Anime art easy

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So I have been asked this question a lot whenever someone was looking at my art. For some reason, a lot of people will automatically assume, that because it is “just” anime that it is easy to draw. Apparently it looks easy enough to draw.

But is Anime easy to draw? The short answer is: No, it isn´t easy to draw! Drawing Anime requires very similar knowledge than drawing realistically. You will have to know basic anatomy, you need to be able to render properly and understand perspective as well as how light and shadow work. Anime is an abstraction of reality and as such sometimes even harder to draw than a realistic picture.

Why do People Think, that Drawing Anime is Easy?

Anime is a very specific art style, that draws focus to the face (especially the eyes) to effectively show emotion. So the highest detail (most of the time) is the face. The rest is drawn very simplistically. But simplistic does not mean that it is easy to draw!

Unfortunately, a lot of people think, that because Anime is abstract and simplified in so many areas, that it is easy to draw.

A lot of Anime styles, for example, only draw a simple line in place of the mouth and only draw a little shadow of the nose instead of a realistic nose and more.

But you still have to know where the nose is sitting on a face to draw a believable shadow and the same goes for the mouth.

And even though you aren’t drawing extremely realistic lightning in Anime drawings you sill have to know how light works, how the color changes when it hits different surfaces and how the shadow is cast in order to make something look believable.

So even though a lot of things are simplified in Anime, it does not mean Anime is easy to draw! You will have to know the same fundamentals and on top of that, you have to learn how to abstractly draw the reality in a believable way.

So in some ways drawing anime is maybe even harder than fine art, where you sometimes only copy reality.

But if you are one of the people who think, that anime is easy to draw then why not try and follow a guide on how to draw some anime eyes and then you can see where you end up and how hard it really is.

What Fundamentals do I Need to Learn to Draw Anime?

If you want to learn how to draw Anime, you have to learn the fundamentals.

But don´t worry, even though it may sound like a lot to learn, you don´t have to master all of them. A basic understanding is enough to start out. The rest will come with time and practice!

You can also check out these tips on how to improve your anime drawings.

So what fundamentals do you have to learn, when you want to draw Anime?


Anatomy is an absolute must. No matter how much you want to avoid learning it, if you want to be able to draw believable characters, you have to at least learn the basics of anatomy.

That being said, you don´t have to learn every single muscle in the human body, you only have to know the muscles, that are seen on the surface of the skin.

And you also don´t have to learn the names of these muscles, you are drawing them you don´t have to do surgery!

You can start with learning the anatomy of the torso and the anatomy of the arm, as these are not so hard to learn and either are a good starting point.


So Perspective is important when you want to draw landscapes or backgrounds. But even if you are only drawing characters, you should still have a very basic understanding of how perspective works and how we perceive it.

The basic idea of drawing in the first place is creating the illusion a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface (the drawing surface). And knowing how Perspective works will help you create that illusion.

And Perspective is so much more than just a one-point or two-point perspective grid!


Color theory is a very broad subject. It is important if you want to draw amazing looking compositions, so you should definitely at least look into it!

The most important areas of color theory are Saturation, Value, contrast and how warm and cold colors behave.

Light and Shadow

This is closely related to color theory but also with perspective and forms. You have to understand how forms cast different shadows and how bounce-light affects these forms.

You also need to know how the color changes when it is in shadow and much much more.


Right after anatomy not understand values is the most common beginner’s mistake. Values will help you to distinguish different forms from one another and especially in environment designs it will help you to show depth.

If you convert a colored drawing into black and white you should still be able to see all the details like before. If the details vanish, however, you probably did a poor job on the values.


If your drawings don’t look interesting or eye-catching enough then you probably should look into compositional rules. These rules are in no means absolute but they tend to help in the beginning.

But not only the rule of thirds is important, but form-language and guided lines are also important. Especially if you want to illustrate characters!

Don’t underestimate the power of composition!

Is drawing Anime digitally easy?

No, drawing anime digitally is not easy. It requires almost the same skill as drawing it traditionally. You have some advantages when you are drawing anime digitally, like the ability to reverse anything and to adapt scale and place freely at any time. But you still have to know all the basic fundamentals in order to create a believable drawing or illustration.

You also have to learn how the programs, that you are drawing in, work and how to use layers and brushes correctly. So in some way, it might even be a little bit harder.

Generally, I would recommend to start out by drawing anime traditionally and if you like it and you get better, you can slowly start drawing digitally. I am personally drawing digitally as well as traditionally.

Why You May Be Struggling with Drawing Anime.

So if you are struggling with drawing Anime, then you should honestly ask yourself this question: “Did I learn the fundamentals or did I skip them?”

If your answer is “I skipped them” then you should go back and learn the fundamentals. I know, that they tend to be very technical and might even be boring in some areas, but if you learn them your ability as an artist will improve by a lot.

Like it’s not even funny how much you will improve after you have learned them! So go back and learn the fundamentals! I did it so you can do it as well!

If your answer is “I learned them” then you either just need a little more exercise or you are simply too hard to yourself. Don´t compare yourself to all the pros out there!

They have years and years of experience in their field, so obviously you can´t learn how to draw like them in a short time. You still have to practice. But I promise you, if you practice and if you don’t give up, you will get there and you will draw like a pro!

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You won’t notice it unless you pay attention, but tons of have their own set of distinctive art styles.

Almost every show fits into at least one of these categories. Intentionally or unintentionally.

Let’s take an like Cowboy Bebop for example.

What kind of art style represents Cowboy Bebop? What’s the first thought that comes to your mind?

Cowboy Bebop Characters

And what about an like Date A Live?

How would you describe the art style used in this /harem series?

Date A Live Dal Cookies

While you try to figure it out, here are 10 types of art styles we tend to see over and over again.

I’ve categorized each one into my own set of “phrases” to make it simple to understand.


Common Art Styles:


1. art styles

art styles in are some of the “newest” in the last decade. Before then (1990’s or before), there was no such thing as art styles.

One of the best shows that describe art styles is: New Game!

Aoba And Nenechi Sakura

New Game Kazuki And Umiko

New Game is a slice of life/comedy series about the gaming company: Eagle Jump, and the employees who work within it.

The first thing you’ll notice about New Game is how bright the colours are, and better yet: the drawings and art style of each character.

Despite the “” art, the creators still manage to represent the ages of each character realistically. Or at least to a degree. it’s an impressive example of a style in recent years.


2. Realistic art styles

Then there’s a style I call: “realistic”.

There aren’t many shows that fit into the realistic art style category. But those that do are some of the best shows on earth, statistically (and objectively) speaking.

Remember how I mentioned Cowboy Bebop earlier? That fits into the realistic art style category.

Alongside shows like:


Black Lagoon

Rock And Revy Rebecca

Psycho Pass

Akane Tsunemori From Psycho Pass


Koko Hekmatyar


Johan Liebert From Monster

All 4 of these shows are “Seinen” by definition. Which is aimed at older fans (20-30+). And each one of them feels realistic, looks realistic, and represents dark themes that apply to the real world.

Like arms deals who sell weapons and make tons of , or how the wrong circumstances can turn a kind person into a monster.

Realistic art styles are one of my favourites.


3. Chibi art styles

There’s also “chibi” art styles. This is more obvious than the last 2 I’ve mentioned.

Chibi by definition is childish in every way, shape and form. And any with Chibi art styles has characters who look much younger than they actually are.

Though not all of these are like that.

Perfect examples:


Lucky Star

Lucky Star Kagami Hiragi And Konata Izumi


Kinmoza Characters

Is The Order A Rabbit?

Is The Order A Rabbit Characters

All of these shows have childish looking drawings and characters. Especially Lucky Star, which features 17-18-19 year old characters who look much younger.

In contrast: Kinmoza has a main character who’s 16 years old, but you wouldn’t believe it from the art style.


4. Moe art styles

“Moe” is confused with for obvious reasons. They’re both so similar it’s hard to differentiate.

The best way to describe “moe” art styles is with shows created by Kyoto Animation. You could even say they’re 100% responsible for the phrase “moe” in the first place.




K On Characters

Tamako Market

Tamako Market Characters

These shows best describe the art style of Moe better than any other series. I define it as a mixture of:

  • Characters who “look” childish, but still believable for their age.
  • Characters (and art) that’s without being over the top.


5. Beautiful art styles

Beautiful art is a tricky one in the industry.

In some ways it’s close and comparable to realistic art. But in other ways it’s far beyond that. Because of how unbelievable the quality is.

The best shows that describe this art style are:


Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden In The Snow

Garden Of Words

Garden Of Words Characters

Your Name

Your Name Movie Characters

A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice Movie

The Ancient Magus Bride

The Ancient Magus Bride Elias And Hatori

All of these 5 shows have realistic drawings and art, but there’s more to each one than that. The animation, quality, backgrounds and characters will blow your mind.

It’s “eye candy” at its best.


6. Weird art styles

And then you have weird art styles. The kind you can’t categorize because it’s too out of this world when compared to “normal” art styles.

The best way to describe this art style is with images from like:





Rwby Characters

Mind Game

Mind Game Anime Characters

Knights Of Sidonia

Knights Of Sidonia

As you can tell – the art styles in these 4 shows is very strange. Compared to your everyday style at least.

But I respect the creators even more for “trying” to step into new territory, and try something new.

It’s no good if a creator rests on their laurels after all.


7. “Standard” art styles

It’s exactly as it sounds. Standard is the typical type of art we see in the average that’s aired.

I’d categorize like Date A Live, Katana Maidens, and similar shows as “standard”. Alongside series like:


Sakura Quest

Maki Midorikawa From Sakura Quest


Clannad Anime

Don’t get me wrong: standard styles aren’t bad, in fact they’re amazing (Sakura Quest, Clannad). But these types are hard to categorize, hence “standard” is the term used.


8. art styles

art styles are easy to notice.

Why? Because the characters are either half naked, have BIG , or something else to distinguish them.

You know the kind of series I’m talking about.



High School Of The Dead

High School Of The Dead Characters

High School DxD

High School Dxd

To Love Ru

To Love Ru Characters

Prison School

Prison School Ecchi Anime Characters

Shows like these are classics in the harem/ genre. And so are their “over the top” art.

Especially for female characters in particular.


9. Cartoon art styles

“Cartoon” is the best way to describe this style, because it reminds you of the visuals done in American cartoons.

This is because of the colours used (and how much of it that’s used).

As well as how much emphasis the artists puts into each character (and backgrounds in general).



Kill La Kill Ryuko Matoi

Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia Characters

Gurren Lagann

Gurren Lagann Characters

The first 2 of these series were produced by Studio Trigger.

I like their way of animating and designing. It’s always fresh and stands out compared to other studios.


10. CGI art styles

CGI is the final one worth mentioning.

CGI is least common art style out of ANY combined. Because it’s a set of innovative techniques used to create more “realism”.

Besides it’s not something the community is fond of just yet.

It’s not perfect, but some shows do pull it off better than others.

Good examples are:


Blame! Movie

Blame Movie Character

Batman Ninja

Batman Ninja Movie

God Eater

God Eater Lenka Itsugi

I put God Eater last for a reason. It has the best CGI of any I’ve ever seen.

The animation (and the art) is out of this world. It’s hard to say if even a series like Violet Evergarden could compare.


Can you add anymore art styles to this list?



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I'm the Founder of Anime Motivation. Featured as a judge in Crunchyroll's 2021 anime awards. The 1st anime I watched was Dragon Ball Z. I've seen 100's since then, with Saiki K being one of my all time favorites.

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I grew up drawing a lot of anime and manga-inspired character drawings so I decided to create a collection of easy anime female drawings for beginner artists to try drawing.

Drawing people in general can be complicated.

However, taking it one step at a time and practicing certain parts over and over can really help you improve your drawing skills.

Above all, I hope you have fun recreating these anime style drawings!

Art is after all an excellent way to take your mind off any stress or worries that you may have.

easy anime girl drawings

A friendly reminder to every artist: It is completely okay if your drawing doesn’t turn out the way you want!

When I first starting drawing anime characters, they were all wonky and disproportionate in all kinds of ways. It took me years of practice to get to this point.

You too will get there with enough practice! Just enjoy the process and keep drawing!

The art you draw now is taking you one step closer to the art you will create in the future.

1. Girl and a Butterfly

Here is a simple drawing to try out of a girl looking up at a passing butterfly.

anime girl butterfly drawing

2. Chibi Anime Girl Drawing

I tend to have an easier time drawing chibi characters, so here is a simple chibi anime girl drawing to draw next.

You can also have fun redrawing this cute hairstyle as well.

chibi anime girl drawing

3. Eye Smile Drawing

Drawing anime eyes can be tough so I sometimes replace it with an eye smile.

Instead of practicing drawing eyes, we can practice drawing the face and upper body in this drawing idea.

anime girl drawing art

4. Facing Away

Here is a simple drawing idea of a girl facing away to practice drawing.

girl facing away drawing

5. Side Profile Drawing

Let’s practice drawing a side profile next!

side profile anime girl drawing

6. Full Body Chibi Drawing

Here is a full-body chibi drawing to draw next.

I also tried to make the eyes more simplified, but feel free to draw whatever style of eyes you like.

chibi girl drawing

7. Girl with Short Hair

Here is an easy anime drawing idea of a girl with short hair.

short hair anime girl drawing

8. Female Anime Eye Drawing

Try practicing drawing anime style eyes.

Eyes themselves can be a little complicated to draw, so practicing solely drawing eyes can help you improve greatly.

anime female eye drawing

If you are looking for more anime eye drawing ideas, check out my other blog post How to Draw Anime Eyes for more ideas.

9. Anime Girl Face Drawing

For beginner artists, it is a good idea to practice drawing one part over and over again until you feel confident drawing that certain subject.

So here is a drawing of just the face to practice to your heart’s content.

anime girl easy drawing

10. Outfit Drawing

Another great idea to draw is your favorite or dream outfit on an anime or chibi character.

outfit drawing idea cartoon

11. Winking Girl

Here is a simple drawing of an anime girl winking to try drawing.

winking girl drawing

12. Girl with Wavy Hair

Let’s draw some beautiful wavy hair next on your anime character!

anime girl drawing wavy hair

13. Facial Expressions

One of the best drawing abilities is to be able to bring a character to life with facial expressions, especially if you are trying to tell a story through your art.

So have some fun and draw some anime characters with different facial expressions.

facial expressions anime girl

If you are looking for more facial expressions to draw, check out my other blog post How to Draw Facial Expressions.

14. Girl with Straight Hair

Try this simple drawing idea of an anime girl with long, straight hair.

long hair drawing girl

15. Pencil Drawing

Most of the anime girl drawings in this blog post are pen drawings so that I can show you clean lines to draw.

However, I also love drawing characters using just pencil.

I find that it creates natural shadows and you can get more a more detailed, yet soft-looking lines and textures.

anime girl drawing pencil

16. Girl in a Hoodie

I love lounging around the house in a big, comfy hoodie, so here is an anime girl to draw wearing just that.

girl wearing hoodie drawing

17. Girl with Curly Hair

Here is a simple drawing of an anime girl with curly hair to draw as well.

curly hair anime girl

18. Girl with a Scarf

Here is a cute anime girl wearing a scarf to draw.

scarf anime girl drawing

19. Girl in Floral Shirt

Here is another cute idea of an anime girl wearing a puff-sleeve floral shirt.

anime girl drawing easy

20. Chic Anime Girl Drawing

I love scrolling through Pinterest and looking at chic fashion ideas, so here is a drawing of an anime girl with sunglasses and a blazer to match that energy.

sunglasses anime girl drawing

21. Girl with Cat Ears

Next, let’s try drawing an anime girl with cat ears (cause, why not!)

anime girl with cat ears drawing

22. Drinking Bubble Tea

Here is a drawing idea of a girl drinking bubble tea to try next.

bubble tea girl drawing anime

23. Girl with Pigtails

Here is a drawing of an anime girl with pigtails to draw next.

anime girl easy drawing

24. Crying Girl Drawing

Here is a crying anime girl drawing idea to try out as well.

crying anime girl drawing

25. Perspectives

It is really helpful to practice drawing faces from different perspectives.

This drawing is from a 3/4 perspective, along with various drawings in this blog post.

anime girl easy drawing

26. Sleeping Girl Drawing

Create this whimsical, sleeping anime girl drawing idea next.

sleeping anime girl drawing

27. Girl with Glasses

Here is an adorable drawing of a girl with glasses to try drawing as well.

girl with glasses anime drawing

28. Full Body Outfit

Here is a full-body anime girl with a cute outfit drawing idea that is not in a chibi style.

anime girl drawing

29. Big Round Female Eyes

I love drawing big round anime eyes, so here is a drawing idea to help you practice drawing eyes in this style as well.

big eyes cute anime girl drawing

30. Girl wearing a Bucket Hat

And for our last drawing idea, here is a girl wearing a bucket hat and a tank top to draw next.

bucket hat girl drawing

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Thank you so much for stopping by this blog post!

I hope you enjoyed this collection of anime girl drawing ideas to try drawing in your sketchbook or doodle page.

I hope you have a wonderful day or night my lovely artists and readers, and until next time!

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Anime Art - Basics



What you need:

Pitt Artist Pen Fineliner in black, Grip pencil


Manga, which started in ancient Japan, continues to be tremendously popular today and is used to depict fantasy as well as serious subjects in a comic book format. The word “manga” comes from “man” (whimsical) and “ga” (drawings) and thus can be translated as whimsical drawings or pictures. This Faber-Castell drawing kit gives you everything you need to get started and shows you how to create your own manga world step by step.

Basic shapes

Basic shapes are a good way to learn to sketch figures. Grip pencil firmly. Use the motion of your entire arm to draw a series of circles. Use your shoulder instead of the wrist to swing the pencil around the page. Using the same technique, draw a large figure eight. Repeat. 

Warm up by sketching these shapes:

Square (1)
Circle (2)
Rectangle (3)
Triangle (4)
Cylinder (5)

Helpful hint

Helpful Hint Practice drawing all kinds of lines: straight lines, curved lines, and lines of different lengths and thicknesses. Developing a steady, smooth line makes your completed drawings look polished.

Drawing the head

Do your sketching in pencil. When you are satisfied with the drawing, use the India ink PITT artist pen S and then erase the pencil lines.

1. Draw a circle and split it into four even sections with a horizontal and vertical line.

2. Draw a light square around the circle. This will help in placement of additional shapes needed to form the head. In the lower half of the circle, draw a triangle, that points downward. Erase the bottom tip of the triangle to create a chin.

3. Draw angled vertical lines to connect the chin to the circle and create the edges of cheeks.

4. The eyes should be drawn from the center line of circle down to the top of the triangle. Draw small ovals on the outer edges of the circle for ears. Position the nose on the center line where the circle and the triangle intersect. Center the mouth in the triangle.

5. Create the neck by drawing two vertical lines downward from the triangle. The neck can be thick or thin depending on the character you are drawing. Make the neck fairly thin for a girl, thicker for a boy and as wide as the jaw for a goon.

Creating Emotions

Create expression by using different shapes for eyes and adding eyelashes and eyebrows. Eyebrows pointing downward show anger. Eyebrows pointing upward express curiosity or worry. Female characters normally have thin eyebrows, while male brows are thicker. Younger characters have very large eyes and no eyelashes. The mouth and nose are always very small.

Happy/Laughing: Draw a half circle for an open happy mouth. Eyebrows curve upwards, and closed eyes are two arcs. (A)

Frustrated: Draw two small arcs for closed eyes, slant eyebrows down in a V shape and add a squiggle for a mouth. (B)

Angry: Slant thick eyebrows down in a V shape. Draw a rectangle for a mouth and a horizontal line across to show partially clenched teeth. (C)

Sad/Crying: Draw eyebrows slanted upward to show worry. Draw the eyes as two small arcs and add tears. (D)

Frightened: Draw eyes wide open and a large circle for a gasping mouth. (E)

Drawing the body


A body can be created using a series of triangles, cylinders, tapered cylinders and ovals. Begin with two triangles overlapping at the pointed ends. Sketch a third triangle pointing downward resting at the point of the top triangle. It should be approximately half the size of the first two triangles. Together these three triangles are the basis for the torso and hips. (A) For male figures, use wider and heavier shapes. Men have wide shoulders and narrow hips (B), while women have narrow shoulders and wider hips.


The palm, or base of the hand, can be drawn with a trapezoid. Add tapered cylinders to create fingers and a thumb.


Draw a small cylinder for the neck and then add the head.


Draw an oval at each corner of the top triangle for the shoulders. Add arms by drawing two tapered cylinders, one below the other.  Leave a gap between and draw an oval to represent the elbow. The wrist should end at the bottom tip of the lowest triangle. Add a small oval at the bottom of the arm for a wrist.  Add the Hand.


The legs are shaped with tapered cylinders and an oval for the knee. (The knee should overlap the top cylinder.) Draw a small oval for the ankle and a triangle for the foot.

Bodies in motion

The body is an agile system. It has no natural rigid position. These drawings are examples of bodies in motion. In these sketches, notice some of the underlying shapes are still visible and show how they relate to each other when moving. Shorter lines indicate smaller range of motion. (A) Show impact by short lines radiating from point of contact. (B) Wrap lines around the body to indicate that a character is twisting. (C)

Helpful Hint

Use a stencil to create motion lines to show movement, momentum, speed, direction, excitement, and energy. Use radiating straight lines behind a character to show the action of a person running. Use the curved lines of the stencil to show the action of a swinging motion.

The general principals of light and shadow shown with simple shapes on the previous page apply to forms the of human body. When the light source is close to an object the shadows made are dark and harsh. When the light source is further away, the shadows are lighter and softer.


Clothing and accessories with tiny details like bows, capes, jewelry and swords personalize and define the character. Flapping clothes or flowing hair help show movement. (A) Notice how the ribbons on this warrior’s headdress give the illusion that he just moved. (B)

Light and shadow

Light and shadow give objects dimension. When light hits an object it creates highlights and shadow. Choose a location for a light source. Draw light lines from this location to the outer edges of an object. The surface opposite the light source will be in shadow.

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Anime Drawing Ideas

If you’re an anime fan, you probably like drawing it. And if you don’t know what anime drawings to do, here are 101 anime drawing ideas you can do today! 

In this list, you will find many different anime drawing ideas you wouldn’t usually find in the average ideas post. I hope you can find some inspiration here! 

Take note that anime drawing is a style, meaning that you can draw anything you want in a manga style, regardless of what it is. All you need to do is pick a subject and think about how to draw it in an anime style. 

Anime Drawing Ideas

1- Shiro Anime Drawing

Shiro Deadman Wonderland Drawing idea

I wanted to start this list of anime drawing ideas with a happy face. Shiro is from an anime called Deadman Wonderland. If you haven’t watched it, you must do it! 

2- Anime Eyes Drawings

Anime eyes drawing ideas

You cannot create an anime ideas list without some different anime eyes on it. If you don’t know what to draw, practicing different anime eyes styles is a great way to add more uniqueness to your characters. 

3- Luffy (One Piece) Anime Drawing

Luffy One Piece Anime Drawing

I’ve been watching One Piece since I was seven years old, and I hope I’m still alive when it ends. One Piece has many characters, so if you don’t know what to draw, look for some inspiration there!

4- Hairstyle Anime Drawings

Hairstyle Anime Drawing Ideas

Anime hairstyles are infinite, so you can always draw some if you don’t know what to draw. Many artists tend to draw hairstyles that only young people would have, but don’t forget to practice babies’ or older adults’ hairstyles!

5- Hellsing Alucard Anime Drawing

Have you ever drawn an anime vampire? If you’re out of anime ideas to draw, give drawing Alucard a try! 

6- Anime Lips Drawings

Anime Lips Drawing Ideas

Another easy anime drawing idea is to practice drawing lips. Drawing facial features constantly will improve how dynamic your drawings will look. 

7- Enoshima Junko Anime Drawing

Enoshima Junko Anime Drawing Idea

Another great anime style you can draw is the one Danganronpa uses. You can draw Enoshima Junko or any other character from that anime. Drawing different anime characters will help you find your style. 

8- Anime Hands Drawings

Anime hands drawing ideas

I know hands can be tough to draw, but it is always a good idea to draw them. We cannot avoid drawing hands forever, and many poses and situations require them to be in your characters. 

9- Shiina Mashiro Anime Drawing

Shiina Mashiro Anime Drawing

What is an anime drawing ideas list without a beautiful anime girl in it? Shiina Mashiro is the perfect character to draw if you want to draw a schoolgirl with long hair. 

10- Anime Feet Drawings

Anime feet drawing ideas

Just like with hands, feet are also essential to practice. If you are out of anime ideas to draw, try drawing some feet from different perspectives, and remember to draw not only women’s feet but also men’s feet. 

11- C.C Anime Drawing

C.C code geass anime drawing idea

Another cool anime drawing idea is to draw C.C from Code Geass. Code Geass is one of my favorite animes, and it has a very different anime drawing style, so it’s great to draw characters from there. 

12- Anime Clothes Drawings

Anime Clothes Drawing Ideas

If you already practiced facial features, clothing is another crucial thing anime artists need to practice to make their characters look alive and give them a personality. There are infinite ways to draw clothes, so you’ll have a lot of room to explore. 

13- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagan Anime Drawing

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Anime Drawing

Another great anime drawing style worth trying! If you watched Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, you know you want to draw the crew. 

14- Anime Elf Ears Drawings

Anime Elf Ears Drawing Ideas

I’m sure you’ve seen many elves in anime, and if you want to draw them, it’s essential you know how to draw elf ears. The blog I just linked to explains how to draw each of the elf ears you see above! 

15- Anime Couple Drawing (Isaac & Miria)

Anime Couple Drawing Idea - Isaac and Miria

Another good anime idea is to draw couples! Isaac and Miria are one of my favorites anime couples. If you haven’t watched “Baccano!” you should give it a try! 

16- Chibi Anime Drawings

Chibi Anime Drawing Ideas

Chibis needed to be on the list of anime drawing ideas. If you want to become an anime master, you must know how to draw any anime style to develop or find yours.

17- Edward Elric Anime Drawing

Edward Elric Anime Drawing

Full Metal Alchemist is an anime everyone should watch. If you don’t know what to draw, drawing Edward Elric could be a good idea! 

18- Anime Skulls Drawings

Anime Skull Drawing Ideas

Skulls are another anime drawing idea you can draw when you don’t have anything else to do. Knowing how to draw a skull will help enhance how you draw and understand faces, so it’s an outstanding practice as well! 

19- Anime Girl Drawing (Kirisaki Chitoge)

Kirisaki chitoge Anime Drawing Idea

Drawing a beautiful anime girl is always a good idea. The girl above is a drawing of Kirisaki Chitoge I did years ago. She is from Nisekoi, in case you want to watch it! 

20- Cute Anime Drawing Ideas

Cute Anime Drawing Ideas

Anime is not all about cuteness, but it sure does have a lot of it, and adding some more won’t do any harm. Another good anime drawing idea is to draw cute anime things! 

21- Male Anime Drawing (Eren Jaeger) 

Male Anime Drawing - Eren Jaeger

There are no only women in anime, but also men. Go ahead and draw your favorite male anime character, or create your male character! 

22- Asuna Yuuki Anime Drawing

Asuna Yuuki Anime Drawing Idea

Asuna Yuuki is a very popular anime girl you can draw if you’re out of ideas. I’m almost sure you know where she is from, but she is from Sword Art Online, in case someone doesn’t. 

23- Anime Male Torso Drawings

Anime Male Torso Drawing

Just as there are many different ways to draw hair, faces, etc., there are also many ways to draw male torsos—this an excellent anime drawing idea to practice and enhance your knowledge about anatomy.

24- Tohsaka Rin Anime Drawing

Tohsaka Rin anime girl drawing

Drawing characters in complex perspectives is also a very good idea to improve your drawings in general. The girl above is Tohsaka Rin, and she is from Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.

25- Anime Female Torso Drawing

Anime Female Torso Drawing Ideas

Now that you practiced anime male torsos, it would be essential to draw female torsos, as they are very different. Learning how to draw body areas separately is a very way to practice anatomy. 

26- Makise Kurisu Anime Drawing 

Makise Kurisu Anime Drawing

Steins;Gate is one of my favorites animes of all time, and Makise Kurisu is one of my favorite anime characters. The characters and drawing style of that anime is very different.

27- Anime Poses Ideas

Anime Poses Ideas - Poses Drawing

If you have a good understanding of the human body, drawing it in different poses and perspectives is always a good idea. If you draw enough poses, you will eventually be able to draw them without using any references.

28- Anime Male Face Drawing (Monkey D. Luffy)

Anime Male Face Drawing - Monkey D. Luffy

One easy anime drawing idea is to draw a male face from a frontal perspective. If you’re just starting to draw anime, here’s a guide I did to get better at drawing anime! 

29- Anime Expressions Drawing Ideas

Anime Expressions drawings ideas

An excellent anime drawing idea when you don’t know what to draw is to draw expressions. Often, we artists learn to draw basic faces, but we end up drawing the same face over and over again, and that’s because we don’t know how to draw expressions. 

30- Anime Female Face Drawing (Chitoge Kirisaki) 

Anime Female Face Drawing - Chitoge Kirisaki

Another easy drawing idea is to draw a female face from a frontal perspective. I did this drawing around eight years ago. 

31- Anime Ice Cracks Drawing

Anime ice cracks drawing

Drawing different backgrounds for your art compositions are always good drawing ideas. In this case, I did some ice cracks and applied a drawing fundamental called line quality.

32- Gasai Yuno Anime Drawing

Gasai Yuno Anime Drawing

Another drawing of an anime girl from a different perspective! She is Gasai Yuno from Mirai Nikki. It’s a classic you’ve got to watch! 

33 – Anime Cats Drawing 

Anime Cats Drawing Ideas

Another cool anime drawing idea that you can draw and that can be in almost any drawing is cats. They can add that little extra spark to a drawing. 

34- Natsukawa Masuzu Anime Drawing

Nasukawa Masuzu Anime Drawing

If you already drew anime faces from a frontal perspective, you can now tilt it a bit and try to draw it. It will be a little more complex, but with enough practice, you’ll be able to draw it perfectly. The girl above is from Oreshura, in case you’re wondering! 

35- Anime Dogs Drawing

Anime dogs drawing ideas

Just as cats, dogs can be anywhere in an art composition! They are very different from each other, but they also have similitudes, do if you learn to draw one of them, the other one will be easier. 

36- Mirai Nikki Anime Drawing

Mirai Nikki Anime Drawing

Another drawing from Mirai Nikki! The drawing above was my first attempt drawing Yuno, and it looked weird because I was just starting to draw anime. But you’ve seen that with enough practice, I was able to draw better!

37- Draw Anime Food 

Anime food drawing

Almost no one thinks about this anime drawing idea, and it is one you see in nearly every anime! It may look like a simple thing to do, but these kinds of drawings have many details. 

38- Kawaii Anime Drawings

Kawaii Anime Drawing Ideas

One thing about anime is that you can turn almost anything into a kawaii thing. One creative anime drawing idea is to try to take things that shouldn’t be cute and make them cute! 

39- Draw Anime Noses

Anime Noses Drawings

Another creative anime drawing idea is to draw a lot of noses. Don’t forget to draw them from different perspectives and styles! If you want to draw from your imagination, you need to know how to draw many things. 

40- Anime Sky Lanterns Drawing

Anime Sky Lanterns Drawing

I’m sure you have seen these lanterns in anime, but have you ever drawn one? Drawing these lanterns is a cool anime drawing idea to add to your drawings and compositions. And to practice kanjis! 

41- Anime Wings Drawing Ideas

Anime wings Drawing Ideas

A fantastic anime drawing idea is to draw wings. There are many styles, and although they may seem complex, they are actually pretty easy to draw! 

42- Anime Spider Lily Drawing

Anime Spider Lily Drawing

This is one of my favorite flowers. In anime, spider lilies are also called hell flowers, so you can learn to draw these and add them to your compositions whenever you’re creating a dark atmosphere in your drawing. 

43- Anime Sakura Flower Drawing

Anime Sakura Flower Drawing Idea

We already drew a spider lily flower, but we need to make room for one of the most popular anime flowers ever: sakura flowers! These flowers represent hanami (spring in Japan), so many animes have them in their compositions. 

44- Anime Kimono Drawing

Anime Kimono Drawing Idea

Another great anime drawing idea is to draw a kimono. There’s a lot of etiquette and rules about kimonos, so make sure you know the basics so that you can make your characters wear the right one!

45- Anime Umbrella Drawing

Anime umbrella drawings ideas

Let’s get creative! One simple anime drawing idea you can add to your compositions is an umbrella. Whether it is being used by a character or just placed somewhere in a house, umbrellas can enhance your pieces. 

46- Saitama One Punch Man Drawing (Ok)

Have you ever watched One Punch Man? Drawing the classic “Ok” scene was a lot of fun to do, and it wasn’t hard at all. Drawing that classic might be a fun anime drawing idea to do. 

47- Anime Girl From Behind Drawing

Anime girl from back view drawing

We have always drawn anime characters from a frontal perspective, but have you drawn a girl from a back perspective? It’s a really good experiment! 

48- Anime Male From Behind Drawing

Just as with anime girls, try doing the same for a male anime character! If you have a good understanding of drawing the torso from the front, you’ll have an easier time doing it from the back. 

49- Anime Wolf Drawing (Mononoke Wolf)

Anime Wolf Drawing Idea (Mononoke Wolf)

Wolves are very popular in anime, alongside foxes, cats, and dogs. If you already know how to draw these, wolves will be a lot easier to learn. The more things you know how to draw, the better art compositions you’ll create. 

50- Anime Koi Fishes Drawing Ideas

Koi fishes are easily the most popular fishes in anime, and they appear in many scenarios. These Koi Fishes look great whenever there is a spiritual atmosphere in a drawing. 

51- Anime Clock Drawing Ideas

Anime Clock Drawing

Another fun anime drawing idea to do is drawing clocks. There are hundreds of ways to draw clocks, and they look simple at first, but you need to be careful with the spacing, or they will look weird! 

52- Draw Anime Birds

Anime Bird Drawing Idea

There are hundreds of bird species, and they can tell a lot about the place we are drawing. For example, some seagulls may indicate you’re on the coasts, and a Tucan can indicate you’re in a tropical location. Most birds are very similar, so if you learn how to draw a couple of them, you’ll be able to create your own version of them as well! 

53- My Hero Academia Drawing Idea

Dark Shadow Anime Drawing Idea

My Hero Academia can give a lot of anime drawing ideas of what to draw. It has so many characters with different features I’m sure you can get many ideas there. I drew this not long ago! 

54- Anime Turtle Drawing

Anime Turtles Drawing Ideas

Turtles are a great anime drawing idea, especially if you’re into drawing water scenes. Knowing how to draw turtles can be a good asset when creating art compositions. 

55- Anime Hot Air Balloon

Anime hot balloon drawing idea

Hot air balloons are a really simple drawing idea you can add to almost any drawing. Most of them have the structure, and the only thing that changes is the design; unless you draw the rocket team hot air balloon. 

56- Anime Titan Drawing Idea 

Attack on titan wall titan drawing

Do you remember that scene from Attack On Titan? I think the anime got very good after that, and it became more of a deep, dark, and exciting story afterward. Drawing titans is a great idea to deconstruct a human and still manage to make it look like it makes sense.

57- Anime Earrings Drawing 

Anime Earrings Drawing Idea

There are many popular anime earrings you can draw, and learning how to draw a couple of them is always a good idea. There are amazing men and women earrings designs you can try on your characters to make them look unique. 

58- Anime Kitsune Mask Drawing 

Kitsune mask anime drawin idea

Learning how to draw kitsune masks is an anime drawing idea that requires a little more skill, but it is worth the effort. These masks can appear in many scenarios, so they come in handy when you need them in a drawing. 

59- Anime Shuriken Drawing

Anime Shuriken Drawing Idea

If you’re into ninjas, learning how to draw shurikens is a simple anime drawing you can do in minutes. 

60- Draw No-Face From Spirited Away

No Face Spirited Away Drawing

Spirited Away is one of my favorite anime movies of all time, and No-Face was a fascinating character. If you practiced drawing kitsune masks, you could create variations of this character with them! 

61- Hannya Mask Drawing

Hannya Mask Anime Drawing Idea

If you liked the idea of drawing kitsune masks, you’d love the idea of drawing hannya masks. Usually, you can find these designs together in many animes. 

62- Straw-Hat Pirates Flag Drawing 

Straw-Hat Pirates Flag Drawing Idea

We already drew some skulls, so why not make them a pirate flag? Recreate the straw hat’s pirate flag, or create your own! 

63- Anime Kunai Drawing 

Anime Kunai drawings

Another simple anime drawing idea is to draw a kunai. There are many different styles of them, so you can learn how to draw a couple. 

64- Wings Of Freedom Drawing

Wings of freedom anime drawing idea

Show some support to the Scouts Regimen by learning how to draw the Wings Of Freedom. You can sneak out this logo in any anime composition, and it will be a great surprise for the people that find it. 

65- Pikachu Drawing

Pikachu Drawing Idea

Of course, this anime drawing ideas list couldn’t be a good one without a Pikachu on it. Anytime is always a good time to draw Pikachu. 

66- Anime NerveGear Drawing

Anime NerveGear Drawing

Learning how to draw the NerveGear can be a great add-on to any anime character you draw. There are a couple of versions of it, and any character could have one, not only the characters from SAO. 

67- Death Note Drawing

Death Note Notebook Drawing

Another great anime drawing idea is to draw the Death Note. You can sneak out this notebook in any room and make your compositions more interesting and fun.

68- Baby Kurama Drawing

Baby Kurama Anime Drawing IDea

If you learned how to draw anime foxes, drawing baby Kurama will be easier to do. You can draw him as a baby, then imagine how to draw more grown-up, and then as an adult! 

69- Japanese Lamp Drawing

Anime Japanese Lamp Drawing

Japanese lamps is a great anime drawing idea to give your drawings a traditional vibe. And they look pretty cool! 

70 – Torii Gate Drawing

Anime Torii Gate Drawing

I’m sure you have seen this gate somewhere. The Torii gate is commonly found at the entrance or within a Shinto shrine, and it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. This is a great anime drawing idea if you’re drawing anything spiritual. 

71- Anime Deer Drawing

Anime Deer Drawing Idea

Deers are amazing animals, and they are a great component and spiritual, forest-like compositions. Learning how to draw deers will help you learn how to draw other similar animals, like horses, donkeys, etc. 

72- Hello Kitty Drawing

Anime Hello Kitty Drawing Idea

A simple drawing idea you can do in minutes is to draw Hello Kitty. 

73- Draw a Lotus Flower

Anime Lotus Flower Drawing Idea

Returning to flowers, another popular flower you can find a lot in anime is lotus flowers. These flowers are a great add-on to Japanese gardens and water scenarios. 

74- Tobi’s Mask Drawing

Tobi's Mask Naruto Anime Drawing

Another good idea to increase your knowledge about masks is to draw Tobi’s mask from Naruto Shippuden. If you draw enough masks, you’ll be able to create some from your imagination. 

75- Anime Gunbai Drawing

Anime Gunbai Drawing - Anime Weapon Ideas

Remember Tobi’s weapon in Naruto’s last saga? I found that learning to draw this weapon also helps you understand how guitars are outlined.

76- Anime Rick Roll Drawing

Anime Rick Roll Drawing Idea

I was about to rick-roll you guys by putting this drawing in position #77, but I thought that would’ve been not kind, hahaha. Here he stands still, so I hope I made you smile. 

77- Anime Rooftop Drawing

Anime Rooftop Drawing Idea

Are you ready for a challenge? Try to guess where that rooftop is from. I can’t count how many scenes occur on an anime rooftop, so why not learn to draw it? It might come in handy sometime. I bet you didn’t think about it. 

78- Soul Eater’s Moon Drawing

Soul Eater's Moon Drawing

Another cool anime drawing idea is to draw an evil anime moon. Soul’s Eater moon can be fun to draw, and it looks amazing in many drawings. 

79- Anime Souls Drawing (Soul Eater) 

Anime Souls Drawing Ideas

Another easy anime thing you can draw is souls. And they are a great thing you can add to your drawings. They’re pretty simple to draw, so if you learn how to draw a couple of them, you’ll be able to draw them from memory. 

80- Susuwataris Drawings 

Anime Susuwataris Drawing Idea

Have you ever seen those little spiders in Ghibli movies? They are called Susuwataris, and they are pretty easy to draw. If you’re out of ideas of what to draw, you can draw some of these.

81- Draw Anime Shoes

Anime Shoes Drawing Ideas

When it comes to shoes, many artists tend to draw the same pair every time. Usually, that’s because they don’t know how to draw other shoe styles, so it is always a good idea to learn to draw them. 

82- Draw Anime Butterflies 

Anime Butterflies Drawing Ideas

Butterflies are very popular in many anime compositions, and they’re pretty simple to draw. Learn to draw them from different perspectives and make your drawings feel alive!

83- Anime Arctic Fox Drawing

Anime Artic Fox Drawing Idea

Now that you learned to draw cats, dogs, and wolves, why not learn to draw anime arctic foxes? These are very popular in magical atmospheres. 

84- Draw Different Anime Beard Styles

Anime Beard Styles Drawing Ideas

Another thing many beginner artists tend to overlook is beards. If you don’t know what to draw, try practicing how to draw anime beards. 

85- Draw Anime Baby 

Anime Baby Drawing Idea

When we start to draw anime, we tend to draw teenagers only. However, it is important that you become a complete artist and draw babies, adults, etc. 

86- Anime Horns Drawings 

Anime Horns Drawing Ideas

One great way to draw different anime characters is to learn to draw various features. A good anime drawing idea is to learn to draw horns, as you can add these to many characters or animals and make them unique. 

87- Anime Cat Ears 

Anime Cat Ears Drawing Ideas

Another popular attribute you can give your anime characters is cat ears. If you’re looking for ideas to make your drawing different, adding a pair of cat ears to a character will change the looks. 

88- Anime Bear Drawing 

Anime Bear Drawing Idea

Bears are magnificent, and learning to draw them in an anime style is really fun. There are many references you can use on the internet. 

89- Anime Backpack Drawing

Anime Backpacks Drawing Idea

Another anime drawing idea that will come in handy sometimes is learning to draw backpacks. I’m sure many characters in your drawings will need one eventually. 

90- Anime Cellphone Drawing

Anime Cellphone Drawing Idea

I’ve thought it was funny that all anime cellphones had the same design. Now you can see more variety, but you will still find the classic design. Learning to draw cell phones is a great idea you can use to enhance your drawings. 

91- Anime Spaceship Drawing

Anime Spaceship Drawing Idea

Drawing an anime spaceship can be challenging, but it is always fun to draw something different. This is a great anime drawing idea if you have nothing left to draw! 

92- Anime Astronaut Drawing

Anime Astronaut Drawing Idea

If you already have the spaceship, you need an astronaut to pilot it. If you like space, it might be a good idea to draw an anime astronaut!

93- Anime Glasses Drawing

Anime Glasses Drawing Ideas

Glasses are an accessory many anime characters have, so it is always a good idea to learn to draw them in different styles. Make you learn to draw them from different perspectives as well! 

94- Anime Hoodies Drawing 

Anime Hoodies Ideas for inspiration

Anime Hoodies will give you a break from drawing complex hairstyles when you don’t feel like it. And it is something you’ll be able to add to many other characters to come. 

95- Anime Katana Drawing

Anime Katana Drawing - Weapon Idea

Learning to draw a Katana is a must, mainly because it is relatively simple. I’m sure learning how to draw katanas will come in handy when you create characters that use them.  

96- Anime Nosebleed Drawing

Anime Nosebleed Drawing Idea

Anime nosebleeds are one of the funniest anime expressions, and drawing them is also very fun. It is a good idea to have this expression on your drawing repertoire. 

97- Anime Headphones Drawing

Anime Nosebleed Drawing Idea

Headphones are an accessory many anime characters have, so if you’re out of ideas, learn how to draw these! There are many different styles, so make sure you learn a couple of them. 

Congratulations if you made it this far! Usually, most people don’t read that long, but you’re a different kind. To make your journey to the end more exciting, I will share with you some of my first anime drawings. Hopefully, they serve as inspiration for your drawings. 

98- Entei Drawing

Anime Entei Drawing

I drew the drawing above when I was about 11 years old, and although it wasn’t very accurate to my reference image, I was very proud of this drawing. 

99- Orochimaru Drawing

Orochimaru Drawing

This Orochimaru is another drawing I did back then, and as you can see, I had to erase it many times to get it right! This character has many weird poses, so it is a good anime drawing idea to practice unusual postures. 

100- Anime Blue-Eyed White Dragon Drawing

Anime Blue-Eyed White Dragon Drawing

I think this was the best anime drawing I did in my childhood! Yu-Gi-Oh has many interesting characters and drawing you can use as inspiration to get ideas. 

101- Anime Potato Drawing 

Anime Potato Drawing

Finally, the absolute must every anime artist needs to draw to become a master: an anime potato. If you can’t get an idea of what to draw and feel like a potato, draw a potato; it will inspire you, hahaha!

I hope these anime drawing ideas helped you. I really tried my best to give you creative ideas, not just the same ideas every internet post has.

Happy drawing you all!  

Easy anime drawing - how to draw anime girl wearing a mask easy step-by-step

Tips for digital outlining for Anime Art!


The outline is a fundamental part of the illustration and sometimes it can get frustrating, especially when you see that your sketch looks better than the final version. But your lines can have as much personality as your characters, so it is very useful to emphasize or highlight parts of the illustration, direct the viewer’s gaze and create movement. Here are some tips to give more character to those lines. Let’s start!



What brush should I use?

Obviously, there are millions of digital brushes, and each one has a different function, so there is no correct answer to this question. I could say “It depends on what you want to do” but that’s not good enough, right? The good thing is that they all share more or less the same configuration panel. Let’s take a look at a couple of basic Clip Studio Paint brushes: the Darker Pencil and the G-Pen.

* Brush Size: The thickness of the line varies depending on the size of the brush and the pressure we exert on the pen of our graphics tablet. (A) Maximum size, (B) thickness with the minimum pressure.



* Hardness / Anti-aliasing: This softens the edges. You can see how it affects the strokes in both cases. (A) Hardness / (B) Anti-aliasing.



* Density / Opacity: With less density or opacity the lines become more transparent. Here I increased the density progressively until we get to 100%.



* Stabilization: This bar is a life-saver! It makes small adjustments in the line to avoid shakiness, so it is great for when you want to make long and uninterrupted lines – you only have to increase or decrease the value as much as you need. (A) 0 stability, (B) 10 stability.



What idea or feeling do I want to create?

Maybe I want my drawing to look aggressive, to show speed, power and strength …



Perhaps calmer, more delicate, clean and fluid …



Or even a little undefined, confused, or dirty with a bit of texture!



Lines are capable of representing any type or volume of materials, so you only have to vary their thickness, direction and attitude. For example, if you want this circle to look like a soap bubble, then thin and imperfect lines (which have the attitude of a bubble) are what you are looking for. You know that it is a fragile, trembling, transparent figure and that at any moment it could … Poof! Burst!



And if you do the opposite, it may look like a bowling ball. Notice how the thickness of the line at the bottom is accentuated to simulate some shade, and give it some more weight.



Lines can give a worn look (A) or a new look (B) so it is important to keep in mind what you want to represent and make them act in such a way.



The petals are delicate and light (A), the rocks are rough and heavy (B). There are countless other objects you can do this with…



Represent light or shadow:

Strong strokes in certain areas of your figure will create the feeling that light does not reach this point (A).

Also by varying the thickness of the lines on one side of the figure, you might suggest shading (B).

For light, we use fine lines or open spaces. Keep in mind, the thinner the line, the more intense the light feels (C).

Perspective and emphasis:

We can use the composition to help highlight an object. If the lines are slightly more defined or thicker, you can guide the eye directly where we want it to go (A); or if you want to create perspective, similarly, a heavier and more defined contour will give a sense of closeness (B).


Conversely, diffused and thin lines for the objects that accompany the composition indicate to the viewer that they are not your protagonists (A); or represent things far away (B).



Let’s put it into practice!


I will go step by step explaining the process of this drawing and the CSP tools that I used to solve certain problems.


In my mind, this drawing is full of energy, and maybe a little rebellious, because she looks like a bit of a bad girl, right? So let’s give the lines the same attitude.

I start off by lowering the opacity of the sketch and create a new layer. I usually start with the features of the face, but this sketch isn’t very clear so I have to find a line that works. If I find it difficult to start with the jawline, then I start with the nose. Normally when I figure out how to draw one thing, it is easier to draw the next one – there’s no strict order when you draw!


I accentuated the outline of the nose to give it some relief and shade, then moved onto the jaw.




I want her to have a gaze with some weight to it. To give her a strong look and highlight the eyes, we should make the eyelashes nice and thick. It probably won’t look great if you try to draw the whole of the lashes with single strokes, so to help yourself out: draw the outline of the lashes and fill them in with the Fill tool (the one that looks like a paint bucket).



Sometimes this tool leaves blank pixels on the edges, which don’t look great. To fix this problem, you can change the levels in “Area scaling” a few points above 0 and this make sure the fill tool will cover part of the outline and reduce the number of blank pixels when filling.



I’ve just realized that one eye is bigger than the other. The stroke on the outline is decent, though, so instead of erasing and redrawing it, let’s save a bit of time!


* Transformation tool: I used the Lasso selection and selected the eye I want to modify.  Then, pressing Ctrl + T and holding the Ctrl key, I move the corners of the box to get it to the shape I want. Finally, I confirm the changes by clicking OK.




It is good common practice to look at your work from another point of view to detect these kinds of errors as soon as possible. Flipping the canvas horizontally as you work is really helpful:



* The iris: The curve of the iris is really difficult to draw – I’ve never gotten it right the first time. To help things a bit I adjust the line stability level, which I mentioned before, until I get the perfect curve. Don’t suffer without line stabilization!



Here I’ve gone ahead and finished the eyebrows, mouth and pupils, so now I can go and add small details to flesh it out …




In a new layer, I define the outline of the whole head of hair, starting from the forehead. From the root to the tips, from top to bottom, from one point to another – do it however you like! The important thing is that your line flows with how the hair moves.


I use the same trick with the paint bucket as before. Remember though, you’re working on a different layer – if you hide the face layer you’ll see that the lines of the hair are not closed, so the fill tool will spill over and fill the entire canvas. To avoid this, click on “Refer other layers” and the program will take into account the other visible layers.



Once you’re done with this, cover any blank pixels with the brush or erase any imperfections that may have been left over.

* Details: This is my favorite part! I add small strands to give it a more natural, relaxed look!



You can see how it comes to life, right? But there’s still something missing – the light. For that, I have another trick that I like to use. Almost all the tools in CSP can act as a “draft”.


This box (A) will make our brush “transparent“. The light will highlight particular tufts of hair and will give the image depth. In the same way, keeping in mind the curved shape of the head, the direction and movement of the hair is key to prevent the figure from looking flat.

(B) Here are the kinds of strokes I tend to use for hair highlights




In general, drawing long lines in one continuous stroke is a detriment to the line, because your hand has a limited range with which it can make a fluid line, which shows more when you work with digital media.

* The navigator panel: When I draw, I find myself drawing the same line countless times, zooming in and rotating the canvas to draw more comfortably. For lines that cover a lot of space, I zoom out and for short lines or lines that require more detail and precision, I zoom as much as I can. Of course, I make sure to rotate the canvas to help free up my range of movement of my wrist, and produce the most natural lines I can.



There are always rest points when drawing. These happen naturally when one line finishes and another begins. (A) Here is one continuous line. (B) And here is another where I have stopped one line and started another at the natural rest points. The difference is slight but it clearly looks better.



If you have to stop in the middle of a long line, having a thin tip at the end helps blend it together, so you can continue the line smoothly.

* Folds: These all go in different directions and some are more pronounced or distressed than others. A lot of it depends on the fabric. In this case I want to show that the fabric is thicker, and so I make sure to show that by drawing more pronounced wrinkles. If you do not know how to represent a particular material, you can always use reference photos on the internet. Don’t draw blindly – it’s a good habit to make use of references!




So far the sketch has been a good reference to work from, but it doesn’t work in some parts of the drawing. For example, I’m not convinced by this hand – I tried to draw something decent but … no, it really was not good.



So I drew a new sketch of it and took the opportunity to adjust its position and size. I like the shape more now, and I also liked the idea of painting her nails black.



But now I have this problem:



* Layer Mask: with this it’s easy to hide the area of the hair that interferes with the hand, without needing to erase it:
(1) Click on the auto selection tool > (2) Click inside the hand – a dotted outline will appear for the area selection > (3) invert selected area > (4) select the hair layer and create layer mask .


To highlight the hand, I left a small white outline.



I finish delineating the remaining areas, add some details to the blouse, and draw the other arm and hand (which I re-sketched and changed the pose for).



All done!

For my final touches, I added a little lift to the scarf to make the composition more dynamic and fun, a nice star to accompany her gesture and some grey tones.



I hope it is not too much information to digest, but you can always jump to any section that interests you.


CSP has incredibly flexible tools, please do not hesitate to explore them in-depth.


And finally, practice a lot!


If you like, you can check out my social media and portfolio to see some more of my work.


Thank you for reading!

– Eridey


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If you love anime & manga then of course you’d wanna draw it.

Naruto’s storyline was terrific; One Piece has incredible fight scenes and Studio Ghibli tugs at your heartstrings harder than Hollywood’s ‘The Notebook’.

Don’t get confused by the terminology though.

Simply put, manga is the comic book and anime is the actual animated content(learn more about the differences here). For artists looking to learn the style there is no major difference.

Manga characters have very unique features unlike any other cartoon.

The eyes and head are enlarged, the facial features are simplified, and the backgrounds are often highly detailed. If you’ve watched enough anime or read enough manga the style should be ingrained into your memory.

In the past we covered a series of tutorials on chibi drawing but this comprehensive list of videos will teach you how to draw in the manga art style from beginning to end—even if you have zero drawing experience.

To get the most out of each video I suggest watching it through once(I watch at 1.5x speed) and then going back to the start and drawing along.

When it comes to drawing practice really does make perfect. So bookmark this page because you are going to need it later! It takes anywhere from a few days to a few years to master the anime art style so just keep practicing and never give up!

Draw Manga: Where to Start

Welcome to drawing manga and welcome to drawing in general!

This is the beginning of a YouTube series where the artist takes you through the basics of drawing anime.

Starting at the very beginning, this is a quick ‘where to start’ walkthrough that will cover the basics of learning to draw this unique Japanese art style. It sets a good foundation for the rest of your learning so be sure to give it a quick watch.

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6 Tips to Get Started With Manga

Are you wondering how to start sharing your stories with the world?

This video will quickly clear up all your questions and get you excited to start your own manga!

The artist takes you on her personal journey and shows you how to publish a manga of your own. Throughout the video she creates a single manga page from start to finish, clearing up some of your more complicated ‘how’ questions.

I think this could pair really well with some of our recommended manga books—especially for beginners.

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Common Mistakes Young Anime Artists Make

When you start out drawing manga there are a few pitfalls and lazy ‘tricks’ that almost everyone is guilty of doing.

If you’re starting out then learn what they are and how to avoid them. These mistakes are so common then nearly every great anime artist was guilty of doing at least one of them when they were learning!

Remember: You’re still gaining knowledge and growing. It’s not about the end product you create, but rather what you learned in the process.

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Manga Anatomy Quick Tips

Get your pencils out because this video is perfect to draw along with and practice your anatomy skills.

The artist teaches some neat tricks to keep the anatomy of manga characters looking proportional.

Quick and easy to follow, drawing out each lesson will help solidify the theory in your mind and train your hand to make the right strokes.

And if you’re struggling with human anatomy definitely take a peek at these online courses touching on all the bones, muscle groups, and structures that artists need to know.

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How To Draw A Manga Girl

Nice and slow with easy instructions, you can comfortably watch this tutorial while you draw your own version.

With no voice-over it’s easy to concentrate on getting the features of the female anime characters face right. But it may be harder to follow if you’re used to instruction.

If you’d prefer to watch the video with a voiceover you can view a similar version by the same artist here.

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Male Anime Face

The male head is similar in many ways to the female one, but there are a few fundamental differences that set it apart(hint: it’s not just the hair length).

This 24-minute tutorial teaches you the basic proportional differences step-by-step in real time.

With a guiding voiceover you’ll end up with a basic male anime head that can fit with all of your work.

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Male Manga Characters From Basic Shapes

The cheerful tea-loving narrator makes this tutorial easy to follow and fun to watch. You’ll learn how to draw both a muscular man and a skinny teenage boy standing at different angles.

Even though the video is comprehensive and detailed it only takes 22-minutes to watch.

If you want to cram in a little extra practice, the artist shows how to dress the characters and shade them accurately.

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Draw Lips for Manga & Anime

Do anime characters even have lips?

Of course they do!

Lips are often simplified down to a line, but some styles or characters are blessed with a little more shape.

This 40-minute video takes you through a detailed lesson on the anatomy of anime lips and how to draw them. From pouts to smiles, this artist covers it all.

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How I Draw Anime Characters

Instead of a voiceover with this video you’ll find loads of useful text on screen.

You’ll learn how the artist develops a unique manga character from start to finish and how they make various styling decisions.

By drawing the same character from many different angles you’ll find the secret behind keeping your character’s features and personalities consistent.

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How To Start in Manga with Cheap Tools

Prepare to be taught by a real manga artist with professional experience in drawing and selling manga.

He shares all his tips and tricks on a wide array of topics, from which ink you might use to how to avoid crinkled pages.

Short and to the point, this video is loaded with useful information that’ll hook you up with the right supplies to create your own original manga pages.

We covered some recommended supplies before but I think this video does a better job explaining how they work in the anime style.

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4 Ways to Draw Manga Female Poses

Get your sketchbook out because this artist wants you to draw along with her!

With a chatty and friendly voice she explains how she comes up with poses and reiterates the age-old lesson of ‘practice, practice, practice.’

Each of these 4 tips is bound to improve your female gestures.

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Mapping A Face for Anime & Manga

Learning the proportions of the face is a difficult task.

This tutorial helps you lock down your facial constructions with a series of easily repeatable steps. If you follow along you’ll end up with three perfectly constructed female faces looking at different angles on your page.

We suggest you take it a step further and draw another three on your own to solidify your new found knowledge.

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Manga Eyes for the Absolute Beginner

Have you ever heard the saying “the eyes are the window to the soul”?

Manga artists rely on the eyes of their characters to communicate unspoken feelings and stories. Eyes are expressive features that help viewers tell the difference between characters, convey emotion, and suggest personality.

This video takes you through some of the many ways to draw manga eyes in a helpful step-by-step fashion.

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Manga Girl Eyes(3 Ways)

Here’s a similar video to the one above just covering slightly different topics.

Learn how to draw the eyes of three different characters in this quick video that takes you from start to finish, discussing the various shapes and what they mean.

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Draw A Manga Mouth

From smiling to screaming, a simplified manga mouth is both simple and incredibly tricky.

Pick up some tips in this video like “when the mouth is open, always show at least one row of teeth” to take your manga art to the next level.

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Draw Manga Hair(6 Ways)

This artist covers curly hair, straight hair, long hair, and hair tied up in various fashions.

With no narration you can get your pencils out and get some practice in. But you’ll have to be a self-starter because it’s not that easy to follow without advice.

By the end you’ll know how anime hair reacts to styling and the most common ways it is stylized. And keep coming back to this even if you struggle on the first run through. It gets easier with practice.

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How to Draw 3/4 Views

By now you should be familiar with using guidelines and sticking to general rules when constructing a face.

This tutorial builds on your previous knowledge and gives you a bit more freedom, encouraging fewer guidelines and more creativity.

Follow along and you’ll have one female and one male head in a ¾ view in just 20 minutes.

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Manga: Clothing Folds

Clothes are affected by many forces causing folds that make them difficult to draw.

Gravity, cloth weight, and body position are a few of the lessons you’ll learn in this video covering the basics.

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20 Ways Drawing Manga Eyes

If you are struggling to understand how different styles of eyes match different characters, this video will clear up all your questions.

Over a time-lapse video the artist narrates what makes each eye unique while drawing the eyes of 20 characters from popular anime. Yes, twenty!

If you are following along be prepared to pause often. This 11-minute video is fast-paced and packed to the brim with useful knowledge.

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Male Manga Character Tutorial

Art anatomy is hard. No denying that.

Luckily manga art has a set of tips and tricks to get you going. Starting with the head and ending at the bottom of the torso, this tutorial gives you smart shortcuts to help you accurately construct a make manga character.

If you’ve never heard of the thunderbolt technique then you’ll really enjoy picking that up and adding it to your repertoire.

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Manga Body for Beginners

Learn how to draw a classic manga girl body in this basic tutorial for beginners.

With no voiceover the artist gently takes you through her process, clearly highlighting the critical construction lines she makes.

If you follow along you’ll end up with a cute manga schoolgirl and a lot more knowledge about quickly constructing the body in a simple anime style.

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Manga Studio 5 Tutorial(Multipart)

Have you ever heard of the Manga Studio software(now Clip Studio)?

It’s software like Photoshop but dedicated to manga & anime drawing.

Using manga studio in this guide you will learn which tools to use and how to ink a pencil drawing digitally. If you want to learn how to add color then watch part 2 of the video.

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Comics In Clip Studio Paint

This video is a must-watch if you want to make your own manga or anime comic.

It’s an in-depth, information-packed webinar that’s almost an hour long. Don’t let the length scare you away though. After watching the video you’ll know exactly how to use Manga Studio to create your own manga pages from scratch.

The artist takes you through the full process of creating a comic book page from start to finish.

By the end you’ll know how to import your pencil sketches, set up the right sized document, make panels and ink your rough sketches.

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Corel Painter Anime Tutorial Part 1

Drawing is complicated but it’s only the first step in learning.

The other is understanding how to translate ideas, fill in color, and work with software if you’re going digital.

In this video you’ll learn to create a full-color anime scene in Corel Painter. Over a time-lapse the artist talks you through his process, revealing how he paints backgrounds and introduces shading into his artwork.

Although the final image is complicated, this tutorial is packed well and spread out over two parts. By the end you should have a basic idea of how to use color when painting anime-style art.

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How to Draw Manga Noses

In the manga style everything is simplified.

Unexpressive features like the nose are often stylized into a simple line or dot. This tutorial goes through the various ways to draw a nose from the simplest line to a more complicated nasal shape.

Draw along for practice and by the end of the tutorial you’ll understand how to draw a manga-style nose from both the front view and a ¾ view.

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Color Anime Skin in Photoshop

When coloring an anime character it’s essential to get the skin right.

Choose uncomplimentary colors or place the shadows in the wrong place and your character will look waxy and out of place.

This tutorial goes over how to choose your skin tone and shows you a few traditional techniques to use when shading.

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Coloring, Shading & Highlighting Manga

Continuing with learning how to shade skin, this short and sweet tutorial builds on what you already know.

The artist teaches you how to think about shadow placement and shows a simple but effective way to pick better shadows and highlights for your base skin tone.

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Digital Lineart Tutorial

Photoshop is an industry standard when it comes to digital art.

You can use it for digital paintings in the anime style, or in your own style, and it’s versatile enough to give manga/anime artists everything they need.

This tutorial will teach you a new outlining technique for Photoshop that leaves thick, solid lines on top of your artwork.

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Anime Boy Fighting Pose

Pick up a gesture photo set and break out your drawing pad ‘cause it’s time for some pose practice!

The most popular animes in the world are fighting shows and it makes sense to learn to draw dynamic action poses to match.

Draw along with the artist and you’ll learn how to conceptualize fighting poses while keeping your characters in proportion.

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Long Hair for Anime

Drawing crazy long hair with a mind of its own is always fun.

Using this video you can unleash your love for long flowing lines and learn how to supercharge your hair drawing skills.

The artist draws two characters from start to finish explaining in detail how he constructs the hair and what outside factors he considers.

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Bangs, Fringe & Curly Hair

Getting hair to fall naturally is no easy feat. When drawing manga it’s standard practice to simplify the hair into large clumps called ‘bangs.’

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to form the curve of the bangs accurately and how to add extra detail.

The artist takes it a step further by discussing how pigtails influence the shape of the hair and the best way to construct them. Lots of info here for anime hair lovers.

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Foreshorten Hands, Arms & Legs

By adding dramatic perspective to your drawings you can create dynamic action poses full of energy.

Once you know how to construct the basic human body(with foreshortening) that knowledge will take your manga art to the next level.

Covering four different poses, you’ll finish this tutorial with a solid understanding of how to use foreshortening to your advantage.

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How to Draw Arms for Anime

Did you know that the arm is the same length as the torso?

What about other tidbits of advice like “the forearm is the same length as the upper arm” and “the elbow is always at the belly button”?

This tutorial is packed full of memorable information teaching you how to draw the arm—muscles and all—in many different poses while sticking to the anime style.

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How to Draw Anime Neck & Shoulders

Skipping out on the shoulder muscles is one of the biggest beginner mistakes you can make.

These frame the torso and make a big impact on the final design.

This tutorial teaches you all about the muscles in the neck and how they connect to the shoulders. Once finished, you’ll understand how to connect the head to the body in any pose or angle you desire.

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Choosing Your Anime Drawing Style

Not all anime is in the same style.

Some anime is super detailed while others simplify things down for comic effect.

Many different decades even have a significant impact on the style of anime.

From the realism of Ghost in the Shell to the hyper-simplified faces of Dragon Ball Z, this video shows you the options available and how to choose the right style to suit your preferences.

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Manga Sitting Poses

If you’ve been working your way through this list you will have a solid understanding of how to construct a standing human body. Or at least you’re well on your way.

But this tutorial takes it a step further teaching you how to construct a sitting body in a specific style.

All of the proportions stay the same—you just need to learn is how to manipulate them.

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Anime Girl Step-by-Step

Drawing anime doesn’t have to be complicated.

Pull out your sketchbook, grab a pencil, and follow along with this simple tutorial on how to draw a cute anime girl!

This quick tutorial is an excellent warm-up for your hand teaching you to make broad, loose pencil movements.

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One Character, Six Manga Styles

Have you been planning to create your own manga but just feel discouraged?

You’ll need to pick a style to work in, organize a story, and master the art style. It takes a while but this video can help.

A good way to solidify your style is to draw your character in multiple other manga styles. Follow along with this tutorial and try to adapt your character to all six different styles.

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How to Draw Anime Head & Face

Are you still struggling to get you anime faces right even though you’ve been practicing for a while?

Get back to basics with this clear step-by-step tutorial that teaches you every construction trick in the book.

If you practice the techniques in this video your anime faces are guaranteed to improve.

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Teenager to Kid Body Proportions

Body proportions change with age. A toddler’s head tend to be almost as big as their bodies while fully grown adults are about eight heads tall.

This tutorial quickly teaches you how to draw age groups accurately and which proportions to change.

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How to Draw Relaxed Hands(5 Ways)

Natural looking hands are notoriously tricky to get right.

The proportions are difficult to remember and the placement of the fingers feels almost impossible to get. You could study other examples but the best way to learn is through practice.

This comprehensive tutorial shows you how to draw relaxed hands using a clear set of construction tips and guidelines.

Follow along with each drawing and then apply the lessons you learned to your own drawings after the tutorial.

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Draw Simple Manga Hands

Hands are the most difficult human body part to draw(relatively).

Learn the foolproof way to get them looking right with the handy ‘french fry’ visualization trick this artist teaches in their video.

If you follow along you’ll learn how to draw a hand from the top, from the bottom, and in a closed fist.

Did you know you can apply similar rules to drawing feet too? You’ll also learn a basic trick that helps you use what you learned about hands when you draw feet. An excellent video for getting anime appendages just right.

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Draw Simple Manga Feet

Anatomy is any manga artist’s bread and butter.

This comprehensive tutorial distills the complicated anatomy of a foot and teaches you simple construction techniques to keep your drawings accurate.

Practice makes perfect so follow along in your sketchbook and take down any important details that jump out. You could even do this digitally and follow along with the video in another window.

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Manga Girl “Sketchy” Style

You’ve learned how to create clean, stylized manga artwork. You may not have mastered anything but you’ve got some ideas.

But did you know that manga can be sketchy too?

Grab some watercolors or colored pencils and get ready to paint outside the lines!

This video teaches valuable lessons about style and how to go about creating that classic “romance manga” look.

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Draw a Manga Witch

Consolidate all the knowledge you’ve gained so far and learn to draw a full-body manga witch in this handy video.

Undeniably cute, you’ll have a chance to practice your proportions, poses, hands, feet, and even get into the nitty-gritty of drawing patterned clothes.

As usual, following along on paper(or a tablet) is highly recommended.

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Simple Manga Female Body

You can build on your knowledge of proportions all day long.

But when tackling difficult concepts like foreshortening you should take a step back and focus on the fundamentals.

This tutorial is a perfect refresher on the proportions of the human body and how to draw using clear measurements.

As you follow along you can even take it a step further by adding clothes and coloring with Copic Markers.

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Tips for Drawing A Manga Face

Drawing a manga face correctly takes time and practice. But these few tips can help speed up your learning timeline.

Learn about the importance of line weight, where to put eyes, and exactly how thick to make the neck along with many other great tips.

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Paint Realistic Manga Portraits

Just because anime and manga have simplified color and bold linework doesn’t mean you can’t change the style. Plenty of anime styles use more realistic designs.

This tutorial shows you how to start a loose sketch and move into adding swathes of color, all the while blending and keeping color harmony.

When trying to paint realistic versions of anime characters it’s best to use a picture as a reference. Maybe even grab a sleek anime art book of your favorite series and use that concept art as a reference.

Just pick out a character and get painting!

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How To Draw Manga Backgrounds

Backgrounds can be simple or crazy complicated, but all of them require some knowledge of perspective.

In this walkthrough the manga artist shows you what to consider and introduces you to the art of backgrounds.

While sharing his knowledge he inks the background of an interior scene explaining the complex perspective calculations and adding final detailed touches.

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Let’s Paint: Anime Evening Scene

This video is a silent time-lapse where the artist reveals their brushes, color techniques, and general blocking out strategies to paint a background.

Anime backgrounds are very technical so this can be a huge benefit to anyone just getting into this style.

Learn how to integrate clouds into a dusk-type setting and discover a quick yet effective way to paint the silhouette of trees.

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Two Faces(Speedpaint)

Have you heard of speedpainting?

It’s where an artist paints fast to create a finished piece in the least amount of time possible. Little planning, all creativity.

In this speedpaint we get an inside look at the artist’s process creating two anime characters in a unique setting. It’s a lengthy video detailing the early concepts all the way to the finishing touches.

If you can keep up with the video you’ll take away some valuable lessons about workflow and how to quickly conceptualize, ink, and color your own anime art.

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Catching Smiles(Speedpaint)

This video comes from the same artist as above, yet here she uses a significantly different method to conceptualize the pose.

Using the popular art program Paint Tool SAI the artist creates lineart drawn freehand and adjusts everything on the fly.

Learn how to apply this into your own work with techniques you can gather along the way. The coloring of the lineart is very detailed and clearly enhances the overall feel of the finished piece.

If you can keep up with speedpaints these two videos are worth bookmarking.

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Author: Claire Heginbotham

Claire is a traveling creative living in Osaka, Japan. She spends her days writing things, learning things and eating ungodly amounts of sushi. Read about her adventures here or secretly stalk her on Instagram and Twitter.


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