manga Drawing Tutorial

How to colour (Manga)

In this tutorial I will show you how to draw and cell shade you manga drawing :D

Tutorial category: manga  
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Tools used: Java tool
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剣崎 by blackbutler




Step 1

First start off with a rough sketch. A basic human anatomy to determine the body portions. And sketch the desired pose of your character.


Step 2

Next, design the clothes for your character. And sketch it over the anatomy.



Step 3

Then, sketch on some facial features. Give your character some eyes, ears, mouth and nose.


Step 4

Now, add some hair to your character. Any random hair style will do. I've given my character a basic spiky hair look.


Step 5

Next, outline your rough sketch. And make a clean lineart. Be sure to add some depth into your lineart. Or else it'll look too flat... D:



Step 6

Now, the main part! Colour you character!! We first start off with some flat colours. Don't use any bold colours for this step.


Step 7

Next cell shade you charater. Give some shadows for the places you have coloured. It looks almost done, right? xD


Step 8

Next, lock alpha on the layer you've coloured the flat colour. Then use a darker shade and darken the bottom. This gives your drawing a 'sorta shiny' effect. xD

This is optional: you can lock alpha the layer you use for shading, and use the airbrush to give it a lighter shade.


Step 9

Next, add some lighting on the hair and the eyes. Don't over do this step.. or else it'll look weird. D:


Step 10

Lastly, add a background and you're done!! :DD You've created your own manga drawing!

Note: For the chibi, I used the same principles as mentioned above.

Have fun drawing! :3 And I hope you found this tutorial useful xD

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