How To Draw Manga Creatively Off-And- Online? Do you have the passion for drawing manga? If so, are you willing to invest your time and money on the resources that will help you be a manga pro even without experience or qualifications? If you are, then read on as I am going to show you how to draw manga creativity off and online. Firstly, you should have read and seen many manga comics and animation. You should have a mental mindmap on how most manga characters look like, their common characteristics, typical behaviour and the settings around them. Not just humans but animals, aliens and even robots. You should also have a draft story in place if you feel the story is not good enough and how you can make it much better and more appealing to fans. At first glance, you might not understand what I am talking about. Still that is what I have been doing for the first 15 years of my life since starting to sketch at 16. That was in 1990. I bought some Robotech comics and one mega graphic book featuring all the 200 characters, robots and vehicles at a bookstore recommended by cousin. If you have similiar passion, you will certainly feel and do the same to develop and improve your drawing skills. The next thing I do is buy an A4 size drawing block. Then I started drawing. As my foundation is not strong then, I copied some of the characters from the graphic book. The first character I have drawn was Lynn Minmei. She is the young girl who brought the aliens’ downfall with her enchanted songs in Macross. Then I draw Rick Hunter, his sworn big brother Roy Fokker, Lisa Hayes and other characters. My objective here is to get a feel of what it is like to draw manga characters. Gradually I started developing my own style after watching other animation series like Akira, Gundam, Patlabor and Silent Mobius. Those artistes such as Haruhiko Mikimoto of Macross, Yoshiyuki Tomino of Gundam and Kia Asamiya of Silent Mobius have their distinctive drawing styles and trademarks. In contrast to most manga drawing books, I did not start out with circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. I used my memory to draw those characters. The result turned out to be too simple and not as sophisticated as what I saw in comic books. Later I bought books that taught me how to draw manga. Using the techniques and strategies they taught, I found myself progressing faster since I did this every single day. Then from characters, I progressed to drawing machines like robots, vehicles and animals. It was from then something hit me. I know a classmate who was extremely good at drawing robots. But he did not want to share his secret with me nor with anyone else. Yet seeing him draw then and myself drawing now, I kind of felt a deja vu and an ah ha moment. It was from that moment I started creating my first comic story based on what I drew. With that said, here are my 9 basic steps on how to draw manga creativity offline. 1. Read plenty of manga comics and observe the characters styles by different artistes. 2. Bought them as references and then materials and tools you needed like merchanical pencils, markers, rulers, compasses, projectors and plain A4 drawing block of paper. 3. Copied from manga books your favourite characters to get a first hand feel of drawing manga. 4. Draw your own characters on fresh set of blank A4 paper in your own style without copying 5. Improvise your characters with references from books that teach you how to draw manga. 6. Scan and made multiple copies of your drawings in case your original drawings get lost or spoilt 7. Get poster and colour pencils and books that teach you how to colour. 8. Add colour to what you draw. 9. Rinse and repeat the whole process to machines, animals and environmental settings. 10. Create a story based on what you drew. Those are offline methods. Online wise, there are many videos you can find in sites like Youtube. If you are really serious about making this as your career, you might want to invest in manga courses and software to automate if you do not like to draw manually. However the foundation is still the same. You need to have a passion for reading manga comics, graphic books, watching animation series, learning and drawing. This is how I mastered my artwork. I hope you can do the same and achieve similiar results. If you have been a manga fan like me with desire to make it big but struggling to draw, please feel free to check out my site on How To Draw Manga Faces. But if drawing and adding colour manually is not your cup of tea, you might consider Manga Studio as your alternative.
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