For those who want to learn how to draw Manga, it can be challenging to know where to start. Fortunately, this beginner’s guide provides the tips and techniques needed to get started with creating dynamic characters and stories. Whether you are new to drawing or a seasoned artist, this guide aims to be the perfect starting point for your Manga journey. This guide will cover seven essential topics: basic anatomy and proportions for Manga, facial expressions, line variations and shading, dynamic poses, storytelling through panels, color theory, and building a character design portfolio to showcase the characters designed in the previous chapters.

Basic Anatomy and Proportions for Manga

One of the essential aspects of drawing Manga is to understand human anatomy and proportions. While there are several unique features to Manga drawing, the underlying principles of anatomy and proportion apply. A Manga character’s head is usually larger than its body, and the neck, torso, legs, and arms are much longer and thinner than their real life counterparts. The key is to keep the proportions consistent throughout the character’s body, making it appear more natural. The eyes, nose, and mouth are the most critical facial features to focus on; the eyes are more extensive and have more exaggerated pupils, while the nose is usually simplified. The mouth usually has much less detail than its real-life counterpart.

Drawing Manga Facial Expressions

Facial expressions are essential for humanizing characters and making them relatable. Manga art effectively uses facial expressions in storytelling and character development. To create compelling facial expressions, we must first change the distance and placement of the facial features. For example, when drawing anger, we move the eyebrows closer, widen the eyes, and bring the mouth downwards. Similarly, for happiness, we move the mouth up and draw rounder eyes. Understanding the key facial muscles that impact emotional expression, and studying various references and manga itself is crucial.

Using Line Variations and Shading in Manga Drawings

Line variation and shading are used in Manga drawings to create depth and shape. For line variation, thicker and thinner lines used to create boundaries, shadows, and edges. Using the right balance between light and dark on the page adds more depth to the image. You can use simple techniques such as “hatching” and “crosshatching” to create more realistic shadows and highlights. It’s essential to keep in mind the light source throughout the drawing and create shadows accordingly.

Creating Dynamic Manga Poses

Dynamic poses are essential in conveying energy and movement in Manga art. When drawing a dynamic pose, we must consider the flow of energy through the character’s body. We must ensure that the character’s pose is balanced and their movement fluid. We can use various techniques such as foreshortening, exaggeration, and creating motion lines to make our poses more dramatic and energetic.

Storytelling through Manga Panels

Manga storytelling is conveyed through panels. Panels are the blocks that contain each part of the story. How the panels are drawn and arranged impact’s how the story is told. Consider your shots’ purpose, camera angle, and composition when creating panels that best suit the story. Different types of panel arrangements, such as “splash pages” and “double spreads,” can be used in critical moments to emphasize an event’s importance or impact; it’s important to use these techniques effectively to convey the intended message.

Color Theory for Manga

Color theory adds meaning and emotion to your Manga art. Different colors can convey different emotions, intentions and can even shape the way the viewer perceives the drawing. By using color effectively, we can add depth to our characters and convey essential messages and themes. It is important to choose the appropriate hue, saturation, and combinations carefully. However, careful selection of color sets can create a more cohesive and impactful artwork.

Building a Character Design Portfolio

A portfolio is crucial for aspiring Manga artists. It acts as proof of our skills and offers a synopsis of our relevant work experience. A great portfolio should showcase our unique style, creativity, and versatility. This portfolio must consist of character designs that we have created and can include pieces from various stages of development. Highlighting our personality and creativity in a portfolio will make our work stand out and improve our chances of getting hired.


Drawing Manga can seem intimidating, but with the right tips and techniques, we have provided here, your artwork will improve more quickly than you think. If you take these techniques and start applying your insights in your work, you will see for yourself how much improvement is possible. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, there is something new you can learn. With continuous effort and practice, Manga can become the perfect creative outlet. Give it your best shot!

So, what are you waiting for? Start your Manga journey today, and keep practicing to become a Manga artist.

Picture references:

“Manga Drawing” by Cemre Gumuskaya on Unsplash (

“Manga Faces” by Andrew Magill on Flickr (

“Manga Shadow” by Surian Soosay on Flickr (

“Manga character set1” by Louson13 on Flickr (

“Manga girl looking” by Munir Hamdan on Flickr (

“Manga Paneling” by Surian Soosay on Flickr(

“Manga Boy angry” by art designer on Flickr (

“Manga color” by L’un Au Pluriel on Flickr (

“Manga girl with glasses’ by Mathias Liebing on Flickr(

“Manga 20th Century Children” by Enokson on Flickr(

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