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07-16-2009, 11:34 AM
Some people asked me how I'm doing those illustrations, which looks like from manga. So...^___^ it will be easy, so I hope that you will understand my bad English and find this tutorial useful :)

1) Making a sketch
It's the same like in other kinds of drawings, so I won't write how I did it.
I chose Jaejoong for this little tutorial ^__^ As always, my sketch is quite rough, so don't except anything special :P

2) Lineart
In manga style the most important thing is to make good lineart. I made it with markers (100% pressure 98% softness 40% wetness).
It starting to look like a real manga style drawing. But what we need the most? Yes - halftones.
3) http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p168/emenemsbis/tutorial/004.jpg
I'm using halftones as stencils. I have so many of it, so I use another place for it (not typical for stencils). As you can see, you can choose destination of stencils folder by clicking "Load a stencil from a disk".
4) http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p168/emenemsbis/tutorial/005.jpg
After choosing this option, you can explore all folders to look for useful files. The tip - you can use almost all formats, not only png - just choose all types of formats, and you will see ale bitmaps on your disc :)
5) http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p168/emenemsbis/tutorial/006.jpg
Now, after making a new layer, you can add first halftone. As you can see - I'm using halftones as some kind of filters, which would help me make any texture. Besides of that, I'm colouring in a normal way - using oils.
And how did I do this lighter part of hair? Well, I made halftone on all his head, and after this I made gradient on the top of his head using white colour (on another layer - yeah, in this kind of drawing I'm using a lot layers). When I finished it, I used rubber to delete some unnecessary parts or make some dark tones.
6) http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p168/emenemsbis/tutorial/007.jpg
Now I'm making some darker place on his hair - remember - for other types of tones use different halftones.
Use iot only in places, where should be shown some dark hair.
7) http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p168/emenemsbis/tutorial/008.jpg
I used the same halftone for glasses and mouth, as for darker places on hair.
8) http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p168/emenemsbis/tutorial/009.jpg
Now - use some light halftone for a skin - as you can see, I don't use any tricks, just colour everything trough stencils ;)
9) http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p168/emenemsbis/tutorial/010.jpg
Now adding some cosmetics changes like darker places or gradient on his hand. Look how many layers I have got - it's because I never know how the picture will come out after using stencil, so want to have a choice to delete some parts of drawing without ruining the rest of it.
The last part - add background (as halftone stencil of course ;P), some touch-ups (white oils for lighten places etc.), and the drawing is ready:
Easy, right?
The drawing was made only for this tutorial, but I'll submit it tomorrow because I like the effect on it ;P

07-16-2009, 11:45 AM
Very nice tutorial, great technique Enemembis, thanks for sharing :):)

07-17-2009, 04:55 AM
thank you^__^ I hope that some people will use it :)

07-17-2009, 08:13 AM
Excellent. Anyone can use this to see how to work with layers for many styles of painting and drawing, and for your Manga style, it's wonderful. Thanks for posting. I would think many people will find it very useful.

Great job:D:)

07-17-2009, 08:23 PM
Neat tutorial, emenemsbis! Thank you for sharing it :)

We've featured it on the ArtRage homepage and in the news in the ArtRage updater.

07-18-2009, 04:49 AM
byroncallas - I hope that it's true what you just wrote :) thanks^^

Dave - oh my, thank you so much *_____* It's my pleasure that I could help somone and in the same time - be featured :)

07-18-2009, 08:08 AM
Thats perhaps the best use of stencils I have seen so far. What an impressive expressive image you have created with such a clever use of tools. But still it is by no doubt your talented linework that makes the art. Very inspira. DoodLS

07-18-2009, 08:34 AM
DoodLS, you're too kind *^^*

07-18-2009, 09:16 AM
Great drawing. Great tutorial! You explained everything so simply. Thank you.

07-18-2009, 11:11 AM
Thank you so much for going to the trouble of making this tutorial. Very inspirational and as always, your artwork is amazing! :)

07-18-2009, 11:44 AM
Great drawing. Great tutorial! You explained everything so simply. Thank you.
thank you! I'm happy that everything is understood in this tutorial :)
Madge, thank you for such a nice compliments^^

07-18-2009, 01:17 PM
yay I found it!!!!!!! and I'm book marking this!

07-18-2009, 08:04 PM
you have a lot of energy cartuneman :P

Levent Suberk
07-18-2009, 08:44 PM
Very beautiful work and tutorial dear emenemsbis ^__^

07-20-2009, 11:33 PM
This tutorial was awesome!
thank you so much! :D

Btw, are you a member on deviantart?

07-21-2009, 04:37 AM
Thanks Levent Suberk!^^
KingOverthePumkins - no problem, and yeah, I have an account on deviantart, but I didn't update my works there for ages :P but I'll do it in near future for sure :)

07-24-2009, 04:30 PM
Looks good, I will have to try it

Scarlet Dragon
07-26-2009, 04:45 AM
become a mangaka was a my old dream! ^ ^ Look these drawings is always nice to me! very compliments you've done a good job! the result is own manga ^ ^ :)
(sorry for my english)

07-26-2009, 07:18 AM
Turtleman - I hope that you tried it already^^ I'm waiting for the results^^

Scarlet Dragon - don't worry about your English - my English isn't fluent, and I understand what you're saying :) and thank you for such a nice words :) Maybe, if your old dream was to be a mangaka, you should try this way of drawing now? :)

Scarlet Dragon
08-12-2009, 03:52 AM
now i have a other dream ^ ^ .. but I'm very happy to try anyway because they are part of a good remember! thank you ... i hope that her all dreams become true!:)

08-14-2009, 08:06 AM
Em, thank you so much for your tutorial. I am thrilled and want to learn!:)

01-23-2010, 07:19 AM
Can you post your stencils here?

01-31-2010, 12:17 AM
those stencils are not mine, I downloaded it from deviantart, mainly from here: http://screentones.deviantart.com/ there are tones of useful screentones ;)

02-01-2010, 05:17 AM
Oh, em.....this thread is just so delightful and informative on how you do your art work! I just love your technique and it amazes me how easy you make it! You are one of my favs....and I just love illustration art like yours.

BTW....I am SO glad to see you back in the forum! I miss seeing you here! I was away for most of the summer and just recently returned and it's so good to be back amongst friends. Thanks, too, for the link to the screentones....those are awesome!

02-22-2010, 01:35 AM
Eileen, I'm happy that you like it^__^
I came back, but I don't have time for drawing so I'm just reading posts from time to time ;) But I'll add some of my newest work now :)

02-22-2010, 12:46 PM
You've all my respect for taking the time of doing that nice tutorial, thanks for sharing :)

03-25-2010, 06:44 AM
that was a great tutorial, thanks for posting it. What software do you use?

03-25-2010, 01:12 PM
that was a great tutorial, thanks for posting it. What software do you use?
WoW ! Are you kidding ? Tips: we are on the Artrage forum. Artrage being a drawing software ...

04-01-2010, 03:21 AM
oh my... :P
yeah, I'm using Artrage :D
Thank you Andrea and others for comments ;)