Hi everyone! There’s quite a mix of emails this time around. Have a look and you might learn something new.
Hello, I’m having some problems trying to make an acount. For instance, I made one, it went through perfectly, but once it got to where it was supposed to send an activation email, I never recieved it. I tryed again with a different email address, and it did the same thing. I would really appreciate your help. Thank you!
Have you checked your spam folder? I know, particularly for AOL, that emails can get filtered out. (Case in point – my emails to AOL users get sent back to me). If you don’t find it, then don’t worry, I already activated your account last month. So sign in and enjoy the forum!
Very helpful, and good insight. might put your methods to the test. Everyone needs to discover what kind of artist they are. Your tips and tricks do a good job of that. thx and practice makes perfect.
- Jay Cyrus
Thanks for the kind words. It seems like you’ve got the right attitude. Keep it up and if you ever feel like sharing your artwork, you’re more than welcome to submit something for our Your Art Gallery.
I am making a manga about different elements like wind,water,and lightning. I need help drawing lightning so could you give me some tips on drawing lightning.
Have you ever seen lightning? They’re basically jagged and crooked. The simplified version of lightning is like drawing the letter Z one after the other without lifting your pencil. Then all you have to do is thicken it by adding the same line parallel and eventually meeting at a point to the bottom like this.
With that said, for more fancy lightning, it takes that same concept and basically, you add more jagged edges and waves. In truth, lightning is a line. It can go diagonally, split off into several lines, go straight up and down, or stay horizontal, be a cit crooked and bent, but they’re all lines. The lines that split off tend to be thinner than the main branch of the lightning. Anyways, check out these photo’s; they’ll give you some ideas:
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These are not the only ways of doing lighting but you should get the basic idea.
how can i summit my artwork in?
Just send an attachment of your scanned artwork or digital photo to rio[at]mangatutorials.com. Make sure your replace [at] with the symbol @. If you have your work hosted on an art site or image host like imageshack, you can send me a link as well.
Hello Sir Rio,
Firstly, I would like to thank you for creating this web site. I have been wanting to draw Manga for a couple years now, but I haven’t been able to find the right site. Secondly, I have just started out and I was wondering where is a good place to start? Should I draw objects I can see around my house? Or should I find some Manga and attempt to draw from there? Thank you for your time, and thanks again for creating this site.
You’re welcome! As for your question, it doesn’t matter what you practice drawing first. Most people practice drawing humans first as they’re generally the focus of stories but learning background is essential too. If you find it easier to draw items that are in your house, then do so. If you draw from references whether it’s from books, magazines, or on the internet, that’s fine too. All that really matters is that you start drawing in some way.
Btw, despite popular belief/common assumption, I’m not a guy. <_<;
how do i post a pic that is of my computer on your website?
You’re going to have to attach it to your email. There should be an attach button somewhere around your email; possibly next to the forward and other buttons or it may just be a paperclip icon. Once you get there, it’ll ask you to browse to your file. Locate your file and then attach it. That’s it!
I was wondering if you could do a section on how to draw female bodies. I just started learning how to draw Magnga about a week ago. Your website has been extremly helpful, but I could not find much on female bodies.
Any help you can give me would be greatly appericiated.
Thanks for the suggestion. It’s something that I will be covering after I’m done with my CG tutorials. So hold on tight and hang in there. In the meantime, I suggest you look into anatomy books like Burne Hogarth’s Dynamic Anatomy or Figure Drawing. If they’re a bit too complicated, you can try out simpler books like Christopher Hart’s Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy. Hope that helps!
Can you guys make a tutorial on how to draw ages? Examples: Children, Old men, Old women?
-Lurker of the Deep
I’ll eventually cover drawing different age groups but for the moment, I’m still putting together my CG tutorial. Stick tight. I’ll definitely go back to anatomy once I’m finished with those.
aaaaaaagggggghhhhhhhh!! i hav spent 3 days serchin 4 the perfect wings for these book carecters, and ur wings r the best! i can actully drw them aswell, great thanks to whoever put them on this web! thanks thanks thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You’re welcome! n_n
Glad to hear you found them to be useful.
I am a new student here who wishes to learn the art of drawing manga, so here I got started, with the faces. Which was easy for me to follow the given instructions, but now from the Torso Basics i.e. http://www.mangatutorials.com/2007/how-to-draw-the-torso-basics/ How do I add muscules to the simple triangular body design? as I’d like to make a male body. Please help me.
Thanking you, Andrew
Did you get to look at the Male Torso tutorial here at the site?
The torso is basically comprised of the pecks (aka breast), the ribs below, and the stomach area surrounding the belly button. Depending on how muscular the person is, you may have a someone with defined ribs, abs, and chest or you get someone who you can see the chest definitions but the rest of the torso is pretty much undefined except for the outline of the torso and a belly button.
For someone active who’s used their muscles, the skin usually can define each muscle well like a tight shirt can define the body than a loose one. For someone who doesn’t work out and probably has more fat, then the muscles are not as defined and tend to be rounder. On the other hand, for someone who is malnourished and starving, due to the lack of muscle and fat, you can see the bones like this.
Anyways, it’s always good to check up on anatomy. If you can, try to get a hold of any of Burne Hogarth’s anatomy books. They’re very detailed.
as a fine art student and one new to the web etc,this is just what i am looking for.
our courses are wide ranging in unit content and self directed,but i often feel that the very elemts of what you are offering is badly missing.
would be grateful if you could send me all the data i need to get started. i am a mature student,with disabiklity issues,so this is just perfect for me.foundyou on the stumbleupon site=one of the best i have found so far. thanks
If you’re looking for one file with all (or almost all) or our tutorials, then you’re in luck! You can find the link to download our tutorials at the front page. Just scroll down the tutorial list and eventually you’ll see two links – one is a Word file and the other is a PDF.
The romance steriotyping really works!^^ Now that I think about my characters…it sounds just like them!^^
lol Thanks! I started noticing all the stereotypical characters and I thought it would be useful (and fun!) to list them all out. :)
i love your site!! its very helpful! i read everything and drew my very first anime/manga type picture today. the hands and arms were espiecaily hard. so i gave her big sleeves and that took care of the arm problem…but the hands are just little circles as of right now. she looks pretty funny.^^
thanks again for doing this! im sure its helping alot of people other than me!
I’m happy to hear the tutorials have helped you out. Though you can fudge things by covering them, I suggest you work on your problem areas. If you don’t work on them, you won’t get better at it, and eventually it’ll catch up to you. Anyways, keep it up!
Well I reacently got into manga and anime so when i was really bored i started drawing and that. The thing is i can’t draw the bodies or make the look real. I can draw the heads and the clothes on the people i draw only if they are in a long white gown or faceing the other way. Can you please help me??
P.S. I love the site it gave me inspiration to draw more because i was loseing confidence.
Love from AV.x
If you want to learn how to draw the body, I suggest you first start out simple. Draw stick figures. Draw the stick figure with bended knees, bended arms, running, crouching, sitting, and dong all kinds of things. This will teach you the major joints of the body.
From there, move on to more fleshed out bodies. Add circles and ellipses to show the muscles kind of like this.
Once you get the hang of that, then start forming the body with just the outline. No stick figure, muscle wireframes or any of that unless you’re using is as a guideline to help you get to the final drawn body stage. Check out this tutorial.
It’ll walk you through on how to make a body. Also, be sure to check out some how to draw books from a library. They’ll help you out if you can’t access the internet and you need a reference.
Well, this is as very interesting Mailbox edition. Btw, most of the questions here I receive multiple times by various folks. Trouble drawing the body, how to draw feet, hands, tutorial suggestions, etc etc. There are a few odd ones though like someone submitting their script idea and threatening me that if I steal it, they (or more like the kid’s dad) will hunt me down and make me pay.
…. Er, yeah. Right.
I never replied to that person because it was pretty ridiculous but maybe I should’ve set the person straight.
1) ideas are a dime a dozen people. Ideas are worth nothing! It’s the cold hard truth. What publishers like to see are results. If you don’t have results at hand, you’re just full of hot air like the millions of other wanna-be artists, writers, and so on.
2) You cannot sue someone for an idea. Ideas are not patentable, trademarkable, or copyrightable. You have no legal basis to go after someone because of an idea. There’s billions of people here on the planet plus countless more who have lived through the thousands of years humans have lived on this earth. What makes you think your idea is original?
3) Manga Tutorials does not take submissions for scripts. I am not a publisher. I do not publish manga. I do not critique scripts. What I can do is point you to manga publishers, give you advice on anything drawing related, and post up your artwork submitted for the Your Art page. That’s it.
Take it to heart people. I think I’ll just laugh if someone sends me something like this again while I delete the email.