How To Draw Manga Eyes

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How To Draw Manga Eyes

In manga, eyes can be drawn in a myriad of different ways. Its shape can vary from small to large, rounded to rectangular, or even represented as various symbols depending on the expression conveyed. The iris can be shaded in many ways as well, depending on the way light is reflected over the eyes and the shadows created by the eyelids.

various manga eye examples

In this tutorial, we will first go though the basic construction of manga eyes, followed by ways to shade the irises. Next, we will have a look at…

Manga Eyes Construction

Eye Parts

manga eye parts comparison with actual

First let’s have a look at the different parts of manga eyes, and how it compares to a more realistically drawn eye. The upper and lower eyelids wrap around the eyeballs, exposing the iris which contains the pupil. The white parts to the left and right of the iris is called the sclera. Notice how the upper and lower eyelids aren’t drawn connected in the manga version? This is a very common feature of eyes that are found in manga. As a result, the eyes’ shape and outline won’t necessarily be obvious.

Basic Eye Shapes

The shape of manga eyes can vary widely, from rounded ovals, to sharp-edged rectangles. Below you can see some examples of various eye shapes.

manga eyes shapes

As you can see above, there are many variations to the way that an oval-shaped eye can be drawn. Even for the rectangular-shaped eye, it is possible to vary the length, angle and size to produce different looks. So it is important that you think of the shape of the eye when drawing the eyelids.

manga cat eyes

Of course it is also possible to draw the upper and lower eyelids connected, like in the case above. When a “double pointed oval” shaped eye is drawn this way, it creates an eye that looks like cat’s.

manga eye lids

Observe the differences between eyes with a clear outline, and eyes without, in the image above. Both versions are acceptable, and can be used to create different looks in a character. Take note that the upper eyelids should be drawn covering a small portion of the iris in the neutral position. There being a gap indicates either surprise or eyes opened wide.

slanted manga eyes

The angle of the eyes can give different looks to your character. A downward-angled set of eyes gives off a laid back vibe, whereas an upward-angled set of eyes gives off a determined, spirited look.

Male vs Female

The differences between a female eye and a male eye in manga is in the way the shape of the eye, the eyelashes, and the iris is drawn.

female vs male manga eyes

Rounded eyes have a softer appearance, which is why you’ll find that most girl manga characters are drawn with large, round eyes. Male characters, on the other hand, typically possesses narrower eyes drawn with sharper corners. However, you will find that many younger male characters are drawn with rounded eyes as well.

step by step girl manga eye

Another characteristic of the female eye is that they have thick eyelids, with long and defined eyelashes. To sketch these type of eyes, simply draw many overlapping lines similar to the step-by-step pictured above. Often, the outline of the iris is drawn this way as well.

manga eyelashes

Observe the directions of the eyelashes in both the upper and lower eyelid as indicated by the blue arrows. Use thin lines when drawing them, concentrating on the upper corners. The eyelashes on the upper eyelid should be drawn longer as well. Pair these features with a long, thin eyebrow to complete a typical female manga eye.

draw manga eyes male

Male manga eyes on the other hand can be drawn with thicker eyebrows, which can be used to draw attention to the eyes. Their eyes are narrower and more rectangular as well.

manga eyes male old vs young

Depending on age and build type, the shape of the male eyes can vary widely in the way it is drawn. You may wish to draw the eyes rounder and less rectangular for your younger and/or cuter male characters.

Shading the Iris

blank manga eye

Once you’ve drawn the outer eyelid shape and outlined the iris, it is time to think about the impression that you wish to leave using the eyes. The iris and pupil can be drawn in many different ways depending on various factors such as the light reflection, shadow casting, and iris patterns.

eye reflection bubble

The first things that you can play around with are the highlights that are caused by reflected light cast off the eyes. These can vary in shape and quantity, appearing as “light bubbles” all around the iris. Notice also how the highlight in the lower left creates a gap in the iris’ outline.

eye shadow from sunlight

On the upper portion of the iris you will sometimes find a shadow forming from under the eyelashes. Refer to the image above for an example of how that works.

ways to shade manga eyes

Here I some ways to color in the eyes that you can use as an example:

  1. Small pupil, with a clear white iris.
  2. Two light bubbles, a rounded medium-sized pupil, with shaded iris.
  3. A small light reflection off the top, with a tiny pupil.
  4. Many lines are drawn radiating from the pupil, with one bubble extending out from the iris.
  5. A deep black shadow on the upper portion of the eyes.
  6. An oval shaped pupil, with a tiny light bubble over it. Also has a shadow, but not as dark as the previous one.

You can use the template below to practice drawing the eyes’ iris and pupil without having to redraw the outlines every time. Simply print these out on an A4 sized paper.

manga eyes template

Step-by-Step

Below is an example of the steps taken to draw a manga eye.

manga eye steps

  1. Sketch an outline of the eye’s shape.
  2. Sketch the outline of the iris.
  3. Draw in the upper and lower eyelids.
  4. Erase the light outlines so that the eyelids doesn’t connect. Draw a crease above the upper eyelid, and add eyelashes. Then sketch the light reflection pattern on the eye.
  5. Color in the pupil black, and darken the eye bubbles. Sketch in a shadow line on the iris.
  6. Fill in the shadow, and draw some patterns on the iris. Finally draw the eyebrows to complete the drawing.

Viewing Direction & Angles

Eyes – Side View

side view triangle shape eye

To draw the side view of the eye, use a triangle as a guide for the outline. The upper and lower eyelids form two sides of the triangle. From this angle, the iris and pupil appears as an elongated oval instead of a circle.

manga eye side view

You can also vary the shape of the side view of the eye. It is important, however, to match the overall shape with the way it is drawn from the front. E.g. eyes that are drawn narrow from the front should also be drawn likewise from the side.

High vs Low Angles

eyes from top view of head

The picture above shows a cross-section of the head where the eyes are located. Notice how the front of the face isn’t flat, but is instead curved with the eyeballs placed along it? This affects the shape of the eyes and its placement along the face when viewed from different angles.

low angle high angle eyes

When seen from a low angle, the eye line curves slightly to form an arch. From the front, the eye line is a straight line. When seen from a high angle, the eye line curves the other way to form an inverted arch. The eyes should be drawn to follow these curves.

head looking up vs looking down vs straight

Above is an example of the concept as explained earlier, showing the three different angles. When the girl looks up and down, her eyes are seen as though it is viewed from a low and high angle respectively.

manga eyes from different directions

Other than the up and down directions, the eyes and eyebrows also changes it shape as the head rotates. You can refer to the above chart to get a basic idea of how that works, as you continue to experiment and figure it out.

Eye Movements & Expressions

Looking Direction

eyes looking direction

If you’re drawing a character looking straight, draw the pupils in the center of the eye. To make them appear looking left or right, draw the eyes tilted to that direction. It is important to draw both eyes looking in the same direction, to avoid a cross-eyed look. The direction of the glance can suggest a character’s thoughts and feelings. A sideways look could indicate that he has spotted something of interest, or he could simply be embarrassed, unable to look directly into another’s eyes.

Manga Eyes Closed

closed manga eyes

When the eye closes, the upper eyelid moves downwards until it completely covers the eyeball. A crease then appears where the upper eyelids were originally due to the protruding eyeball.

side view closed eyes

This concept of the upper eyelids moving downwards applies when drawn from the side view as well. Just remember that the lower eyelids remain stationary as the eye closes.

closed vs sleeping eyes

Note the differences in the way the eyes are drawn closed in the picture above. If the eyelids arch downwards, they will appear to be closed. Whereas if it is arched upwards, the entire face’s expression changes to look happy.

Expressions

manga eye expressions table

As you can see from the variety of manga expressions shown in the collection above, the eyes and brows can be used to really bring out the raw feelings of a character. Think about what emotions your character is experiencing and reveal it with the eyes.

That’s it for this tutorial, keep drawing and have fun!

How To Draw Chibi Characters

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How To Draw Chibi Manga Characters

In manga, chibi (otherwise known as “super deformed”) characters are characters that are drawn such that their head-to-body ratios are between 1:2 and 1:4. Their facial features, including the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears are stylized to an even greater degree compared to a normal manga character.

chibi manga proportions

At first glance, the most obvious difference between a normal character and a chibi character would be the height; however, simply drawing a character shorter won’t be enough to produce a chibi character. In the following sections we will look at the various parts that constitutes a chibi character.

Drawing Chibi Faces

chibi face construction

The face plays an important role when designing chibi characters, largely because of their heads which forms a big portion of their entire bodies. The standard shape of the head is a circle, but as we will see next, this shape can be altered pretty flexibly to suit your desired look.

chibi head shapes

In the picture above we see that the head can take on various shapes. This includes squarish blocks, rounded blobs, and long rectangles. Notice how the chibi girl in the picture above has cheeks that are swelling up like a squirrel? This is a common technique to make someone look younger and more childlike.

chibi face examples

To draw distinctive chibi characters, you need to highlight and exaggerate the distinguishing facial features of your desired character. Does he/she have cute, large eyes? or droopy, wrinkly eyes? Are his/her nose large and round? Or small and runny? Let’s have a look at each of these features in the sections below.

Eyes

The eyes of chibi characters are preferably drawn large, although small eyes will work as well. They are very individualistic, and can vary widely from character to character. Let’s have a look at an example below.

eye components

There are many components that make up the eyes. Does it have a fold above the eyelids? Does it have eyelashes? What kind of light reflection pattern does the eyeballs have? How are the irises shaded? Are the wrinkles visible?

eye features emphasized chibi

As you can see from the picture above, by giving particular emphasis to the various components of the eye, you can create distinctive chibi characters.

big small cute chibi eyes

You can also create cute character designs with either small or big eyes as illustrated above. A common misconception would be to think that cuteness is exclusive to big eyes.

chibi eye expressions

When drawing expressions for chibi characters, it is possible to further play around with the eyes without worrying about it becoming too unrealistically drawn. The above picture shows some common eye expressions that you can use.

Nose

When drawing chibi characters, the nose can easily be overlooked as it is often not the main distinguishing feature. Often, it is simply drawn as a small dot or triangle. Below we will look at the various ways to draw the nose.

chibi nose symbols

There are many symbols that can be drawn as a way of representing the nose. Examples include: a simple short line, a “less-than” sign, a circle, a triangle, or even just two simple dots.

male female chibi nose

Draw small noses for cute characters. A female chibi character is typically drawn with a small and likable nose, whereas male characters have larger noses.

Mouth

assorted chibi mouths

There are many ways to draw a stylized chibi mouth as can be seen from the picture above. Before drawing a mouth, think of your character’s design. Does he/she have exaggerated canine teeth? What about his/her tongue? As we will see later on in the “Expression” section of this tutorial, the mouth plays an important role in conveying emotions.

chibi mouth expressions

Since chibi characters are highly stylized manga characters, it becomes possible to draw out actions with facial features that are physically impossible in real life. These includes a mouth that opens extra wide when yawning or eating, and sharp pointy lips to portray sneezing.

Ears

chibi ear patterns

When drawing chibi ears, not much of the inner ears’ details are typically drawn. Often you will find manga artists simplifying it to a great degree. Some example patterns are shown above.

chibi ear shapes

You can also play around with the shape of the outer ear, making it big or small, pointy or with large lobes.

Expressions

Once you have a basic understanding of all the facial features, you can then experiment with drawing various expressions using these features. 
happy chibi smiling

To express happiness and joy, draw the eyes as a “V” pointing towards each other. Alternatively, draw them as an arch with an optional eyelash on each eye. Imply red cheeks by drawing a bubble or short parallel lines below the eyes. Draw the mouth wide open with a smile.

angry chibi drawing

To draw an angry chibi character, draw the eyes in the shape of the letter “D” with the flat part slanting down towards the middle. Also note that the eyebrows should be drawn in the same manner: slanted down towards the middle of the face. Draw the mouth with teeth shown as a rectangle, or wide open with snarl to express outrage.

sad chibi crying

To draw sadness, either draw the eyes looking downwards or upwards as though unable to look into another’s eyes. You can also draw some tears coming out from the eyes for additional impact. It is also possible to draw the tears pouring out of the eyes like a waterfall. The eyebrows are drawn lower, occasionally coming into contact with the upper eyelids.

surprised chibi shocked

To draw a surprised look, draw the upper and lower eyelids wide apart. Alternatively, draw them super big as though they are popping out. The mouth should also be drawn wide open, expressing shock.

Drawing Chibi Hair

The hair of chibi characters can be greatly modified to suit your character’s design. You could make them straight or curly, thin or thick, long or short, loose or tied up. The multitudes of options makes this a great tool for individualizing a character.

chibi girl straight hairstyles

Above are some examples of chibi characters with straight hair. These are drawn similar to how you would draw them on a normal manga character, with the small difference of being more streamlined.

chibi girl curly hairstylesGo ahead and experiment with the more adventurous hairstyles, such as those in the picture above.

hair silhouette similar

It is also important to think about the outer contours of the hair. Notice how the above three characters all have the same silhouette? Even though they each have distinct facial features and design, they won’t be easily distinguishable from their silhouette alone. What would happen in a manga night scene or a scene with only back shots of the characters?

different chibi hairstyles

A better way of designing the hair would be to make sure your main characters each have a recognizable silhouette as well.

hair shading

Also remember that changing the way the hair is shaded doesn’t distinguish multiple characters from each other as they would all look like the same character in a dark setting.

Drawing Chibi Bodies

Now that you’ve learned about the facial layout of chibi characters, let’s next have a look at the proportion of their figures. The bodies of chibi characters typically have a head-to-body ratio from 1:2 to 1:4, drawn with large heads and short legs.

chibi proportions 2 to 1 ratio

Firstly we have a figure with the 1:2 head-to-body ratio. Here the entire body is about the same size as the head, with equal spacing for the torso and the legs.

chibi builds

Characters at this ratio can be drawn either rounded like a tilting doll, or slim like a twig. Rounded chibis have pudgy arms and legs, whereas slim chibis have thin arms and legs.

chibi proportions 3 to 1 ratio

Next up is the proportions of a chibi character with a 3:1 head-to-body ratio. In this ratio, the torso and legs each take up the size of one head. The waist is drawn at approximately the middle of the torso. With cute, short legs, they are drawn to look adorable.

chibi proportions 4 to 1 ratio

Finally we have the proportions of a chibi character with a 4:1 head-to-body ratio shown above.  The legs should comprise half or less of the body’s height. Notice how the proportions are becoming fairly similar to “normal” manga characters as the head-to-body ratio increases.

stylized chibi hands

Also remember that other parts of the body should also be drawn in the “chibi” style. Depending on the head-to-body ratio, the degree of stylization also changes, with a ratio of 1:2 having the most simplified form.

Now that you’ve studied and obtained an understanding of chibi manga characters, keep practicing with different designs and features in order to really sharpen your skills. Have fun creating cute and cuddly super deformed characters!

How To Draw Manga Faces

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How To Draw Manga Faces

In this tutorial, I will be explaining the basics of drawing a manga character’s face. We will learn about head shapes, facial proportions, and the structure of the head. Finally, we will study a method of using a ball and the jaw in order to model the head on which the face is drawn.

Manga Head Basics

drawing manga face parts

The face is a critical part of character design. There are five main components that should be considered when designing a character. They are:

  1. Hair. Plays important role to differentiate characters from their silhouette.
  2. Eyes. Key component when expressing emotions, which will bring out a character’s personality.
  3. Ears. Unique feature that displays the manga artist’s distinctive traits.
  4. Nose. Most overlooked feature of the face, but important to draw it right.
  5. Mouth. Equally important when drawing expressions, changes according to speech.

manga face proportions

The general proportions of a manga head is as shown above. You’ll notice that the construction lines are all based on the head itself, without considering the volume of the hair. Divide the length of the head h into two halves to get the position of the eyes. Divide this length again to get the position of the base of the nose. For the mouth, it is positioned halfway between the base of the nose and the chin. The eyes are drawn about the width of one eye apart. As for the ears, they are positioned between the eye line and the nose line.

manga head shapes

Before you start drawing the face, first decide on the head’s shape. The most common shape is an oval as it can be pretty flexible. You can make it rounder or more pointed to suit your character’s desired image. Smaller children typically has rounder faces, whereas girl characters have a more smooth oval shape. Older male characters have more squarish facial features, so a rectangular face would be suitable here.

Regardless of the shape of the head, the placement of the features remains the same: The eyes are drawn below the center horizontal line, the base of the nose is in between the eyes and chin, and the mouth is between the nose and the chin.

sketch manga face steps

For a step by step example, refer to the picture above.

  1. Sketch the outline of the head, and draw the center lines dividing it into two halves. Then draw the nose line in order to get the positioning of the ears.
  2. Draw in the ears, then adjust the jaw shape.
  3. Draw the hair, making sure to give it some bulk above the head. Also sketch the mouth line (center of nose and chin).
  4. Draw in the facial features carefully, making sure they are symmetrical.
  5. Ink the drawing with a pen, or darken the lines with a pencil.
  6. Erase all construction lines and the pencil sketches.

Manga Head Structure

In order to be able to draw the face from different angles, we need to understand the structure of the head. This is because the face constitutes the front part of the head, and so it moves together with it. The shape of the facial features, as well as their placements changes according to the angle of the head.

head skeletal shape

Think of the head as two separate parts: the upper skull and the jaw. Notice how the jaw occupies only the front half of the lower head. Behind it you can see the spine, which extends from the upper skull downwards.

basic shape sphere

So first we will model the upper skull with a sphere. Divide the sphere into quarters, then again at the equator to get the center lines. Practice drawing these with the center lines in order to really visualize the sphere in 3D.

skeletal head chop sides

However notice that the skull isn’t completely circular when viewed from the front. Imagine both sides of the sphere sliced off thinly to get a better model of the upper skull.

head ball shape angles

After slicing off the sides, sketch a cross on the sides in order to clearly visualize the flat portion. Again, practice drawing these until you are able to draw them at various angles comfortably.

head ball with jaw

The next step is to draw the jaw onto the head. Remember that the jaw occupies only the lower front portion of the entire skull, which can be clearly seen from the side view as shown above.

head jaw center line

Once you’ve gotten down the shape of the head, use the given proportions in the earlier section to draw in the rest of the facial features. You’ll notice that the general proportions as given in the earlier section still can be applied to this model of the head.

manga head center line

It will be easier to draw the jaw if u first correctly determine the center line (highlighted in red). After sketching the ball with its guidelines, extend the center line downwards. Then draw in the jaw accordingly. This method can be applied to any angle by tipping the ball in any direction. For a step by step example, continue reading below.

draw manga head steps 1 2 3

  1. Start by sketching a circle (which will represent a sphere).
  2. Divide the sphere into halves and quarters.
  3. Slice off the sides, then draw a cross on the sliced off portion to highlight its flatness.

draw manga head steps 4 5 6

  1. Extend the center line downwards.
  2. Draw in the jaw.
  3. Draw the ears and neck.

draw manga head steps 7 8 9

  1. On the extended center line, sketch division marks according to the proportions as given in the previous section of this tutorial.
  2. Draw in the rest of the facial features.
  3. Erase the construction lines.

drawing manga ball and jaw model

Try to experiment with different angles in order to familiarize yourself with this method of using the ball and jaw. When drawing the facial features, remember to align it to the center line. The ears lie on the lower back quarter of the sliced sides.

manga jaw types

The shape of the head can be easily changed by altering the shape of the jaw. As you can see above, the shape of the head itself is an important feature that helps to create a manga character’s face. An oval jaw can be paired with pretty eyes, a rounded nose and a feminine mouth to create a female character. A squarish jaw can be paired with thick eyebrows, a big nose, and a wide mouth to get a masculine male character.

For more information on how to draw the individual facial features, refer to the following individual guides that I have written below:

  1. How To Draw Manga Nose
  2. How To Draw Manga Mouth
  3. How To Draw Manga Ears
  4. How To Draw Manga Eyes
  5. How To Draw Manga Hair (coming soon!)

How To Draw Manga Nose

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Drawing Manga Nose (Tutorial)

Similar to the eyes and ears, the nose can be a unique facial feature. Even though it is often simplified to a large extent, it is still possible to inject character into it when drawing the nose. As we will see in the tutorial below, there are many ways to portray the nose in manga.

Introduction

nose part names

First let us compare a realistic nose with a manga nose. You can see that in manga the nose is simplified a lot. The important identifying features that remain are the bridge of the nose, the nostrils, and the ala. You also need to remember the other parts in order to properly shade the overall shape of the nose.

masculine manga nose

Fortunately, in manga you don’t always have to draw the nose with that much detail. As shown in the picture above, it can be drawn with just the bridge of the nose along with its tip. Also notice how the bridge can be drawn connected to the eyebrows as shown above on the left guy, or omitted altogether leaving just the tip visible as shown on the right guy.

female nose types front

Sometimes, you will find that the nose is even omitted altogether from the face. Doing so will give your character a more young and cute face. You can also achieve this by drawing the nose with just a small tip, or simply drawing the nostrils as two short dashes.

manga nose male vs female

As shown in the above picture, male characters will typically have larger and more defined noses. Whereas female characters are drawn with smaller, cuter noses. This isn’t a rule that you must follow though, as there are plenty of guy characters with small noses and vice versa. Experiment with what suits best to the character that you are trying to design.

Nose Placement & Angles

manga nose placement

Generally the tip of the nose is drawn in the middle of the eyes and the chin. In the front or side view, the position of the bottom of the nose coincides with the bottom of the ears as well.

nose skeletal shape

In order to draw the side or profile view of the nose, it would help to understand the shape of the skull beneath the skin. At the top of the nose, there is a depression before the bridge. This depression occurs at about eye level. Also note that the actual nose is made of cartilage, not bone.

manga nose shapes profile

Once you are familiar with the structure of the nose, you will be able to vary and change the way is looks while maintaining the basic framework. Some examples as shown above are small & rounded, small & pointy, and long & sharp.

drawn nose from low and high angle

When the nose is seen from the bottom views ((1) & (2)), the nostrils are clearly seen and should be drawn. When viewed from a high angle (3), the nostrils are hidden by the tip. Remember these shapes in order to be able to draw them well.

Manga Nose Expressions

Although the nose cannot move, it can still express emotions and moods. We can draw this out by hinting at the color changes of the nose or by showing its interaction with its surroundings.

manga nose effects

In manga, parallel lines indicate that the nose is blushing with embarrassment (1). In addition, if you draw them concentrated across the whole nose area, it will appear as though the character is drunk and tipsy (2). You can also draw in other details to the nose such as pimples and/or blemishes in order to highlight a character’s individuality (3). Alternatively, draw a runny nose to indicate child-likeness or foolishness (4). If you want a manga character to look eager or excited, draw their noses puffing out air/smoke (5). The smoke that is emitted from their noses should be drawn expanding away from it.

drawing manga nose types

The nose can be used to portray a character’s nature, such as being friendly or being scary/despicable. Large, round noses are attributed to friendliness, whilst large, angular noses appears monstrous. There are many types of distinctive noses that can be drawn according to your character’s flavor, so try them out to see if it fits the design that you’re looking for.

Please stay tuned for more manga tutorials coming soon!

How To Draw Manga Ears

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Drawing Manga Ears (Tutorial)

When designing new characters, most people tend to concentrate on obvious features such as the eyes, hair, and clothes in order to make them unique from each other. While that is important, customizing their ears accordingly will make your characters stand out more.

Introduction

manga ear parts comparison with actual ear

Let’s begin this tutorial by examining the differences between an actual ear, and a manga ear. The basic structure is mostly similar, but in manga the ears have been simplified a lot. Remembering the above basic parts are all you need to draw a good ear. Go ahead and touch your own ears to compare and get a feel of how an ear is shaped like.

drawing manga ears step by step

So to get you started, I have include a step by step guide as shown in the picture above. Note that the ear pictured above is viewed from the side of the head. As you follow the steps, try to remember the parts of the ears and grasp how it comes altogether.

drawing from realistic to manga ears

In manga, the ears are often not drawn very realistically. We frequently see manga artists simplifying their drawn ears to a more stylized shape. There are various ways to do this, and as long as you stick to the basic shapes, it will still look like an ear even without all the small details.

Ear Placement and Angles

ear placement in manga

The top of the ear is normally drawn about eye level, or at half the length of the head. The bottom of the ears is drawn at approximately the same level with the nose. From the side view, the ears are drawn on the right side of the center line. You can use the above guidelines to draw the ears in a natural position. Note that this is only a general guide and can be altered depending on your manga character.
draw manga ears all angles

As the head rotates, the appearance of the ear changes. I have drawn how the ear would look like in the common angles as the pictured above. Notice how the contents of the auricle (the parts of the external ear) can only be fully seen from the side view of the head. Drawing the ear from the back views can be a bit tricky, so be careful to get them right.

manga ears from top view

When viewed from the front, the contents of the auricle should not be clearly visible. This is to prevent the ears from looking as though it is sticking out.

ears and eyes alignment

The placement of the ears changes as well when viewed from a low or high angle. When viewed from below, the ears will be positioned lower than the eyes. Contrarily, when viewed from above, the ears move up in relation to the eyes.

draw glasses manga ears

One common technique when drawing the ears is to imagine the character wearing glasses. In doing so, it becomes easier to figure out where the ears should be drawn. If your character really does wear glasses, pay special attention to the placement of the ears so that they do not become awkward.

Manga Ear Variations

manga ear examples

While it is true that the ears aren’t the most stand out feature of the face, the way it is drawn reflects the personal quirks of a manga artist. This is why some manga artists are easily distinguishable just from the drawing of their ears.

manga ear shapes

Other than changing how the insides of a ear is drawn, you can also vary its’ overall shape. Some of the basic shapes are oval, round, rectangular and a narrow oval as pictured above. When changing its shape, remember that the ear slightly slants to the side.

earrings in drawn manga

You can also draw the ears with extra details such as adding earrings or accessories to it. Ear piercings can give an additional edge to you manga characters.

missing earlobes mistake drawing ears

Remember not to forget the earlobes when drawing manga ears. There should be some space allocated at the bottom of the ear.

hidden elf ears plot tool

Ears can be hidden behind hair, to cover unique features for story telling purposes. For example, an elf’s ears can be concealed if you have not revealed that she is an elf in the story of your manga.

draw space for ears

When drawing characters whose ears are hidden behind their hair, ensure that there is a sufficient volume of hair covering it. This is to prevent the character from looking like they are missing their ears.

ear expressions in manga

The ears can’t move on its own, so normally you would want to stick to the basic shape and form. However, you can change it up if you want to go for more cartoon-y expressions, such as drawing them unusually large to suggest that they are being used.

various ear types in manga

Here are some examples of the many kinds of ears that you can draw in manga. You can draw them big or small, with large lobes, or even with pointy ears. Try experimenting with all sorts of shapes to give you manga character a unique look. Have fun!

 

How To Draw Manga Mouth

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Drawing Manga Mouth

The mouth is great tool for characterization of manga characters. It also conveys emotions, and expresses various states of mind. It is a flexible feature of the manga face, and as such it can take on many different shapes.

Basic Construction

comparison manga mouth realistic mouth parts

So first let us begin by comparing a realistically drawn mouth with a mouth that can be found in manga. Notice how the lips aren’t normally drawn in manga, where instead you would simply get the outline of the opening of the mouth. The teeth is simplified without drawing each tooth individually. The uvula retains is shape, but most of the times it simply isn’t drawn. Later as we will see in the below lesson, the manga mouth is often further simplified.

manga mouth different angle

The most basic mouth can be drawn using a single stroke of the pencil. In the front view, a neutral mouth is drawn with a straight line. When viewed from a low or high angle, it changes to a curved line.

manga curved mouth

A common mistake is to draw the mouth as if it lies on a flat plane. Remember that the jaw is curved, and that the mouth should also curve around it as shown in the picture above.

drawing closed mouth line

The mouth plays an important part in expressing various emotions in manga. Notice how in the above picture that the only thing that changes is how the mouth is drawn. Yet, even this single stroke of line drawn in different ways can change a character’s mood.

Expressing Emotions

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Although you can simply draw the mouth using a single line/curve, by drawing the mouth open we are able to convey different intensities of the same emotion. Notice how the size of her smiling mouth affects how happy she looks.

drawing chin open mouth

When drawing a happy smile in manga, remember that the chin isn’t a static part of the face. When the mouth opens, the jaw lowers as well. So if your manga character who initially has a rounded chin opens her mouth, draw if slightly lower and sharper as well.
enhance smile manga

When the mouth is drawn big, you can further detail its insides to create an enhanced expression. In the example picture above, the standard smile is boosted into a joyful smile.

mouth vowel drawing changes

As we all know, manga characters use various sounds to convey different reactions. When this happens, the mouth engages in movement creating different shaped mouths.

manga shocked mouth expression drawing

The bigger the sounds, the larger the size of the mouth. As shown above, a big speech bubble should be paired with an equally large expression.

draw angry manga mouth

This applies to all sorts of expression, including anger as pictured above. As the mouth is drawn larger, the expression changes from being upset, to anger, and finally to fuming with rage.

draw manga lips

Depending on your style of manga, you can also choose to draw the closed mouth with more details. Most often female manga characters are drawn with outlines of their lips, in order to emphasize their fullness. In the above image I have highlighted the lines on a actual mouth that should be drawn in manga. Use the step by step as illustrated in the picture above to practice this.

Side View of Mouth

manga mouth comparison realistic

Drawing the mouth from the side view is harder, often because it is no longer easy to avoid drawing the shape and outline of the lips.
simplified manga mouth

But of course even in the side view you can still choose to simplify the mouth without drawing the lips.

Open Mouth in Manga

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When drawing the open mouth, imagine these 3 things: the outline of the mouth, the teeth, and the tongue. How wide open is the mouth? Is the teeth sharp? Is the tongue showing? If yes, how is its shape?

manga mouth teeth sharp

The teeth can be customized according to your character’s personality. Most artists tend to draw the row of teeth as a single line and be done. To add depth to your character’s image, emphasize certain teeth as the canine, front teeth, etc.

sketching mouth movement

One way to shade the insides of the mouth is to use vertical lines. This is useful in order to show that there is movement of the jaw. This way of drawing the mouth can further increase the intensity of a character’s emotions. Don’t you feel how devastated the guy above feels?

manga mouth shine

Another technique commonly found in manga is to draw the mouth not fully enclosed. Leaving a gap in the mouth adds to the stylization of the mouth. This can be applied to the closed mouth as well.

stylized manga mouth

In manga, physically impossible shapes can also be drawn, but take care not to overdo it as it can result in weird proportions of the face.

  1. Wavy lines suggests a trembling mouth.
  2. A wide open mouth with sharp teeth indicates rage.
  3. Drawing each tooth lines suggests a (nervous) smile.

manga mouth variety

  1. Diagonally drawn mouth shows clenched teeth.
  2. A triangular mouth suggests (evil) laughter.
  3. A slanted closed mouth suggests silent anger.

These are just some of the many ways that you can draw a mouth on a manga character, so start practicing and remember to observe the various ways the mouth is depicted whenever you are reading your favorite manga. I hope this tutorial has helped to improve your technique and understanding of the method of how to draw manga mouths.

See you in the next tutorial!

How To Draw Meliodas

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Manga Character Tutorial: Meliodas

Drawing the Caption of The Seven Deadly Sins

In this drawing tutorial, we will learn how to draw Meliodas’ facial features individually at first. This includes his head shape, eyes, nose and hair. After that, there will be a step by step guide combining all the previous information to draw a complete Captain of the Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai).

Head Shape

Meliodas has an appearance of a child, with messy hair and soft eyes. But first we shall study the shape of his head.

meliodas head shape

First draw an oval shape with a pointed bottom (Step 1). You can also think of it as an upside down egg. Next, draw in his jaw line (Step 2). Notice how there is a slight bump on his right jaw (red arrow)? This helps to give him a more child-like look. His left jaw however, should be drawn with a more straight corner. Finally, darken the outline of his head (Step 3).

front and side view of meliodas head

In the above picture, we can see how the shape of his head looks like compared to his side profile.

Eyes

One of Meliodas’ stand-out features are his eyes.

meliodas eyes normal

First let’s have a look at the eyes of his normal happy expression. There are three parts: his eyebrows, upper eyelids, and eyeball. Below we shall go through sketching his eyes step by step.

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1. Draw the outline of his iris, and add in his upper eyelids. Be careful to leave a blank space at the bottom of his eyeball.

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2. Draw the pupil in the center of his iris. You can also add a bubble to the corner of it. Then, carefully draw his lower eyelids using many short vertical pencil strokes.

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3. Add in two reflection/glare lines to make the eyes pop.

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4. Using many short lines, encircle the pupil with iris markings.

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5. Darken his upper eyelids and iris.

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6. Begin shading the eyes using parallel lines beginning from the top.

iris shading

(For Meliodas’ eyes, we will be using cross shading as pictured above.)

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7. Eyes after cross shading.

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8. The completed eyes after adding in the eyebrows.

angry eyes

When Meliodas is happy, his upper eyebrow is raised high above his eyes. When he gets serious, these upper eyebrows become straighter and start to partially cover his upper eyelids and eyeball. This effect is further seen when he gets angry.

Nose

meliodas nose sketch

Meliodas sports a very simple nose, which can be drawn using three strokes. Observe in the above picture what these three strokes represent on an actual nose.

Hair

Meliodas’ hair comprises of four parts.

  1. The fringes
  2. The bulk of his hair behind his head.
  3. Two “sprouting” hair bunches at the top.
  4. Side hair next to his ears.

meliodas hair shape1

For his fringes, draw it covering most of his forehead (blue).

meliodas hair shape2

Then add in the bulk of his hair behind his head (orange).

hair flow

When drawing his hair, take note of its general flow.

meliodas hair shape3

Next, draw in the top hair (purple) and side hair (red) as pictured above.

shade and darken hair

To add texture and volume to his hair, sketch in more lines around the hair bunches.

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How his hair should look like after finishing.

hair side view meliodas

In his side profile view, all hair components should be drawn as above.

side hair shade

Don’t forget to shade the hair as well!

Step by Step

Finally we shall put the above knowledge into drawing a complete Meliodas.

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Step 1: Begin by sketching an upside down egg.draw meliodas step by step2

Step 2: Divide the outline vertically and horizontally into two halves.draw meliodas step by step3

Step 3: Sketch in his fringes. Notice that the two center fringes are facing each other, with one bigger than the other. Then draw in his jaw lines.draw meliodas step by step4

Step 4: Add in the ears. draw meliodas step by step5

Step 5: Continue drawing his hair using the four components that we have learned in the above hair section.draw meliodas step by step6

Step 6: Roughly sketch in his eyes. At this stage, we should focus mainly on getting the shape and placement correct.draw meliodas step by step7

Step 7: Sketch in the nose and mouth. You can also draw those parallel lines below his eyes to give him a more cute look.draw meliodas step by step8

Step 8: Darken his jaw, ears and hair.draw meliodas step by step9

Step 9: Give texture to his hair (refer to above “Hair” section).draw meliodas step by step10

Step 10: Draw in his eyes (refer to the above “Eyes” section).draw meliodas step by step11

Step 11: Erase the unwanted pencil sketches to reveal a clean drawing of Meliodas.

That’s it for this tutorial! Please stay tuned for more, thank you.

How To Draw Koro Sensei

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Manga Character Tutorial: Koro-Sensei

Drawing Korosensei from Assasination Classrom

In this drawing tutorial, we will first take a look at some of Korosensei’s facial characteristics including his face, mouth, eyes. Next we will learn how to draw his academic cap, and how you can express his various emotions. Finally, there will be a step-by-step guide to drawing the “super angry” version of him.

korosensei various faces

At first glance, Korosensei may appear to be simple to draw. He has a round face, with simple eyes and a smiling mouth. Looking at him more carefully, we can see that it is possible to draw these features in different ways in order to portray different feelings.

Basic Head Construction

First we start by looking at the shape of his head.

basic head shape circle

Korosensei’s head can be drawn using a circle. In order to draw a very simple Korosensei, all you need to do after that is to add in a pair of eyes, and a mouth.

head circle from all angles

In general, the shape of his head remains round no matter the viewing angle. The only things that changes are the position his eyes, mouth, and academic cap.

korosensei round oval head

This is not to say that you should draw his head perfectly round every single time. As shown above, his head is pretty flexible in that it can change its shape in order to fit his expressions.

Mouth

korosensei mouth

Korosensei’s mouth in the default position is smiling, with lips slightly open, showing teeth. To draw his teeth, start with a vertical line in the center, then add in additional lines to both sides making sure that it is symmetrical. In general there should be about 10 to 11 lines showing.

drawing mouth mistake

In order to get a standard Korosensei smile, be sure to draw his mouth narrowing as you approach the corners. This can be seen in the illustration above. Try not to draw his mouth wide at the corners unless you’re going for a specific emotion.

different styles mouth drawing

In the picture above, (1) is his standard smile. (2) is when he gets angry. Note that the corners of his mouth curves slightly outwards, and his teeth lines slants toward the center. In (3), the corners of his mouth curves inwards, showing that he has an evil or devious thought. In (4), his mouth is opened further apart, separating his teeth into the upper and lower rows. Note that the ends of his teeth should be drawn with a bump instead of a flat line. Lastly, in (5) his mouth is fully closed, with his tongue drawn sticking out to the side.

Eyes

korosensei eye spacing

Korosensei’s eyes are typically drawn using the proportions above. Vertically, his eyes divides his face into two halves whilst horizontally, it divides his face into three equal parts.

different eye types

Depending on Korosensei’s mood, his eyes changes their appearances as well. In (1), only the outline of his eyes are drawn. In (2), the shape of his eyes becomes slightly oval when he is angry. In (3), his “blank” expression is drawn using eyes that are filled black. In (4), tears starts to come out of his eyes and in (5), his eyes elongates and lines are added to the sides to show that he his worried/scared.

Academic Cap

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Korosensei wear an academic cap with a yellow tassel. The cap is square on the top, and the tassel drops down from the caps’ center.

yellow tassel koro

The end of the tassel is drawn as shown above. In detailed view, in ends with two circles followed by many strings. You can draw them grouped together normally.

sketching korosensei academic cap steps

Above are the 5 steps to drawing Korosensei’s academic cap. In step (1), remember to leave a small gap at the right corner when drawing the square/diamond. This space is left empty for when you add in the tassel later on.

Emotions

Korosensei can display a wide variety of emotions even with his simple face. The color of his face can change as well in order to match his emotions. However, in this guide I will be focusing on his expressions that can be drawn out.

koro neutral and happy

To change his neutral look to a happy one, darken the eyes and add slanted parallel line below his eyes as shown above. You can also top that off with “happy movement lines” to the top left and right of his head.

koro sad

When Korosensei is sad, tears start to flow from his eyes. Sweat drops starts to form as well. To make him further distressed, draw additional tears rushing out from the side of his eyes, more sweat drops, and open his mouth.

koro no emotions

Here are two more simple to draw expressions: the blank expression and another which I’m not too sure what to call it. Leave a comment below and let me know what name you think it should be called!

koro shocked scared

When Korosensei is shocked, his eyes becomes elongated and shaky. Draw many sweat drops and add in the “startled” movement lines to the sides of his head. As he becomes increasingly scared/worried, draw his mouth open with wavy lines to show his anxiousness.

koro angry anger

To draw Korosensei angry, simply add in vein marks around his face, and also the “angry symbols” to the side of his head. When he gets extremely angry, he entire face changes black, his teeth take on a “sharper” appearance, and more veins starts to pop out. Continue reading for a step-by-step guide on how to draw this version of Korosensei.

angry veins

Before we get to the next section, you can refer to the above image to see how his veins should be drawn close up.

Step by Step: Angry Korosensei

Below I have included a step by step tutorial on how to draw Korosensei super angry.

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Step 1: Start by drawing a circle.

angry koro sensei step by step 2

Step 2: Draw in the eyes and the mouth. Note that the corners of his mouth are rounded instead of the usual sharp corners.

angry koro sensei step by step 3

Step 3: Sketch in his teeth, which should be drawn sharp and pointed. Remember to leave a small gap between his upper and lower teeth.

angry koro sensei step by step 4

Step 4: Draw “flame”-like shapes between his eyes radiating from the center.

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Step 5: Add in veins that travels away from the “flames”.

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Step 6: Draw a shadow below his mouth as shown above, carefully leaving a small gap between it and the mouth.

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Step 7: Shade in the eyes and the gap between his teeth.

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Step 8: Darken the shadow below his mouth.

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Step 9: Color in the “flames”.

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Step 10: Add shadow lines around the veins.

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Step 11: Lightly shade his entire face with parallel lines (be careful not to shade over the popped out veins). Once you have reached this step you have completed drawing a super angry Korosensei!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and had fun drawing Korosensei!

Stay tuned for the next tutorial. See you!

How To Draw Naruto

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Manga Character Tutorial: Naruto

In the first half of this tutorial, I will highlight some important key points to remember when drawing Naruto. Then the second half will be a step by step guide to drawing a complete Naruto drawing.

So let us start by first having a look at some of Naruto’s features.

Hair

Naruto’s hair is blonde and spiky, pointing away from his head.

naruto comparison child and adult

Notice that in the image above, both the young and adult version of Naruto has spiky hair. However, adult Naruto’s hair spikes are drawn smaller but in larger amounts.

naruto hair spikes

Generally, you should draw about 8 spikes around his head, all of them spaced evenly apart.

naruto hair direction

The spikes points outwards away from his head.

naruto side burns

In addition to the 8 spikes around his head, Naruto also has two spikes covering the sides of his forehead protector (1), some hair next to his ears (2), and some back hair that can been seen peeking out from behind (3).

Forehead Protector

Naruto wears a forehead protector around his forehead most of the time. This consists of a piece of cloth tied around his head, and a metal plate with Konoha’s symbol on it.

naruto headband gap

When drawing the metal plate, take note of the spacing above and below it. As you can see in the above, the space above (A) is about twice the length of the space below (B).

headband double knot

The piece of cloth is tied with a knot at the back of Naruto’s head. Both ends can be drawn simply hanging down, or blown to the side by the wind as an added effect.

naruto forehead protector

The metal plate is slightly curved, and has a thickness to it. Be careful to not draw it flat. In the center of the metal plate is the leaf village’s symbol. This symbol can be drawn as shown below:

konoha naruto leaf symbol step 1

(1) Start with a straight line, then draw a curved line (2) that spirals until the center (3).

konoha naruto leaf symbol step 2

(4) Begin reversing the spiral until (5), where it should point towards the bottom left corner. (6) Continue upwards around the earlier spiral.

konoha naruto leaf symbol step 3

(7) Join the line back to the beginning, and add three lines at the bottom left (8). Color in the symbol (optional) (9).

metal plate bolts

Also notice that there are 3 bolts on each side of the metal plate on the forehead protector.

Eyes

Naruto’s eyes are one of the parts that some people find the most difficult to draw.

draw naruto eyes step 1

The basic shape of Naruto’s eyes is as shown above. His eyes can be drawn in 3 simple strokes as noted above. Notice how the strokes connect with each other (e.g sharp or curved).

draw naruto eyes step 2

Normally, the highlighted areas above are left blank. Once you have drawn the basic shape, you can then erase these areas.

draw naruto eyes step 3

His upper eyelid is normally darker, so draw in more lines to make the upper eyelids thicker, noting the wide and narrow areas.

draw naruto eyes step 4

His eyeballs are round, and so are his pupils. Draw them into the center of the eyes.

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You can choose to color in the upper eyelids and pupil as above, or leave them white.

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For added details, draw in (1) and (2) which is the outline of his eyeballs, and (3) which is the pattern in his iris. Finally add in an extra line below to accentuate his lower eyelids (4).

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The spacing between his eyes should be about one eye width apart, or slightly more.

Whiskers

curved whiskersNaruto’s whisker curves around his face, so be sure not to draw them as straight lines.
naruto whiskers

Notice that all of his whiskers falls downwards as it is drawn away from the center. This includes his topmost whisker as well.

Step by Step

Here is the step by step guide to drawing Naruto.

drawing naruto step by step 1

Step 1: Sketch an oval shape as the base of Naruto’s head.

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Step 2: Draw construction lines dividing the oval into halves. This horizontal line will divide Naruto’s head into two parts: the upper half which consists of his forehead protector and hair, and the lower half which makes up his face.

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Step 3: Draw the forehead protector, noting that it covers a large portion of the upper half.

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Step 4: Draw in his hair using roughly 8 spikes around the top, and 2 spikes covering his forehead protector on each side.

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Step 5: Draw in the side hairs below the forehead protector. Then carefully draw the metal plate such that the space above is roughly double the space below on the piece of cloth.

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Step 6: Adjust his jaw line, and slightly extend out his chin.

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Step 7: Sketch in his ears and clothes around his neck.

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Step 8: Add details to the metal plate, remembering that there are 3 bolts on each side. Occasionally, the topmost bolt will be covered by his hair.

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Step 9: Sketch in the eyes. For a more detailed guide, you can refer to the “Eyes” section in this same post.

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Step 10: Draw in the nose, mouth and whiskers to complete the sketch.

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Step 11: Using a pen, draw over the outlines of Naruto’s features. This is so that you can later erase away the sketch to produce a clean drawing. Alternatively, you can use a pencil to darken the lines, carefully erasing the sketch as you go along.

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Step 12: Continue to outline the details on the forehead protector, face, and clothes.

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Step 13: Darken the eyes and add in any additional details missed out.

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Step 14: Carefully erase away the pencil sketches to produce a clean drawing of Naruto.

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Once the drawing has been cleaned, you will have completed drawing Naruto.

So that’s the end of this tutorial, I hope you have found this tutorial useful. Enjoy drawing Naruto!

How To Draw Manga Hands

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Manga Hands Tutorial

Drawing hands on your manga character can be a difficult skill to master, as the hands can appear to be complicated at first. Below you can find some tips on how you can learn to master drawing the hands.

Basic Hand Construction

First let’s take a look at how a realistic hand looks like. There is the thumb, the index finger, the middle finger, the ring finger, and the little finger. They are all connected to the palm of the hand, which is then connected to the wrists.

finger labels on hand

Generally, the entire length of the hand is twice the length of the fingers. The middle finger is the longest, followed by either the index finger or the ring finger. As these two fingers are about the same length, either of them could be drawn as the second longest. Finally, the little finger is the shortest of them all.

The length of the hand is also about the size of one manga head.

simplified hand parts

In order to simplify things at first, you can think of the hand as comprising of four basic parts: the fingers, the palm, the thumb, and the wrist/arm.

basic hand movements

Both the fingers and the thumb can be moved according to the drawing above. The fingers bends down, and the thumb closes into the palm.

The Fingers

segmented fingers

Taking a closer look at the fingers, you can see that each finger is made up of 3 segments. The base circle is the knuckle joint, and it is around this circle that the finger rotates.

finger bending at joint

The knuckle joint is able to move independently without bending the other joints.

finger bending full motion

Note that when the second joint bends, the first joint will automatically bend as well.

finger creases

In the above image, you can see how a fully closed finger looks like.

finger flesh

Notice how the bottom part of the finger is all fleshy compared to the top bone-y side. When the finger closes, the flesh bunches up creating the creases as shown above.

finger joints curvature

Observe in the above image that the alignment of the finger joints are in a curved line and should be drawn as such.

fist knuckle curve

When drawing the knuckles, keep in mind that there is a natural curve to it. This is especially obvious when the hand is closed into a fist.

outline of relaxed hands vs tight hands

Notice the differences between an open relaxed hand vs a “tight” hand. In a relaxed hand there are gaps between the fingers, whereas in a “tight” hand, the gap vanishes and the fingers will point towards the center forming a somewhat sharper tip.

hand gap between fingers

As u can see above, if you’re drawing a relaxed hand, be sure to leave a small gap between the fingers to avoid the common mistake of having “V” fingers.

The Palm

inner palm parts

To draw manga hands, it is important to understand how the hand’s movements affect the flesh in the palm. The pink area moves along with the fingers when they close, the blue area moves together with the thumb, and the orange area is the inner palm.

closed hand palm flesh

Notice how the flesh in the upper part of the palm moves together with the fingers as the hand closes. In the third picture, the outline of the inner palm should be drawn when viewed from the side.

The Nails

A common mistake when drawing nails in manga is not thinking of it as 3-dimensional. The nails on the fingers are curved to fit around the finger tip. Be sure to show that in your drawings.

finger nail mistake

The above image illustrates the incorrect way of drawing nails, giving the finger a “flat” look.

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Nails can be drawn short or long in manga, depending on your character. Girl characters are commonly drawn having longer nails.

Range of Motion

center axis of hand

In a neutral hand position, the hand is slightly tilted towards the side of the little finger.

range of wrist motion

As you can see in the picture above, the hand can be rotated more towards the side of the little finger as compared to the side of the thumb.

spread out finger

When drawing the fingers spread out, an important thing to note is that the middle finger maintains its center position while the index finger, ring finger, and little finger all move away from it.

little finger drawing mistake

Notice how parts of the skin on the palm moves together with the little finger in the picture above? This might be a small detail, but it is important to know if you will drawing a closeup of the hand.

thumb range of motion

The thumb has three joints that can move as shown above. Notice that the base (blue circle) has the most limited range of movement, whereas the green circle has the largest range.

Hands In Manga

The kinds of hands that you will draw in manga will also change depending on your character.

male vs female vs child hands

Male characters’ hands are more thicker and block-ier, whereas a female character’s hand would be drawn more slender and long. A child’s hand are smaller and less defined.

girl pretty hands

One way to give the hands a distinct feminine quality is to draw the index and little finger lifted up slightly whilst in the closed position.

manga boxer fist

One of the common hand positions in manga is the fist, which can commonly be found in shounen manga.

finger line on fist

When drawing a fist, be careful not to join the outlines of the fingers all the way to the top. The lines should stop about two thirds on the way up as shown above.

hand outline and simplification

There are many ways to draw manga hands depending on your style. In the top row in the picture above, the hands are drawn mainly by drawing the outline of the hand. In the second row, the outline of the hand has been further simplified. This style of drawing is primarily used for child or chibi characters.

manga waving hands

To end this tutorial, remember that whenever you are unsure about how a hand should look from a specific angle, just refer to your own pair of hands! So take your time and pay attention when drawing your manga characters’ hands so that you can to give life to your characters.