How to draw manga the simple way

Hello and welcome to the third tutorial on how to draw manga. In the last tutorial on how to draw manga, you learned how to draw a manga by simply creating stick figure poses.

In this tutorial, we will focus on completing those stick figures with simple shapes to give your manga characters more dimension.

Using simple shapes to learn how to draw manga

Everything around us, including our bodies, is made of simple geometric shapes like cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. Therefore, to learn how to draw a manga, we must first learn to draw these simple shapes.

Drawing exercise to help you understand three-dimensional shapes

Here's a quick drawing exercise to help you understand three-dimensional shapes and shading, too.

First draw a sketch of a cube.

Then tighten the lines. Think about where the floor should be. Also imagine a light source and its location relative to the cube.

And finally, you end up shading the cube accordingly. Make sure the area away from light is the darkest as it receives the least amount of light.

Draw shapes from different angles

Now that you understand how to draw a simple shape, let's mix it up a bit by drawing them from different angles.

This is very important for learning how to draw a manga because your manga characters will be in a variety of different poses. And if you want to accurately represent them, you will need to know how to draw shapes from different angles.

Try to draw these objects in different positions and angles. Note the direction of the light. You will base your manga drawings on these shapes, so that practicing them will give you a precise sense of shape, size, and volume.

Add shapes to your manga figure drawings

Now for the funniest part of learning to draw manga. Time to add these shapes to your manga figures.

Use cylinders for arms and legs. Use spheres for the joints. And use a basic polygon for your hands and feet.

Remember, we are still in the drawing process of developing our manga character. Take it easy and step by step.

First draw the manga stick figure.
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In this tutorial, we will focus on completing those stick figures with simple shapes to give your manga characters more dimension.