This companion is an preface to the basics of drawing with a focus on the anime and manga style. It provides tips on approaching the delineation process in the right way and suggests some freshman friendly exercises to help you get started.



For a list of other effects you can learn that will help you draw anime and manga you can check


This companion covers the first part of that list( The Basics of Drawing).


  1. Make Light Line delineations First


  • Sketch to clean drawing anime eye
  • Sketch to clean drawing anime eye


Draw using light lines first and also trace over them with darker lines once you’re sure that everything is in the right place. This be especially helpful for large or more complex delineations.


Light lines are easier to abolish if you make a mistake and easier to make( you do n’t have to press as hard on the pencil so your hand will be less tired).


Indeed if drawing digitally it’s still a good idea to first make a sketch and go over it with cleaner lines latterly.


Tracing your own lines will also work as another exercise to help undergird your hand.


Try and draw with as many lines as possible. If you make a mistake with your first line it’s forfeiture to add further lines until you land the correct bone

but don’t scribble or draw redundant lines just for the sake of it. If you make too numerous miscalculations abolish that part of your delineation start over.


  1. Use Guide/ Construction Lines


  • Constructions lines when drawing anime
  • Constructions lines when drawing anime


Use companion lines to help yourself draw. For illustration if you want to draw a symmetrical head/ face from the frontal view you can first draw a vertical line though the middle of where you want to draw the face. This line will help you make sure that both halves of the face are indeed in range. You can also draw a vertical line( or several lines) to help you make sure that both eyes and both cognizance are on the same position.



  1. Plan Out Your Drawing & Draw Larger to lower


  • Anime large to small shape drawing order
  • Large to small shape drawing order

Estimate your proportions before you start drawing. You can see that in the below illustration the girl is61/2 heads altitudinous( as anime characters tend to have larger heads in relations to their bodies also real people). By comparing the size of different corridor or objects in your delineation to one another you’ll be less likely to make a mistake.


Anyhow of what you’re drawing start with the larger shapes first. You do n’t need to always start with the absolute largest shape but surely don’t start with the lower details.


Don’t draw the lower details like the facial features until you have the shape of the entire body.


Drawing this way will make it a lot easier to fix miscalculations. For illustration if you completely draw out the head with all of the details of the facial features you may also find that the body does n’t actually fit on your delineation area. You’ll also have to start over and redraw the entire face again.


Some of these miscalculations can be easier to fix if drawing digitally but that does n’t mean that you shouldn’t learn to draw in the correct order.


 For further on drawing anime bodies you can see


  • How to Draw an Anime School Girl in 6 way
  • How to Draw Anime Muscular manly Body Step by Step



  1. Keep Different corridor of Your Drawing in the Same Stages of Completion


  • Drawing thickness illustration with anime eyes
  • Drawing thickness illustration with anime eyes


Try and keep the colorful objects in your delineation in roughly the same state of completion. If for illustration you’re drawing eyes than draw the external shape of each eye and also draw the shape of each iris. By doing so you’ll be more likely to notice if the first one is out of place and you’ll only need to do a little aft shadowing if you make a mistake( analogous to the former illustration).


For further on drawing anime eyes see


  • How to Draw womanish Anime Eyes Tutorial
  • How to Draw manly Anime & Manga Eyes