Drawing Anime and Manga Characters: Beginner to Intermediate Course

[One-off purchase course Part 1] A perfect introduction to anime illustration! Includes personal advice and guidance from pros!

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From face and body to posing and clothing - let our professional Japanese artists take you through all the techniques you’ll need to get started as an anime artist!

Course Description:

This standalone course includes a full series of character drawing lectures taken from our main subscription course “Learn How to Illustrate in Manga Style from Japanese Professionals”.

From beginners who have never drawn a full character illustration before, to artists who are already confident in their drawing ability, the content in this course is suitable for all levels.

For the best results and progress, we suggest subscribing to our monthly course and studying at our recommended pace, but we have recieved feedback from some of our students who would prefer to work at their own pace, without having to wait for the next lessons to be released every month. We understand that each of our students has different needs, so we've created this bulk course to allow for more freedom in your study routine!

All students who have purchased this course will also have access to the comments section in each lecture page, where they are free to post any questions they have about the lesson, or even post pictures of their own work. There our professional Japanese lecturers will answer your questions, and give you personal advice and feedback!


Course Contents:

1. The basics of character illustration. We study all the basic techniques necessary to draw the human body and face in anime style.

2. Drawing individual facial features correctly, and using them to give characters a sense of presence and individuality.

3. The difference in technique for drawing male and female characters, and how to bring our characters to life with the use of different poses and clothing. Focus on keeping characters balanced and natural-looking.

4. Japanese professional illustrators take you through the process of drawing popular anime characters such as One Punch Man and Sailor Moon. This final stage will let you practice what you have learnt in previous lessons, and see how each of the skills you have learnt come together to form a complete illustration.

Course Curriculum

  Drawing Anime and Manga Characters: Beginner to Intermediate Course
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Your Instructor

Our Teachers
Our Teachers

Name: Toshina (1047)

URL : Toshina(1047)


Toshina is an illustrator working in Tokyo. As a teenager, Toshina received an official manga award from Shounen Jump, and since then has been working as a professional manga-ka and illustrator, gathering a huge following on the Japanese illustrator site Pixiv, and drawing crowds of fans to his exhibitions.

Message to students:

Hi everyone, I’m Toshina, a lecturer here at Anime Art Academy.

At the Academy, I want to help everyone from total beginners to casual artists fulfil their dreams of becoming professional manga and anime illustrators. I will show you how to recreate the awesome scenes you see in your favourite manga, anime and games, whilst giving you the skills you need to develop your own original style. In my lectures, I show you the exact processes I go through when creating my art, complete with commentary, guidance and professional tips.

Above all, I want my students to enjoy their lessons with me, and have fun drawing the art they love.

See you at the Academy!

Name: Mana Koh


Working as an illustrator since her teens, Mana has had experience working on the production of many popular games. Her work has been included in Square Enix’s magazine, and she has received a prize from Mag Garden.

Message to students:

“I hope that your creation will be updated. Have fun!”

Name: Satoru Tanaka


Former professional freelance animator, Satoru has worked on huge hit anime such as Naruto Shippuden and Heroman. His work has gained significant popularity online too; becoming the top ranked fan artist in his category on Japanese illustration site Pixiv, and taking the number one spot on Nico Nico Douga with his Hatsune Miku PV.

Message to students:

“I just want to get better at drawing!”

I believe that anyone who comes to the Academy with that strong feeling in their heart, has what it takes to improve.

Hey everyone, I’m Satoru Tanaka.

Want to self-study, but not where to start? Trying your best at self-study, but not improving as much as you hoped? Have been drawing for a while and want to reach professional level?

Anime Art Academy is here for you! We will teach you the methods you need to start learning, or to take your art to the next level.

At the Academy, we will provide you with the knowledge, tools and advice you need to fuel your studies, and show you all kinds of tips to make your work more time-efficient. Not only will it give you peace of mind to know that our content is made up of tried-and-tested techniques coming from professional Japanese illustrators, but you will also be able to speed up your learning considerably.

However! There is one thing I would like to get clear before we start. Anime Art Academy is no magical fix. You can’t just binge one of our courses in a day and become a genius overnight! Becoming good at something, whatever that thing is, takes a lot of personal hard work and practise.

Let us join you on that journey, supporting you with effective and efficient study advice!

Above all, art is about feeling. If you have a passion for anime and manga, and want more than anything to get better at drawing the art you love, you will certainly make progress here at Anime Art Academy.

Looking forward to working with you all!

Name: Komatsu Ryu


Manga author and illustrator

Message to students:

Hello everyone, I’m Komatsu Ryu.

As an introduction to me and my style of work, I’d like to talk to you about what I think is the most simple and important method for self-improvement when studying art.

I think that is the feeling of love. When it comes to study, love is power.

If you want to get better, find an anime that love, and draw your favourite characters or scenes from that anime as much as you can. The passion you have for those characters will certainly show in your work, and it will give you the motivation and energy to continue working hard.

Here at Anime Art Academy, me and all the other lecturers want to help you learn the technical aspects of illustration, so that you can create work that you love!

Our team work hard designing courses which we believe will give you the optimum opportunity for improvement in your artwork.

I am looking forward to seeing all of your work!

Thank you for being a part of our Academy!


Refund Policy

To request a refund, please get in touch via email within 14 days of purchase, and inform us of the reason for your refund request. We will assess your account and get back to you. Because our digital content and services are non-returnable, please note that we cannot grant refunds to students who have watched a total of over 4 lesson's worth of content, or to students who have received personal feedback in the lecture comments section.

We offer free sample lessons for each of our courses, and the title and contents of each lesson in the course are also available to view before purchase, so please take a look and be sure our lesson content and course style is right for you before joining, to avoid any misunderstandings.

[Refund policy updated 13th May 2021]