Sketching and Coloring a Manga page (or scene)

I hurt my back I couple of weeks ago..  >_>
So, I’m sorry I didn’t post anything for the past 2 weeks.
It was my fault. Sometimes I get too much into drawing and coloring and creating new manga characters that I lose track of my health.
It’s not healthy to sit for hours on your desk without stretching. Lesson learned :(

Okay, so for this post I will attempt to show how you go from having an idea, to producing the finished look. Because of my back injury I haven’t been able to finish it yet. But at least, what I have done so far might give you an idea of where to start.

Personally, I love sketching girls more than guys probably because I know more about a girl’s anatomy more than a boy’s. I already have drawn a couple of guys, but maybe I will make more posts about drawing both :D
Where do I get my ideas of what I am going to draw?
I usually like to challenge myself. So I start imagining action scenes that I would love to see in a movie. That’s where I pretty much get the rough idea of what I am going to do.
For this drawing, I sort of picture a girl falling from a roof. It’s an action scene, so she has sort of jumped from the roof while trying to aim her gun at her attacker.

Here is what I first came up with:

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It’s a very simple first draft, but this helps me get an idea of where I am going.
Personally, I thought she looked kind of floating; sort of like “laying” on the air. Not very action-like, so I started redrawing her upper body.

 

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If you are using MangaStudio, layers will be your best friend. Use different colors for each layer to make your sketching easier.

 

Purple is not a color I like to use for sketching. I don’t know, there is something about red, blue and green that gives me a much clear sense of what stage drawing is. ^o^ But when I do use it, it’s for the basic details. I love high socks and short pants, so that was easy to come up with. For the shirt…. I kind of wanted a much tighter fabric. But I also wanted to show some movement, so I opted for long-sleeve loose shirt.
At this point, I start to ink. Even when I don’t have all the details figure out, inking gives me a sense that I am almost done with the technical part of drawing.
Once the inking process is done, I start to play around with colors. I right away wanted the light source to come from the top, thus I used many brushes and colors to get the “highlight” effect.

 

P.S. if you want me to do a post on coloring leave a comment and let me know ^o^

 

Now, at this point, I sort of started to freak out about the background. I did a lot of sketches and that’s when I noticed that this was a close up of the character falling. I thought I wanted to draw windows, or buildings (I am so doing that for another post ^_^) but I wanted her to be sort of like the main thing going on for this drawing so then I decided this was happening during night.

 

Hands and feet are big things for me, so I always leaving them for last.
Personally, I am not too sure about owning guns and stuff. But this was an action scene, so I had to go for my initial idea of drawing a gun.

So this is how far I have gotten because I was forced to rest at bed for two weeks and was not allow to put pressure on my lower back. Also my current chair is not ergonomic, something that needs to change soon ^_^

One of the things I enjoy is having an idea in my head, and turning it in a drawing I can easily share.
I will try to get back at drawing as soon as I can.
If you have any questions, let me know ^_^

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Fun facts about me:
-My actual last name is Husband.
-I am obsessed with Cheese ^o^
-Before drawing manga, I studied writing, photography and the art of forgiving.
- I could use some physical activity.
-Although I have always loved dogs, lately a stray furry friend is stealing my heart.
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