Common Mistakes When Drawing Anime & Manga

This tutorial outlines some of the most common mistakes made when drawing manga or anime, and in general. These mistakes can be avoided and fixed with these tips.

Common Mistakes When Drawing Anime & Manga


You can find many tutorials on 3dvkarts to help you draw different things. This tutorial will show you how to draw, but it is slightly different.

Poor Line Quality

Drawing quality

Line quality is the biggest mistake made by beginner artists.

Drawing a line using a series of small strokes is the first mistake. This makes drawing slower and can lead to uneven lines or lines that look like scratches.

Drawing overlapping lines that aren’t necessary is the second error. Sometimes, this can make sketches look “better”, but it’s not. The truth is that one line is more likely to be in the correct place if you draw enough. The line is then seen by your eyes, giving you the impression that the drawing has been “improved.”

The third is wobbly lines, which should be straight. This mistake might not be intentional. Sometimes, you may just need to practice more in order to improve your handwriting. You should never draw in this manner if it is not necessary.

Here are some exercises to help you develop a steady hand and more beginner-friendly drawing tips.

Beginner Guide to Drawing Anime & Manga

You will see that manga and anime are characterized by very precise, well-drawn line drawings. You should learn from the pros to draw anime. Draw with long, steady lines to avoid scribbling.


It’s better to draw long lines from the shoulder than from your wrist. This means that instead of moving your wrist to draw the lines, move the shoulder/elbow portion of the arm.

For drawing small details, it is easier to draw from the wrist.

Overly Thick Lines

When drawing, consider the line weight

Another common mistake that beginners make is to add weight to their lines. Line weight is something you need to be mindful of, even if your lines are straight and consistent. Drawings that are too thick could make them look unprofessional.

The lines in anime are usually very thin relative to the characters and there is no variation in line weight. Manga, on the other side, is more likely to have drawings of varying line thickness. You can use thicker lines for the main object shape and smaller details.


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Choose poor colors

Good vs bad color selection

This is especially true for digital drawing, which allows you to easily access dark or bright colors that are hard or impossible to reproduce on paper using pencil crayons.

Common coloring mistakes include choosing colors that blend together or blend with the black outline of an object or character.

Use darker colors if you wish to draw in dark shades. Make sure that the outline of your drawing is not lost as you apply them. For this part of your drawing, draw light or white outlines.


How to Draw Anime Style Food & Lunch Box

There is no perspective

Perspective drawing vs. no perspective drawing

Perspective refers to objects becoming smaller as they move further away. This is how art can show it in a convincing way.

Drawings without perspective look strange. Even though they aren’t artists, most people can see something is wrong with their drawings.

For anime and manga, perspective is crucial for creating dramatic scenes or background objects.

More information on the perspective drawing can be found here:

Tutorial for Beginning Artists and How It Relates To Anime

Distorted or uneven drawings

Drawing with guidelines

It’s easy to make mistakes when you’re trying to draw something that is supposed to be symmetrical. You can avoid making mistakes by drawing some guidelines.

If you’re drawing the head in the above example, it’s a good idea for you to draw a line through the middle of the area where you want the head to be placed. This will ensure that the halves are equally sized.

You can find different styles of anime heads here:


How To Draw Different Styles Of Anime Heads & Faces

Misaligned or misplaced parts

How to see through drawing

Another common error is that different parts of an object are drawn incorrectly when a part of it is hidden.

If you expand the lines of the sword/sheath shown in the previous drawing, you will see that they do not align.

To avoid making such errors, you can make a light “see-through” sketch of the entire object to ensure that each end is correctly placed. You can simply erase any hidden parts later.

Confusion of Other Styles with Anime

Anime vs cartoon style

While some styles might look like anime, they aren’t exactly “anime”. Professional and semi-professional artists can make this mistake often, drawing characters that look more like cartoons or dolls.

A very specific set is what defines anime. These include:

  • Large eyes and thick, pointy eyelashes
  • Highly simplified nose (often with a dot in the front view).
  • Small mouth (usually without or very little defined lips).
  • Chins that are small and almost pointy

Although there are some exceptions for manga and anime characters, you should stick to the anime style if you want to achieve an anime look.


Step-by-step instructions on how to draw an anime face.

You can draw a female face like the one shown in the illustration by clicking:

How to Draw an Animation Girl’s Face and Head

Draw Areas Limited

Sizing drawing to the drawing area

Another common mistake beginners make is to draw too small or too large for their drawing area.

If you want to show the surroundings behind your characters, it’s okay to draw them small. If you wish to portray a lonely character, you can make them small and have a lot of space around them. You can also make several small practice sketches on one piece of paper. However, if you are trying to draw a portrait of a character in a portrait style like the one above, make sure your drawing takes up most of the page. You should also leave plenty of white space on the sides to avoid your drawing looking cluttered.

There is an inconsistency between different views

Properly sized vs. improperly sized facial features

Beginners often make the common mistake of sizing or aligning facial features in different views of the same character. The example shows a side view that is narrower than the front view. This small error can lead to characters who don’t look the same in different views.

Check to ensure that different facial features are drawn in the same view.


Even as a professional artist, it’s easy to make mistakes while drawing. It’s important to be able to catch them and fix them. This tutorial should have given you more information about what to look for.

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