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>Is there a guide to drawing simplified characters like this?

Putting this up since the thread wasn't up long enough for me to be sure OP got it.

How to draw general, I guess.
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"Kodomo Manga: Super cute!" Is a surprisingly thorough resource even though it was made by filthy Westerners.
I'm not sure if it's in print anymore, but "Shojo Beat Manga Artist Academny is absolutely packed with applicable info on structuring manga. That said, they don't help you too much with actually drawing.
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I'm not sure if it's in print anymore, but "Shojo Beat Manga Artist Academy" is absolutely packed with applicable info on structuring manga. That said, they don't help you too much with actually drawing.
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"The Monster Book of More Manga" is huge and expensive, but thorough and detailed with respect to anatomy and other details.

...I'd rather not rely on this one too much since you're not learning applied manga, but it's one of the better manga guides out there.
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Just looking at the cover makes me want to throw up, but this is one of the few resources on the planet that involves a by-Westerners-for-Westerners glimpse at the Japanese professional manga writing process.

...That said, this piece of crap of a human being only managed to churn this shit out years after she stopped assisting the Prince of Tennis guy. It's a lot better than Fellippe Smith, but it's still pretty sad.
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Just kidding.

The actual authors behind the manga hardly ever see each other, so already the validity of it as a teaching resource falls apart. After the first few chapters the story jumps from learning manga at hard mode to MAX EXTREME NIGHTMARE MODO. I think what they had Eiji Nizuma say has a lot of validity though.
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The joke is that none of the artists make serialized manga in the traditional sense, but in coloured short comic anthologies like the now defunct ROBOT. In some cases they only really do light novel illustrations, but they're still worth looking at.

These books are colouring and finishing ONLY. Don't come here if you want a step-by-step drawing tutorial.

Three volumes localized.
It's actually pretty okay. Covers just about everything from humans to animals to monsters and furries. There's even a guide on perspective which is very helpful.

When you're copying the step-by-step process, try not to be so anal about drawing the guidelines exactly as they appear. You have the common sense to identify errors and correct them later one.
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Here, a reply.
I lent my copy of this to someone, and the bastard never gave it back.

Another surprisingly good tutorial with a focus on various kinds of clothing. Irene draws everything with a brush instead of pen nibs like a regular manga artist, so I suggest not taking everything seriously. Knowledge of anatomy is solid, and the resulting characters are stylish and attractive. Lots of references that leave you with few questions about drawing clothes.

Know that the author actually wrote a few manga volumes that were published professionally. ...But also know that they now go for less than $3 in Rightstuf's bargain bin.

There's a second volume, but it isn't as good.
OP tries so hard to be helpful, but there's nobody to help.
I'm helping me. Everything else comes later.

You're basically paying $25 for about 5 pages of applicable information. The basic idea is that you can infinitely create original characters by selectively combining both psychological and physical traits of various items. That said, you need to be at least skilled in drawing to put it to use. They try to fool you into thinking that the reference artworks were made using the formula, but its actually the other way around.

Still, it's chock full of creative and well-drawn works, particularly by Akina Fujiwara, who did the Charmer series in the Yu Gi Oh TCG.

There's a second one that presents a matrix you apply to story telling, but that one's even more full of crap, and the art is worse.
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Just stop. You can try again later but right now no fish are interested.

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