In this free art lesson, you’ll learn how to draw a Full Body Manga Boy (Front View) step-by-step. All of the tutorials on How2DrawManga.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw manga step by step.
To draw this Manga Boy (Full Body), follow the step-by-step drawings below. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you’ll know exactly what to draw next. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
Intro: Start off with a pencil sketch. In the beginning stages, don’t press down too hard. For every step, sketch lightly at first so that it’s easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Draw a small circle near the top of the paper as a guide for the top of the manga boy’s head. To draw the circle, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you’re struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a coin or a button.
Step 1b: The height of a young boy will be roughly six heads tall. That means that however tall you drew the head, his proportionate body should be about six of those same-sized heads stacked up on top of each other. A younger boy’s body would be fewer heads in height. An average full grown man’s body would be seven or eight heads high, depending on how tall you want to draw him.
Step 2: Half way between the top and bottom of the head, draw a long horizontal line as a construction guide that will help you place the boy’s facial features later. Draw a long vertical line across the entire head for another construction guide. Below the head, draw a two short vertical lines as guides for the neck. On the sides of the neck, draw two short sloping lines for the trapezius muscles.
Step 3: Below the neck, draw a big, square-like shape as a guide for the boy’s upper torso. Curve the lines so that the shape bulges out a bit. The bottom edge of this shape should be at about the mark for two heads high.
Step 4: Below the previous shape, draw another square-like shape as a guide for the middle part of the boy’s torso. Curve the bottom edge of this shape a bit. The bottom edge of this guide should be at about halfway between the second and third head height mark.
Step 5: Below the previous shape, draw a triangular shape as a guide for the lower part of the boys’s torso. The sides of this guide should be short, vertical lines. The bottom part of this guide should be similar to a wide letter V. The bottom tip of this guide should be at around the mark for three heads high.
Step 6: Below the lower torso, draw a series of long, curved vertical lines for the top part of the boy’s legs. The shape for each leg should be thick at the top and thin at the bottom. These lines should end below the fourth head-high mark. At the end of each leg, draw a small oval as guides for the knees. Pay attention to the size of these ovals in relation to the legs. Don’t draw them too big. The ovals for the knees should be halfway between the fourth and fifth head height mark.
Step 7: Below the knees, draw a couple more lines as guides for the lower part of the boy’s legs. Just like before, the top parts of these shapes should be wider than the bottoms. Below each leg, draw a small rectangular shape as a guide for the feet. These shapes should be narrow at the top and wider at the bottom. The bottom edges of the feet should be at the bottom-most head height mark.
Step 8: On the top corners of the torso, draw two small circles as guides for the boy’s shoulders. Pay attention to the size of these circles in relation to the torso. Don’t draw them too big. Directly below the second mark for the head-height, on either side of the torso, draw two small circles as a guide for the elbows. These circles should be smaller than the shoulder circles. Draw a couple of sloping lines to connect the shoulder circles to the elbow circles to form the guide for the arms. The outer lines should be longer than the inner lines, which should connect to the sides of the torso.
Step 9: Below each elbow, draw two long curved lines as a guide for the boy’s forearms. Make the top sections of the forearms wide and the bottoms narrow for the wrists. The bottom edge of the forearms should be along third head-height mark. Below the each wrist, draw a small, diamond-like shape as guides for the hands. These shapes should angle at the sides and the bottom should be pointy. The hands should rest about halfway along the thighs.
That’s it for the guides! From this point on, press harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing. Remember to keep your overall body shape at about six heads high. If you used lines as guides for the head height, you can erase them at this point.
This tutorial focuses on how to draw a boy body, so for a more detailed, step-by-step explanation on how to draw a forward facing boy head, check out this tutorial: How to Draw a Manga Boy Head (Front View). Once you complete the head, continue below to step 10.
Step 10: Darken the lines under the head to create the neck and trapezius muscles. Below the neck, draw a couple of short, horizontal lines for the boy’s collar bone.
Step 11: Darken the initial lines in the middle to create the sides of the boy’s torso. The top part of the torso should be wider than the bottom. Inside the shape, draw a couple of lines to define a bit of the pectoral muscles. Add a small dot near the bottom for the navel or belly button.
Step 12: Darken the shape at the bottom to finish with the boy’s torso. Make the lines a bit curvier as you darken them.
Step 13: Use the shapes to the left of the torso as guides to draw the boy’s first arm. Simply darken the outer edges of the guides to create the shape of the arm. The shape curves inward in the middle to create the elbow section. The shape is also thin at the bottom for the wrist.
Step 14: Draw the shape of the boy’s hand inside the initial diamond-like guide at the bottom. At the bottom, only one finger should be visible because of the way the hand is turned. Draw the finger as a thin, long, curved shape. On the right draw the thumb the same way but make it shorter.
Step 15: Use the shapes on the right as guides to draw the boy’s other arm the same way. Darken the outer edges of the guides to create the shape of the arm. Make the middle and bottom areas thin for the elbow and wrists. At the bottom, draw the hand within the shape of the diamond-like guide. Draw the finger as a thin, long shape that curves to the left and the thumb as a shorter, thin shape that curves downward.
Step 16: Use the shapes that are on the lower, left side of the torso as guides to draw the manga boy’s first leg. Just like the with the arms, darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the leg. Curve the middle section to create the knee. The top of the leg should be wide and thin near the knee. It should also be thick below the knee for the calf muscle and then thin at the bottom for the ankle.
Step 17: Draw the shape of the boy’s foot within the rectangular shape at the bottom. Darken the outer edges of the guide but make the shape curvier. At the bottom draw a series of short lines to separate the toes. Make the right-most shape wider for the big toe. Add a small line inside for the nail. Don’t worry about adding too much detail to the toes for now.
Step 18: Use the shapes on the right as guides to draw the boy’s other leg the same way. Darken the outer edges of the guides to create the shape of the leg. Make the middle and bottom areas thin for the knee and ankle. At the bottom, draw the foot within the shape of the rectangular guide. Split the toes at the bottom using short lines and make the left-most shape thicker for the big toe.
Step 19: For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don’t worry about erasing all of the guides. It’s okay to leave some behind. Re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.
Final Step: If you’d like, you can add hair to your drawing so that your boy isn’t bald! For a detailed, step-by-step explanation on how to draw shaggy hair for a boy, check out this tutorial: How to Draw a Manga Boy with Shaggy Hair (Front View).
That’s it! Keep practicing until you get the body and proportions right. Draw it again and again and eventually you’ll get better!