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How to Draw Manga Characters

By Preston Stone

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Using a Basic Wireframe to Structure a Manga Character
beginning a character with a wireframe

A simple wireframe base for a character drawing

P. Stone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
We're going to start drawing a character using a simple wireframe. For this example, we'll use a basic, standing pose so you can see how it works.

Copy the wireframe man, adding circles and ovals (as shown in the picture to the left) between the joints where muscles should go. Make them slender for a lean character like this one, or thicker for a bulkier build. Keep in mind that you still want to practice all types of builds in order to improve at the art style, and that anime characters don’t tend to be as muscular as western cartoon characters. The forearm and calf muscles don’t continue all the way to the wrists and ankles, because the limbs narrow towards those joints.

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