The term manga (pronounced mon-ga) refers to a Japanese art form similar to the American comic book. Manga originated in the late 1700s, and since the 1950s, manga has made up a large portion of the Japanese publishing industry, and are popular throughout the world.
Manga comics are not just for children. Many are produced with adults specifically in mind, as are novels in many other parts of the world. Manga cover a wide range of topics, including children's stories, drama, mysteries, detective stories, fantasy, science fiction, supernatural fiction, and historical fiction. Most are originally published in black and white as magazine serials. If popular enough, the stories will be collected together in volumes called tankōbon.
Manga is set apart from other, similar comics by its distinctive drawing style. Manga characters typically have large, often rectangular eyes, and other features may be exaggerated as well.
For example, male characters often have spiky hair and enormous muscles. Females may be drawn with an exaggerated figure, short dresses, long legs, and intricate hairstyles. At times, human characteristics are combined with those of animals, for example, Inuyasha's feline ears and Goku's primate-like tail. This style is shared by Japanese animation, referred to as anime.
If you are drawing your own manga characters, you likely want to get their hair just right. Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step anime hair drawing tutorial.
To draw your manga character, you will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. In each step, illustrations and explanatory text are provided to guide you through adding or removing lines. Soon, your manga character will be ready for action!
1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will form the basic shape of the character's face.
2. Outline the face. Draw a series of nearly straight lines, forming corners at the jaw and chin. Enclose the figure by using a short, curved line to outline the ear.
3. Enclose an irregular form within the circle using two curved lines. Notice how the lines meet in a downward facing point, off centered to one side of the head. This outlines the character's hairline.
4. Erase the guide line from the face, left over from the original circle. You now have a clean outline of the head from which to work.
5. Manga hair is well known for its spiky appearance. Using a series of curved lines, enclose a form in the shape of the letter "M." Its midpoint should align with the downward facing point in the hairline.
6. Outline the anime boy hair above the head using a series of short, curved lines that meet in jagged points. Notice that the lines extend from the crown at the back of the head; one set of lines connects to the ear, while the other encircles the head to meet at the hairline.
7. Erase the guide line that had been used to determine the hairline.
8. Enclose the anime boy hair between the "M" shaped tuft and the side of the head using several long, curved lines that meet in jagged points, creating tufts of hair that overhang the face.
9. Add texture and detail to the hair. Extending from the crown outwards, draw several sets of connected, curved lines that meet in spiky points. This is common when drawing anime hairstyle male or female.
10. Color your character. Will his hair be blonde like Naruto's or black like Goku's? It is up to you to decide. But why stop there? Check out our other easy drawing tutorials to complete your character with a nose, eyes, and mouth.
Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.
This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.
In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.
You won't need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you'd like, you can color your finished product.
Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.
You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement - a pencil, a pen, or a marker.
Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.
There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.
"The eyes are the window to the soul." So states an antiquated maxim. To scientists, however, the eyes are very interesting. For example, researchers are currently developing technology that could use patterns in the iris of the eye to identify people, much as the fingerprint is used currently. Movies and television have long depicted such technology, but it may soon become a reality. In fact, some airports are already testing this 'eye ID' technology.
To artists, the eyes hold another interest. The eyes are surrounded by many, many small muscles, and the movement of these muscles is an indicator of emotion on the human face. Our eyes, for instance, can show whether we are happy, sad, angry, frightened, excited, or bored.
The eyes, then, are an important means of expressing these emotions in the visual arts, yet many artists find the eyes to be one of the more difficult portions of the human face to capture accurately. What is more, it is almost paradoxical that the eyes are one member largely responsible for our ability to draw the eyes of another.
Almost every drawing or painting of humans or animals includes eyes, whether open or closed. As such, many styles have developed. The simplest eyes involve nothing more than a solidly shaded dot. Other simple eyes consists of a circle with a shaded dot inside it. The Japanese manga and anime art styles often lend straight lines and squared corners to the shape of the eye.
Would you like to draw a pair of eyes? Perhaps you are working on a portrait of a friend or family member. Now, the complicated task of drawing realistic human eyes is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue.