Japanese manga is no longer considered a pop culture. It has established a foothold in the main entertainment media. You can find such evidence in media such as movies, television, and books. In social media many have their own channels, with a lot of real subscribers, thanks to the service which connects them. Nowadays, Japanese Manga is not grouped in the same category, as cartoons and children’s shows. You have American kitschy drawings like Tom and Jerry and then there are adventures full of adventures, often bloody like Akira. Japanese manga can be graphic and violent. And it can be cute and non-violent. If you have seen enough Manga and you have a real fanatic, you may have felt that impulse in your hands to take a pencil and draw. If that’s what you want, then you’re not alone. Japanese manga has thrilled and excited a new generation of talented artists and potential manga masters.
Japanese manga has many different styles just like traditional paintings. Certain characteristics of the Manga have exaggerated physical proportions, such as large heads, short legs and arms with a squat torso to unite everything. This Manga style is called “Chibi”. You can find examples of Chibi’s drawings of the popular animated series “Naruto”. And some are perfectly proportioned as if they were real human beings.
Then there are the most exclusive Manga animations, like the popular movie “Appleseed”. In this animation, you will find that the characters are drawn more realistically with a certain Manga style. After all, if we wanted to see real human beings, we would see a live movie. Although the film “Akira” was made through Computer Generated Images (CGI), the underlying details are still full of manga style and essence.
These are the physical attributes that Manga’s characters possess:
Hair: hair is usually applied as if a large amount of gel had been applied. A great tip for drawing hair is to shape the character’s skull first. Many beginners draw hair without first sketching the base of the skull. By exercising the skull, you can have a better idea of how the hair should look and put on.
Eyes – The eyes are the windows of the soul. It is possible to draw the eyes to show emotions that the face. Manga characters have eyes bigger than life. You will also notice that the eyes are more animated. Although Manga characters are generally Asian, they do not have Asian characteristics.
Weapons, legs and body: again, Manga characters come in all shapes and sizes. If you look at the Manga series as “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, you’ll see how exaggerated the frame of the character’s body is. Typically, Manga’s action genre will have characters with scandalous muscles that stick out from all sides. But many times the physical attributes of the Manga character belie their true powers and abilities. This gives tension and drama to the Manga series. There is nothing better to see that a dog underneath.
Costume and clothing: some people may consider what a Manga character uses without useless details, but I totally disagree. What is a character? Very much like a live movie. Costumes give a freshness factor. We all know the superheroes who may have muscles underneath, but there is nothing more to extend.
Whichever type of Manga you want to draw, the best you can do when looking at or reading your favorite Manga series. Try to emulate your favorite Manga artist characters. These are the best places to start your drawing journey. Practice manga drawing and reading is the best way to learn how to draw Japanese manga.