Pro Techniques Vol.2, Drawing Characters in Popular Modern Styles, Step-by-step Manga Creation, and how to Colour in Digital Format: Secret Illustration Techniques from Japanese Professionals!

[One-off purchase course Part 3] Let’s take our skills up to the next level! Includes personal advice and guidance from pros!

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Let's learn some new skills to help us take our illustration up to the next level! We'll be using what we've learnt from the Beginner and Pro Techniques Vol.1 lesson packs, and building on this knowledge with lots more advanced professional techniques.

This lesson pack includes some of our most requested lessons, like how to draw characters in the styles that are most popular in Japan today, detailed lessons on digital colouring, and a mini series of lessons on how to compose Japanese style manga comic strips!

Course Description:

This standalone course includes a set of advanced illustration lectures taken from our main subscription course “Learn How to Illustrate in Manga Style from Japanese Professionals”.

The lesson pack includes lectures on modern character illustration, digital colouring, manga creation, and much more! As always, our lessons focus on little-known techniques our lecturers have learnt from years of experience in the Japanese anime and manga industry.

This is the 3rd in our standalone lesson pack series, and we recommend that you first complete both our “Drawing Anime and Manga Characters” course, and "Pro Techniques Vol.1" before beginning this lesson pack.

Actually, for the best results and progress, we suggest subscribing to our monthly course and studying at our recommended pace of 4 lessons per month. However, we have received 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 these one-off purchase courses 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. In our Digital Colouring mini course, we'll be using Clip Studio Paint Pro to study how to colour digitally on a computer or tablet! We've adapted the lessons to fit all different digital illustration software, so even if you don't have Clip Studio, you'll be able to follow along and learn super helpful tips for your software of choice!

2. We'll be looking at how to draw faces and expressions using the most popular art styles and techniques in the industry today. As well as learning how to draw all kinds of anime classics - including school uniforms, maid outfits, and "chibi" characters!

3. Learning how to create beautiful backgrounds that help your characters stand out.

4. In our highly requested Manga Illustration mini course, we'll be looking at the whole process that Japanese professionals go through when creating manga comics. From planning the story, all the way through to illustrating and printing your work.

5. How to take on and complete commissions. A big part of many pro illustrators' careers is taking on and carrying out job requests. We'll be going through the process step by step, so you're ready to take on commissions of your own!

6. Taking your work to the next level! We look back at some of the areas we studied in past lessons, and use some simple yet effective techniques to give our illustrations an extra professional touch. From drawing to colouring and composition, these lessons will introduce you to all kinds of techniques used by professional illustrators in Japan.

Course Curriculum

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Your Instructor

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Our Teachers

Name: 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]