In this free art lesson, you’ll learn how to draw a Full Body Manga Girl (Side 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 lightly sketch 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 girl’s facial features later. Below the head, draw a two short vertical lines as guides for the neck. The line on the right should curve more and it should be slightly longer than the line on the left.
Step 3: Directly under the neck draw a small circle as a guide for the top part of the girl’s chest. Pay attention to how small the circle is in relation to the head. The bottom of this circle should be pretty far away from the mark for two heads high.
Step 4: Below the small circle, draw a long, curved line for the bottom part of the girl’s chest This line should resemble the letter U that’s tilted a bit. Notice that the bottom of this U-shaped line, overlaps the mark for two heads high.
Step 5: On the bottom, left side of the chest, draw another circle as a guide for the lower part of the manga girl’s torso. The bottom of this circle should overlap the mark for three heads high. This circle should be a bit smaller than the head. This circle should be farther to the left than the guides for the chest and the head.
Use two curved lines to connect the circle to the chest and create the guide for the middle of the torso. The line on the left will be the line for the back and it should curve more than the line on the right. The line on the right will be the line for the stomach.
Step 6: Below the lower torso, draw two long, curved vertical lines for the top part of the girl’s legs. The lines get closer to each other at the bottom so that the thigh at the top is wider than the bottom. The bottoms of these lines should overlap the mark for four heads high. On the bottom end of the lines, draw a small circle as a guide for the knee. Pay attention to the size of this circle in relation to the top of the leg. Don’t draw it too big.
Step 7: Below the knee, draw a couple more lines as guides for the lower part of the girl’s leg. The line on the left should curve out to the left before curving back in to the right. The line on the right should be pretty straight. The mark for five heads high should come across the middle of these lines.
Under the leg, draw a small triangular shape as a guide for the foot. Make the right side of this shape pointy. Pay attention to how long the shape for the foot is in relation to the rest of the leg. The bottom edge of the foot should be at the bottom-most mark for the head-height.
Step 8: Inside the top circle for the chest, draw an even smaller circle as a guide for the girl’s shoulder. Below this circle, draw two lines as guides for the top of the girl’s arm. Don’t draw these lines too far apart. At the bottom end of these lines, draw another circle as a guide for the elbow. The circle for the elbow should be a bit smaller than the circle for the shoulder. The circle for the elbow should almost touch the edge of the big circle for the lower half of the torso.
Step 9: Below each elbow, draw two long, curved lines as a guide for the girl’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. Notice how the lines for the forearms slope to the right toward the front of the leg. Below the wrist, draw a small, oval-like shape as a guide for the hand. The right edge of the hand should graze the side of the leg.
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 girl head (side view), check out this tutorial: How to Draw a Manga Girl Head (Side View). Once you complete the head, continue below to step 10.
Step 10: Darken the outer edges of the shapes that make up the girl’s arm. Curve the shapes at the elbow so that the arm isn’t too pointy. Darken the top, right edge of the small initial circle for a bit of the girl’s shoulder.
Step 11: Draw a couple of curved lines on the top part of the arm for the sleeve of the girl’s top. Darken the oval-like shape at the bottom of the arm to create the hand. Along the bottom edge of the shape, draw three short, curved lines to separate the fingers. The thumb isn’t visible from this angle, so don’t draw it.
Step 12: Draw a curved line above the shoulder to create the strap on the girl’s top. Darken the sides of the initial guides for create the rest of the girl’s top. To the right of the arm, draw a short, horizontal line for the bottom edge of the top.
Step 13: Draw two curved line across the lower part of the torso for the underpants. The line on the bottom should curve more than the line on the top. Don’t overlap the shape of the forearm as you draw these lines. Darken the sides of the initial guides for the rest of the manga girl’s lower torso.
Step 14: Darken the outer edges of the initial lines and shapes to finish the girl’s torso. Don’t overlap the shape of the arm on the left side as you draw the torso. Darken the lines below the torso for the top part of the girl’s leg.
Step 15: Darken the outer edges of the initial guides at the bottom to create the lower half of the girl’s leg. Make the line curvier at the bottom for the foot’s sole. Draw a line on the top, left side of the foot for the ankle. On the right tip of the foot, draw a few tiny, curved lines to separate the toes.
Step 16: 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 (Side 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!