Illustration Studio: Drawing Manga Heroines and Heroes: An interactive guide to drawing anime characters, props, and scenes step by step

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Learn to draw your favorite manga and anime characters, and create your own, with Illustration Studio: Drawing Manga Heroines and Heroes!

In this exciting extension of the interactive Illustration Studio series, learn how to illustrate a range of manga heroes, heroines, and characters—from male and female warriors and fighters to schoolgirls and boys, knights, angels, cyborgs, interstellar idols, and more. The Illustration Studio series features interactive exercises, creative prompts, and step-by-step exercises to educate and excite beginning and aspiring artists working in a variety of media and techniques, from manga and anime to illustration done in ink.

Illustration Studio: Manga Heroines and Heroes teaches aspiring and beginning manga artists the basics for creating a range of popular characters, props and scenes. No matter your skill level, the drawing and colorization tips, loads of techniques, and step-by-step projects are instructive and helpful, while creative promptsand exercises invite personalization and participation inside the pages of the book..

You'll be guided through every step as you not only learn how to draw but also familiarize yourself with the vernacular and story lines associated with this popular art genre.

From the Publisher

Manga protagonists epic storylines that are drawn in different styles and across so many settings.Manga protagonists epic storylines that are drawn in different styles and across so many settings.

Manga is appealing for its huge variety of protagonists with epic storylines that are drawn in different styles and across so many settings.

No matter what kind of manga stories you like to read, you’re bound to find a series that appeals to you! And if you haven’t found a manga story you love, why not create your own?

This book focuses on how to create main characters for manga stories, and it teaches you the fundamentals behind designing and drawing a wide range of manga heroines and heroes. Draw a cute magical girl balancing school life with fighting crime or a hardened bounty hunter trawling through space debris—and much, much more! The settings and situations affect a character’s appearance and props; learn how with the help of this book.

Featured in the book are developmental sketches with visible construction lines, clean showcases of complete character designs, step-by-step breakdowns of beautiful cover and splash illustrations, and guided activities that allow you to exercise your imagination and practice key drawing skills.

Now let’s create the heroines and heroes of tomorrow!



Fantasy Characters

Fantasy Characters



Contemporary Characters


The main protagonists of manga aimed at older audiences, office employees will work a typical 9-to-5 day, but their time may be devoted to dealing with nontraditional work problems such as zombie attacks. Let’s get your office worker correctly suited to handle anything!

Fantasy Characters


Feared and revered throughout history, witches are a popular character type in fantasy, contemporary, and horror manga stories. Usually women with mystical powers, they can take

different forms, depending on the story.

Science-Fiction Characters


These space soldiers are the toughest of all. Highly trained to use multiple weapons and capable of executing many military strategies both on- and off-planet, space marines are prepared for anything the enemy might throw their way.

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