Manga Senpai has come. Let’s do manga today.
What’s today’s topic? -What? Well, we have something left in… What do you say Zenkai in English? What did you say? I drew Konjak Guy in the previous episode. And maybe you confused like “What are you saying with that Konjak Guy?” But if you actually do what I said in the episode, you can change Western style character drawing to Japanese manga style. You can do it, really. And actually I’ve done a correction just now. Now I show you the result. This is the original drawing from our foreign audience. Who is the volunteer of this? -It’s Danny Shondale.
-Danny Shondale-san! You are a good Manga Kohai. Thank you very much! This drawing is pretty great. But as Danny says there’s a slight foreign atmosphere maybe… And I wondered what causes the atmosphere… I mentioned this in before episode… In previous episode, I mentioned that narrow line art is a characteristic of Japanese style character drawing. But can you see? This drawing already has narrow line art. It’s drawn by narrow lines… Why we feel Western thing from this? I mean, this drawing is fairly good. Fairly good as a drawing. It has similar atmosphere as Japanese manga style drawing. It’s so close, but there’s something more to do. So what should we do to make this into Japanese style? I suppose the reality of lighting. Today’s Japanese animation has so high-quality description of lighting and shadow. Highly… komakai… (Tell me…) Why don’t you tell me? -You mean highly detailed.
-Yeah…Detailry…(?) You need fine details of shadows. Anyway this illustration already has fairly fine shadows. If you change it to more simple shadows, it will make this illustration more non-Japanese. I’ll show it. I erased the shadow layer as an example. It seem like classical western animation isn’t it? This illustration is still attractive but It seem more western. Why is that? Anyway finer shadows makes this illustration more Japanese. Though you already made finer shadows, I added one more finer shadows. Let me show you the result. Ta-da! It’s a huge change. Can you see the light? I draw the shadows by pen tablet just now. What I’ve done is just redraw shadows in one more finer level. Imagine the direction of where the light comes, and how shapes of the shadows will be under the light. Just that. Plus, today we can add an effect layer on an illustration easily. You can do it with either Clip Studio Paint or Photoshop. You just add an overlay mode layer. I used hard light mode this time and added… blue color… water color… What do you say Mizuiro?
-Light blue. I knew it… I added light blue gradation on the whole illustration. This is easy but we can add the sense of light. It makes the black lines bit dimmed. Dimmed… what do I want to say? It makes the color less strong… not too vivid… It makes strong colors weaker… What am I saying? Anyway. It’s easy but makes big difference. It’s less like an hand-drawing. It’s like an alternative reality. You see the difference? Plus, this is a very little correction… I made line of shadowy part little thicker. These lines of darker areas. And wrinkles of clothes. In Japanese you say Shiwa… Add wrinkles of clothes with shadows. I suppose you’ll wonder how we can draw fine real shadows. But try and error is the only way to do that… Find the right shape. It’s like sculpting. Carve the shadows and find the shape of the object… Find the shape of shadows that makes your illustration with more 3D feeling. When you felt like a shadow make your illustration less 3D feeling, just undo. And carve and grave and carve… I’ll add a making video of this on Patreon. Please watch it and feel the way to find the right shadows. Today’s summary.
1. Add detailed shadows. Plus 2. You need to draw with narrow lines basically. Today’s original picture was drawn in narrow lines so it’s ok. But you can make the lines on shadow… side… side? shadow… side… you can make the lines on shadowy part bit thicker. Finally, 3. Light effect. You can choose overlay, hard light, or soft light mode And add gradation on it. This makes your illustration more Japanese. -And you changed the color of shadows.
-Oh… I didn’t mention that. 4. Color of shadows. Actually I changed the color of shadows from the original. In original work, black shadows were drawn on multiple mode layer. When you’re in hurry you can draw shadows in with one specific color. It’s an effective way to finish you work fast but… Color of shadows are different depends of the base color. Shadows of hair and shadows of skins, their colors are different from each other. So I made color of shadows of each parts. For skin, I made orangish brown that fits with this skin color. Choose color of shadows for each base color. This is a way to add reality to your illustration. That was today’s summary. Thanks again to Danny Shondale for sharing his work with us. So they were some tips to make your work like Japanese anime style. Something like that and that’s it for today. There’s a subscribe button on the lower right. Please push. On smartphone, there’s a red button below this video. Please push. And we have Patreon page. There’s some additional making videos and tutorial videos. You can subscribe us on Patreaon from $1. We’re waiting for you!