Intro to Comic-CraftOr, all the stuff you need to know to make some manga
Who the % $ @ ^! am I?And really, why should you care?
S o lets make some manga!Lets start out with the tools of the trade...
Paper You mean theres more than one kind?& copy paper (20lb, 24lb, 28lb, 32lb – also in sizes ofletter, legal, a4)& thicker papers (cardstock/presentation paper)& manga papers (deleter, maxon, copic)& bristol board (canson, strathmore)& other media/illustration boards (for wetmedia/paints)
pencils& Graphite pencils – mechanical, wooden,drafting/lead holders& Varying lead hardness gives you different values
Non-photo blue pencils& nonphoto blue pencils are a favorite of comic artistsbecause they can be easily dropped from art& great for working out perspective, anatomy, etcbefore committing to a line with pencil or ink& jetpens.com sells nonphoto blue (“soft blue”)mechanical leads& other colors can be used – usehue/saturation/lightness in photoshop to drop thatcolor
Inking tools – tech pens& brands such as micron, copic, pitt, rapidograph& lots of sizes& will give you a consistent line weight – good forlettering, mechanical/architectural objects& easiest to transport, easiest to learn& do not give dynamic lines without extra work& some tips very fragile/easy to break
Inking tools – ink and nib& the nib, holder, and ink are all separate items& types of ink: water-soluble, india ink, acrylic ink
Inking tools – ink and nib& many different kinds of nibs – drawing, sketching,architecture, calligraphy, lettering& drawing nibs allow for a wide variety of line widths& sketching and architecture are good for fine details& calligraphy and lettering nibs (a, b, c)& most manga-ka use “g-nibs” - highly flexibledrawing nibs
Inking tools – ink and nib& require a lot of practice& not very portable& ink does not dry fast/tends to smear& will shred or spider on cheap paper& often very slow process
Inking tools – brush& most variation of line weight, fast filling in of black& great for emulating sumi-e painting& other techniques such as dry brush for texture& can be very difficult to learn, good brushes veryexpensive& not portable
Other tools& ruler/t-square/triangle/straight edge& french curves& circle and ellipse templates& eraser (vynl, plastic, kneaded)
Computer programs& adobe photoshop – considered the standard& adobe illustrator – difficult to learn& corel painter – better for illustration& manga studio – offers a lot of templates,screentones, used by many professionals& paint tool sai – cheaper alternative, also good forcoloring& free alternatives such as gimp, open canvas
Thats a lot of stuff! R e lax ! You dont need all of those thingsStart simple. Find what works best for you. It isnt the same for everyone!
Now we have stuff, so lets make some comics! Where do we start?