Create comic panels PLUS Develop your own unique style and design colourful characters!
Learn to create manga comic characters!
Professional artists show how to shade,colour and draw amazing manga!
Learn the secrets of digital painting
83 PAGES OFWORKSHOPS
Learn to paint fantastic manga with experts Chester Ocampo, Saejin Oh and Joanna Zhou!
VIDEO WORKSHOPSPLUS! BRUSHES SKETCHES TEXTURES
HI-RES IMAGES STEP-BY-STEP FILESVO
P R E S E N T S
HOW TO DRAW AND PAINT
Claire Howlett, Editorclaire@imaginefx.com
Manga is one of the worlds most popular art forms, and has inspired artists and illustrators around the world to pick up a pen or pencil and start drawing. While many argue about what manga is or isnt, whether true manga can only be created by Japanese artists in Japan is
a debate for another time. Here we celebrate the popularity of the genre, its accessibility and its unique and enduring style.
To enable you to appreciate and replicate the style of manga, weve brought together some of the worlds best commercial manga artists and illustrators, including Chester Ocampo, Saejin Oh and Joanna Zhou, to share their secrets and show you how to design characters, paint and draw in a variety of styles and create both stunning illustrations and comic book pages.
In our beginners chapter, starting on page 16, Saejin Oh strips away the mystery of making manga characters and shows how to paint faces. In our style chapter, beginning on page 42, Aileen Strauch demonstrates how something as simple as a marker pen can create fantastic manga. There also chapters that focus on sci-fi, fantasy and character design in manga, before you take everything youve learned and apply it to artist Jamie McKelvies workshop on how to lay out pages for western comics, on page 96.
Throughout this special issue of ImagineFX, youll find advice, help and insight from professional artists. If you enjoy this issue, why not try the others in the series? See page 115 to find out more!
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4 Presents Manga
16 Manga for beginnersDiscover this brilliant style of artwork
18 Manga character tips24 Essential manga tips28 Create your first
30 Character creationBreathe life into the the stars of your manga art
32 Create a future racer in rubber fabric
36 Paint an action pose using special effects
42 StyleExplore the many ways to create manga art
44 Ukiyo-e manga50 Painted manga52 Marker-pen manga58 Japan-style illustration62 Colour your line art
68 Fantasy mangaCreate worlds full of magic and wonder
70 Create a manga-inspired fantasy warrior
74 Evoke an epic fantasy saga with poster art
80 Sci-fi mangaExplore the future, Japanese-style
82 Create and render a robot concept design
86 Paint a manga-style mech pilot
92 Comic panelsDiscover how to tell a story on a page
94 Draw and ink a manga comic page
96 Create a comic ready for print
WorkshopsPractical advice from professional artists in 16 step-by-step guides
The nest artists in the world offer you the best guidance, share their techniques and offer inspiration in our manga art workshops.
102 Artist Q&AReal-world manga issues solved
Sinad JaruartjanapatVideos showing key workshop stages, plus a manga line brush created by Sinad
Madeleine Rosca20 minutes of step-by-step workshop video
Chester OcampoBrushes for manga painting
ON YOUR FREE DISCSketches and videos to help you learn
Emma VieceliThis freelance illustrator helps you bring punch to black-and-white line art, make the most of at colour in illustrations and add gradients to anime-style cel-shaded artwork.
Michael Chang Ting YuCreate better manga comic pages as you nd out how to make a manga page ow and choose better angles.
Joanna ZhouDiscover the right way to colour hair in manga, apply pastels for shoujo manga, draw manga mouths, create chibi characters and letter comics.
Saejin OhThis concept artist helps you draw characters in the manga style, create dynamic lighting and apply line art with a brush in Photoshop.
Michael ChomickiDraw characters that feel alive, recreate the feel of Japanese woodblock prints and integrate logos and graphics into your images.
Chester OcampoApply gorgeous smooth shadows, paint kinky sci- latex and draw giant robots colliding!
6 Art spectacular!Brilliant manga artwork by up-and-coming artists from around the world
Turn to page 114 for more
Includes 40 minutes of video!
2AMBER CRESCENDO If war can
be likened to a complex dance, then
warriors are in essence deadly dancers.
1OROBOROS Everything evens out
eventually, says Chester. This piece is
the result of playing with more binary
opposition concepts than I know what
to do with.
3ARA TWO POINT OH Originally, this
piece was called The Superfluous
Anecdotes of a Post-Apocalyptic Third
World Teenage Drama Queen which
pretty much sums up my plans for her
in terms of story and setting.
Chester OcampoLOCATION: Philippines
Chester says he has been
drawing ever since he was
a kid: taking inspiration
from comics, cartoons,
toys and childhood
daydreams. A little later, he got
engrossed in videogames but comics
remain Chesters first love.
Chester says hes proud of the fact
that hes self-taught although part of
me wonders what I could have achieved
with formal art training. Several
years ago, he got acquainted with
Photoshop but it wasnt until a few
years later that I started making
artworks straight on to the computer,
with a pen tablet.
SHOWCASING MANGA-INSPIRED FANTASY ART
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Bagus HutomoLOCATION: Indonesia
Bagus has been working as
a digital artist for several
years. My first gig was
at an animation studio in
Jakarta, then I worked as
a 2D artist at Infinite Framework, an
animation studio in Batam, he says.
More recently he painted the artwork for
the Radical comic book series Shrapnel:
Bagus got his first taste of science-
fiction at college, when he read Akira by
Katsuhiro Otomo. Im actually more into
cyberpunk, but you can find several
different sorts of concepts and themes
in my work, he says. Still trying to
explore not only his rendering skills
but also concepts in his personal work,
hes fascinated by machines, military
hardware and complex objects. Theyre
all things that appear rather frequently
in my work, he says.
1 EINE HOLLE (THE HELL) My first
mecha work, and also my first
finished work, says Bagus. I start by
scribbling out a few rough ideas on
paper, then edit it in Photoshop. Then
as soon as I have the image that Im
looking for, I do a quick colour test to
finalise exactly what I want the finished
image to look like.
2 LA-CAIDA Another post-war scene:
A fantasy urban city where people
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John Staub LOCATION: US
SOFTWARE: Photoshop, Painter
Ever since I was young, Ive
always been into things that
were very visual, says
John. Fantasy art was an
I always saw myself getting drawn to
those types of images and found myself
inspired by the creativity and look.
During high school, John found
himself drawing more than ever and, in
the process, getting more serious about
his art. He draws mostly manga and
anime because thats what excites him.
I also enjoy creating worlds that I would
personally be drawn to and would rather
be in, he explains.
Digital art is a relatively new thing.
Its easier to apply and express myself,
and since the world is turning digital
I nd myself getting more and more
inspired to do these kinds of images.
1 COIN DROP Imagine a hollow
mountain made entirely of houses
built on top of each other. And within
that hollow cavity is a vast city. Thats
what this image is, in a nutshell.
2RUSTY GUARD This image is