How to Draw Anime People and bodies

Learn how to draw amazing anime or manga bodies. Master the unique style of manga and anime with this course.
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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 6 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

Do you want to draw your own anime or manga, or just draw them better?

Then you need to be able to draw the anime/manga body. Most artists think that anime is easier to draw, but it’s not. It is based on the same anatomy as a realistic drawing. The difference is, anime and manga are stylized.

My course teaches you how to draw bodies in the anime style. It teaches you how to simplify. It teaches the proportions of anime and even a quick crash course on anatomy so your anatomy figures look amazing. But don’t take my word for it.

Scroll down and watch some of the free lectures. I offer a few full lessons for free to see if my teaching style works for you.

When you are finished with this course, you will know how to draw anime and manga bodies from imagination. You will be able to pose them and everything or you get your money back, guaranteed, upheld by Udemy’s high standards.

I also have bonus videos, like how to draw a anime girl in a bikini, or a buff male anime figure.

You are ready to draw anime like a pro, so simply scroll down and watch some of the free videos.

What are the requirements?

  • Pencil, paper, eraser
  • However, you can also draw digitally with a tablet and Manga Studio 5 or your favorite drawing program

What am I going to get from this course?

  • In this course, you will learn to the proportions of anime bodies
  • How to draw all ages, from toddlers on up
  • How to draw in the unique anime/manga style
  • How to draw both the male and female bodies and what makes them different
  • How to make your anime bodies look 3D
  • How to pose anime people
  • How to draw all the muscles--crash course on anatomy
  • How to draw a hot bikini anime girl.
  • How to draw a reaper anime girl
  • How to draw a buff anime guy

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone that desires to draw anime or manga

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.



Start here to know what you will and will not learn in this how to draw anime course.

Section 1: Anime Proportions

One of the most important things to learn when drawing anime or manga is proportions. We start with a standard eight headed figure that you might see in American comics, and then use these relative proportions for anime and manga proportions.

This lesson is important.


Now we take the relative proportions we have learned in lesson 2 and apply it to the most popular anime and manga proportions, the 7 headed figure.


To draw anime and manga people of other ages, we learn the 6 headed, 5 headed, 4 headed, 3 headed, and 2 headed figures.

How to make the head the proper size

In this lesson, we apply the knowledge of proportions, relative measurements, to the side view. Learning the side view is just as important as any other view of the body.


The 3/4s view might be the hardest basic view to learn, but it is a must. Learning the 3/4s view will help you draw many complex poses.


Many students skim over learning the back side view, which they shouldn't. Take your time to learn the back view. It isn't much different than the front view, so it shouldn't take you as long.

What we learned in proportions
Section 2: Advancing anime bodies

Although, we have drawn male and females so far, I wanted to show the differences between the male and female, so you can draw sexy males that look male and sexy females that look female.


Understanding the form of the body is very important because you want to make your characters look 3D. That is what this lesson covers.


We take what we've learned so far and draw some poses.


We continue where we left off last lesson and draw more poses.

What we learned in section two: advancing anime bodies
Section 3: Drawing muscles - Anatomy for anime

In this lesson we learn to draw the pecks, deltoid, and biceps muscles. Learning the major muscles and where they attach is important to logically figure out out muscles stretch and look in different poses.


In this lesson we learn how to draw the torso muscles, which include the love handles.


In this lesson we learn to draw the back muscles. We also learn how to smooth muscles out. Actually, during the anatomy section, we learn to smooth the muscles out as we go along.


Neck muscles aren't that hard to memorize once you learn the two major muscles that make up the neck. This lesson does just that.


In this lesson, we learn the upper arm muscles, which are easier to learn than the forearm muscles.


The forearm muscles might be the hardest muscles to learn, so take your time with this lesson.


Luckily, the leg muscles aren't nearly as hard to learn, so this lesson shouldn't take as long to memorize.


In this lesson, we finish up learning the leg muscles.

What we learned is section 3: drawing muscles for anime
Section 4: Drawing skin on our anime bodies

After we have learned to draw the muscles for the male, it is important to learn how a nice smooth looking female looks, and how these muscles make up her contour lines. In this lesson we, learn the front view of the female.


In this lesson, we learn the side view of the female body with proper looking anatomy.


In this lesson, we learn to draw the back side of the female with proper looking anatomy.


There are many different body styles in anime and manga. In this lessons, we learn to draw some of them, and learn how you can create different types of people.

What we learned in section 4: drawing skin on our anime bodies
Section 5: Bonus videos

In this bonus lesson, we apply everything we have learned in this course, and draw a anime reaper girl.


In this lesson, we apply all we have learned and draw an anime bikini girl. You want to be able to draw nude women or women in bikinis before trying to draw them with clothes on, this way you have a good foundation of the body, so that they clothes fit on correctly.


In this bonus lesson, we learn how to apply all we have learned and draw a buff anime male.


This is a bonus video for how to draw hands. Click the link to watch the video.

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Instructor Biography

Neil Fontaine, Art Instructor-Comic Artist-writer

I'm a best selling author on Amazon for "How to Draw Awesome Figures."

I studied art at different schools, one of them being a community college in San Jose, Ca. Over the years, subjects in art finally clicked. I teach these subjects in ways that make it easy to grasp. It's hard to brag about myself, but students have written me emails saying how they have learned more from me than they did in art schools, art schools such as Academy of Arts in San Franscico. That blew my mind because it's supposed to be a great school.

I'm also a writer that has sold novels.

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