My current job in a long line of strange and wonderful jobs is teaching art after school at a highschool in the Bronx. I was hired for my expertise in manga, so I try to focus on that, though it’s become a personal crusade to try and educate these kids in the arts beyond just cartoons, as I quickly discovered that their education in that realm is severely lacking. Maybe it’s just the public school system, but it seems like the arts aren’t considered as important as other classes, which really gets on my nerves because even if one isn’t destined to become an artist, I feel that allowing that part of the brain to develop is integral for the young mind. Things like alternative problem solving and spatial perception are just the beginning of a long list of things I think would help the students this country produces be much more successful adults. But that’s just me.
Anyway, I created this tutorial as the first of many to help my students learn how to draw in the manga style, while still teaching them proper proportions and measurements for more traditional drawing. I liked the way the tutorial sheet came out enough to think, ‘Hey, maybe someone on the internet will find it useful too.’ So here it is! There is a step-by-step written on the sheet to help with the process. I think the rest is pretty self-explanatory, but feel free to ask me any questions you might have!.