Hi everyone it’s been a while since the last time I post a drawing lesson. It’s really cool when you can draw your own manga characters! I’m belong to the old school of artist. Before I touch my computer. I draw and sketch all the important concepts of my drawing on a piece of bond paper using a pencil. It’s like keeping a negative of a film type camera. I will decide what type of hair, eyes, skin, facial expression, outfit and perspective. It can be a hero, villain, or neutral. Then draw it on paper. As much as possible I don’t want to alter my original sketches. Once I port it into the digital format, I try to keep it as faithful as possible to the original drawings.
Guide lines on how I scale my drawings. The face of my characters is about + – size of an open palm hand in the sketch. It may change depends on the perspective. The length of the body is about 2 face size. The length of the upper arm should be equal to 1 and half size of the face. The length of the lower arm should be equal twice the size of the face when the fingers are straighten. Hips to knee 2 face ratio. Knee to foot 2 face ratio.
Then I re-draw again everything in a digital format. I used the bond paper sketch as my master reference. For iPad I used sketch book pro application. For desktop computer I used adobe illustrator. Or any drawing or paint software. I don’t let hardware’s and software’s became a hindrance to my passion. A program doesn’t mean much to me. I used pencil, ball pen, brush, my fingers, bamboo pen and regular mouse to draw. Hardware Devices doesn’t matter to me for as long I enjoy what I’m doing.
About The back story of the two characters I draw above. Unfortunately it can not be told in 3 pages or less. So let me try something. Love, Hope and Heartbreak.