manga Drawing Tutorial

The steps i take to create my manga art.

This Tutorial is for all those people who always ask me how i do my drawings :D. In this tutorial i will be doing some fanart, Lelouch from Code geass, Fanart is not as much as a challenge if you are a begginer. Doing Manga original can be hard if you don't have a reference image. So in this tutorial i will take you through the steps of sketching, lineart, colour and shading. Before you begin to read please make sure you have the time and are comfterble, you don't want to rush reading this because you might get some steps mixed up when you try do your next drawing. Thank you XD.

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Step 1

Before we start any drawing we will need a referance image since we are doing fan art, unless your really good at drawing fanart characters from mind. But for begginers it's a good idea to get a reference image. Since i said i was going to draw Lelouch from Code Geass i got a picture of him ^^ hello lelouch! This was a request and i wanted to do something fun with it so i made a tutorial for it :).
You'll want to have your refernce image on a seperate tac=b for when you need it.


Step 2

So for the next step you'll want to set your tool settings up first, now to make it easier for when we do the lineart get the pen tool in a light greyish colour , set smoothnes to around 25-30 percent , as circeld at the bottom of the middle box on the right. Then in the box below select multiply for the pen setting (as circeld), this will make you lines smoother and esier to follow when it comes to the lineart. Next put your pen size on 2 , never a different one always 2 , they may seem the same size ish but if you want to get the best results always set it on 2.One last thing have your line setting on free line , not straight or curve lines, they come later.
Then make sure all your tool settings are right and you can keep flicking back from your reference image to your canvas and do a quick sketch like mine. It doesn't matter really how bad it looks aslong as their in the right position otherwise when it comes to lineart it could be tricky. The trick is not to try to hard or to less on this.



Step 3

You can see an improvement from the sketch because i took more time on this.
For this step you'll need to create a new layer on top of the sketch layer, i labelled the layers sketch and lineart so i won't get confused if i need to edit something. Then on the lineart layer i selected the pencil and set it at brush size 1. You'll want the lineart to be darker than the sketch so set the colour darker, but not black , dark grey but never black. Here you'll want to use the curvy line tool and set the smoothness around 45 percent so your lineart will look proffesional. Don't forget to set it on multiply.
Now your ready to do your lineart, draw over the sketch on the lineart layer, try hard to make this as perfect as possible so keep flicking to the reference image, being good at art is all about seeing more detail then other normal people do, if you train your self to have this seeing skill you'll see your mistakes more quickly and when you look at objects you will see the shadow as others just ignore the lighter and darker tones.
If you find it hard to use the curvy line tool just use the free line tool but make sure your smoothness is on because you don't want to end up with rough wiggerly lines xD. Since i draw with the mouse i prefer to use the curvy line tool but if you have a tablet it's best to use the free line tool.
Draw whichever part you find easiest to start with first, for me it's the hair and body. Draw the body parts in any order you want but always leave the facial features till last because you'll want the eyes in the right place, for example under a certain piece of hair or touching a certain piece of the head. Make sure you get all the detail in such as the eyelid lines and pattern on the clothing because this is your final lining (sorry if i said that before it's important :3). If there are any black bits you need to colour such as the eyes and under the neck use the same colour as the lineart and colour them in as i did on the image. When you have something like this your ready to move on to the next step. were about half way through now :).
Sorry for any bad quality of the pictures my computers abit ill :(, it doesn't matter if your linearts not 100% accurate but try make it 95% accurate, yes you can edit it later but it will be more work but little sticky out lines are ok their easy to erase. Oh! don't forget to hide the sketch after, just click the black dot on the layer box and it will turn white and hide it, but don't delete the sketch because you might need it if somethings happens. It's not that important to kee[ it so you can delete it if your computer doesn't have so much room.


Step 4

Okay this next step is easy! hurray! Just simply add another layer called colour and put it under the lineart layer but above the sketch layer, just simply hold down the left mouse button and drag it down. Some people like to use different layers for the hair,skin and clothes but i find it easier and less time to do it all on one layer.
You don't need to edit the tools much just make sure your on pencil and the brush size 100, i'm not sure if smoothing counts on the colour but still keep it on multiply and smoothing 45%. Have free line tool on and you'll want to colour your whole canvas so you don't loose the lineart, if you've done this right the lineart should appear on the top, if not undo and make sure you were on the colour layer when you did the colour. The last thing on this step is about the right colour, get your reference image on but make the tab smaller so you can see underneath, then looking at your reference images skin colour try get that on your colour pad. If your struggerling and want a beige skin tone drag the cursor thing at the side to the orange bit and then put the circle on the pad right at the top nearly on the white so it's a light orange colour which is beige. From there try recreate your reference images skin colour. I hope the bit about the colour pad made sense :).


Step 5

Okay so you might not beable to see what i have just done, But I've got a darker colour of the skin and did outlines of where the shade needs to go, this will make the shade more neater and it will not being random blobs of colour. So i circeld where i have done it so you can just about see the lines.
I used the curvy line tool to do this so it looks neater and more professional. To get the right shade colour do the same as we did in the step before: try recreate the shade colour. To get it drag the circle on the pad to the right abit and abit down this should be the colour of your shade, if not play around abit until you've got it but remember the skin colour and shade colour can't be too different or it won't look right. Make sure smoothing is on so it will be neat. Shade is mostly underneath the fringe and neck, get the shade in the right place as the reference because your trying to copy as exacly as the artist did their drawing. Don't do any of the lines or colour if you don't know where exacly it's suppost to go, always keep looking at the reference because you arer not drawing manga original you are drawing manga lineart so you can't go do your own thing.



Step 6

Nothing much to do on this step except colour in where you did the shade line with the free line tool and the same colour, make this as neat as possible the shade lines are like a barrier don't go over them. doesn't really matter if you go over the lineart but still try to make this neat. I forget to do something on the ear so i did it on the lineart layer and circeld it to show you :D, this is an example of editing that you might need to do if you go wrong or forget something, but make sure to do it on the right layer this is another positive point of naming your layers.
On your refernece there might be some highlights if so just do a highlight line with a lighter colour than the skin, to get this lighter colour right click on the skin and it will come up on your pas as the colour you used for it, then drag the circle to the left abit to get the lighter colour for the highlights. No simply colour in the highlight area neatly.
Huraay! you've succesfully coloured the skin no we will move onto the hair in the next step :).


Step 7

Right now we can start on the hair, Start with the base colour, Lelouch's hair is balck so i chose a dark grey colour for his hair because remember never use black. You'll want to beable to see the lineart throught otherwise it will look scruffy. Look where i've circeld the fringe, this is where you want to make it really neat because it's right next to the skin, whatever you do don't cross the lineart barry and accidently colour the skin the hair colour. On the outer edges you can make it scruffy because you won't accidently go over anything,but we will erase the excess colour later.Use the free line tool and change the brush size if needed to get it perfectly neat, i also coloured the eyebrows dark grey because his hair is the same colour as his eyebrows.


Step 8

All i did on this was erase the excess colour so that we coould see the lineart and finishing result more easily, Simply use the rubber at different sizes and try to make it neat.
Now you'll want to make shade lines just like we did for the skin but on the hair, use a colour very very close to black but not black, look on the colour pad to see what colour i used (sorry i haven't circeld anything i forgot). Then simply select the curvy line tool and about brush size 3 and raw the lines where th shade is suppost go, if you look carefully you can see where i've done the shade lines.


Step 9

For this you'll just need the colour in the shade and make highlight lines and colour them in as your reference shows, i think i did the highlights abit to light but can't be bothered changing them, remember this tutorial is for any reference image not just this one you can use the same techniques for any.
i circeld the types of lines you'll need curvy for highlight lines and free line for filling in, you can change the brush size while filling in to make it neater, don't use the fill can tool even if your lazy because it doesn't fill in properly and you want your drawing to look good right? I've circeld the hair to show you where i've done the highlights and that i've added a bit of airbrushing on there, that's why i circeld the airbrush. For the highlight colour right click the base colour and move the circle on the pad up until you get a light grey colour, use that for hightlight lines and filling them in. Then i used white for LIGHT airbrushing in the middle of the highlights, this will give it a nice effect like it's actually shining. DON'T AIRBRUSH OVER THE HIGHLIGHT! This will make it look scruffy if the airbrushing goes onto the shade or base colour so only airbrush the highlight, i suggest brush size 4-6 for this.
YES! the hair is done now the clothes :p don't worry were nearly done.


Step 10

I know it looks like i've done loads since the last step but not really.
THe base colour of his top was the base colour of this hair xD and the shading of his top was the same colour shading as his hair so i just right clicked on those colours when i wanted to use them. For the shading barrier i just used the straight line tool because there was a straight cut where the colours seperated on his chest. His collar was a dark mustardy colour so i set the colour on yellow section and put the circle close to the brownish bit on the right side of the yellow section (ignore the circle on the pad that's the colour of the patterns on his top not his colllar.) Then when i'd coloured all the collar i selected a slightly darker colour thsn that and did the shading, so there was a whole line across his chest where the colours split, look closely and you'll see. The patterns on his top are not the same colour because ones in the dark section and the others in the light, the circle on the colour pad is the colour of the one in the light section, for the dark section just move the circle down abit. Try to make your colour neat and don't go out of the lineart :).


Step 11

This is just a quick step for people who don't know how to colour manga eyes, this tutorial is made for total begginers so im presuming you won't know if your a total begginer.
First colour all the area white where it's suppost to go and then get a light grey colour by moving the circle down on the pad and do a line just underneath the upper eyelashes so you get a nice shade, i suggest using brush size 5 for this. See told you it was a quick step xD wow he looks funny with rings round his eyes.


Step 12

ooo it's starting to come together now :D. For this step you need to colur the eyes, lelouches eyes are purple so i coloured them purple but anime eyes have great detail with all the shading so i circeld the area on the pad where you'll want to choose all your purples from. Starring with very very dark purple almost black but with a hint of purple i did the rim of his eye, abit like the human iris' outter rim. Then i got a lighter purple like a bit of a dark purple on coloured the centre being careful not to colour over the rim then i got an even lighter purple and did abit of a U shape near the bottom, abit like a semi-circle with i little dip in so the pupil can fir when we do it next. Then penultimatley i used a very light purple and did a little curve right at the bottom of each eye. Finally i coloured the shines white because the grey we used earlier might have got in them and we don't want grey shines.


Step 13

i added a pupil abit darker than the base colour of the eye (not the rim colour the colour i used after that). You don'y want it much darker than th base colour or he'll look like a cat or something :). Then lightly airbrush the pupil into the base colour with the colour of the pupil but don't airbrush the bottom of the pupil leave that out so everyone knows it's there but you have to blend it into the base colour. Then i erasedthe skin colour backround which we used at the start so the lineart wouldn't dispear, make sure this is neat so when we do a background next random skin patches won't be on the top.


Step 14

So crete another layer called background and put it under all the other layers by dragging. I used the same colour as the oupil for my background and used a check texture. If your wondering how i did it without drawing all the squares look at the text boxes. Scroll onto view then palletes then textures and click, a box should come up from there you can pick your texture , when you've chosen just click the X button. To go back to noraml without having your texture do the same thing again but when it comes to choosing a texture click the white square which is no texture.
Then simply on your background layer colour and it should go underneath, if nothing comes up make sure your not on alpha lock or eraser.


Step 15

And heres the finished result! i hope you like it i just erased some colour and lineart which was out of place and changed the background abit :D. to do the background make another layer under background called texture and on that click effects, noise then render colour on the tool bar at the top and you should get this :D. Now don't forget to sign your name when your done (if it's your own original fanart, if you copied another users fanart i guess you can't siggn it i think.)
Anyway i hope you like it this is my first tutuorial and it took me ages because i had to explain everything properly because this is a tutuorial for begginers. If you are a begginer and you found oyu had trouble following this feel free to contact me on ratemydrawings I'm happy to answer anyone's questions :D and feedback on this tutorial would be nice :) also comments on my drawing of how you think i did would be an honour aswell. Remember it's all about practice i'm not so good anyway but hopefully alot of practicing and drawing evryday will pay off soon. i hope one day to be a top ranked artist xD.
THANKS! for reading :).
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