How to draw Mei a Manga character from my comics “Kapow Express.” Learn to draw Manga face and body step by step easy to follow tutorial. Mei is a main female protagonist in the story and expert in Praying Mantis style of Kung Fu. As the name suggests, the Praying Mantis Kung Fu Style is a school of Kung Fu that has taken inspiration from the unique fighting technique of the Praying Mantis insect. Amongst all the animal Kung Fu styles, this is the most widely followed and the most ruthless of them all. It is one of the many Kung Fu forms, which had the Shaolin Temple act as a catalyst for their origin and promotion. The founder of this innovative form of martial art was a master named Wang Lang, who invented this form, while China was under the Ming Dynasty.
In the Chinese martial arts, imagery of the Five Animals (Five Forms). There are Tiger, Crane, Leopard, Snake, and Dragon—appears predominantly in Southern Shaolin in Fujian Provinces. An alternate Northern temple styles which is also widely used is the crane, the tiger, the monkey, the snake, and praying mantis.
Here is a drawing of Mei in Praying Mantis Kung Fu pose.
Below are step by step how to draw Manga style start with the face. It is useful to look at any subject and break it down into simple geometry shapes. You can always practice it even when you are not drawing to keep your brain stimulated. Very good observation exercise for artists. It is a lot easier to draw once you observe the over all shape of the object or person you are trying to draw. I usually start of using sphere or circle as a base for character’s skull, then next step would be figuring out the next geometry form to fit into the image. Or any big geometry shape you see first when you observe the subject then go from there. Since you imagine this in a sphere. I then draw a horizontal contour along the surface of the three dimentional egg shape. This horizontal line should stay along the middle of the sphere surface and that’s where humans eyes should be line up with. And the vertical line again curves along the surface of the egg shape that where the nose and lips should line up in relation to the face. I first drew a mark for nose and mouth. The nose should be place half way in between the horizontal line and the bottom edge line of the circle. The mouth usually half way between the nose and chin.
The step by step drawing below break down into shapes to show you how to easier draw a body piece by piece. Step one, I drew her torso. Step two, I drew her hip. Both one and two are in unique shapes. Step three, imagine upper arms and thighs as cylinder shapes. Step four and five, just follow along with the images.