In this free art lesson, you’ll learn how to draw a Full Body Manga Girl (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 Girl (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 girl’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 girl will be roughly six heads tall. That means that however tall you drew the head, her proportionate body should be about six of those same-sized heads stacked up on top of each other. A girl that’s even younger would be fewer heads in height. An average full grown woman’s body would be seven or eight heads high, depending on how tall you want to draw her.
Drawing six heads can be tedious, so you can just roughly estimate what six heads is or make small horizontal marks all the way down to help you determine the height. You can also use a ruler for a more accurate measurement.
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 girls’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 girl’s upper torso. Curve the lines on the sides 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 girl’s torso. Curve the sides of this shape inward a bit. The bottom edge of this guide should be at about halfway on the third head height mark.
Step 5: Below the previous shape, draw a triangular shape as a guide for the lower part of the girl’s torso. 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 girls legs. The outer lines should curve outward at the top and the inner lines should be more vertical. These lines should end just 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.
Step 7: Below the knees, draw a couple more lines as guides for the lower part of the girls’ legs. The outer lines should bulge outward a bit at the top. The inner lines should bulge less. Make sure that the shapes are thicker at the top and thinner at the bottom. The middle of these shapes should be at the five-heads high mark. 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 mark.
Step 8: On the top corners of the torso, draw two small circles as guides for the girl’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 vertical 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 girls’ 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 girl body, so for a more detailed, step-by-step explanation on how to draw a forward facing girl head, check out this tutorial: How to Draw a Manga Girl 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 bit U-shaped line for the top edge of the girl’s top.
Step 11: Darken the initial lines in the middle to create the sides of the girl’s torso and the bottom edge of the girl’s top. Add curved lines along the circles for the shoulders to create the straps on the top.
Step 12: Darken the shape at the bottom to finish with the girl’s torso. Slightly above the top edge of this triangular shape, draw a tiny vertical line for the navel or belly button. At the top, below the neck, draw a couple of short, horizontal lines for the collarbone.
Step 13: Use the shapes to the left of the torso as guides to draw the girl’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.
Step 14: Draw the shape of the girl’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 girls’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 inward 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 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 at the to 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 girl’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 know.
Step 18: Use the shapes on the right as guides to draw the girls’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 girl isn’t bald! For a detailed, step-by-step explanation on how to draw short hair for a girl, check out this tutorial: How to Draw a Manga Girl with Short Hair (Front View).
If you’d like, you can add clothes to your drawing! For a detailed, step-by-step explanation on how to draw a school uniform to your girl drawing, check out this tutorial: How to Draw a Manga Girl in a School Uniform.
That’s it! Keep practicing until you get the body and proportions right. Draw it again and again and eventually you’ll get better!