How to Draw Manga Faces and Hair
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How to Draw Manga Faces and Hair

Learn to draw Manga and Anime faces like a pro
4.4 (318 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
3,653 students enrolled
Created by Neil Fontaine
Last updated 1/2016
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn the basics of the manga head
  • Learn to draw the facial features, eyes, nose, mouth, hair
  • Learn to add emotions to your faces
  • By the end of this course, you will be drawing manga faces that talk and seem to move on the page
  • At least pencil and paper, and perhaps an eraser.
  • Not required, but if you wish, a Wacom tablet and Manga Studio 5.
  • A desire to learn to draw manga

Hey, a friend of mine asked me to teach him how to draw manga or anime. I told him the best place to get started is with manga faces and hair, as this is the most different aspect of manga from comics.

That spawned this awesome course just waiting for you to check out. The first few lessons are free, so you can see if you like the teaching style, and to see if you learn anything.

I'm sure you will not only learn something but love the free preview lessons enough to buy the course to learn the rest.

Once finished, in about five hours, you will fully understand how to draw manga or anime faces and hair, from eyes, to noses, to mouths, and even expressions/emotions.

So, if like my friend, you have a passion to learn how to draw manga or anime, then check out the free preview lessons.

The course is structured with video lessons that actually teach you methods for drawing manga faces and hair and emotions. This isn't your typical type of drawing tutorials you might find elsewhere.

These lessons will actually teach you and improve your skills. You will learn to draw manga faces, guaranteed or your money back.

You can take the whole course with just pencil and paper, although, I mostly draw on a Wacom Cintiq with Manga Studio 5. However, this is not required. Just watch the first few videos and it will make perfect sense why you only need a pencil and paper, and perhaps an eraser. :)

Who this course is for:
  • For the person who just wants to draw manga to the professional artists
Course content
Expand all 19 lectures 05:34:34
+ Introduction
2 lectures 01:39

In this video, you will learn a little about the art instructor and what you will learn in this course.

Preview 01:06

These are the images to use in the course. You can print them and draw over them if you wish, or use them as references.

Manga Drawing Samples and templates to use
+ Why Digital Drawing over Pencil
1 lecture 07:19

All you need to take this course is a pencil and a piece of paper, and perhaps a ruler. However, you can also draw digitally, with a tablet, such at the Wacom Cintiq.

In this video, I show why I prefer to draw with a tablet, and why drawing with a tablet is pretty much the same as drawing with a pencil.

Preview 07:19
+ The Basic Head
1 lecture 13:08

Before drawing a manga face or anime face, we need to understand the fundamentals of how to draw a regular face. Learn this first, then drawing manga or anime will be that much easier.

Refresher on normal faces/heads - Manga is based on real heads
+ Basics of the Manga/Anime head and face
4 lectures 01:03:12

The easiest view of the manga face to learn, IMO, is the front view, so we will start there. Also, after you know how to draw the front view of the manga face and head, it is much easier to apply those measurements to the side view and the 3/4s view.

Preview 19:31

The next hardest view to learn, and not too often used in manga, is the side view. However, it is necessary to learn, not only for when you want to use it in a comic, but also to better understand the angled views.

Sideview: How to draw manga anime faces

Now, among the basic views, the 3/4s was the hardest for me to learn, and that is what we learn in this video. Just take your time. Do the exercises. Draw it several times, using the measurements, then draw it several times from memory.

3/4 view: How to draw manga anime faces

An overview of what we learned so far in the course.

What we learned about faces
+ How to draw manga facial features
4 lectures 01:50:31

The eyes are the most important feature to learn because they make manga look like manga. The eyes are the more expressive part of the face. I think that's why the Japanese stress the eyes in manga.

How to draw manga anime eyes

In manga, noses are simplified, but they still need to be learned. There are many styles of noses of which I teach the most popular ones.

Preview 41:32

Manga mouths are also highly simplified and reduced in size, but still, we must learn the basic shapes that make of the mouth. Only then, can you truly understand how and why the manga mouth is simplified.

We also learn how to draw the most popular types of manga mouths.

How to draw manga anime mouths
What we learned about manga facial features
+ How to draw the more difficult manga head angles
1 lecture 15:01

We learn a quick overview of the other angles of the manga head, and how it works.

How to draw up angles, down angles, and more
+ How to draw manga hair
3 lectures 45:16

First we learn how hair works and a really cool method for drawing hair. Then we apply this to manga hair. We also learn how to draw a few popular styles of manga hair.

We learn different styles of manga hair
What we learned about drawing manga hair
How to draw clumps of hair weaved together, messy hair
+ How to draw manga emotions
1 lecture 38:59

And finally, we learn how to draw manga emotions, which is a mix of how we change the eyes, eyebrows, and mouth. We learn to draw the most popular emotions used in manga, and how to mix and match different emotional eyes and mouths to get new emotions.

We learn how to draw the most popular expressions in manga
One question about manga expressions
1 question
+ The End
1 lecture 04:48

This video overviews everything we learned in the how to draw manga or anime faces course.

+ Bonus Lessons
1 lecture 34:40

Some asked me what my settings are for Manga Studio 5, so here they are. I also talk about why I now prefer Manga Studio 5 over Photoshop.

Preview 34:40