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Uploaded: May 7, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 10
Updated: May 7, 2010
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Some of you may notice this drawing from my artwork section on my profile. I actually drew this manga girl last month when she was supposed to be a part of a lesson that I never completed. So now here I am with the finished tutorial that will teach you "how to draw manga heads", step by step. Drawing anime is exactly the same as drawing manga. There is very subtle differences between the characters you draw for the two separate categories. Manga is as you know Japanese comic books, and anime is Japanese animation. When drawing any sort of character in these two fields, there is always one thing you have to get right, the heads. Drawing manga heads is not much different than anime heads. I wanted to do this lesson because felt that I needed a fresh tutorial to teach you guys "how to draw manga" better. Each head you get a lesson on will include teachings on drawing manga eyes, both male and female, manga noses, again male and female, and manga mouths, and hair which is drawn using both male and female head models. I think this tutorial is going to be a very helpful resource for some of you idol artists that are stuck on a particular area when it comes to drawing manga heads. Hopefully this lesson will aid you into becoming the artist you want to be, just by using this easy drawing tutorial. Well, I'm done for the night, I will be back again real soon so keep your eyes open for more uploads on the way!

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how to draw manga heads

How to Draw Manga Heads

how to draw manga heads step 1

STEP 1.

This is just a sketch that I drew of all the different types of manga heads that you can learn how to draw. Of course I will not be giving you a lesson on all seven heads, but you can always alter your manga head to your liking from a style you see here. My two favorites is the second one on top, and the first one on the bottom.
 
how to draw manga heads step 2

STEP 2.

This is some different perspectives on the various sizes of male and female manga heads. As you can see the male head is always slightly bigger than the female head.
 
how to draw manga heads step 3

STEP 3.

Here I explain the differences between the eye positions of both manga male and female faces. I also talk about how a woman's face shape has more curves and ridges than a mans.
 
how to draw manga heads step 4

STEP 4.

Now we will begin the actual lesson. Start by drawing two circles. In these shapes add the facial guidelines.
 
how to draw manga heads step 5

STEP 5.

Now you will begin sketching, then drawing out the shapes of the manga eyes like you see here. Draw the nostril holes as well. Can you guess which head model is the female?
 
how to draw manga heads step 6

STEP 6.

Now you will add the eyebrows, and then completely sketch out the rest of the manga eyes including the pupils and all. When that is done you can draw in the mouths, and lip indents.
 
how to draw manga heads step 7

STEP 7.

Can you guess which one is the girl? If you pointed to the head model to the left, you are right. You will now begin sketching out the hair styles. As you can see the female manga head has long, straight hair with parted bangs. Sketch out the shape of her face, and then add the blush marks on her cheeks. For the boy, do the same thing. He too has parted bangs. When the faces are sketched out you can add a nose tip.
 
how to draw manga heads step 8

STEP 8.

Okay, it's time to finish sketching out their hairstyles, and then their ears. Once this is done you can move to the next step which is also your last.
 
how to draw manga heads step 9

STEP 9.

To make this boy complete, all you have to do is draw out the shape of his neck, and shirt collar. Add some detailing to the neck, and then you can start erasing the lines and shapes you drew in step one that you used to guide you through this lesson.
 
how to draw manga heads step 10

STEP 10.

When you are done your sketch on how to draw manga heads is complete. Color them in, or use them on your next manga characters.