Manga Watercolor

Manga Watercolor : Step-by-step manga art techniques from pencil to paint

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Simply magical manga in watercolor! Learn how to create beautiful manga art from pencil sketch to finished painting, with this comprehensive guide.

As the popularity of Manga art continues to soar, manga and comic book artist Lisa Santrau shows beginners how to create subtle and beautiful manga pictures using pencil and watercolors - the simplest of art materials. Lisa explains the materials and tools needed and then explores the fundamentals of how to draw manga - from color theory and breaking down drawings into basic shapes, to body proportions and faces for both classic manga and chibi manga figures.

You will learn how to sketch, how to create depth in your work with shading, and a range of watercolor techniques including washes, wet-on-wet and layering, as well as special techniques involving masking fluid and an innovative 'film' technique for creating texture and patterns.

The exercises that follow the basics explore a wide range of techniques including manga poses, hair and eyes, then learn about backgrounds, textures, gradients and more.

Finally, there are 12 step-by-step painting projects to perfect your manga art skills, with downloadable templates if you want to skip the drawing and get straight to the painting. The projects are varied and fun, and comprise:

Sweet chibi girl on a slice of cake, using the dry technique
Steampunk chibis against a bright background, using the wet-on-wet technique
Chibi sorcerer's apprentice in a flying teacup, with a galaxy background
Chibi Harry, aka a world-famous wizard, teaching you character design
Young girl framed by a romantic floral design, using a monochrome palette
Sailor boy in a symbolic sun circle, created with masking fluid
Girl in a kimono backlit by a window with flowers, using the white of the paper
Historical heroine in a voluminous ballgown, using the film technique
Melancholic schoolgirl against a fluorescent background, with the film technique
Silhouette in the evening sunset, using the wet-on-wet technique
Food overload boy in the land of plenty, featuring surface textures
Girl's face with expressive eyes, exploring cool versus warm colors

This easy-to-follow book by the creator of the popular Mechanical Princess comics, contains all you need to successfully paint your own watercolor manga art.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 200 x 235 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1446308472
  • 9781446308479
  • 1,702,594

Table of contents

Foreword 4
Materials 7
Paints 8
Basics 11
Paper 16
Preparation 18
Brushes 19
Techniques 21
Color theory 22
Color selection 24
Effect of color 25
Examples 26
Basics 28
Proportions 29
Faces 32
Shading 34
Sketching 36
Wet on wet 37
Dry technique 39
White areas 40
Special techniques 41
Exercises 43
Gradients 44
Doodles 48
Gemstones 56
Feathers 58
Snakeskin 60
Dragon scales 62
Walls 64
Water 66
Trees 68
Landscape 72
Gouache 74
Hair 75
Eyes 76
Projects 79
Sweet chibi girl on a slice of cake 81
Fresh steampunk chibis against a bright background 85
Chibi sorcerer's apprentice in a flying teacup 91
Chibi Harry aka a world-famous wizard 97
Young girl framed by a romantic floral design 101
Sailor boy in a symbolic sun circle 107
Girl in a kimono backlit by a window with flowers 113
Historic heroine in a voluminous ball gown 119
Melancholic schoolgirl against a fluorescent background 123
Silhouette in the evening sunset 127
Food overload: boy in the land of plenty 131
Girl's face with expressive eyes 137
About the author/Acknowledgements 142
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About Lisa Santrau

Lisa Santrau has been drawing since childhood. She has produced work for Nike, EMF, Tokyopop, Carlsen Comics and other clients. She can be found at comic conventions with her own manga series Mechanical Princess and Raven Curse.
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