Creating your own Manga Banner step by step

Manga Studio 5 is currently my best friend ^_^ With the multiple layer function and all of the flexible options it gives you, creating anything from your own manga to your Facebook banner is something that can be done within a couple of hours (depending on how experienced you are with the program). Here is how I did mine:

 

 

First, I created a layer and chose the G-pen to sketch my first ideas. Most people use pencils, or even brushes for their first drafts. Try all of the tools offer in manga studio and choose the one you feel the most comfortable with. ^_^ As a personal preference, I like to do my first drafts with a red-inked G-pen . I have taught myself to recognize any drawing in red as my first sketch and that distinction makes it easier when I am ready to polish my drawings.

 

 

Something I have found incredibly helpful when it comes down to perfecting the facial features of a character is the usage of grid view in manga studio. It gives me a better sense of where the facial features go in regards to symmetry. The grid view is a valuable time-saving gift for you don’t need to spend time drawing lines across the face to make sure the nose is not where the mouth should be. Hint: To use the grid view, click on “view” on the top menu bar and then click on the “grid view” option to display it. To turn it off, repeat the same steps ^o^.

 

 

The inking stage it’s still a bit of an unexplored territory for me. I am still in the process of developing my own inking style, but for the most part, I find the one I am using quite comfortable. To ink, I create a second layer (layer 2), decrease the opacity on layer 1 and with the ink on the G-pen now black, I started to trace the lines I had previously sketched with red.

 

 

Every artist works differently. I like to ink my drawing once I have a pretty good sense of what I want.  After inking, all I have to do is add more details!. I wanted the name of the website to be noticeable, so instead of just writing it at the center, I drew the letters so they looked as if they were actually drawn over “pages”. I could have written the website’s name in different ways, but I thought this was catchy enough. Once done,  I was pretty pleased with how the banner looked so far \(^o^)/

 

 

After I was done inking,  I spent about half an hour trying different backgrounds. It doesn’t show in here, but for this particular one I used a third layer and placed it underneath layer 2. Hint: If you want to color in Manga studio 5, placing the “coloring” layer under the ink layer will let you color your drawings without the colors going over the ink. If you are unsure what I mean, shoot me a email and I will make a post explaining step by step how to color.

 

In the picture above, you can see all of the many layers I used. I am very picky about the final looks on any drawing, so when making new changes on a drawing, I always feel more comfortable using a brand new layer in case I don’t like how the change turns out. Hint: Name the layers with basic keywords so you don’t lose track of which layer is which. It will save you time in the long run ^_^


In case you didn’t notice, by the time I was done, I had change the colors of the background yet again. Once I colored the letters (the mangaka in you) I noticed that I didn’t like how the green and that yellow went together. So I made a few changes. Want to see how it turned out?

 

 

 

I like drawing manga girls with different hair colors and styles but for the banner I wanted to keep it simple so instead I drew a manga girl and a chibi version of herself. Did you notice the chibi is barefooted? ^o^   I hope you found this post useful. If you have any questions about how to come up with ideas about your banners, then leave a comment and I might write under “Side stories” how I came up with mine.

Ganbatte!!  ヘ(^_^ヘ)(ノ^_^)ノ

Naomi Husband