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Free Preview: Advanced Manga Studio Techniques


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Manga Studio is a fantastic tool, with many features that can drastically speed up and improve any illustrator’s workflow. Instructor George Bletsis will show you how you can create an illustration from scratch solely in Manga Studio, and show you the more in-depth features you can use for your digital artwork.

1. Introduction

1.1 Introduction

Hi, my name's George and I'm a freelance illustrator. Welcome to my advanced Manga Studio course here on tuts+. Manga Studio is an invaluable piece of software and find myself using it more and more in my illustration work. In this series of lessons I'll show you just how powerful the software can be as we create an illustration from start to finish solely in Manga Studio. I'll show you how to create a sketch, how to use the built-in rulers to draw convincing perspective, how to ink your drawing, and how to use the advanced features to lay down colors accurately and quickly. These lessons are ideally suited to people who watched my previous set of lessons outlining the basics of the software, offer people who are already comfortable with the quirks of the interface. To follow along with these lessons you'll need a graphics tablet to allow you to draw straight into the computer. And a copy of Manga Studio 5. I'll be using Clip Studio Paint, which is the exact same software that has been renamed if you bought the digital version. Once you're ready, move onto the first lesson and we can get started.

2. Sketching Our Idea

2.1 Reference

Hi, welcome to chapter two. In this chapter, I'm gonna show you how to build up a sketch. And in this lesson, I'll be showing you how to effectively use reference images. Before we can start drawing anything, we obviously need to have. Have an idea of what it is we want to draw. So for this course, I knew I wanted to draw a character that was loosely based on a toad. And I wanted to have him interacting with something. So, I've decided he's gonna be selling something or other out of a pushcart. With that idea in mind, I've gone on the internet and I've found a few reference images, and I've saved them to my desktop here and I'm going to use these to inform my design. It's always really good to use reference images whenever you can when you're designing something, cuz it gives that extra layer of believability that you might not have been able to give your illustration if you were just coming up with each of the details out of your head. So, once we have our reference image saved to our desktop here, I'm gonna show you how I like to import them into Manga studio. So we've got Manga studio already open here. Your interface might look a little bit different, depending on how you've customized it. So you might already have the window I'm about to open, open, but to be able to load these references images in, we need to have the Sub View window open. So if you'll see underneath the navigator here Near the bottom, we have Sub View. And it's not immediately apparent what that window does. If I show you my first reference image, if I drag this picture of a toad from my desktop into the Sub View window, you'll see that the image is actually loaded as a preview here. I can zoom in and out with these buttons. Or I can drag this slider here and have a custom zoom on that. I can also scroll around the image and look it. What's really useful about the Sub View is that this will always be open. You will have your canvas here, you'll be drawing away, and you'll have your reference image in this small window. And you can always resize that as well. Another really useful thing about this Sub View window is that you can load multiple reference images. So you don't have to have you whole screen taken up with windows open full of reference images. So you can have this one Sub View window. So if I drag my next reference image in here, I knew that I wanted my character to be wearing sort of clothing based on Japanese clothing from the 1800s. So I found a good reference image of that and I've dragged that into my Sub View here. But you'll also notice that this button has now become available to press and that's because we have multiple references loaded up here. So if I click on this back button, you'll see that my toad image It's still loaded up and I can still zoom in on that. And I can click on the next and there we have our samurai's as a reference as well. I also wanted the toad to be selling something out of the cart so I found some pictures of clay pots. Which I'll load up there and that's my reference image for the pushcart there. And you can see I can cycle through all of my reference images like that and it's contained in this one window here and it's not too much clutter. So you can easily draw. The next thing we want to do is create a new document. So if I go File > New I'm gonna be drawing on an A4 piece of paper, so you can choose that from the presets built in here. I've changed my resolution to 600 and I want this one to have a landscape orientation. So if you click this swapping button here, that'll swap the height and the width and create a landscape piece of paper. Click on OK and you'll see that we now have our canvas and all our references loaded up in the sub view, and we're ready to go. In the next lesson, I'll be showing you how to block in your rough sketch.