Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Programs/Online class

The number of lessons are shown as a rough guide. Depends on the students progress and request, it will be changed.


Pencil drawing / Inking / Tone-work

With manga tool (Manga pens, manga ink, manga paper and some screen tones)
Without manga tool (Ink with line art pens on Kent paper)

The process of manga drawing
For Beginner -  Intermediate

Drawing characters
4  lessons.

After a simple lecture and Q&A session, the student draws a character (Characters) Then, using manga tools, the work will be inked and put on finishing touches (Beta, whites, tone work).

If you don’t have any idea of the character, we offer some samples as references, or you can copy one of them. Also, you can get a line art data if you’d like.

Drawing expressions
Pencil drawing - 2 lessons
Complete with manga tools - 4 lessons

How to give characters lively facial expressions. After a brief lecture with some examples and Q&A, the student will draw character faces with 4 expressions based on the example. Joy, Angry, Sad and Pleased, for example.

Drawing “chibi” characters/cute mascots
Pencil drawing - 2 lessons
Complete with manga tools - 4 lessons

Covers some tips for drawing the “chibi” characters and cute mascots seen in many Japanese manga/anime. Explains the differences between normal characters and chibi characters. Observe an artist converting a character into “chibi” style, and see how it is done. Then practice drawing a chibi/mascot character.

Drawing a scene
pencil work & inking, 4-8 lessons

After a brief lecture with examples and Q&A, the student will draw characters with backgrounds based on the example . Also: Drawing backgrounds with perspective.

Character designs
Pencil drawing, 2 lessons
Ink&tone 4 lessons

The student will create a character and draw one scene in the setting provided. Then, after a lecture about character design, the student will draw from his or her own imagination with no example supplied. I will suggest approaches and help guide the whole process, with students free to ask questions at any time.

Four-panel manga
Pencil drawing, 2 lessons

We will use a relatively easy example of four-panel manga, “Essay Manga.” After lectures using real examples to show how students how they can draw upon daily life for four-panel manga material, and how to shape that into four parts with exposition, development turn and conclusion, they will begin to draw. We will finish with inking, tone work/coloring.

Special program (For intermediate)

For students who feel they are not prepare to draw one shot manga yet, or not interested in  making story but want to draw manga.

Drawing 2 spread pages manga.
Composing 4 lessons & Drawing 4 lessons

After a  lecture about composing the storyboard, students compose 2 spread page manga name (storyboard),  based on the script which was provided by the school. Then draw a manga from the storyboard.
Because 2 spread pages a minimum segment of Manga composing, you learn the essence of manga in this way.

Students can take their own script instead of the one school provided.

For Intermediate - Advanced

Character designs
4 lessons

Create a character and draw one scene in the setting provided. After a lecture about character design, draw from your own imagination with no example supplied. I will suggest approaches and help guide the whole process.

Add more
Design other character(s)

Choose one person from the setting which has been provided, perhaps one of the people around the character drawn in the previous lesson. Give him or her a face. This can be one of the character’s family members or friends, for example.

Creating your own characters
For students who have manga stories or characters in their mind.
Pencil drawing 4 lessons

After a brief lecture, the student will make an original character and give him or her a background (profile, settings). Students will give their character three-dimensional depth, and, if possible, draw other characters, such as friends. They will also draw one scene to illustrate the character's personality.

Drawing 4-8page short one-shot manga
Composing part & drawing part 6 lessons each.

Because it is difficult to draw short story manga, I suggest students draw based on their own experience, or a slice of everyday life. This is very much like an expanded version of the four-panel manga mentioned above. 

The student will learn how the frame layout should be arranged, and how artists lead reader’s eyes, etc. The students consult me with their ideas and storyboards, and I will advise them on layouts and sketches.

(If a student has a certain idea and story, of course he or she may use it.)

Composing part : Plot, story, character design, setting, storyboard
Drawing part: Pencil drawing(character) - Inking(character) - pencil drawing(background) - inking then beta, white and screen-tone.

4 lessons
Basic about Manga Style Watercolor painting

Digital work (1-2 classes)
(not opened yet)
Some tips with Manga Studio. I'm not an expert in this field, but there still might be something I can teach. If a student is a beginner, for example, I have plenty to teach. It also could be combined with other classes. This also covers finishing techniques (tone work, for instance) for drawing works, or for drawing a character with Manga Studio from scratch, for instance.

Long courses

For Intermediate - Advanced
Manga Production
Over 12 weeks - 24 weeks (3 -6 months)

Students will aim to complete a  8/16-page one-shot manga. The content is the same as the “Manga Production” course for Japanese student.

Course goals
Students will learn as they go through the manga production process by completing standalone manga works. They will experience the necessary elements behind manga production from beginning to end.


Plot submission:

Adapt your own plot to an exposition-development-climax-conclusion structure.
Outline the events, then separate them and reconstruct them with effectiveness in mind (bubble outlines).
Think about the characters’ lines (specifically speech mannerisms to match their personalities and ways to set apart their vocabularies).
※Write the profile of your main character.

Turn your bubble outline into a page list.
●Think based on each page spread (split up the pages while considering the layout in broad terms)

Thoroughly omit any unnecessary elements.
Cut out unneeded episodes/lines.
Think about how individual episodes and lines relate to each other. Make the artist’s intent clear when it comes to individual elements.

Rough character sketches

Make character designs based on the settings and stories you have previously completed. As you do so, keep in mind how you want to show characters’ personalities based on the drawings and how you want the readers to receive them. (Do you want them to be repulsed, to feel they can trust the character, to want to befriend the character?)

Making name (ne-i mu, manga jargon : Storyboard)

Settle on a flow of layouts and panels with awareness of how the reader will see the page.
Think of what you want to show for each page spread.

Think about opening up space for the parts you want to show, and boldly cutting other parts.
(You will often have to cut out sections during the naming step.)
Always be aware of the camera, of what you want to show and of how you want to show it while creating your compositions.


Rough character sketches + backgrounds

Be mindful of character expressions and poses. Are you using powerful expressions? Poses that conflict with the setting? Movement?

Inking characters + background (props)

Carefully select and arrange props. You can use objects to show characters’ personalities or elaborate on the story.

Rough sketches of backgrounds
Draw backgrounds with simple perspective. Learn what is typically omitted in manga and put the method into practice.

Inking backgrounds –Effects
Effect lines (集中線、スピード線、ベタフラ,eyc. Manga Special Effects.), psychological backgrounds, and more.

ベタ(beta)=painting black part(shinny effect, etc.) and ホワイト(White, correcting wrong lines & ink smudge with white ink)

Tone work

※Techniques will include perspective, tracing over photographs and tone work, as necessary for the individual student.

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