The Power of Love

Love is a powerful thing. More than a well-drawn manga, more than perfectly colored pages, what readers want; what readers crave is for a breath-taking love story that can make them fly away like cherry blossom petals.
And a Mangaka knows that.

Today, on Valentine’s Day, take a moment to reflect. Have you let your characters in your manga love who they want to love, or have you told them who to love?
Remember how it felt to love someone one. To miss them. To wish they were right there when you needed them the most. And maybe that person came and hug you. Feel that hug again and tell me if your manga has the same heart-throbbing moment. Maybe no one came and you ended up building shields around you to make sure you never believed in love again only to meet someone whom you couldn’t stop thinking about.
Feel that turmoil; that internal battle of control VS. fear. Love VS. rejection. Of yourself VS. the unknown and translate that into your work. Because if love is one of the main ingredients for a manga success, then you owe it to your readers to take them into the journey you know you are capable of.

Likewise, another great way to reflect on love and your work is by revisiting those Mangas that inspired you to be a mangaka in the first place. How did they create those powerful scenes? Was it a kiss? An argument that ended up in either character crying? A break-up?
What theme did the Mangaka explored? Betrayal? Deception? Second Chances? Love at First sight?
What an artists chooses to add or leave out in a scene is just as important so pay attention to that, too.

Last but not least, remember that romantic love is not the only love a manga has. A manga character loves many things. Friends, coworkers, classmates, places that means to them, family, their hobbies, their work, maybe they love a new pair of shoes they just bought, their diaries, tea, the list is endless.

Today, in Valentine’s day, I want to say: Thank you ^^ Thank you for all of your emails detailing me of how my posts help you. Thank you for commenting on my articles. Thank you for following The Mangaka in you in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and for liking our post.

You want to know a secret? You guys are my valentine! \(^o^)/

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone :D
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This drawing was inspired by all of you ^^

Have a post idea you think I should cover? Leave me a comment or shoot me an email and I will do my best to bring you my findings ^o^

Drawing a Halloween Anime Girl in a Witch’s Room

Every holiday should be an excuse for you to add a twist into your drawings. There are many things you can get inspired from, and a holiday-themed drawing can certainly give your blog or your Facebook page an up-to-date look. Here are the steps on drawing a Halloween-themed anime girl.

 

1. When drawing, always have at least an idea in your head. For my drawing, I new I wanted it to have “Halloween” written all over it, so that gave me the idea of drawing a girl in a witch’s room.
So first, I sketched the main character.

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2.Something I am noticing more and more is that the early you place the arms, the more visual control you will have over the body language of the character. Right away, after sketching her arms, I knew the character could be either excited or scared and this idea opened several doors of possibilities. 

 

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3. Every artist has their way of doing things. I like to draw with the flow. So, if nothing about the character seems difficult to draw, I keep sketching. So, I added the skirt and defined the character’s shoes a bit more. Whenever I do come across something difficult, then I leave it for last. I had rather stress over drawing the difficult parts when most of the drawing is complete, than stressing over, say the hands, when I know I still have much more to draw.

 

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4. The hair is one of the most attractive things in an anime girl, and I took a different approach to draw it. Over all, I have always liked wavy, well-mannered hair because mine is everything but well-mannered.  ^o^

 

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5. I never really pay attention to perspectives or angles until I am actually at that point in the drawing when I have to decide from what angle I am drawing. This is a bit risky, but that’s what makes drawing fun to me.  ^o^
With a ruler, you can easily draw the elements in the drawing. Just angle the ruler the same way the main character is angled in your drawing and keep that angle as a reference throughout the entire sketch.
So, in this case, my drawing was turning out to be as a tilted photographed and I loved that!

 

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6. As you add the details, keep in mind that every element in the sketch should follow the same angle. So you can either tilt the page as you draw or you can keep using the ruler.
To come up with ideas of what details to use, I strongly suggest the use of reference as an inspiration, but do not copy what you see. In the end, you want your drawings to be original.

 

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7. Something that many forget when drawing, is the floor. It’s actually rare for you to see on facebook or instagrams drawings where the artist includes the floor. If you think that adding a unique floor will add visual enjoyment to your drawing, then go for it! That’s an artist call. To me, is easy to decide. I trust my instincts. When I draw, I let my hand guide me. I try not to waste time erasing stuff. If I start to draw, say a window, then I am stubborn enough to sketch it until I feel it looks perfect to my eyes. In this case, I wanted to give the witch’s room a more haunting edge, so I sketched a floor made out of stones.

 

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8. And then, add the remaining details before inking or coloring your drawing!!!! ^o^
I really love this part the most, though I, myself, am still practicing with inking techniques. Here is a look on the final drawing before I color it. I ordered my first set of Copic Markers and can’t wait to get them!…. Really….. I have ordered it like a month ago now…thought it would arrived on time for this post….. oh, well.

Feel free to read more tutorials around this website  \(^o^)/

Yours, Naomi Husband.

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How to Draw Anime Girl Profile -Basic Approach

There are many ways to draw an anime girl on profile. For this post, I decided for a more basic approach (Using a circle and a square as guide lines). I usually do it another way and I might actually do another post for that.

Draw a circle.

-when starting to draw keep in mind where your character will be in the background.

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Draw a square.


-If your character is looking to the left, then place the square accordingly. Mine, for no particular reason, was looking right, so I placed the square at the bottom right side of the circle.

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Grab a pencil and start to trace the shape of the head.


-At this step, the lines don’t need to be perfect. You want to get the main head shape down just so you can erase the circle and the square. Notice that at this point the mouth, the nose and the chin are too large. That’s okay because you can go back later and fix this.

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Erase the circle and the square.


– At this point, I reshaped the nose, the chin and roughly drew the “M” shape around the mouth. To make the nose smaller, I moved the circle line more to the right and to fix the chin I redraw the it at angle. This gives the entire head a more feminine look.

 

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Draw the hairline.


-Since this is a profile look, drawing an ear can be a personal preference. If your manga girl is going to have her hair out, it will probably cover her ear. Unless your character is wearing a hat or another item that can cover her ear you need to draw it. The ears should be line up where the eye will be. The size and the width of the ear it’s entirely up to you.

 

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Erase the original head line.
-Doing this will give the sense that your character’s hair has taking over the back of her head.

 

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Add the details

-At this point you can play around with your character’s hair, eyes, ears, and all the other details. Personally, I believe that you should try to portray a feeling when you a draw a character’s eye. If you have drawn this character before, then maybe you have a sense of who she is. If not, draw many expressions (or feelings) until you draw the one that makes you feel right.

 

 

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And just add color!

 

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-Also add shadows and extra lighting if need it.
-Adding a signature is optional. I personally like to add the main theme of the drawing if I have one. In this case it was Leaping. I was trying to draw a manga girl gazing at the sunset as she was leaping back to her most haunting memories.
Let me know what you thought of this post.
Thanks for visiting!!!  ^o^

 

 

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Ganbatte \(^o^)/

Become a Better Manga artist- 10 Things you can do

Become a Better Manga Artist is the next step you should take after you master the manga drawing basics. Print this list, share it, bookmark it, or past it on your wall next to your desk. Whatever you do, make sure you cross them all out after you conquer them!

  1. Learn other drawing styles. Though your main goal is to become a better manga artist, learning and being able to draw other styles will broaden your skills and bring a new twist to your manga drawing. There are a lot of styles involved in the most successful mangas. Skip beat and One piece are just a few of them.
  2. Imitate at least one published mangaka. Imitating a published artist is important because it will teach you to draw in different styles. There is a beauty that can not be described when you are finally able to recreate a drawing done by someone who is already published in the industry. But this should be done for practicing purposes. I wouldn’t recommend you post or sale this drawing because, in the end, you are exploring. Only showcase what you feel confident to the world and what truly represents you as an artists. Anything else should be stored for your eyes only.
  3. Set yourself a deadline. This is fun and will keep you focus on your goal on becoming a better manga. Give yourself a month to come up and produce a one-shot story. Do this for at least three or four months. Then, push yourself to produce a one-shot story in three weeks now. Then in two. Then one. Repeat this over and over until you learn the fats and thins on what it takes to come up with a complete drawn and developed story. In a blink of months you will have a file full of finished stories. Who then, can turn and tell you you are not serious about drawing manga?
  4. Time yourself when you draw. Personally, I never thought about this. But in an interview I watched from Japan, a former mangaka said that when he is interviewing potential assistants, or when a publisher interviews a potential mangaka, two questions will be primarily asked: Show me some of your drawings and how long did it take you to draw each one of them.
    This interview was a realization. I needed to start timing myself to know how long did it take me to draw. I don’t think publishers ask you because they are only looking for the faster artist. Speed is important, that’s for sure, but I think that the publisher’s main goal is to know how long does it take you to produce a drawing. This will let the publisher know when to expect your finish work, so don’t lie when you are asked these questions. But now you know, time yourself.
  5. Know how to structure a story. Set yourself a whole Saturday (or whatever off day you have) and take notes of how the stories are played out as you read manga. It’s not rocket science, but it is important. Once you study at least four of your favorite manga, summarize your findings and keep this on your desk or make this the cover of your notebook. Use this summary as a compass to drive your story to success.
  6. Have a business card! In Japan, it is a custom that anyone in any kind of business owns a business card with their name, contact information (company information if applicable) and a description of who they are. This is both professional and smart. Imagine you are visiting New York, or any other major city, and you find out the person sitting next to you is someone who could potentially further you in you manga drawing career? Wouldn’t you want to have a business card that had your website in it in case you and this person started chatting about drawing? I bet you would! So, whenever you can, get yourself a business card with the most important information. And if you want to be even on a safer side, find a way to get a Japanese business card written in Japanese. Of course, you wouldn’t want to buy five hundred Japanese business card, but do get yourself at least one hundred if you can.
  7. Draw at least 500 different pages. It could be the same story, it could be many stories. But if you are serious about becoming a manga artist, then you should spend a good time drawing. Coming up with 500 complete drawings should not be done in one month. This should be done as a learning process and you will realize how far you have come when you compare your first drawing to your 500th. Five hundred drawings seems crazy, but there are many benefits from doing this: Not only will you be able to come up with faster drawings, but you will also have a portfolio. Lines will become more natural, poses and buildings you never thought you could draw, will be second nature. Just set your 500 goal, and go for it. Make sure you draw the characters in different scenarios, different time periods, and so on. Take these 500 chances to practice to challenge yourself to draw what you thought impossible.
  8. Come up with a set of main characters. The author and artist of Skip Beat confessed that Kyoko, the main character in her Skip Beat Manga, was a character she thought of since her teen years. Over time, this character went through several transformations and now Kyoko sits in the front sections of the Shojo Manga shelf. You could have one, two, or even five main characters. Draw them, get to know them and stick with them. By the time you are ready to jump into a story, any of these main characters can be the hero or heroine of your story.
  9. Come up with something that makes your stories or drawings unique. Ikeyamada Go is a well known manga artist in Japan. But at least three of his most successful stories talk about second loves and how can a character find through love after experiencing the lost of the first one. Not only does Ikeyamada Go writes stories with similar themes, but he also makes some of his character look similar to previous works. It has gotten to the point that I don’t need to see Ikeyamada’s name in his book. With only a glimpse of his characters, I can tell it’s him.
    You, too, should have something that makes your drawing unique. It could be a theme that means a lot to you, or a certain character you draw and redraw in similar ways over and over again. Whatever you decide, stick with it so when your readers find your work, then can recognize you even when they haven’t seen your name in the book yet.
  10. Believe in yourself. Though this is something you as an artist hear quite often, it’s almost impossible to remember how important this is. Belief in your skills, in your dreams and in your intuitions. I believe in Skip Beat, Inuyasha, Dragon Ball Z and many other mangas but only because at least one person believed in them first: their creators.

How to draw a manga couple

Konnichi-wa!!! \(^o^)/
Here is how to draw a manga couple step by step:

Today I finished drawing and painting a manga couple!!!! It took time to draw (too long in my opinion, but not because it was hard but because I draw like a snail ^^) and here is how I did it so you can also draw yours!!!!!
I mean, don’t we all love those scenes that makes your hear beat???!!!!

Okay, so first, you need “the skeleton” of your drawing. Meaning a rough sketch of your manga characters.

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To me, the most magical thing about a Manga couple are their faces and that’s where I like to start.
To give it a more dimensional look, instead of wanting to draw them “flat” on the screen, I decided to drew this scene in an angle. Something you should practice a lot to understand the way shapes behave when the stand on their sides ^^

To differentiate the characters as I drew, I used different colored pencils.

 

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At this point, you can start having a little bit of fun. Decide how would you like their clothes to look like. Also, how old they are? Who they are? those are questions that can get you inspire of where your drawing is taking you.
Also, when I draw, I like to draw things simultaneously. So, instead of working with the guy first and then the girl, I try to keep drawing them at the same time. This gives me time to think about these two characters and constantly compare the chemistry between them.
Yes!!!! Chemistry ^^

 

 

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So, at first I wanted to draw her with this romantic laced dress but then I noticed how casual he looked and decided to make them both look casual. I threw the idea of drawing a skirt too. I don’t know, sometimes a good pair of jeans can hold you just fine :)

 

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After finishing with the rough sketch, I went ahead and started inking. By now, if you have seen my previous posts, I love to ink almost instantly. I don’t know. I just love to get the inking process out of the way!!!!
I always wonder which inking style best suits certain drawings. In the picture above you can see how the girl’s body is lightly inked and the guy has bolder inking lines.

I stopped for a moment to decide which inking style I was going to use. At this point, is good to know if you are going to color your drawings or not or if you are going to use screen tones instead.
I decided that I was going to use screen tones this time, so I ended up inking my drawings with a thinner pen.

 

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Hint 1: Notice how I haven’t bothered with the hands yet. Since drawings hands is complex, I always leave them for last. Dunno, it just puts me at ease to know that I can go back to it later.

Hint 2: Drawing the details, meaning the eyes and other things, can come later. The main thing is to get your inking done. This will help you visualize how bolder the details need to be.

 

 

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Once my basic inking was done, I started to draw a few shadows here and there with my ink pen. Did you notice that they finally have hands????? ^^
Also, I know that drawing a manga girl with jeans in this position can be tricky. You don’t want to make her proportions look too big or too flat. I suggest you go with your instincts.  I drew her pants a couple of times until I felt they looked cute but not exaggerated since I wasn’t going for it. If you choose to draw a girl wearing the skirt, then don’t forget to add extra shadows on it to show that there is actually a body underneath that skirt ^-^

Hint: Please please please have fun being a designer for your character’s. Don’t forget that no one likes to dress with simple clothes and so neither should your characters. Even if you want to draw their clothes simple, add a form to their clothes so they look more realistic :)

 

Manga Couple part 7
And here they are with screen tones!!!
I love how they looked ^o^
It was a moment where I patted myself on the shoulder and almost ran to the kitchen to eat my everything in the fridge as a celebration!!!
But I paused myself   ._.
I had to. I wasn’t done :)

When you use screen tones, you can use different ones depending on what you are coloring. For clothes, if you have more than two people in the drawing, you can repeat the same screen tone for, let’s say, one screen tone for all the jackets another one for all of the jeans and so on.
Since it’s just the two of them in here, I decided to use different screen tones for each of their pieces (if you enlarge this photo you can actually have a closer look and discover them).
Certain pieces should remain white, just to give a little bit of variety.

And here is the final look of our manga couple!!! :

Ryan, a middle school student, always had a crush on his classmate Mary, but he was too shy. He comforted himself by looking at her from a safe distance. His parents, however, were forced to move south, and he transferred schools without ever working up the courage to tell Mary his feelings….
High school came and, after moving back to his old town, he realizes that not only does he still likes Mary but that he actually likes her personality the most, more than her looks, more than anything, he likes her. And seeing her makes his heart ache.
One day, without wanting to, he overhears Mary telling her bestfriend that she has always liked Ryan, even after he switched schools, but that she believes he is out of her reach now because he has become the popular guy at school and surely he must like prettier girls.
Not believing his ears, but not willing to let Mary slip from him any further, he rushes out of his hiding place and spins Mary around until she falls in his arms.
This time he will tell her how he feels and will convince Mary that, beside her own fears, that she can’t really live without him too ^o^

 

By

Naomi Husband

Ganbatte!!!  \(^o^)/

Manga Couple part 8

How to draw a manga girl step by step

 

There are a lot of tutorials out there about how to draw a manga girl and the reason why I did one is because I think there is something more to be said about drawing a unique manga girl. In other words, drawing a character that resembles not what you have seen before, but one that resembles you as an artist.
Every time I want to draw a character on my own from scratch, I think about what makes me me. About what I like, about my experiences, about everything that inspires me. I also think about the mood. What is the character doing? What is her/his usual facial expression; the one he/she presents to the world?
So first, let’s draw a circle. And by circle, I don’t mean a perfect circle. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, nothing you sketch at this stage has to be perfect, or pretty \(^o^)/
Look at my circle! It looks more like a football ball badly shaped ^.^

 

I usually don’t draw the blue lines you are seeing in the picture above. It’s not that I can do without them, it’s just that I am lazy ^.^ But using them, gives you a more precise place of where to put the eyes, the nose and the mouth. Also, if you are using Manga Studio, create a different layer for the different colors you will use while sketching.
Let me be more clear. Once you have got a head shape you are satisfied with, create a new layer and draw the next features. If you do that and you label each layer with the color you are using, not only will you be able to safely erase something you have just drawn that you dislike, but it will be so much easier to navigate through your drawing in a more organize way ^.^
In the next picture, for example, when I went ahead to draw the facial features, I created a new layer, labeled “green” and used a green ink while drawing.

 

Hint: be consistent. If you are working on a layer that says red and you know you used red to sketch the head shape, then make sure you are using red and that you are editing exactly that, the head shape and not the facial features, for example.

After drawing the eyes, keep drawing the rest of the features of the face.

Hint: the way you draw the eyes of your characters and the mouth is important. You are trying to convey something, and these features should be drawn in a way that feels natural to you. Check out how other artists draw their facial expression and decide which one feels natural to you and add a little extra to make them different ^.^

I am not trying to get you to buy Manga Studio, but the good thing about buying it and using it for your drawing is that lets you hide what you don’t want to see when you don’t need to see them. In the picture below I hided the “blue” layer because I wanted to see how my drawing was coming along.

 

 

As you progress in your drawing, you will find yourself going back and forward, reshaping sketches. I reshaped the character’s chin and hair a couple of times until they felt right to me ^.^

I originally intended to draw just the head and the hair, but I felt like drawing the shoulders. I played with the way the shoulders look until I realized I wanted to draw this specific character as if I was taking a view of her slightly from above.

Hint: when you realize the perspective you are drawing, everything has to go accordingly. If the character is facing you, then the shoulders and the head and everything in the drawing should also “face you”. It should be symmetrical and proportionate.

 

 

At this point, I couldn’t resist and started inking. I know! Too early. But then again, once you have your intuition wires working, just follow them. There are no regrets if you do :)

 

There is something I want to point out here. When I ink, I like to ink in different layers as well. Since this is a close up, I inked the head, the hair and the shoulders in one layer and the facial features in the other. Again, it let’s you erase more safely. Besides, I inked the hair first and then I realized the eyes were sort of like peeking through her bangs, so I placed the “ink face” layer below the “ink” layer and got the chance to draw the eyes without worrying about erasing parts of the hair ^.^

Once you are done inking, you can erase the sketching layers to keep things organized. Create another layer, label it with the color you are going to use and start sketching details. I used purple ink.

 

 

The way every artist work is different, so work at your pace. However makes you feel comfortable. I was watching a T.V. as I drew, so I was drawing between commercials. But I kept drawing details in purple and once I was happy, I switched the ink to black, selected the layer that said “ink” and I would start inking. I did this because it gave me the sense that I liked what I had drawn so far and it’s going official now.
Again, working with layer makes things easy. Once I would ink the details, I would select the layer “purple” and clear the contents (as to reset the whole layer) and I would just keep drawing more details. I do this to make sure I don’t draw something by mistake. I know.. >_>
I go back and forward a lot. But I like it ^o^
It makes things fun for me and keeps me alert along the way.

In case if I haven’t mention it, this character is a model and she is walking down the runway. And as she was walking by, I took a picture of her from above ^o^
Since she is fashion-forward and she is modeling a designer’s clothes, I couldn’t call this drawing done unless I drew her some jewelry!

 

At this point, I was very satisfied with the overall look. So, once again, I switched the ink back to black, selected the layer in which I have been inking on, and started inking.

What do you think?  ^o^
I do want to point out, however, that nothing anyone draws comes out to look presentable at first. I have drawn things that I had to throw in the digital garbage. In many instances, I have had to stop drawing, get some air, do some other things and then go back. Sometimes it takes me days to come back before I am ready to try again. Thankfully I have the luxury of time. But if you are drawing and there is a set day to hand in your finish work, then you most be ready to try again even if you are not actually “ready”.
That’s why is important to practice. Draw a lot, even if you never get to use them in any publication. Know your limits, challenge yourself. Time yourself. Motive yourself. While you have the luxury of time and you are drawing to hone your skills, then no drawing is worthless!

Here is a final look. I will work on the shadows, color and the rest of the background and post it on a different post. I didn’t draw on my usual desk today because I am still taking care of my back. I feel better, thank you ^o^ But I still wanted to draw something and post it in here. So while I am resting, you can get busy and start drawing your own unique manga girl.


If you have any questions, comments or if you want me to do a post on something specific let me know \(^o^)/

 

And again, Ganbatte!!!