How to Draw Manga

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The cover of How to Draw Manga: Bodies & Anatomy

How to Draw Manga is a series of instructional books on drawing manga published by Graphic-sha, by a variety of authors. Originally in Japanese for the Japanese market, many volumes have been translated into English and published in the United States. Of the wide range of manga-how-tos available for westerners, the series is seen as one of the more useful, both for its provenance and wide range of practical tips.[1] The English-language volumes in the series were co-produced by Graphic-sha and two other Japanese companies, Japanime Co. Ltd. and Japan Publications Trading Co.

List of books in the series[edit]

This is a list of books in the main HTDM set and other sets that relate to the main series.

How to Draw Manga[edit]

Originally there were no volume numbers on the English versions, because the original Japanese version did not have them. Only volumes 1 - 8 were given numbers. With continued reprints and more books being released, all volumes gained a number. The dates given are the first printing. Several of these books have been discontinued, and are considered hard to find.

  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 1: Compiling Characters (October 1999)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 2: Compiling Techniques (July 2000)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 3: Compiling Application and Practice (August 2000)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 4: Dressing Your Characters in Casual Wear (May 2001)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 5: Developing Shoujo Manga Techniques (July 2002)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 6: Martial Arts & Combat Sports (June 2002)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 7: Amazing Effects (June 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 8: Super Basics (June 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 9: Special: Colored Original Drawing (May 2001)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 10: Getting Started (October 2000)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 11: Maids & Miko (November 2002)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 12: Giant Robots (February 2002)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 13: Super Tone Techniques (August 2002)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 14: Colorful Costumes (January 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 15: Girls' Life Illustration File (May 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 16: Guns & Military Vol. 1 (September 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 17: Guns & Military Vol. 2 (October 2004)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 18: Super-Deformed Characters Vol. 1 Humans (August 2004)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 19: Super-Deformed Characters Vol. 2 Animals (June 2005)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 20: Female Characters (December 1999)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 21: Bishoujo Pretty Gals (November 2000)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 22: Bishoujo Around the World (March 2001)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 23: Illustrating Battles (October 2000)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 24: Occult & Horror (June 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 25: Bodies & Anatomy (December 2001)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 26: Making Anime (January 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 27: Male Characters (July 2002)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 28: Couples (January 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 29: Putting Things in Perspective (October 2002)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 30: Pen & Tone Techniques (April 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 31: More about Pretty Gals (August 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 32: Mech. Drawing (December 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 33: Costume Encyclopedia Vol. 1 Everyday Fashion (December 2003)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 34: Costume Encyclopedia Vol. 2 Intimate Apparel (January 2005)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 35: Costume Encyclopedia Vol. 3: Sexy Sports Wear (May 2005)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 36: Animals (February 2005)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 37: Macromedia Flash Techniques (February 2004)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 38: Ninja & Samurai Portrayal (September 2005)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 39: Creating Manga: Stories (April 2007)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 40: Dressing Your Characters In Suits & Sailor Suits (August 2006)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 41: Costume Encyclopedia Vol. 4 Kimono & Gowns (April 2007)
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 42: Drawing Yaoi (June 2007) Note: this is a bishōnen how-to guide, not yaoi
  • How to Draw Manga Vol. 43: Drawing Bishōnen (December 2008)

How to Draw Manga: Ultimate Manga Lessons[edit]

This set was printed in a smaller format of 15 cm x 21 cm.

  • How to Draw Manga: Ultimate Manga Lessons Vol. 1: Drawing Made Easy (April 2005)
  • How to Draw Manga: Ultimate Manga Lessons Vol. 2: The Basics of Characters and Materials (August 2005)
  • How to Draw Manga: Ultimate Manga Lessons Vol. 3: Drawing Sensational Characters (November 2005)
  • How to Draw Manga: Ultimate Manga Lessons Vol. 4: Making the Characters Come Alive (March 2006)
  • How to Draw Manga: Ultimate Manga Lessons Vol. 5: A Touch of Dynamism (2006)
  • How to Draw Manga: Ultimate Manga Lessons Vol. 6: Striking the Right Note (August 2006)

How to Draw Manga: Computones[edit]

Each volume in this set includes a CD-ROM for use with Windows only.

  • How to Draw Manga: Computones Vol. 1: Basic Tone Techniques (May 2005) :0
  • How to Draw Manga: Computones Vol. 2: Depicting Characters (September 2005)
  • How to Draw Manga: Computones Vol. 3: Mecha (October 2005)
  • How to Draw Manga: Computones Vol. 4: Portraying Couples (June 2006)
  • How to Draw Manga: Computones Vol. 5: Aiming For Action (June 2006)

How to Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style[edit]

  • How to Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Vol. 1: Sketching to Plan (February 2007)
  • How to Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Vol. 2: Logical Proportions (April 2007)
  • How to Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Vol. 3: Unforgettable Characters (October 2007)
  • How to Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Vol. 4: All About Perspective (Nov 12, 2008)
  • How to Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Vol. 5: Sketching Props (August 11, 2009)

There are 5 books in the series not 6, "Sketching Props" is the 5th book in the series This book which was previously listed: *How to Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Vol. 5: Sketching Sports Basics (Dec 10, 2008) ----DOES NOT EXIST----

Also these books are no longer in print and the series has been canceled.

Manga Pose Resource Book[edit]

This set was printed in an over-sized format of 21 cm x 29.6 cm.

  • Manga Pose Resource Book Vol. 1: Basic Poses (2002)
  • Manga Pose Resource Book Vol. 2: Animals (2002)
  • Manga Pose Resource Book Vol. 3: Actions Scenes (2002)

How to Draw Anime and Game Characters[edit]

This set is another Graphic-Sha publication that is shown alongside the main HTDM series on the dustjacks and in ads.

  • How to Draw Anime and Game Characters Vol. 1: Basics for Beginners and Beyond (August 2000)
  • How to Draw Anime and Game Characters Vol. 2: Expressing Emotions (March 2001)
  • How to Draw Anime and Game Characters Vol. 3: Bringing Daily Actions to Life (August 2001)
  • How to Draw Anime and Game Characters Vol. 4: Mastering Battle and Action Moves (April 2002)
  • How to Draw Anime and Game Characters Vol. 5: Bishoujo Game Characters (September 2003)

More How to Draw Manga[edit]

Another set of manga-know-how with only four volumes, based in character creation. Note: Only three of the first printings for this series are below.

  • More How to Draw Manga Vol. 1: The Basics of Character Drawing (March 2004)
  • More How to Draw Manga Vol. 2: Penning Characters (March 2004)
  • More How to Draw Manga Vol. 3: Enhancing a Character's Sense of Presence (??? 2004)
  • More How to Draw Manga Vol. 4: Mastering Bishoujo Characters (September 2004)

Cancelled/status unknown volumes[edit]

These are volumes that were going to be released in English and even advertised for ordering, but they have been cancelled.

  • How to Draw Manga: Digital Comic Guide Vol. 1

Cross-promotions[edit]

A special edition of the series titled How to Draw Manga Special: Colored Original Drawing was produced detailing how to use Copic markers. It explains how to avoid blotches, use colorless blenders, select paper, refill markers, changing nibs and the airbrush system.

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