1-2-3 Bishoujo! Manga drawing tips for people with no talent!

      "All creators must be hard."
             -Friedrich Nietzsche

      "Those who can't do, teach."
             -some bitter old teacher

Don't you just love those How to Draw books? They're so full of gorgeous, inspiring, unattainable art. And the writers have such faith in the abilites of the readers. Most of the lessons come down to this: 'Here is a spectacularly intricate and difficult drawing; now you draw it.'

But seriously, for some people, that seems to be good enough. Talented artists see the magnificent drawing, and say, 'Why, I'll just draw it!' And they do. Most of us lesser mortals, however, are left scratching our heads and muttering, 'Draw that!? But how?'

There are advantages to having no talent. It forces you to examine processes. You can't skip steps. You have to know what you're doing, because otherwise you can't do it.

I have no drawing talent. You may think I'm being facetious. I wish! I've been doodling and reading How-To books all my life, and I'm still not a good artist. However, any level of skill I have attained has been earned. I've broken down the processes of drawing into tiny, simple steps that even I can't screw up. And because I know all the steps, I can teach them.

What follows is a set of tutorials on how to draw a simple Manga character. Though the character may be simple, the tutorials themselves are tediously long and detailed. Those of you who actually have talent will get very frustrated with them, because they skip no steps, take nothing for granted. But those of you who, like me, get frustrated reading How-To-Draw guides for people with talent, may find that they're just what you need.

I can't promise to turn you into a Hikaru Hayashi. I'm certainly not one. But if you follow this step by step by step guide, you will be able to draw a simple cute Manga-style character from any angle. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can.


Note that the drawings in this tutorial are kept very simple. I think it's better to keep tutorial drawings focused on what they're trying to teach. If you're looking to be amazed by great art, buy a book.