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Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & Ranked

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Manga Drawing books.

1. The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: How to Draw Original Characters from Simple Templates (2015)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedNothing brings anime artists more satisfaction than creating original characters to use in a comic strip or graphic novel. Bestselling how-to-draw author Christopher Hart helps them reach this goal by providing insight into the six most popular anime types: schoolgirls, schoolboys, preteens, vengeful bad guys, humorous personalities, and fantasy figures. He supplies templates for each; an extensive array of “menus” of head and body types, outfits, and accessories; and detailed, accessible, step-by-step demonstrations and drawing exercises. Plus, Hart showcases…
Author(s): Christopher Hart

2. Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley: 30 drawing lessons from the creator of Akiko (2012)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedThere’s more to manga than big, shiny eyes and funky hair. In these action-packed pages, graphic novelist shows you step-by-step how to achieve an authentic manga style—from drawing faces and figures to laying out awesome, high-drama spreads. You’ll learn how a few basic lines will help you place facial features in their proper locations and simple tricks for getting body proportions right. Plus, you’ll find inspiration for infusing your work with expression, attitude and action.This is the book fans have been requesting for years, packed with expert tips on everything from hairstyles and clothing to word bubbles…
Author(s): Mark Crilley

3. The Manga Fashion Bible: The Go-To Guide for Drawing Stylish Outfits and Characters (2016)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedBestselling author Christopher Hart goes “manga chic” with this guide to drawing the edgy fashions found in the popular Japanese genre. Packed with tutorials, his stylish drawing bible offers many enticing projects for aspiring artists, from creating classic outfits worn by popular manga characters to depicting the newest trends emerging from Tokyo. Chris explains how to draw eyes and hairstyles as well as figures, body types, and poses; mix and match outfits, accessorize, create complementary color schemes, add a sense of movement to the image, and design exciting wardrobes for all seasons. He…
Author(s): Christopher Hart

4. The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: Amazing Girls: How to Draw Essential Character Types from Simple Templates (2017)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedLearn all the ins and outs of drawing stunning manga heroines, schoolgirls, and fantasy characters! In his follow-up to the bestselling Master Guide to Drawing Anime, Christopher Hart focuses on some of the popular, dynamic, and beautiful females who populate the world of anime. Basic templates make it easy to draw the head, hairstyles, clothing, body proportions, and more, while tutorials help you create full-blown scenes that will take your art to the next level….
Author(s): Christopher Hart

5. The Complete Guide to Drawing Action Manga: A Step-by-Step Artist’s Handbook (2019)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedThe comprehensive introduction first shows the reader the physical anatomy of male vs. female figures and gives important tips on proportions, perspective and small but often-overlooked details such as the relative differences between male and female hands, fingers and feet. Each pose and movement is illustrated with a rough sketch outline followed by a highlighted manga drawing containing detailed annotations by the author. After studying the sketches, you practice the drawing techniques in a tracing section at the end of each chapter. Each chapter also provides professional tips on the use of…
Author(s): shoco, Makoto Sawa

6. The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: Tips & Tricks: Over 100 Essential Techniques to Sharpen Your Skills (2018)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & Ranked  This is the guide that all anime and manga artists—of any level—need! Chris Hart delves deep into the specifics of drawing anime characters and scenes and explores every aspect of anime forms. He reveals his secrets for composing a complete picture, and discusses rarely covered topics. Entirely new tutorials include instruction on drawing hands and feet in different gestures or positions, arranging characters within the action, and creating nuanced expressions. Fans of The Master Guide books will find this title to be…
Author(s): Christopher Hart

7. How o Draw Manga: The Ultimate Guide for Drawing Female Manga Characters (2019)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedThis book shows the techniques for drawing charming feminine characters and fully explains a woman’s range of poses and the expression of the bodyline. Also, clothes, accessories, make-up, and various other materials and how they rest on the body are thoroughly explained….
Author(s): Hikara Hayashi

8. Draw Manga Faces for Expressive Characters: Learn to Draw More Than 900 Faces (2015)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedLearn to draw the most expressive manga faces ever!Sure, drawing faces is one of the most challenging aspects of manga. But Draw Manga Faces for Expressive Characters is here to help! This fantastically comprehensive book includes more than 900 sample illustrations that teach key elements for capturing facial expressions and emotions for manga characters.Learn to draw: With more than 900 sample illustrations, you’re well on your way to mastering the most expressive manga faces ever!…
Author(s): Hosoi Aya

9. Kids Draw Big Book of Everything Manga (2009)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & Ranked• Bumper book of 256 manga-packed pages • Learn to draw manga, step by step • One gigantic celebration of manga mania Kids are drawn to manga like magnets, and Christopher Hart’s manga books are among the hottest sellers of all books, with more than 2.5 million copies in print. Now Watson-Guptill has gathered Hart’s four best-selling Kids Draw books and combined them into one giant manga book. If they’re out there in the world of manga, they’re in here: cute little critters, sophisticated heroes, witches and wizards, magical boys and magical girls, and everything else manga! Each character is drawn in clear…
Author(s): Christopher Hart

10. How to Draw Manga: Basics and Beyond! (2019)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedYou want to draw manga, and Manga University will show you how. You’ll get VERY good at this. After all, we’ve been teaching people just like you for over 20 years.”How to Draw Manga: Basics and Beyond!” is the latest in Manga University’s lineup of best-selling instructional books.The book features more than 1,000 illustrations drawn by Japanese manga artists whose work has appeared in leading publications, including Shonen Sunday and Young Jump. You will learn how to draw like a professional because your teachers are professionals.We’ve divided the book into four…
Author(s): Manga University , Ryo Katagiri , et al.

11. Pop Manga Drawing: 30 Step-by-Step Lessons for Pencil Drawing in the Pop Surrealism Style (2019)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedWith wildly popular appearances at Comic Cons and her paintings displayed in art galleries around the world, Camilla d’Errico has established herself as a go-to resource for manga-influenced art. Following in the footsteps of her past art instruction books Pop Manga and Pop Painting, Pop Manga Drawing provides the most direct and accessible lessons yet for rendering characters in her signature Pop Surrealist style. Written in the fun and encouraging voice that fans have come to expect, Pop Manga Drawing takes you step-by-step through lessons on drawing with graphite and mechanical pencils, along with insights…
Author(s): Camilla d’Errico, Mab Graves

12. Manga for the Beginner: Everything you Need to Start Drawing Anime and Manga Step by Step. Part 1 (Anime and Manga Drawing Step by Step) (2019)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedWith Manga for the Beginner, anyone who can hold a pencil can start drawing great manga characters right now. Using his signature step-by-step style, I show you how to draw the basic manga head and body, eyes, bodies and more….
Author(s): Yoshi Taketa

13. Pop Manga: How to Draw the Coolest, Cutest Characters, Animals, Mascots, and More (2013)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedFrom comics to video games to contemporary fine art, the beautiful, wide-eyed-girl look of shoujo manga has infiltrated pop culture, and no artist’s work today better exemplifies this trend than Camilla d’Errico’s.  In her first instructional guide, d’Errico reveals  techniques for creating her emotive yet playful manga characters, with lessons on drawing basic body construction, capturing action, and creating animals, chibis, and mascots. Plus, she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at her character design process, pointers on creating their own comics, and…
Author(s): Camilla d’Errico, Stephen W. Martin

14. Manga Crash Course: Drawing Manga Characters and Scenes from Start to Finish (2015)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedEverything you need to start drawing manga!In the jam-packed pages of Manga Crash Course, popular YouTube artist Mina "Mistiqarts" Petrovic shares with you all the techniques you need to create not just manga figures and faces, but full characters and scenes. After learning the basics for drawing and coloring eyes, hands, feet and other body parts, you'll move on to facial expressions, hair and clothes–the things that will make your characters stand out from the rest.Then, you'll put what you learned to the test as you play the Character Idea Game. Roll the dice to create wacky character combinations like…
Author(s): Mina Petrovic

15. Manga for the Beginner: Everything you Need to Start Drawing Right Away! (Christopher Hart’s Manga for the Beginner) (2008)

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & RankedGot manga? Christopher Hart’s got manga, and he wants to share it with all his millions of readers—especially the beginners. With Manga for the Beginner, anyone who can hold a pencil can start drawing great manga characters right away. Using his signature step-by-step style, Hart shows how to draw the basic manga head and body, eyes, bodies, fashion, and more. Then he goes way beyond most beginner titles, exploring dynamic action poses, special effects, light and shading, perspective, popular manga types such as animals, anthros, and shoujo and shounen characters. By the end of this big book, the new artist is ready to draw…
Author(s): Christopher Hart

Best Manga Drawing Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some manga drawing books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Manga Art for Intermediates: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Manga Drawings

Author(s): Danica Davidson, Rena Saiya
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 133 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2325951

Manga Art for Beginners: How to Create Your Own Manga Drawings

Author(s): Danica Davidson, Melanie Westin
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 26 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2328882

Manga Crash Course: Drawing Manga Characters and Scenes from Start to Finish

Author(s): Mina "Mistiqarts" Petrovic
Publisher: IMPACT, Year: 2015, Size: 18 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1486417

Idiot's Guides: Drawing Manga

Author(s): 9colorstudio
Publisher: ALPHA, Year: 2013, Size: 42 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1037998

Monster of Manga Drawing: 150 Step-by-Step Projects for Beginners

Author(s): Okum, David
Publisher: F W Media, Year: 2013, Size: 106 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2085324

Mastering manga with Mark Crilley: 30 drawing lessons from the creator of Akiko

Author(s): Mark Crilley
Publisher: IMPACT, Year: 2012, Size: 22 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 929607

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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