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Drawing School Life Manga: Beginner’s Guide

Drawing School Life Manga: Beginner’s Guide

Well-received in Germany and France!


Draw characters, create layouts to make them stand out, come up with interesting stories and prepare your manuscript. This book offers all the knowledge you need to draw exciting and intriguing manga!


The book uses school-life manga as an example, but all the practical techniques you will learn can be applied to any kind of manga, regardless of the setting!


Chapter 1: Drawing characters

Sketching character designs / Drawing the face / Drawing the body / Drawing clothing / Posing characters / Creating interesting characters

Chapter 2: Drawing scenes

Deciding the layout of a scene / Drawing a scene / Composing the scene: camera angles / Drawing backgrounds

Chapter 3: Creating a manga story

What is story composition? / Creating a story: find out what you want to draw / Panel layout / Preparing the rough storyboard / Drawing the cover page

Chapter 4: Preparing a manga manuscript

The very basics of producing a manga / Manga manuscripts and paper / Creating a manga manuscript / Summary: manga manuscript step-by-step


    ■ by Hikaru Hayashi (Go office)

    ■ 257 x 190 mm / 176 pages

    ■ Published in December 2011

    ■ ISBN: 9784798602929

    ■ Japanese title: 学園マンガの描き方 入門編

    Buy on Amazon Japan


    Rights sold to Taiwan, China, South Korea, Germany, France, Finland


    Hikaru Hayashi started to work as a manga artist after graduating in philosophy from the Department of Humanities of the Tokyo Metropolitan University. He received an encouragement award and an honorable mention from Business Jump, and also worked as a manga assistant. In 1997 he founded the manga and design studio Go office. He has authored over 250 manga drawing manuals, some of which have been published overseas as well.

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