10 Things You Need to Know to Be a Better Manga Artist

Big eyes, exaggerated expressions and cute little chibi characters are only some of the appeal of drawing anime. But before you launch into a manga drawing tutorial , it helps to have a few words of wisdom from a manga pro. To be a better artist, here are some essential, actionable tips — and some pointers on avoiding beginner mistakes.

1. Study Real Anatomy

Just like with any figure drawing, knowing a body’s anatomy is vital. You need to know how a real body is put together and how it functions — even though the shapes and proportions of manga characters are often exaggerated.

2. Use Reference Images

It’s tempting to skip this time-consuming step, but if there’s something you don’t know how to draw, go online and look up a reference. Look up poses, props, environments — your art will look so much better for it. Don’t try to …