How to draw a Manga Page professionally and stress-free (more or less)
alibaba at 5:28AM, Feb. 16, 2008
The tools you may want to use as well as tips and advices.
This tutorial tries to cover tools and techniques that can make your drawing process easier and more effecient, especially if you are just starting out.
it is what i learned over time after making loads and loads of mistakes and learning from them (lol).
Keep in mind that these are only suggestions; depending on your style and your preferences, a different approach may be more useful to you, so feel free to try out everything for yourself.
OK, lets start with the tools!
1) Paper: the best paper i found is Deleter Comic Book Paper: http://www.deleter.jp/eng/eng_shopping_n/Papers.htm
Personally, i like to use all of these tools for inking, just for different purposes. I recommend trying them all out.
6) Nib Pens: I have talked about their pros and cons in the previous step, but i want to get a bit deeper into them in this seperate step.
There are hundreds of different kinds of nibs, but few are suited for drawing manga. In fact, most professionals only use three kinds:
-G-Pen (can achieve both thin and very thick lines)
-Saji Pen (a bit finer than the G-Pen)
-Maru-Pen (superfine pen, can draw extremely thin lines)
These pens can all be used for different purposes. For example, most artists use the Maru-Pen to draw fine and detailed backgrounds and the G- or Saji-Pen for characters, to make them stand out from the background.
Generally the dynamic lines of the G-Pen look stronger and bolder (used more dominantly in shonen manga), while the Saji- and Maru-Pens are more delicate and beautiful (used more dominantly in shojo manga).
Tips to using dip pens:
-dip pens wear off, meaning that with time, they will draw bolder lines. A Maru-Pen can wear off so much that it will create lines as thick as a G-Pen! Therefore you should change your nib pens from time to time, or your lines will look ugly...
-dip pens often don't want to draw or suddenly start producing horrible lines. What happens in a case like this is that dust from the paper or dry ink gets caught up in it. In that case, you should wipe it off with a tissue and/or dip it in water (and wipe off again). You have to get used to constantly cleaning it if you work with a quick drying ink.
-If your pen is clean and still refuses to draw it can be that the ink is too thick. Try to dilute it with some water or use a different kind. If that still doesn't help, it can be that your nib is either damaged or you got a bad one.
-you may want to check out my tutorial on inking here:
There are a couple of things you should keep in mind with paneling: Panels look good when they are continually drawn with the same line width (you can either try a fine-liner or a rapidograph, but nib pens are usually not advisable).
You should also have a consistent system for the distances between the panels (the "gutters"). If they are random, it can easily confuse the reader (not to be underestimated).
Lastly, paneling should serve two purposes:
-the first is readability , meaning that your panels shouldn't look too chaotic. They should make the eye "flow" over the page in the order you, as the author, want it to.
-the second is a bit harder to sum up with one word, but paneling should go with the content of your art and story. It has to support what's shown inside of the panels.
You can find more info in this tutorial:
8) Scanning and Retouch: A manga page that is intended to be printed should be scanned in a resolution between 600-1200dpi, depending on the size of paper you draw and the format its to be printed on (for example, if you draw on a huge A3 paper and want it to be printed on a small A5 format, you can go with a lower resolution like 600dpi and vice versa).
A walkthrough on scanning and retouch can be found here:
And that's about it :) . Congratulations on reading this whole thing XD !