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PE: Creating your own Manga

Fri Sep 12, 2014, 1:10 PM by Khallandra:iconkhallandra:
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Anime And Manga


Introduction


You have a great story, a bunch of characters and you want to create a manga. However, where do you start? Do you have it Left->Right or Right->Left? How should you publish it (*note: some publishers may have additional requirements/restrictions)?
The process is pretty much the same for any graphic progression such as comics.
Luckily, there are a great number of tutorials to help you on your way.

Nozaki-1 by Khallandra

Storyboarding


A storyboard is a panel or series of panels which detail the sequence of significant events in a planned scene, i.e. a rough sketch coupled with some words to describe the actions in the scene.
At this point you'd need to have an idea of whether you are making a left->right or right->left manga and your story has been separated into scenes and plot points you wish to use to drive your story.


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Sketching


Once you have figured out the rough story, it's time to get to sketching. First you need to prepare your final layouts and edges of the paper. Typically there are margins on official manga paper to emulate. These give an idea of where the cut off points are.
Sure you do not need to worry so much in a digital sense, but some manga programs will put these in case you did want to put your manga into print. You can buy pre-marked papers with the rulers in non-photo blue and there are some templates in the tutorial list to give you the guidelines.
Non-Photo Blue Why do people make their sketches in a pale blue? This is a specific shade that scanners 'ignore' when scanning in grey-scale. So you do not need to remove your sketch lines after inking. Typically the non-photo blue comes in mechanical pencil leads of various sizes and do not smudge as easily as a standard graphite pencil.
Non-photo blue Wiki Page.


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Inking and Pen Techniques


After you have completed your sketch you can start to ink your page. You can use multi-liners, pen and ink or complete this digitally, this is completely up to the artist's preference.
Using the correct pen is important, as different pen nibs deliver different amounts of inks, digital programs emulate this as best as it can. However try not to use a ball point pen, as the ink can smear, try a felt tip instead. A cheaper pen is Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens, or Sakura Pigma Micron and personal favourite Copic Multi-liners. If you are going traditional pen nib and ink, the 'staples' are G, Saji and Mapping Pens, you'll also need to buy a shaft and ink pot (Copic Ink is quite nice).
This is also the stage at which you would add all the black areas, you can purchase additional brush pens to make this easier (or use the fill tool digitally).
Made a mistake? Use white ink to cover it over and start again.

Nozaki-3 by Khallandra

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Adding Screentones


Screentoning is another art in itself. Applying the correct screentone needs to be well thought out and consistent across your manga. Choosing a flashy pattern for a character's pants or jacket may distract from the story. Digitally you can easily trial and error, traditionally you are more limited, but you can at least put the tones across your page to see how they go together.
Applying a screentone can be quite fun, it comes with a sticky side that you cut a rough area then lightly apply to the paper, then you cut off the undesired amounts (if you go through the paper with your cutter just sticky tape the back). Once you have the cut out finished, stick it down more firmly.

Nozaki-2 by Khallandra

Tutorials


SCREENTONING MANGA ON PHOTOSHOP by Noiry Manga Screentoning Tutorial by juri0juli SCREENTONING MANGA ON PHOTOSHOP by Noiry Traditional Screentoning by FOERVRAENGD How To Use Screen Tone by SiSero Dots and Screentones - Print by screentones Screentones by Lady-Werewolf <da:thumb id="243878597"/>



Scanning


After you have finished the pages it is time for scanning. Make sure your scanner surface is clean, then place your page on the scanner and put a backing behind and close the lid, put an even distribution of weight on your scanner and scan it in.
Typically choose grey-scale and 300dpi could be enough, but you can make it more. If you are planning on colouring it, if the 300dpi scanned page is not big enough, scan it at 600dpi instead.
Clean your page from dust, rotate and crop where necessary. Apply proper Curves/Levels to make the darks darker and whites brighter.


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Typesetting


You have your art and your page all ready, now you need to add your text.
Choose a font/fonts you wish to use (such as Wild Words or Webletter). Pay careful attention to the position of the words in your speech bubbles/thought bubbles and try to mix up using italics and bold when a different tone is to be applied (thoughts or yelling for example).

Tutorials





Presentation & Useful Groups


You have your finished pages and you are ready to publish your manga. What is the best way?
This is purely up to the artist, some approaches are to have each page as a separate deviation and the comments manually link to the first page, previous page and next page.
Another approach is to use Flash or PDF to have the entire chapter/manga in one sequential file.
A new and exciting approach is to make use of Deviant Art's Motion Book Tool details here.

Nozaki-4 by Khallandra

Useful Groups for more tutorials and tools


:iconmanga-apps: :iconartistshospital: :icontutorial-city: :icontutorialhouse: :iconsai-manga-tuts: :iconlearnmanga: :iconmangaacademy:




If you are wanting to publish your work please consider some of your decisions need to conform to their requirements. Go do some research as you may find your orientation, readability, font choices, tone choices, etc. will be part of their standards to follow.




Thank you for reading this article, a lot of the tutorials linked to are the first part of many so be sure to check out the rest of the artists tutorials.

Questions to the readers:


  • What is your favourite part of making a manga?
  • Do you have a favourite screentone or effect?


The animated gifs are from Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun.

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RedAbsol0 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't make Manga, not much of a Japanesey art fan myself, but this'll come in handy when making comics.
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, pretty much the same steps only the colouring part isn't covered if making a coloured comic :)
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's such a a great anime :) And thanks for the link too!
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juriTanaka Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My favourite part of making a manga is finish the work and see how beautiful it is.
I don't use screentones, is so expensive, and I do my manga traditionally, I don't have manga studio, I can't use these softwares properly because I haven't a tablet. For shading, I use pencils and I smudge it after.
At these days I don't have time to make my manga, I put 5 short pages in my gallery. I think that I'll start longer stories for my manga, I must to design some characters too.
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Time is definitely a key factor and yes the traditional screentones are quite expensive, I find I'm trying not to use too much when I do cause then I'd have to buy even more ;)
A suggestion I had earlier was doing 'ink washing' instead for the shading if you were looking for an alternative :D
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CecePeniston Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2014
It's a useful tutorial thanks a lot!:iconclapplz:
But to be honest turning the text into scketches is very long because you have to imagine the scenes then you have to make the linearts and the shades
It's a lot lot of work that's why some artists stop their manga after 1 or 2 episodes that's a shame
I created a manga and I prefer "clean" scketches it's the fastest way to publish episodes regularly
 
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure :) Yeah it is a shame when someone only gets a few pages in then nothing.
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murmurlade Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
ehehe so I wasn't the only who enjoyed the gekkan gifs >v>
awesome guide! 

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...mangas are something you have to invest alot of time into.
something funny i found about mangas haha ; angrydumpling.tumblr.com/post/…
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lmao: That is pretty good :D
Sometimes I see official manga and think 'how on earth did that get past the editor' so many giant hands :D
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murmurlade Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
GIANT HANDS oh gosh well screwed up anatomy sometimes makes the whole thing funnier ahaha
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MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your use of the Gekkan Shoujo gifs. Freaking love that show XDD
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was just a perfect fit :D and all from just one episode! Chiyo Sway Icon 
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MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could've also used some Bakuman clips too XD
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Kohaya7Koizu Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I always enjoy the sketching part... from then, I start to lose focus and I get frustrated cause I don't have enough time to experiment with Manga studio... thus, I end up not editing the chapters... And I have 15 chapters sketched T__T it's frustrating.

But I don't want to rush myself so I think after my uni, that's when I start to get more serious with manga making as side-line. : )

This is a great article! Thank you and for all those tutorials as well. 
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :) Hope they give you some inspiration :D
Finding the time to finish off the pages is a big challenge, I get random bursts of desire to do it, right before I need to go to work :/
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Momiji-Kajiwara Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favorite part of making a manga has to be coming up with the story and drawing the scenes filled with emotion, action, and beauty. I don't really have a favorite screen tone, but some of the basic ones are really cool when you later them (Only really works if using it traditionally). My least favorite part is story boarding. Even when I was in elementary school and was learning about it, I disliked it. I felt like (Mainly with writing type story boards) they limited my creativity and were unnessacary. But now that I want to be a mangaka, I realize just how important it is.
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love playing with scratching the traditional tones as well, it's always fun to make the highlights on them :)
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Momiji-Kajiwara Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's always fun to use screen tones (Especiallp with scratching). It can just be difficult and frustrating when it won't do what you want or it folds on you and wastes an entire sheet! XD
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pumpkiyn Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Thank you so much for making this journal!
this will help a bunch when I make my manga in the future.
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good luck with making your manga! :D
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KinnoHitsuji Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for linking my series of tutorials. Just a note--something I do make a note of... you should have the story before doing story boarding... because not having the story and then storyboarding a lack of story--it'll affect how sloppy your story board is, if you can't figure out what's important or what's not then you will have a messy panel layout and you can't bail yourself out of it easily once you've say, gotten to the inking stage and posted it. Always have the story layed out first.
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had assumed the story was written, but I have clarified the Storyboard part to say the story should be broken up into scenes and plot points :)
Thanks for the suggestion.
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KinnoHitsuji Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. I found some artists want to *just draw* and figure out the story later... A friend of mine said she was like that and it killed her later to try to fix it when it gained popularity. Haha. So I thought it was worth noting. ^_^
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Fario-P Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I want to make a manga because I like drawing. It seems easier to draw the details then try to describe them. For me, I can hardly describe myself xDD. My favorite part of making a manga is clearly drawing in the story-- so I guess you can say that my favorite part of making them... is well... everything about it!
And yes, my favorite effect is where you make circles and put dots along the edges so it makes sparkly bubbles :D
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The sparkly bubbles are amongst my favs too, they just seem so versatile and take up a lot of space ;)
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Fario-P Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
YESSSS SPARKLY BUBBLESSSS SIMPLE AND ADDS AIRY EFFECTSSSS
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chocominty Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist
I haven't drawn many comics, except for events from my role-playing group, but it was quite fun when doing so! I didn't have many resources besides a pencil and paper, so the final form of my comics were simply in clean pencil lines (it was almost like inking, I suppose). 

I'd say my favorite part of drawing these comics was the overall process of transforming it from a rough sketch into the finished product, up to where the images become clearly defined. Someday I want to go a little bit further into making manga though, and try my hand at screentones and other effects, and actually ink in the lines. I'd most likely work on it digitally, though. 
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like they were fun and I wish you luck should you try it out digitally :D
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Edited Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a nice journal with several helpful tutorials readily available. :) One thing I never properly learned was how to use the non-photo blue pencils or pencil lead. It would still show up even after scanning or was I supposed to keep it in black and white when scanning? Anyway, I completely overlooked the helpfulness of that tool and kept to graphite as I don't mind erasing manually, especially since it's not like I am in high demand or working for a company where I have to produce so many products within a certain time frame.

My favorite part of making a manga or comic book or graphic novel for that matter would be the character designing. It would be the development of the panels with the inking if I ever got that far. But just seeing my characters FINALLY doing something outside of friggin' standing there looking pretty is really something else.

I have never used real screentones and I haven't worked too long trying to figure them out digitally. However, I like the shadowy effects of the black ink when done correctly.
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes you have to use the 'black and white' rather than grey-scale, but I found it only worked with one type of pencil lead I had, just a blue one didn't work :blush:
I'm with you on the seeing them do something other then standing there, I struggle on that part the most :)
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I totally forgot to answer the questions. I'm actually making a comic, not a manga, but as I said before, a lot of what you talked about, I do too! Except I personally don't use tones. I simply use ink and ink washes. If I need a texture I do it by hand or digitally.

What is your favorite part?

For sure the storyboarding and sketching process. I often have too much fun in this stage thinking of all the possibilities and just keep sketching forever. XD I have to remind myself to not let that happen as often as it actually does. lol

Favorite screentone or effect?

Well, since I don't use screentones, my favorite effect would be glowing things, the light from them. It really adds another dimension to the artwork! :D Plus there are so many ways to do it too.
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't consider ink washing, as that is a really good way of black and white 'toning' that can be used. I've added a tutorial up on that to the list cause it's really good - thanks for the suggestion! :D
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Ahkward Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty much all you said applies to any form of graphic narrative. I am studying comics and graphic novels at my college, and pretty much everything you said they have talked about too in much the same way. So I don't really think this could be limited to only manga. Though comics tend to use more limited screentones and be in color more often. I still found this useful with all your resources. Thanks!
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely is more a broader set of tutorials, a lot of the tutorials are actually comic artists.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
What is a manga?

How is it different from regular cartoons/comics?

If you do a left to right manga, how is it different from a regular comic/cartoon?

I ask these questions because I know that folks who
don't know about mangas might want to know this.

Thanks for putting all of this info in one place.
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not much difference really in how the art is drawn, comics nowadays tend to be coloured, but the black and white is still common enough and the first parts are all common no matter what the end point is (some of the tuts listed are from comic artists).
I guess you'd say a colloquially a manga is a comic with anime styled characters, but it is a Japanese term for their comics.
Much like Manhwa is the Korean comic and Manhua is a Chinese comic.
So hopefully anyone wanting to do a comic in general might find the tuts above useful in some way :)
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Thanks.

I faved the article because I might need that info later.
I might do a comic later.
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chocominty Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist
When you really boil it down, there isn't really much of a difference. Manga is simply the Japanese word for "comics," and used in the Western sense, it means "comics which were produced in Japan/by Japanese."

Due to cultural differences, each region, East and West, developed a distinct style in drawing their comics over many decades. However, the world has become so connected and globalized today, many Westerners started to draw comics in manga style, and vice versa. The key difference nowadays is in style, which is still very distinct between manga and Western comics. 

If you want to refer to manga that is in written in English/other languages, and reads left-to-right, etc., you can call them international manga or Original English-language (OEL) manga. Anyone can look up those terms if they want to research more on the subject. 
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Thanks a lot for taking the time to explain.
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm lucky that the publishing house I'm aiming to lets me shade with plain grey, so I don't need to use screentones ^^;

What is your favourite part of making a manga?
-Having in finished. =P Yup, I'm this lazy

Do you have a favourite screentone or effect?
-Nope, not really. All effects add to the overall efectiveness of the page. :meow:
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Having it finished is a great feeling, especially after spending hours working on it :D
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup :D
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TheOtakuSan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
  • What is your favourite part of making a manga?
  • Sketching!! i have THOUSANDS of random sketches in my Sketch Pad xD
  • Do you have a favourite screentone or effect?
  • I am an amateur so i don't know much xD I like that Flowery, Sparkly background when an Attractive person appears LOL xD
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sketching is a lot of fun, plus with a sketch book and a pencil you can do it anywhere :D
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TheOtakuSan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yup :)
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll add that up to the article, to check with the publisher/printer what standards they have for their printing as that is a critical point for those wishing to publish their work.
It is a shame they are not supporting screentones so much.
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Deus-Nocte Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That sounds good, thanks!

And yeah, I know. :/ It really wasn't something I expected going in, but I guess it's just the nature of the beast. They were developed as a way to create grey tones when the printer could literally only print in black, but since printers have evolved past that point, I think they have trouble with patterns like that now. The real new ones are better because they're adaptable, I suppose?

The problem could even be inherent in the settings of the file or the makeup of the tone itself, but it seemed like no one at the printer I went to had ever dealt with them before, so... we were just shooting in the dark to find a solution and I barely got the copies in time for a convention I was attending.
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canttel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly!! Like why te hell would i make a backwords manga if im american???!
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