Anime is the cartoon art of Japan that has been popular for many years. Here’s our list of how to draw anime books for beginners that shows the techniques needed to draw this particular form of art.

How To Draw Anime Books of 2020

  1. Manga Crash Course by Mina Petrovic
  2. The Manga Artist’s Workbook by Christopher Hart
  3. The Master Guide to Drawing Anime by Christopher Hart
  4. The Manga Fashion Bible by Christopher Hart
  5. Mastering Manga With Mark Crilley by Mark Crilley
  6. Pop Manga by Camilla d’Errico
  7. Mastering Manga 3 by Mary Crilley
  8. Manga For The Beginner Kawaii by Christopher Hart
  9. Manga For The Beginner Chibis by Christopher Hart
9 How To Draw Anime Books For Beginners

If you have an interest in drawing your own anime strips or just find the entire genre interesting, the books listed below should help you to get on your way. But before we review them, let’s help you to better understand what anime and manga are.

 

Anime

The easy way to remember what anime is comes directly from the word itself. It is the term used to describe any art that is animated. 

 

Manga

This is one of the formats that anime can take. In this example, anime that can be read, much like a comic book can, is considered manga.

 

We hope that clears those terms up for you. Now the list of books on how to draw anime books for beginners below.

1. Manga Crash Course by Mina Petrovic

Subtitled: Drawing Manga Characters And Scenes From Start To Finish, you get a good idea of what to expect between the covers of this book. The author provides unique tips and guidance on taking your characters and doing some amazing things with them.

There are 25 step-by-step demonstrations, over 130 lessons that cover anatomy, fashion, hairstyles, and poses plus, a fun character invention game that will assist you in creating new and different characters.

2. The Manga Artist’s Workbook by Christopher Hart

Subtitled: Easy-To-Follow Lessons For Creating Your Own Characters, this book breaks down the process of where anime becomes a bit easier for beginners.

It will teach you how to implement proportions of the manga face and figure and how to draw the oversized eyes that are the trademark of anime characters.

You will also learn how to create hairstyles and wardrobe to give your characters that special look to make them stand out from all other animation.

3. The Master Guide to Drawing Anime by Christopher Hart

This author is considered by most to be the King of Anime and you will find that many of his books are going to be on this list simply because he is one of the best.

 

In this specific book, you will learn how to use templates to draw original characters. There are also step-by-step instructions on how to draw six of the most popular anime characters.

 

All bundled into an easy-to-use book that will get you drawing characters instantly.

4. The Manga Fashion Bible by Christopher Hart

Subtitled: The Go-To Guide For Drawing Stylish Outfits And Characters, this book covers a very important part of the anime drawing process – their clothing.

 

If you are a fan of manga, you already know that there is a special look to the wardrobe the characters wear and this book teaches you how to appreciate the uniqueness of anime clothes. And how to exactly create a wardrobe for your characters that contains the same fashionable look.

5. Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley by Mark Crilley

Sometimes you can glean some great information from someone who is doing what you wish you were doing.

 

The author of this instructional book created the hit anime Akiko and takes you on a series of lessons – 30 in total – that show you step-by-step how to draw various types of anime faces and figures.

 

There are also galleries in the pages of this volume that share with you different designs for eyes, hands, expressions, poses, and much more.

6. Pop Manga by Camilla d’Errico

Subtitled: How To Draw The Coolest, Cutest Characters, Animals, Mascots, and More, this book is the creation of a well-known manga artist and comics publisher.

 

In this volume, you will learn how to create all the things listed in the massively long title through numerous lessons. Each lesson has a specific goal and each is easy to attain.

 

The book also uncovers the process used by the author in the creation of her characters and wardrobes.

7. Mastering Manga 3 by Mary Crilley

Did we mention a couple of books up this list that “Mastering Manga” was part of a series of books on the subject? We probably didn’t, so here is the third one in the set.

 

Essentially, the author takes you from what you would have learned in the first two volumes and pushes you further into the world of creating manga characters.

 

This book also takes you to where you learn how to pose your characters in realistic-looking settings.

8. Manga For The Beginner Kawaii by Christopher Hart

Subtitled: How To Draw The Supercute Characters of Japanese Comics, this book teaches you one specific style of manga art – kawaii or cute characters.

 

The book starts with a refresher course to bring you up to speed and then shifts gears into the more advanced drawing. One of the main concepts carried through this volume is shading techniques that act to bring life to your characters.

 

This is a must-have for comic artists.

9. Manga For The Beginner Chibis by Christopher Hart

Subtitled: Everything You Need To Start Drawing The Super-Cute Characters of Japanese Comics, this book explores another form of anime, chibis.

 

Chibis is a scaled-down, shorter version of a traditional amine character. Because their proportions are different, you need to understand that concept and this book shows you how to address that.

 

It will also show you ways to create the perfect settings to pose you chibis in as well.

How To Draw Anime Books Of 2020 Wrap Up

Having the ability to draw animation is valuable in many different ways. You can use it as a hobby or create a business or career from it. If you plan on doing this, why not explore the world of anime? Japanese animation is extremely popular and easy to draw if you know the basics. The list above of how to draw anime books for beginners should introduce you well enough to the subject, or at least give you something to consider as you develop your artistic talent.