarah July 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm

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

  17. saisou July 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    thanks a lot you are amazing

  18. alfie August 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    its helps a lot….. thanks..!

  19. acemangalovingirl August 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

    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 August 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Very good tips and tricks πŸ™‚

  21. jenny orpia October 3, 2011 at 2:48 am

    hahaha…ilovemanga drawing:)

  22. HEATHER LINKOUS October 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I absolutely love manga pictures!!! πŸ˜€

  23. joshua October 15, 2011 at 12:42 am

    thanks alot im making my own manga thanks for the advise

  24. Dennise November 30, 2011 at 12:04 am

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

  25. mangalover December 15, 2011 at 10:20 am

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

  26. Chili 06 December 18, 2011 at 3:12 am

    this site is very helpful, thanks!

  27. NAME________ January 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    holy crap this helped so freaking much!!☺☺☺☺☺☺☺β™ͺβ™«

  28. max johnson January 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    these r some really good tips

  29. sam January 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

    like πŸ˜› :O :I πŸ™‚ alot dudes!:O )

  30. oti March 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    omg tx i am crap at stamina so if i make my manga better it would help πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ 3<

  31. Sampson March 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    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 March 18, 2012 at 5:20 am

    wow this is a great tips

  33. Sebastian March 21, 2012 at 6:47 am

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

  34. Rrrr April 13, 2012 at 1:59 am

    totally worth it:)

  35. Lovely girl December 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm

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

  36. pullahiiri February 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    There are more manga styles than just shoujo and shounen…

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  39. takingOnTheWorld June 16, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    they were useful but i feel like i’m never going to be good at this i suck at drawing and my sister is awesome at it and everyone is so amazed and then i feel so talentless hopefully i get it

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