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AAYF Projects 2022-23

Manga Art

By Ashish Sharma

January 2023


This project is inspired by the every growing popularity of manga comics and animation. Most kids are into Japanese anime like Pokémon, Doremon, YuGiHo, Naruto, Dragonball, Akira, Angel beats, Legend of Zelda, Howl’s moving castle etc… The characters have a magnetic tendency and seem to draw one into them. Whether it is a teenage kids, a magical or a dark character; they seem to have such detail and perfection. The eyes especially have always seems to be so full of expressions. 


With the survey done among children, I realized that most kids do have their favorite manga character and would love to draw them. The enriching experience of making their own manga style character would open avenues towards their illustration ideas. Besides, they will learn about the history of Manga and its contribution in animation. 

Students can also express their emotions through their characters as the focus is on drawing the expression of the character. 

Knowing it is not easy to draw a whole body perfectly for most elementary kids, we are focusing on just the face and its features. Emphasis is on expression of our character. Simple tools are used. 


  • Manga – Comics from Japan. 
  • Manga Paper is called ‘Genko Yoshi’. It comes in 2 sizes B4 and A4. 
  • Mangaka – Professional manga artist are referred to as Mangaka. 
  • Shōjo manga – Manga aimed at a teenage female readership. 
  • Shōnen manga – Manga aimed at a young male audience. 


  • Paper – print paper for practice; Bristol Vellum 9×12 for our manga character 
  • Sharpie black twin tip (Fine and ultra-fine tips) 
  • Chalk pastels pencils (assorted colors) 
  • HB pencils, Hi Polymer erasers 
  • Ruler, Circle stencil 3 1/2 inches 
  • Q-tips 


Manga Video


▪ Manga Powerpoint

▪ Manga Lesson Plan

▪ Manga Labels



▪ Distance Learning Tips – Suggestions to help make this experience enjoyable for all.

▪ Elements of Art – Resource sheet with vocabulary used by artists.