Sunday, December 4, 2016

Second video from Nakano Let's Draw

Hi there!
Since we are planning to post a new video on Nakano Let's Draw every week, a new video has been uploaded!

It's a sequence of the first one, how to draw face -  from Three Quarter and Profile Angles.
Draw with me, and if you don't mind, post or share your drawing on our FB or google page!

I tried to explain where you can set eyes and nose/mouth, since some people have problem to decide that positions.

Please share the video clips and subscribe our channel "Nakano Let's draw" and give us your feedback! We can keep doing it or not - it depends on you!
We are planning one new video every week! Don't miss it!

You can also  watch some drawing videos on my youtube channel (Nao Yazawa)  

Nakano Let's Draw

I have been thinking for a while to make some video clip, How to draw manga series.

I'm having manga lesson class, both in person and online already. I think that is the best way learning manga (In person > Online), but attending manga class is not easy to everyone. The costs, schedule, and shyness...

I got some people who can help me, Masao-kun and Pirrip-kun! ! With them, I've started Manga drawing video clip project now!

This is the first video clip, about how to draw faces. This version is about 10 minutes. We'll make short video clips, about 10 min. /3-5 min. because it easily can be watched anytime.

We are not in this building anymore, though - have moved. ^^;

It's just started. Camera angles, positions, constructions, we'll improve them by try and error.

It's free. That because every member is kindly helping me with no charge. I'm thinking to get some income by advertisement - I could pay some to them by that, if we got many subscribers and views.

Please share the video clips and subscribe our channel "Nakano Let's draw" and give us your feedback! We can keep doing it or not - it depends on you!

We are planning one new video every week! Don't miss it!

Manga School Nakano old youtube channel (Manga School Nakano) is still active, you can watch some Online free session records, some video clips (coloring, inking etc. ) here.

In Visa Video

It's a visa's campaign, #not a tourist. They came to Nakano in March. One of the crew took a manga class and drew his manga touch portrait.

I found this video because of my FB friend in Thailand and shared whit with tagged me. I found Taiwan version on their Youtube channel, but that's all. Is there any other version?

See? He done a very good job!!

Monday, October 31, 2016

The direction

We have moved to new place, about 10 minutes walk from Nakano Station, North exit.
〒165-0026 Tōkyō-to, Nakano-ku, Arai, 2 Chome−7−13 Nangoku Building 2nd floor.

From JR Nakano North exit (entrance) ...

Go straight and turn left

Cross the road and turn right. 

Pass by Nakano Sunplaza...

Pass by Donki...

Pass by Freshness Burger...

Pass by a convenience store( Family Mart)...

Next block. 

The entrance is here, we are on the 2nd floor.

Open the door and come in! (There is no call bell)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A feedback from a student.

The following article is done by Helen from Toronto, she took manga lessons of MSN in Nov. 2016. She kindly agreed that I post her article on this site. Thanks, Helen! It will give you what manga lesson I offer is like - from a student's view!  (Nao Yazawa)


Many people who come to Tokyo know of Nakano Broadway, a shopping arcade filled with stores selling manga, game and anime related goods on the north side of Nakano station. As tempting as it was to leave the station and head there for a full day of browsing, I spent a week heading south toward Manga School Nakano instead.
Along a narrow street that follows the tracks toward the west is a former elementary school whose classrooms are now used for language lessons and offices and which houses Manga School Nakano. Between attending promotional events for Koyama Press books, I found some time to study at this small school and it became the highlight of my Japan trip.
My instructor was mangaka Nao Yazawa, best known for her manga series and anime Wedding Peach. She is the only person teaching a manga drawing course in Japan, in english, to foreign students in private and online lessons. Her enthusiasm about the possibilities of cultural exchange through drawing manga has sent her to the US, Canada and Europe to give workshops and lectures.

Although she also works digitally, her forte is instruction in the traditional tools of manga: pencils, nib pens and ink, rulers, screentone and pre-ruled manga paper. Even mangaka concede that digital methods are faster and more convenient but for me, it's also enjoyable to have hands covered in graphite, surrounded by eraser crumbs and scraps of flowery screentone.
Though I didn't meet my goal of producing finished pages, I did learn a lot from Nao Sensei, that unless your drawings communicate clearly, no one will ever know how brilliant and funny your characters are! And that some thoughtful composition and page layout can guide the reader from panel to panel, moving them smoothly through your story. Nao  Sensei  listened patiently while I bombarded her with random questions about drawing points and tips about materials until my time ran out.  
A wonderful experience for manga enthusiasts of all ages and abilities!

-Helen Koyama

January, 2016