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Manga authors all have their own art styles, but there are few as distinctive and iconic as Hirohiko Araki's illustrations for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Over the course of his nearly 40 years as a manga artist, Araki has created some of the most recognizable characters, poses, and scenes in the history of the medium – in fact, so many other series pay homage to him that spotting JoJo references is practically a sport at this point.

But where did Araki's wild designs come from? How did he get the idea for Jonathan's dramatic hand pose, part 5's avant-garde outfits, or all of those stylish chapter covers? ...From museums and fashion magazines, of course! Today, we're here to shed some light on how classical art and fashion illustrations inspired the unique look of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and how JoJo's cultural impact eventually led to collaborations with the likes of Gucci and the Louvre. Strike your favorite pose and join us!

How to Start Drawing Manga

Wouldn’t it be amazing to draw the dynamic characters that you see in your favorite manga? To be able to bring your own ideas to life in a style you’ve loved since you were a child? Well, of course it would be! That’s why drawing manga or manga-inspired art is such a popular hobby, and why there are hundreds of “how to draw manga” books out there to teach you what you need to know.

But when attempting to navigate this sea of tutorials, it’s difficult to separate the books that are genuinely worth your time from those that are just trying to cash in on the latest trend. So we’re here today to steer you in the right direction on your journey to become a master manga artist!

Common Manga Drawing Styles

If you read enough manga, you’ll begin to see patterns in how artists draw their characters and worlds. But where did the big eyes, spiky hair, and everything else we associate with manga come from in the first place? And how have artists throughout the decades used and modified these ubiquitous motifs to suit their stories? Let’s take a short dive into the most common manga drawing styles and what we can learn from them!

Life in the Artist's Alley

If you’ve ever been to an anime convention, you’ve spent at least a little bit of time in the Artist’s Alley. For fans, it’s an opportunity to find unusual nerdy merchandise that can’t be bought in normal stores. And for the independent artisans running the booths, it’s a special opportunity to sell their wares in person to the very customers who will appreciate their work the most. But, who exactly are these artisans? What kind of people are they and how do they run their businesses?

To delve deeper into the fascinating world of independent artists and dealers, we spoke to four different shop owners – primarily at Colossalcon in Sandusky, Ohio – about their businesses and day-to-day lives. Here’s what we found out!