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Manga Art for Intermediates: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Manga Drawings  by Danica Davidson

Published by Allworth Press (June 5, 2018)

Bring your own manga characters to life!

With millions of fans around the world, manga is a beloved art form. Now you, too, can learn how to draw your favorite characters from Japanese comics and anime! Manga Art for Intermediatesshows you how to draw detailed clothing, facial expressions, and other features, like hair and accessories. With gradual steps and helpful tips, this book will have you creating your own colorful characters in no time at all!

Learn to draw:

  • Gothic Lolita
  • Shonen Hero
  • Bride
  • Groom
  • Nekojin (“cat people”)
  • Yokai
  • Victorian Man
  • Female Warrior

The authors have done all the work for you. Just follow their simple, straightforward instructions, study the step-by-step drawings, and you’ll soon have your own collection of fantastic manga characters!


"Good characters are a key to good manga. If you’ve been trying to draw them, but still feel as though your drawings don’t look very manga-ish, this is a great book, with lots of good hints and idea templates with which to practice. Kudos to Danica Davidson and Rena Saiya for providing something very useful!" - Frederik L. Schodt, author of Manga! Manga! and Osamu Tezuka's English interpreter

“Danica Davidson has done a fantastic job of expanding on Manga Art for Beginners in this lovely how-to guide, illustrated beautifully by Rena Saiya. It provides all the essential steps for the budding manga artist. Easy to understand explanations provide details on popular manga archetypes, giving the reader the tools they need to create their own dynamic manga characters.”―Robert McGuire, Publisher, One Peace Books

"A solid selection for those who have mastered the basics and are ready to move on to character work." - School Library Journal


Danica Davidson is the author of Manga Art for Beginners and the Minecrafter novels series Overworld Adventures and Overworld Heroes Adventures. A longtime manga fan, her work on manga has been published by MTV, CNN, the Onion, Otaku USA, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Anime News Network. She has both written the English adaptation and worked on the editing process for manga published in America. She lives near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Rena Saiya is a professional Japanese manga author living in Tokyo. She also has a background in teaching manga drawing and story development to students in Japan. She has expanded her focus abroad in recent years, making use of her strong background in the Japanese manga industry. She works on international manga projects, and utilizes her English-speaking ability to closely collaborate with her global partners online.