Ideas on How to Name Manga Characters


One of the things that you need to consider when creating a manga is the names to give each character. This is usually a daunting task to most artists. Here are some ideas to help you name them without breaking a sweat.

Choose Cool Names

Internet is one of the best places that you can find cool names for your characters. In fact, there are sites that have name catalogues, use their search feature to find names faster.

Famous People

Naming your characters after famous people will not only make your manga unique but also help to market it. Try to give the character a trait that best suits the famous person to make it realistic. Make sure that you do not use the same name in all your manga, unless of course you want to release a series. It goes without saying that using the same name over and over again will make your manga boring.

Names with Meanings

This is another ingenious ways of giving your manga a higher cutting edge in the market. There are thousands of manga in the market that you will be competing against. Simply look for names that have a meaning and use them. Go an extra mile and give the character a personality that is in line with the meaning of the name. However, you do not have to get it right, most people do not actually know the meaning of some names.

There you have it, these are some of the best ways of naming characters. Use them today to save time as you create your manga.

Pro Tips for Drawing Male Manga Characters

Drawing manga female characters is more complicated than female characters due to the many factors that you will have to keep in mind. The readers should be able to tell that a particular character is male or female before even reading their comments. Here are two tips that pros use to draw male characters.

What Kind of Male Character are you drawing?

In most manga books, it is very rare to see a female character who is not pretty, thin, and tall. On the other hand, the male characters are usually impish, short, ogreish, tall, and at times fat. Hence, you will need to consider the kind of male character that you want to use. For instance, if he is a geek, make him a little bit hunched over and the shoulders should be behind his head. An 8 head tall figure is also ideal if you want him to have the image of a dashing young man who is determine to conquer the world.

Body Figure

Most manga female characters have a body that curves around the stomach area and flare out around the hips. The male characters have torso, but there are not as curved as the female. You need to consider these two facts when drawing to do it right. For example, you can make the torso larger if you want to draw a beefy character.

Finally, you need to ensure that the legs have clear and curvy calves and block shape if you want to the character to have a masculine figure. After drawing, ask a friend to review your work before publishing to be sure that the characters resonate with your story line.