Post Reply What Coloring Materials do you use when making Traditional Mangas?
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Posted 4/17/08
"Traditional" means by hand without the aid of any graphic softwares.

This is how I draw my manga when its in traditional,

Step 1:

Draw the sketch by light pencils.

Step 2:

Trace the sketch by a harder pencil. Charcoal pencil will do or better yet Prismacolor Black Pencils...

Step 3:

Erase the light pencil traces..

Step 4:

I use watercolor as the main color of my characters.

Step 5:

When the watercolor is dry, thats the time I do the inking.

Step 6:

I use Colored Pencil to give shadings and highlights on my character...

Step 7:

Then Viola!!~ Its finished...

Why I do the coloring first before the inking?

Before I answer that, every artist has their own art technique that they're comfortable with.
There's no right or wrong way when doing your own art! You're the master of your own masterpiece.

I do the coloring first, because I want the colors to be the structure of my manga, and not the ink (Linears). And in my own perspective, it has a different FEEL, when coloring has became your core background and not the linear inks.

Well, in other artist it might be different or akward for them. But that's how I wanted my manga is...

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Posted 4/18/08
Step 1:
Normal drawing pencils

Step2:
Erase heavy lines and uneccessary ones like extra hair or too much extra body lines

Step3:
Now I use the charcoal pencils and a color pencil (gray or cool gray or slate ) for overlapping and shading

Step4:
then i use a mechancial pencil to do small details like clothes lines or minor shading

Step5:
Copic brown color pencil for lighter under line shading

Step6:
then i color no inking i dont ink all the time sometimes i just straight color i shade in the dark parts with light brown copic pencil and theni use normal color pencils it has a good effect to it
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Posted 4/19/08

kinzzey wrote:

"Traditional" means by hand without the aid of any graphic softwares.

This is how I draw my manga when its in traditional,

Step 1:

Draw the sketch by light pencils.

Step 2:

Trace the sketch by a harder pencil. Charcoal pencil will do or better yet Prismacolor Black Pencils...

Step 3:

Erase the light pencil traces..

Step 4:

I use watercolor as the main color of my characters.

Step 5:

When the watercolor is dry, thats the time I do the inking.

Step 6:

I use Colored Pencil to give shadings and highlights on my character...

Step 7:

Then Viola!!~ Its finished...

Why I do the coloring first before the inking?

Before I answer that, every artist has their own art technique that they're comfortable with.
There's no right or wrong way when doing your own art! You're the master of your own masterpiece.

I do the coloring first, because I want the colors to be the structure of my manga, and not the ink (Linears). And in my own perspective, it has a different FEEL, when coloring has became your core background and not the linear inks.

Well, in other artist it might be different or akward for them. But that's how I wanted my manga is...



yeah, same as mine, but it depends if i want to color it..i just ink it...i have a problem with drawing perspectives though not to mention buildings, streets and machinery ...can anyone advice me what to do/read to improve my drawings using perspective? pretty please?
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Posted 4/23/08 , edited 4/27/08
me dun hav so much money so for me is jus 1mechanical pencil 1 eraser paper and my hand too XD
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Posted 4/26/08
I usually use Markers. So This is what I do.(And I dont trace over it with a new sheet, But I may start that soon.)

Step One-
Draw with pencil

Step Two-
Ink with a BiC In Roll pen ( I believe)

Step Three-
Color with lightest shade first, and go over the parts to darken certain parts.

Step Four-
Use Darker tone of same color and shade

Then I'll be done. I do it very simply.
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Posted 4/28/08 , edited 4/28/08
It depends what medium. I try to say each step for colouring pencils and markers.

Step 1:
Draw with pencil following process of light construction lines and darker main lines.
same as above

Step 2:
Ink with multiple fineliners with various thicknesses on lineart
same as above

Step 3:
Colour lightly all the parts you want coloured
Use a base light colour to fill in your areas of colour

Step 4:
Use the same colour again in the same area and build up the part where you want the shadow and blend it in with the lighter part. Then use a darker tone of the same colour and keep blending in the shadow. Eventually you might want to blend "black" in from the very side of the shadow where it touches the lineart. That is - if you want it to be really defined.
Go over with the same colour on the part where you want the shadow in cel-shade style. Perhaps you may want to use the blender to blend colours together. Another way I do it is to use a darker shade and use the lighter colour to blend the markers together.

Step 5:
Once process is complete, I usually want to define the lineart a little bit more... and fix some mistakes where I went over the line. Tada~
same as above pretty much... but I may want to add some shine so bring on the white gel pen XD

Its pretty similar to what people have already posted but meh~ I hope the different parts helped a little bit XD This is the way that I do it anyways. I hope to add some things to my repetoire - because right now its pretty basic~
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Posted 4/28/08
1- drawing with a light pencile a base pic

2-make sure the pic is good

3-drawover it with strong pencile

4- do small details

5-make shades

6- DONE ^_^
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Posted 5/11/08 , edited 5/11/08
For me:
Materials: mongol pencil 3, unipen .1 .3 .8, red, blue, yellow poster color, brush, water, mixing plate

1 - be sure to draw lighter for ur sketch

2 - harden the important part of ur drawing

3 - determine where the imaginary sun or lighter part to darker part

4 - then, color it

5 - when the color is dry, Ink it

poster color can be drawn when its dry
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Posted 5/13/08


1-no sketch just draw the whole page out

2-ink the page

3-erase all pencil marks

4- color with colored pencils
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