This tutorial is about how i draw manga using ref. images.
Right, the point is to make your fan art look as much as the character as possible, so you'll need a image to copy of. This is the one I used.
next you need to arrange it so you can see both the image and the drawing tool. This is usually easier in floating mode.
<-- this is how i did it.
call the first layer background, then create another layer
Start with a rough sketch, then put the opacity to about 50. Add another layer and do another sketch over the top of the previous, adding more detail.
this was my finished detailed sketch. Yes, I did a lot of selecting and moving on the face. I had a lot of trouble with her head all the way through...
add another layer and do a clean sketch. It doesn't have to be perfact, it's not going to be the final version. I think the most important tool for doing outlines is the smoothing bar. I do most of my lines with the smoothing between 80 and 95.
now for colour! I'll go into detail about how I did the clothes. create a new layer below the lines and start adding the base colur.
now, on the same layer, add the next colour (if there is one).
still on the same layer, start adding the shading from the first colour...
...and then the final bit of shading.
then I did the same with the skin.
this is when I did the background, by using the pen tool to do three shades of blue and then the smudge and blend tools to make it smooth.
i finished colour and started on the final line art.
finished line art. (smoothing bar. about 93.)
final step. :) I used the pen tool for the stars. For the trees, i started with the watercolour brush to build up the basic tones, then added details with the pen tool.
Finally a frame, and your signature!