Turn your imagination into manga!

Learn how to draw even more interesting and appealing manga and aim for your professional debut!!

Turn your imagination into manga!

Learn how to draw even more interesting and appealing manga and aim for your professional debut!!

Advanced Course Introduction


*This video is a sample.

Outline

Someone being able to draw doesn’t mean they can draw manga.
There’s a difference between drawing pictures and creating manga.
Manga involves expressing a story through panels and pictures.

Our Manga Drawing Advanced Course is for those with experience creating manga. It explains in simple terms what you need to think about and tips and tricks of the trade to make your manga more interesting.
In our Story Writing course, you will find lessons that use a sample manga to show you how to create your story and break it up into panels.

Course Goals

Create 16-32 pages of original manga
This course is taught using an original manga based on the Japanese folktale “Momotaro.”
Three assignments will be set, and finally you will attempt to make your own original manga.

  • Character creation and plot
  • Storyboard (manga blueprint)
  • Manuscript completion

For each assignment, we will tell you what to watch out for and advise you through corrections how to make your manga even more interesting.
In the lessons, professional manga artist Toyoji Kanemaki will use his life experience and practical knowledge to teach you how to enjoy working on your manga until its completion, how to put together a story, what makes characters appealing and how to create them, and much more.
*This course will use director and JAM Japan Animation & Manga College graduate Yoshi Katagiri’s original 32-page manga “Momotaro’s Adventure”, which is based on the folktale “Momotaro.”

Special Features

Special feature 1: A professional course from an accomplished school!!
JAM Japan Animation & Manga College has produced over 100 professional Mangaka (Manga Artists) since its opening. Now, you can take their classes in video form.
The classes are packed full of the essence of the trade and workplace knowhow you can’t get from reading a book!
With this professional course from an accomplished school taught by popular tutors, you will not only gain motivation, but learn effectively and deepen your understanding of manga creation.

Special feature 2: Individual instructions from tutors with feedback! Create your own original manga and aim for your professional debut!!
This course isn’t just a series of videos for you to watch, you are also given three practical assignments by your tutors. After you submit them, your professional tutors will give feedback and results (advice on how to improve your skills.)

Special feature 3: No additional fees! Unlimited access with just the course fee! Perfect for busy people!
You can extend the study period for this course, so if you need longer than the standard period, you can automatically extend your access for another 90 days just by logging in (no fees apply). In other words, as long as you log in regularly, you can continue learning for as long as you like. So if you’re busy, rest assured you can take your time. Even after the course is finished, you can still review classes and use our social media platform!

If you’re a self-taught manga artist or studying with the goal to go professional, let us help you improve your manga creation skills and resolve any issues you may have.

Who This Course is For

  • ・Those who want to learn how to make their manga more interesting.
  • ・Those who have tried to create manga, but had setbacks before completion.
  • ・Those drawing manga who are self-taught and would like professional education.
  • ・Those who want to learn how to draw manga while working or studying.
  • ・Those who want to attend a professional school, but can’t because of distance.
  • ・Those who want to attend a professional school, but can’t afford to.
  • ・Those aiming to be a Mangaka (Manga Artist), assistant, or designer.

What You Will Need

What You Will Need
Manga supplies (specialized pens, pencils, paper, rulers etc) and/or illustration software.

マンガ道具

It’s not necessary to have illustration software.
You can create and submit your assignments using Celsys, Inc.’s CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX free trial or another software.

Curriculum

  • Getting Started: Course Introduction
    04m52s
  • Tutorial 1: The Production Process & Jargon
    07m45s
  • Tutorial 2: Page Composition
    08m17s
  • Tutorial 3: Characters
    11m39s
  • Tutorial 4: Basic Story Composition 1
    07m27s
  • Tutorial 5: Story Writing 1
    16m44s
  • Tutorial 6: Basic Story Composition 2
    14m21s
  • Tutorial 7: Story Writing 2
    42m09s
  • Tutorial 8: Character Profiles & Plot
    feedback 1 14m42s
  • Tutorial 9: Storyboard
    feedback 2 06m51s
  • Tutorial 10: Complete Manuscript
    feedback 3 18m27s

Standard Study Period

6 months.

*By logging in regularly, there is no time limit. You can take classes whenever and wherever you are, for as long as you like!

Tutors

Toyoji Kanemaki

profile 金巻とよじ

Mangaka (Manga Artist), part-time tutor at JAM Japan Animation & Manga College

Background

  • After receiving multiple awards such as the Kodansha Newcomer Manga Award, had work serialized in Shonen Magazine and Shonen King.
  • Currently working on a broad range of work such as a 4-coma manga serialized in Niigata Nippo magazine “Talk a Walk.”

Sample Manga Artist

The artist behind the example manga used in this course, “Momotaro’s Adventure.”

Yoshi Katagiri

profile 片桐美亜

Mangaka (Manga Artist)

Background

  • Alumnus of JAM Japan Animation & Manga College, Manga Creation Department.
  • A challenger searching for an individual means of expression at her own pace.
Works
  • Kokaku Torimonochou (8 volumes total)/Asuka Comics DX
  • Yamato Ezoshi (1 volume total)/Asuka Comics DX
  • Tera Cafe Biyori (1 volume)/Asuka Comics DX
  • Tsuki ni Tsubame to Migi ni Kage (1 volume)/Asuka Comics DX
Message
  • The world is evolving every day.
  • Don’t get bogged down by stereotypes and do something you enjoy.

Course Fees

Number of videos: 11 lessons
Video length: 2 hours 33 minutes
Assignments for feedback: 3
Price: USD 449.00 (Tax incl.)

*This video is a sample.

Outline

Someone being able to draw doesn’t mean they can draw manga.
There’s a difference between drawing pictures and creating manga.
Manga involves expressing a story through panels and pictures.

Our “Manga Drawing Advanced Course” is for those with experience creating manga. It explains in simple terms what you need to think about and tips and tricks of the trade to make your manga more interesting.
In our Background Techniques course, we’ll introduce the basic theories and teach you how to create a background manuscript using photographic references.

Course Goals

Have you ever struggled using basic theories or photographic references and finishing the small objects or backgrounds that are essential to manga?
How can and should you use backgrounds, effects, and so on...?
Good use of backgrounds and effects (learning background techniques) makes your manga more lifelike and expands your range of expression.
In this course you will find lessons on how to add basic backgrounds and effects to improve the quality of your manga.
We’ll first explain how to draw traditionally. This is so that you will learn how to draw what you want to with your own two hands, without relying on digital background materials or photo manipulation. After this, we’ll show you the useful features and things to watch out for when using digital software.

Special Features

Special feature 1: A professional course from an accomplished school!!
JAM Japan Animation & Manga College has produced over 100 professional Mangaka (Manga Artists) since its opening. Now, you can take their classes in video form.
The classes are packed full of the essence of the trade and workplace knowhow you can’t get from reading a book!
With this professional course from an accomplished school taught by popular tutors, you will not only gain motivation, but learn effectively and deepen your understanding of manga creation.

Special feature 2: Individual instructions from your tutor with feedback! Master drawing backgrounds and aim for your professional debut!!
This course isn’t just a series of videos for you to watch, you are also given two practical assignments by your tutor. After you submit them, your professional tutor will give feedback and results (advice on how to improve your skills.)

Special feature 3: No additional fees! Unlimited access with just the course fee! Perfect for busy people!
You can extend the study period for this course, so if you need longer than the standard period, you can automatically extend your access for another 90 days just by logging in (no fees apply). In other words, as long as you log in regularly, you can continue learning for as long as you like. So if you’re busy, rest assured you can take your time. Even after the course is finished, you can still review classes and use our social media platform!

If you’re a self-taught manga artist or studying with the goal to go professional, let us help you improve your manga creation skills and resolve any issues you may have.

Who This Course is For

  • ・Those who want to learn how to make their manga more interesting.
  • ・Those who have tried to create manga, but had setbacks before completion.
  • ・Those drawing manga who are self-taught and would like professional education.
  • ・Those who want to learn how to draw manga while working or studying.
  • ・Those who want to attend a professional school, but can’t because of distance.
  • ・Those who want to attend a professional school, but can’t afford to.
  • ・Those aiming to be a Mangaka (Manga Artist), assistant, or designer.

What You Will Need

What You Will Need
Manga supplies (specialized pens, pencils, paper, rulers etc) and/or illustration software.

マンガ道具

It’s not necessary to have illustration software.
You can create and submit your assignments using Celsys, Inc.’s CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX free trial or another software.

Curriculum

  • Getting Started: Course Introduction
    04m08s
  • Tutorial 1: Background Effects
    15m01s
  • Tutorial 2: Drawing Techniques
    15m12s
  • Tutorial 3: Effects and Objects- Preliminary Sketch
    22m44s
  • Tutorial 4: Effects and Objects- Inking
    27m56s
  • Tutorial 5: Effects and Objects- Finishing Touches
    feedback 1 22m32s
  • Tutorial 6: Backgrounds- Preliminary Sketch
    45m31s
  • Tutorial 7: Backgrounds- Inking
    20m13s
  • Tutorial 8: Backgrounds- Finishing Touches
    feedback 2 21m37s
  • Tutorial 9: Background Techniques- Summary
    12m38s

Standard Study Period

4 months.

*By logging in regularly, there is no time limit. You can take classes whenever and wherever you are, for as long as you like!

Tutor

Hiroshi Ito

profile 伊藤 寛志

JAM Japan Animation & Manga College part-time tutor

Background Alumnus of JAM Japan Animation and Manga College, Manga Creation Department.
After working as an assistant to multiple manga artists, he now works as a manga artist himself.
An expert in background perspective, loves motorbikes.

Message You can express yourself freely with manga.
There are also things you can only express with manga.
I hope you have fun studying!

Course Fees

Number of videos: 10 lessons
Video length: 3 hours 27 minutes
Assignments for feedback: 2
Price: USD 249.00 (Tax Incl.)

*This video is a sample.

Outline

Someone being able to draw doesn’t mean they can draw manga.
There’s a difference between drawing pictures and creating manga.
Manga involves expressing a story through panels and pictures.

Our Manga Drawing Advanced Course is for those with experience creating manga. It explains in simple terms what you need to think about and tips and tricks of the trade to make your manga more interesting.
In our Coloring course, you will find lessons about using digital tools and the methodology behind how to express yourself through your work.

Course Goals

How should you use digital tools to create a color illustration (based on the theme of the Japanese folktale “Momotaro”) and what finishing touches should you apply?
Have you ever panicked because you can’t think of an idea for an illustration, felt lost when choosing a color palette, or finished a drawing only to feel there’s something off about it?
In this course, professional illustrator Natsumi Yamada will show you the practical methodology of illustration through explaining the entire process, from coming up with an idea to completion.
You will learn about useful digital tools that will make your workflow more efficient and the methodology behind drawing in a purposefully expressive way rather than intuitively.

Special Features

Special feature 1: A professional course from an accomplished school!!
JAM Japan Animation & Manga College has produced over 100 professional Mangaka (Manga Artists) since its opening. Now, you can take their classes in video form.
The classes are packed full of the essence of the trade and workplace knowhow you can’t get from reading a book!
With this professional course from an accomplished school taught by popular tutors, you will not only gain motivation, but learn effectively and deepen your understanding of manga creation.

Special feature 2: Individual instructions from your tutor with feedback! Polish the essential coloring skills you need for digital manga!!
This course isn’t just a series of videos for you to watch, you are also given a practical assignment by your tutor. After you submit them, your professional tutor will give feedback and results (advice on how to improve your skills.)
Improve on your coloring skills through not only watching, but actually drawing and getting feedback and instruction from a professional tutor!

Special feature 3: No additional fees! Unlimited access with just the course fee! Perfect for busy people!
You can extend the study period for this course, so if you need longer than the standard period, you can automatically extend your access for another 90 days just by logging in (no fees apply). In other words, as long as you log in regularly, you can continue learning for as long as you like. So if you’re busy, rest assured you can take your time. Even after the course is finished, you can still review classes and use our social media platform!

If you’re a self-taught manga artist or studying with the goal to go professional, let us help you improve your manga creation skills and resolve any issues you may have.

Who This Course is For

  • ・Those who want to learn how to make their manga more interesting.
  • ・Those who have tried to create manga, but had setbacks before completion.
  • ・Those drawing manga who are self-taught and would like professional education.
  • ・Those who want to learn how to draw manga while working or studying.
  • ・Those who want to attend a professional school, but can’t because of distance.
  • ・Those who want to attend a professional school, but can’t afford to.
  • ・Those aiming to be a Mangaka (Manga Artist), assistant, or designer.

What You Will Need

Paint software
In this course we will use Adobe Photoshop, but you can use any software with the same functions (e.g. CLIP STUDIO PAINT free trial).

Curriculum

  • Getting Started: Course Introduction and Goals
    01m37s
  • Tutorial 1: About Photoshop
    06m01s
  • Tutorial 2: Production Process
    17m46s
  • Tutorial 3: Getting Started with Color
    14m05s
  • Tutorial 4: Linework and Correction
    19m02s
  • Tutorial 5: About Color
    17m57s
  • Tutorial 6: Painting
    13m27s
  • Tutorial 7: Color Application and Other Tools
    12m28s
  • Tutorial 8: Course Assignment
    feedback 03m05s

Standard Study Period

2 months.

*By logging in regularly, there is no time limit. You can take classes whenever and wherever you are, for as long as you like!

Tutor

Natsumi Yamada

profile 山田ナツミ

Illustrator/JAM Japan Animation & Manga College part-time tutor

Background Alumnus of JAM Japan Animation and Manga College, Comic Illustration Department.
Portrait artist for TV and events, has held many different individual and group exhibitions.
Teaches coloring techniques using a variety of materials.
A creator of many talents including not only illustration, but also stage costume and prop designs.

Course Fees

Number of videos: 9 lessons
Video length: 1 hour 45 minutes
Assignments for feedback: 1
Price: USD 149.00 (Tax Incl.)

MANABI JOURNEY Manga Drawing Course Line-up

At MANABI JOURNEY, we've got courses for all levels of experience.
All courses are provided by JAM Japan Animation and Manga College.
Each course has its own special features, so make sure to check out what's on offer!


About MANABI JOURNEY

MANABI JOURNEY is an online school.

All courses on MANABI JOURNEY have a standard study period. For example, for the Manga Drawing / Comprehensive Course, this is 12 months. In other words, it usually takes this amount of time to improve your drawing skills and complete the course. However, those who have limited time, such as students and those in employment, can take more time than this if necessary, as long as they periodically take classes. So, rest assured and take your time!

MANABI JOURNEY is an online school

There's no membership fees, enrollment fees, or extension fees! All you have to pay is the course fee.

Membership registration at MANABI JOURNEY is free, and there are no additional fees; all you have to pay is the course fee. What’s more, if you pay by card, you can choose to pay in instalments.

There's no membership fees, enrollment fees, or extension fees!

You can meet other students on our exclusive social media platform.

You can meet other students on our exclusive social media platform. We have a forum for those taking courses on MANABI JOURNEY. There, you can chat, ask questions, and get feedback from your fellow students so that you can improve your skills together. Furthermore, depending on the contents of the questions, your tutors will also participate. As this is a platform for students, you don't have to worry about differences in age, gender, or nationality! (You can even choose a nickname to make it even easier to post!)

Work hard with your fellow students, and become the best you can be!

Advanced Course Q&A

What kind of course is it?
It’s a course completely directed by the well-established JAM Japan Animation and Manga College, which has produced over 100 professional Mangaka (Manga Artists), and is aimed at those with experience creating manga who are aiming for their professional debut. (If you are looking to improve your basic skills, please check out the Comprehensive Course.)
How do I take the course? Do I have to go to a college?
It's an online course, so you can take lessons anywhere at any time, at your own pace! (You can even use your smart device!)
I'm busy with work, so I want to take it slowly, but if there's a time limit I don't think I can...
There is a standard study period, but there is no time limit! (*) Please take the course at your own pace!
*After the standard study period, if you don't log in to your account for over 90 days, it will be invalidated. However, just by logging in once, you can extend this for another 90 days, so if you log in periodically, there is no time limit.
I'm worried I can't do it alone...
You will talk to your professors for feedback, and you can talk to fellow students using our very own social media platform!
Work hard and polish your art skills with people from all over the world!
I'm a beginner, so it seems a bit much to aim to go pro...
If this Advanced Course looks a little too difficult for you, please check out the Comprehensive Course. The curriculum there will teach you all the basics.
I already draw manga. Do I have to take the course from the beginning?
The course is made up of video lessons, so you can skip any that you don't need to watch. However, you might learn something new from going over the basics from scratch! That's just how comprehensive the curriculum is.
Can I do my coursework digitally and hand it in that way?
Of course! Please establish what works best for you, whether that’s doing everything digitally, drawing the storyboard and characters traditionally, or drafting out the backgrounds by hand and scanning them in!