I’ve been researching the best way to learn to draw Manga for several years now and I have finally found a secret path to master it that I am going to share with you in a second . I collected about 20 “How to draw manga” books and countless DVDs. My goal was to be able to draw great manga characters from memory and to design my own that would look as great as the manga characters I love. Can you relate?
After many years of struggling I finally got “enlightened” after reading a bio of one of my favorite manga artists. In his own words:
“… I would say that I learned about 80% of drawing from manga and only about 20% from books. I started by copying manga and only later the anatomy books filled in the details for me. There is no better way than learning directly from another manga artist . . .”
After reading this I realized I had heard a similar story repeatedly*. All my idols started to draw their favorite manga characters as kids and as they did they learned the basic shapes and concepts that they used to create their own characters in turn. Another important element was that they drew a lot**. I am sure you've heard this advice before. "Just put the hours in". But to be able to do this, you need to be passionate about the process. And what better way to stay passionate than drawing your favorite manga characters, designing your own and sharing the passion with friends?
This is where the idea for this website came from. I wanted to create a place where I can draw and improve my Manga drawing skills and meet people with the same interest. Set up your own gallery and start drawing right now! ^_^ Hiroshi
PS: I would recommend starting with this tutorial as it will introduce you to the basic tools and techniques: https://mangajam.com/tutorial/how-draw-totoro/
* My favorite Capcom artist Bengus grew up copying Leiji Matsumoto and Akira Toriyama's illustrations. He joined Capcom in 1992.
** In Bakuman manga, story about 2 classmates striving to become professional Mangakas, Mashiro decides to copy 1000 pages of battle scenes from the most popular mangas. Bakuman is a great story especially because it shows many aspects of the life of real mangakas and I am pretty sure this is what many of them actually do.