ACSJP – SS1.M1 Drawing Basic Human Body
Student will first learn how to draw manga in our online manga drawing class. When students gain confidence in their drawing skills as a budding manga artist, they will move on to our anime drawing modules. In this first manga drawing tutorial, students will learn the basics of drawing a character’s face and body. Using horizontal and vertical cross lines on the face, students will learn to position and draw manga eyes and nose, followed by the lips and ears. Using manga girl as an example, students will learn to draw body proportions and body parts in relation to the joints such as the spine, fingers and toes. The lesson concludes with students learning how to draw manga hair, especially manga girl hair and manga girl hairstyles.
This lesson expands on the first manga drawing lesson by teaching students to draw the distinct features of our manga characters. Students will learn to draw manga features differently by gender, age and body proportions to express the individual characteristics of our manga characters more attractively.
In this lesson, students will learn to incorporate motion and poses into drawing manga characters to make them come alive. Students will learn to portray manga characters from a camera’s viewpoint and draw basic poses from various perspectives of the camera.
ACSJP – SS1.M2 Realism
The facial expression is the most important component in drawing a character. In this lesson, students will learn to illustrate anime faces to express the feelings, personality and condition of our characters. Students will learn how facial parts move according to the characters’ facial expressions to express joy, anger, sorrow or playfulness. More complex emotions such as frustration, regret, arrogance and shock will be covered. Student will learn to draw various anime expressions competently such as a happy, shocked or smug anime face at the end of this manga class.
This lesson will teach students how to draw clothes for our manga characters. The goal here is to learn how to draw folds and creases in clothing naturally when our characters pose. Students will learn to express the texture and structure of the cloth when a character makes different poses such as raised arms, bended knees or a body twist.
Students will grasp the shapes of objects and express the texture and 3D effect of the objects through the use of shadows. They will learn the techniques of “Touch” and use different thickness of lines to depict entire silhouette or differentiate the parts in objects.
In this lesson, students will be introduced to another important aspect of drawing manga, namely creating an interesting story and likable characters. Your characters and story line are as important as the drawing. Students will practise laying the foundation of manga drawing. They will learn to set the characters, world, stage and theme of the story and organize the sequence of Manga from there.
ACSJP – SS1.M3 Effective Expressions
In Manga Module 3, students will build from the earlier modules and learn to draw manga characters and objects at an advanced level. In this lesson, students will be taught how characters and objects look different from various camera viewpoints. They will learn to choose a composition which portrays the features of these characters and objects more attractively.
In this lesson, students will learn to draw manga poses from different camera viewpoints to express a character’s personality and features. You will learn how poses differ according to changes in the center of gravity and the balance of body parts, which are in turn influenced by the character’s gender, age and body type.
This lesson will explore how students can incorporate the expression of shadows and light source to enhance the depiction of characters and atmosphere in their drawings.
ACSJP – SS1.M4 The ‘Egara’
When creating manga or anime drawings, students can creatively express their characters’ facial parts by omitting actual shapes or distorting their drawings for emphasis. The difference in distortion from the original picture in the form of lines drawn and arrangement creates an individual Egara. In this lesson, students will learn to create their own Egara by choosing their lines well. For example, thin and weak lines are commonly used for girls’ comic style while thick and strong lines are used for boys’ comic style. Different lines and manga art styles will evoke different impressions. In this lesson, students will learn to select appropriate manga drawing tools such as pens, rulers and papers that best express their manga drawing styles.
ACSJP – SS1.M5 Inspiration of the Character
In our manga school, manga art is beyond perfecting the drawing of manga characters but also bringing the characters to life. Character design in Manga enables our characters to come alive by establishing the personality, world and thoughts of our main characters. What is needed first is the Sekaikan or genre and features of the world for deciding a character’s story. This lesson will teach students to create their original characters and preferred Sekaikan for their manga drawings.
In this lesson, students will learn to create a character’s rough outline which is necessary for drawing manga. The goal is to complete the character table in which the characters’ profile, role, personality, ambitions and appearance are decided based on the Sekaikan learnt in the previous lesson. Once the character table is completed, students will learn to design the whole body of a character covering the character’s silhouette, back of body, hairstyle and facial expressions.
In our final lesson on how to draw manga online, we conclude our manga course with a discussion on the process and framework of manga production. In a manga production workflow, the manga artist draws with the reader in mind and collaborates with the editor to bring the manga from conception to publication. In this lesson, students will learn the principles of creating a manga, covering topics such as story structure, manga drawing styles, manga manuscript, frontispiece and title, and the use of panels, speech balloons, ‘effect’ lines and ‘motion’ lines.