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General anime/manga style tutorials, references, and links to be updated here. Suggestions are appreciated!

For tutorials specifically about making manga or comics, please go here.

***** 5 stars: very good - detailed with image, clear steps, very applicable
**** 4 stars: good - standard details and images, clear steps, applicable
*** 3 stars: standard - standard details and images,
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:star: Admin -- if working from a backup, overwrite the backup with the live copy before editing & updating. This keeps us from overwriting each other's updates. =D

Hospital Index
Making Manga/Comics Tutorials

Clubs or Other Sites:

:gallery: ***** :iconsai-manga-tuts: -step by step tutorials with clear explanations of basic manga techniques; a great read for beginners:

A Brief Look at The Basics at Sai-Manga-Tuts:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6
-Basics for drawing the anime figure.

Drawing Expressions at Sai-Manga-Tuts:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5

Drawing Bishonen at Sai-Manga-Tuts:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9

How to Draw Faeries at Sai-Manga-Tuts:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5

How to Draw Mermaids at Sai-Manga-Tuts:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7

Tips on Hair at Sai-Manga-Tuts:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6

Tones Tutorial for Adobe Photoshop at Sai-Manga-Tuts:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7

Color Theory Tutorial at Sai-Manga-Tuts:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Page 17
-Color theory as applied to anime and manga characters.

:gallery: *** ~animemangahelp
-a club that gathers tutorial favorites for you to reference.

:gallery: +
-Anime/Manga style anatomy tutorials.

Introduction to Drawing, Anatomy, and Anime Styling
Anatomy and Drawing Basics
Pre-Teen Human Figure Tutorial
Super Deformed Tutorial
Basic Male Figure
Male Figure Tutorial
Male Figure and Muscles
Female Figure Drawing Tutorial
Female Torso and Legs Mini Tutorial
Complex Poses and the Female Figure
Heads: Face, Eyes, Mouth
Hair Tutorial
Female Faces Tutorial
Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Ears

:gallery: **** Julie Dillon's Anime Drawing Tutorials at
Anime Style Hair
Clothing and Folds
General Anime Faces
Female Figure Drawing
Specific Characters
Paint Shop Pro 6.0 Tutorial
Photoshop 5.0 Tutorial

:gallery: ****

The Path of an Artist
Doodles: Junk or Goldmine?
Drawing Materials
Color Wheel
Shade and Shadow: Basic Shapes
Writing: Storymaking
Manga Basics: Making a Manga
Characters: Archetypes, Profiling, Character Creation System, Creating Names, Stereotypical Ren'ai Characters
Paneling: Basics, Transition

Eyes: Basics
Emotional Expressions
Head: Front, Side, Quarter, Back, Down, Up, Misc, Lips, Eyebrows
Ear: Basics, Types
Nose: Basics, Types
Hair: Basics, Types, Colors, Movement, Bangs, Braids, Spiked, Curly, Straight
Hands: Flat, Nails
The Body: SDs
Torso: Basics, Wings, Male
Hips: Basics, Tail
Legs: Basics
Feet: Basics

Fantasy Clothes: Cape, Armor
Accessories: Glasses
Clothes: Folds, Skirts, Tops, Pants
Greek Clothing Reference
Shoes: Basics
School Uniforms: Boys, Girls, Gym, Misc
Weapons: Part I, Part II, Reference

Sound Effects: Reference
Tones: Basics, Digital Toning
Weaponry Effects
Motion Lines
Effects: Fire, Smoke & Explosions
Forest: Trees, Grass, Shrubs, Rocks, Putting It All Together
Screentone Depot

Going to a Publisher
Digital Comics
CGing: Eyes
CG and Original Lineart
Printing Comics
Model Painting
Surviving the Artist Alley

:gallery: **** Polykarbon Tutorials:

Materials: What Do I Draw This Stuff With?
The Basics: Can't Start Without Knowing This Stuff!
Hands: Part 1, Part 2
Foreshortening: A Short Cut?
Creating a Character!
Fighting and Camera Angles

The Basic Female Head/Front View
Front View Simplified
The Basic Female Head/Profile
Profile Simplified
The 3/4 View Female Head
3/4 View Simplified
The Female Body
Facial Features: Part 1: the Eye, Part 2: The Mouth
Chibi Drawing! (aka Super Deformed)

The Male Body
The Male Torso
The Male Head
Action Poses

A Basic Mech

Clothing: Part 1: The Physics of Folds, Part 2: Buckles, Snaps and Laces
Weapons: Pistols and Revolvers

PhotoShop & Etc...
How to Color Lineart in Photoshop via Channels
How to Color Lineart in Paint Shop Pro
How to Use Blending modes in Photoshop to Create Amazing Colored Art!
How to Use Textures and Layer Effects to Create "Intron Depot"-like Backdrops for Your Pinups!

Scanning Line Art: How to Get the Cleanest Scan from Your Inked Art

PhotoShop Effects...
Displacement Maps
Faking Comic Tones
Getting Realistic Skin Tones
Lens Flares
Metal Objects
Energy Blasts
FireBall/Plasma Ball
Neon Signs

:gallery: Video Anime & Manga Tutorials from Spyre:
Anime Sketch 001

How to Draw Manga...
001 002 003 004

Drawing Practice...
001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009
010 011 [No 012] 013 014 015 [No 016] 017 018 019
020 021 022 023 024 025 026

How to Draw Anime Girl...
001 Part One & 001 Part Two
002 Part One & 002 Part Two
003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010
011 012 013 014 015 016 017 018 019
020 021 022 023 024 025 026 027 028 029
030 031 032 033 034 035 036 037 038 039
040 041 042 043 044 045 046 047 048 049
050 051 052 053 054 055 056 057 058 059
060 061 062 063 064 065 [No 066] 067 068 069
070 071 072 073 074 075 076 077 078 079
080 081 082 083 084 085 086 087 088 089
090 091 092 093 094 095 096 097 098 099
100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109
110 111 112

How to Color Anime Girl...
001 002 003

:gallery: Mark Criley Manga Drawing Videos

Multi-Subject Collections

:gallery: *** Mayshing's Anime Art Lesson Tutorials:
Anime Face
Anime Eyes
Anime Hair
Speedlines: 1
Speedlines: 2
Speedlines: 3
-Easy tutorials with tips for drawing anime faces, hair, and speedlines or emphasis lines.

Anime Art Lesson - Male and Female Differences: Page One and Page Two by Mayshing
-Tips for better portraying the two genders accurately.

:gallery: ***** twisted666's How I Photoshop Tutorials:
001 Inking with Photoshop CS
002.01 Coloring with Photoshop CS (Part I)
002.02 Coloring with Photoshop CS (Part II)
002.03 Coloring with Photoshop CS (Part III)

+ kitten-chan's Tutorials:
Tutorial: Faces and Expressions
Anime Hair Tutorial
Tutorial: Human Figure
Tutorial: Hands
Tutorial: Feet and Shoes
Tutorial: Clothes and Folds
Preparing the Lineart Tutorial

Individual Tutorials:


+ how-to screenshot mimic by rubyd
-The step-by-step process on how I colored the one Riku picture, and how I tried to recreate the screenshot "look."


+ How to Draw Teh Chibi by mini-chibi-club
-This is a guide on how to draw the chibis. Lots of people needed help on chibis. We're not really sure if it might help but we put step by step instructions and little poses to get you started.

+ G-man777's Chibi Tutorial by G-Man777
-Here's my chibi tutorial.

+ Chibi Refference Sheet by G-Man777
-Printable chibi refference sheet to go along with my tutorial.

***** Chibi Tutorial of DOOM Part One and Part Two by defunct-muse
-A cute and helpful "how to draw chibi" tutorial.

How to Draw Babies by az09aka
-This is a Tutorial for those of you who who want to draw Babies in manga/Anime style. But this is for drawing older babies not ones who are really tiny.

Anime/Manga Anatomy

***** Drawing Anime Faces Tutorial by Crysa
-Learn how to draw anime faces, eyes, ears and noses with this basic anime face tutorial.

Facial Expressions Tutorial by Genolover
-Yep, this is a tutorial on how to do facial expressions. I love drawing faces and stuff, cuz I am an emotional person *bricked* Nah, just summin' I really enjoy doing, is all ^^

**** Mayshing's Anime Eyes Collection:
Anime Eyes 1-19
Anime Eyes 20-39
Anime Eyes 40-59
Anime Eyes 60-79
Anime Eyes 80-98
Anime Eyes 99-116
Anime Eyes 117-134
Anime Eyes 135-151
-A reference file of many different anime eyes.

+ Tutorial for How to Paint Eyes by getty
-Here, we are going to learn how to paint anime-style eyes softly.

+ Eyes - My Way by kyan
-Just a brief look at how I draw eyes.

**** How to Draw Super Deformed Characters Tutorial: Part 1; The Face, Part 2; The Body, and Part 3; Eyes and Facial Expression by Seh Hui "Felix" Leong
-Learn how to draw Super-Deformed characters with these basic Super-Deformed tutorials.

+ Halloween Chibi Faces by charfade: How to Draw Chibi Werewolf, How to Draw Chibi Frankenstein, How to Draw Chibi Witch, How to Draw Chibi Mummy, How to Draw Chibi Zombie, How to Draw Chibi Vampire

***** How I Draw Character Poses by pandabaka

InvaderDemeter's Handy Tips for Profiles by InvaderDemeter
-Some people, I've seen, need some help with profiles. So I made a tutorial. This tutorial isn't intended for absolute beginners, instead it's for people with a modicum of skill. At the very least.

Hands Tutorial by Mayshing
Some helpful hints for learning how to draw hands.

Anatomy - Hair

**** Hair Tutorial - Sunkissed by Viviminu

***** How to Draw Super Deformed Hair Tutorial: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 by Seh Hui "Felix" Leong
-A great tutorial on drawing hair in any style, especially superdeformed anime.

***** Drawing Anime Hair: Bangs Tutorial by Crysa
-Learn how to draw anime bangs with this basic anime hair tutorial. Very helpful.

**** A Guide to Drawing Hair Curls by Keysha-chan
-Learn how to draw curly hair with this basic curly hair tutorial. Quite helpful.

+ How to Paint Anime-Styled Hair by getty
-This is targeted for those who have trouble painting anime-style hair.

Anatomy - Wings

**** Drawing Angelic Wings Tutorial by Crysa
-Tips on how to draw anime-style angel wings.

+ Wing Tutorial by Lizeth
-Some people have trouble drawing wings, so I hope this helps.


Drawing Clothes and Folds Tutorial: Part 1 and Part Two by Crysa
-Tips on how to draw clothing and folds.

Composition and Paneling

+ Rule of Thirds Tutorial by Jeff Walker (linked with permission from Kweee)
-Learn to compose more attractive works by taking advantage of the rule of thirds with this basic composition tutorial.

Drawing Manga - Page Layout by Jean Tsai
-This article is meant to provide insight to compositional aspects for effectively illustrating comics and manga.

Inking and Lineart

Inking for the Inkcompetent Tutorial by Ruggel
-Learn how to ink with this nice explanation of inking styles and techniques.

**** Kyou's Traditional Inking Tutorial by miaow

+ Lineart Tips for Anime Artists by getty
-This is a collection tips with regard to lineart used in anime style painting, and is mostly aimed at people who have trouble making clean lineart. Photoshop 6 and CS.

Adding Colors and Tones

Color Theory in a Nutshell Tutorial by Cedarseed
-Learn about color theory with this basic color theory tutorial.

+How I CG in Adobe Photoshop by pandabaka
-Using Adobe Photoshop to color.

+How to Make Screen Tones in Adobe Photoshop by pandabaka
-Making screentones in Adobe Photoshop.

Backgrounds and References

Mayshing's Perspective for Dummies Tutorial: Page One, Page Two, Page Three, [No Page Four], Page Five and Page Six
-To help beginners, or people who struggle with drawing perspective. A helpful perspective tutorial in six parts.

New Perspective on Perspective by HOON

+How to Make a Manga Background from a Real Photo in Adobe Photoshop by pandabaka
-Use Adobe Photoshop to turn photos into handy backgrounds.

**** Background Lighting Effects Tutorial by Ramy
-A stylized background tutorial for anime art.

+Anime/Fantasy Photoshop Background Tutorial by Risachantag

Hospital Index
Making Manga/Comics Tutorials
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Glasses-Kunn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shame that Bakaneko is down. I really need some help with how to draw torsos! (Including arms-)
frwings48 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
some of the images and websites are down, can you please update the links?
Ina-Haru Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooooo very helpful
likaacullen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the list! Must have taken you quite a (long) while to put all these references together. Very resourceful.
PokePixeler Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really helpful thank you :D
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outstanding! oh god...thank you
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Thank you for the info! ♥
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Awesome work! Your a life saver! :D :iconyayzplz:
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thanks for this! i didnt browse much yet but it looks helpful :) i hope this'll be updated for more :D
idontfearyou Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I uhm er I uh wow uh -falls over-
chuckdaws Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool collection of resources. THX!
Alpar56 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Are Bakaneko and HowtodrawManga 404'd for anyone else...?

That said, hooooleeeeeey crap this is sooooo useful...
cat2198 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
wow O_O
ty-lee2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
how long did it take you to type and code all that? o.O
Rakimparrish Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much this was a godsend i think i can improve at a much faster rate now ^^
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks for these! I remember seeing one of these a long time ago and I could never find it again, so thank you! :3 A lot of these are really handy ^^
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Hey, I would just like to tell you that BakaNeko . com isn't working for me (I use Safari) and won't load. There may be a glitch or something. I don't know if it's just my computer/software or the actual website. Thanks for this list by the way!!
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this is pretty awesome!
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amazing collection!~
rubygaara01 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
uuh in which one can i see how to draw kissing characters???
Timeship Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks for the invaluable well of art lessons and advices! Godspeed!
Midori-no-Usagi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THanks, this helps me look back on the basics and more!
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One favorite isn't enough for this list, I wish I could click the button more times.
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i have this book marked its been a big help
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Your good at everything.
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wow thats alot well thanks alot ^^
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Thank you Very Much!!!
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Awesome list!!! :D
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wow! this is great! thanks!! :la:
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[link] have a great perferctive tut.
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This is absolutely amazing!!Lots of useful things here!!!Thank you!^__^
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this. is SO helpful! O.O *hugs* thank you! thank you all!
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This collection of tutorial links was/is extremely helpful to me. As a beginning manga artist, I know I've got a LOT to learn. Thank you for the effort that you put into collecting and describing these sites. I really appreciate it. God bless you.
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nice n useful
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oh man, this really helps! thanks for the awesome posts (thumbs up!!
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Just what I am looking for. Many thanks as this will help my Art Class later this Fall.
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Very useful!
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