This detailed step by step tutorial illustrates how to draw a male character in the anime and manga style. The main focus is on various male body proportions.
Step 1 – Draw the Overall Shape of the Male Body
For the front view star by drawing a vertical line at least as tall as the entire body. This will help you see if both sides are symmetrical.
If you are drawing both views at once make sure the proportions of one view match up to the proportions in the other. Drawing a horizontal line from a body part in one view to the same body part in the other view will help you do this. You can also draw vertical line as measurements before you start drawing.
Drawing the Head
Star drawing the head by drawing a circle for the front view and a slight oval for the side view.
You can see How to Draw Anime and Manga Male Head and Face for more instructions.
Drawing the Body
A normal body is about as wide as two heads. In anime the head can be a slightly larger but it also depends on the size of the person you are drawing. In a big muscular body the head can be drawn a lot smaller in comparison.
Drawing the Arms
Be sure to keep track of the various proportions.
Drawing the Legs
Draw the legs about the same length as the head and the body combined.
Step 2 – Clean Up Your Drawing
Clean up your drawing.
Step 3 – Draw the Details
Draw in the details such as the hair and facial features.
For more help on drawing these see:
Step 4 – Draw the Clothing
Just shorts in this case (fairly basic).
Step 5 – Add Colour and Shading
To colour and shade our character we will use what is known as “cell shading”. Shading with no gradients commonly used in anime.
We will shade the character according to normal lighting conditions (outside during daytime or inside in a well lit room). The main light source will be above and in front of the character. This means the main shadow will be below such as the shadow on the neck cast by head.
Once you have finished the shading you are done with the tutorial. If you are also looking for help on drawing the female body in the anime style you can check out the How to Draw an Anime Girl Body Step by Step Tutorial.