Tips to become a Mangaká - Materials


Do you have the Dream of becoming a mangaka? (漫画家) Then find out what are the essential materials and tips to become one!

Have you heard, read or like mangaes? Well, this article is special for you who dream of becoming a mangaka or if you admire any of them or if you are just curious (lol).

Mangaká is the one who draws mangas, creating stories will also make you a mangaka, but nothing better than putting your ideas in the notebook without depending on someone, right?

Many give up on the way, perhaps due to lack of courage or simply not knowing where to start. But how about having the right initiative? Starting with the right materials and tips?


Essential Materials (Basics) - Pencils

Clearly a pencil is essential, but we are not talking about any pencils, we are talking about special pencils, which in turn have classifications.

We are talking about the pencils that have 4 types of classifications, which are H, F, HB and B.

These classifications are linked to the hardness of the graphite, which is the softest (soft), which results in a darker tone, and the harder, which results in a more grayish tone of the graphite.

These types of pencils are often used in writing, as for example in most pencils you will see the letters HB, which is one of the classifications. That is, they are not necessarily and obligatorily used around art.

The hardness of the pencil is classified into 4 types: BHF and HB.

  • Brepresents blackness, blackness;
  • Hrepresents hardness, hardness;
  • Frepresents fine, fine (fine tip);
  • HBrepresents a threshold between B and H, which features a regular pencil, for writing;


The classifications follow the following order:

9H > 8H > 7H > 6H > 5H > 4H > 3H > 2H > H > F > HB > B > 2B > 3B > 4B > 5B > 6B > 7B > 8B > 9B

It is recommended to use the pencils that are in the middle of the classifications, such as 2H and 6H, F, HB, 2B and 6B.

Always remember to keep the pencil well pointed for greater handling.


If you’re not willing to spend that much money, you can bet on using paper 75 gram sulfite, which is sold in packs. Care is needed when using, as it kneads more easily.


The best role to play draw manga is the Westerprint, weight of 180 grams, which is sold in blocks in the size A3 (29.7 cm x 42 cm) or A4 (21 cm x 29.7 cm).

Of course, if you invest a little more, it will be possible to find pre-sized sheets with blue borders, which shows the right space for a manga sheet.

Tips for becoming a mangaka - materials

Pens (Ink)

There are technical pens that are disposable, that have felt tips, and despite having a finite life, they never clog.

They also have the pens they need and need ink refills, they have greater precision and they also need to be meticulously and carefully maintained.


They have several recordings, between 005, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 ... The most common to use are 005, 02, 05 and 08.

They are essential for mangaka, as all details and artwork are usually done through it.

Tips for becoming a mangaka - materials


It is very frustrating when you are making an almost perfect drawing, but suddenly, you miss the line… And this is where the rubber comes in!

It is necessary to know that ordinary rubbers do not have the same effect as one used for drawing. With a joint it is very likely that your drawing will smudge and stain somewhere.

Mainly use a white plastic rubber, which is guaranteed not to stain the paper and does not leave stains along the way.

There are also Cleans Types, it is a kind of rubber that can be handled and shaped in any way we want.

The use of it is quite simple, and if you know how to use it, the results of your future designs will be at another level. You can do these things with regular rubber, but not in the same way as a Type Cleaner!

  • It serves to lighten dark areas, to create light effects in the graphite, to remove excesses and also, of course, to erase!
  • It erases easily and will rarely leave a trace that an eraser was used in its design;
  • The most important thing, too, is knowing how to create shapes that are convenient to your design, such as a point, balls or any other shape;

Prefer brands like: Staedtler, Koh-I-Noor, Faber Castell and Trident.

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