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Events - 03.02.2019

Elements of Character Design for Manga & Comics

Character Drawing



2:00 PM –3:00 PM


JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5



What are characters and what is their role in storytelling?

Characters guide the reader through the story and are the link to the emotions the writer hopes to convey. Illustrator/Animator MinoMiyabi will offer comic enthusiasts, emerging manga artists, and doodlers alike, fundamental tutorials on refining character design to enhance the expressiveness and storytelling value of individual characters. This workshop targeted for young adults and aspiring manga artists will help participants elevate the communicative power of their original characters, be they human, plant, animal, or machine, incorporating professional techniques to communicate expressions and feelings. Paired with a post workshop curator-led ‘This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA’ exhibition walkthrough, participants will gain insight into the process and techniques used by manga artist Naoki Urasawa in his character development.

Artist Profile 

Workshop instructor MinoMiyabi is a Los Angeles based animator and illustrator with an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Originally from Japan, he is currently in the US continuing his art focused on a balance of aesthetics and developing consistent formats for communicating the spirit of his characters. After spending time as an artist/animator at SPRITE Animation Studios contributing to “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures” for Disney XD, he began his freelance career with clients such as Walt Disney Imagineering and Shinca Entertainment. He is a regular speaker at annual workshops on character design and manga drawing at Anime EXPO (Los Angeles) and Comic-Con International (San Diego). MinoMiyabi is currently continuing his freelance work with a number of his own original projects in development.

About the Workshop Series

JAPAN HOUSE has a fun and interactive lineup of programs complimenting the North American debut of the ‘This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA’ exhibition, displayed in its gallery from January 23 – March 28, for the internationally acclaimed Japanese artist, Naoki Urasawa . These workshops will offer guests the opportunity to nurture their own drawing skills, while connecting with the manga art form and the artwork of Urasawa.

Naoki Urasawa is considered a modern manga master, combining dynamic storytelling and transcendent artistic skill in his development of rich and sophisticated characters. His stories touch upon the hopes, dreams, and at times underlying fears of humanity. This retrospective exhibition will introduce Urasawa’s thought process and drawing skill through an extraordinary presentation of more than 400 original drawings and storyboards. Selected stories from seven of his major works to date will highlight the breadth of the artist’s narrative styles, including: YAWARA!, MONSTER, 20th Century Boys, PLUTO, BILLY BAT, MASTER KEATON ReMASTER (Story by Takashi Nagasaki), and MUJIRUSHI (The Sign of Dreams, with the cooperation of Fujio Productions).


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*Recommended for those 15 and above, minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
*The $10 fee includes drawing material.

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