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Intro to Comic-Craft Or, all the stuff you need to know to make some manga

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Page 1: Intro to Comic Craft pt1

Intro to Comic-Craft

Or, all the stuff you need to know to make some manga

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Who the %$@^! am I?

And really, why should you care?

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So lets make some manga!

Lets start out with the tools of the trade...

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PaperYou mean there's more than one kind?

& copy paper (20lb, 24lb, 28lb, 32lb – also in sizes of letter, legal, a4)& thicker papers (cardstock/presentation paper)& manga papers (deleter, maxon, copic)& bristol board (canson, strathmore)& other media/illustration boards (for wet media/paints)

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pencils& Graphite pencils – mechanical, wooden, drafting/lead holders

& Varying lead hardness gives you different values

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Non-photo blue pencils& nonphoto blue pencils are a favorite of comic artists because they can be easily dropped from art

& great for working out perspective, anatomy, etc before committing to a line with pencil or ink

& jetpens.com sells nonphoto blue (“soft blue”) mechanical leads

& other colors can be used – use hue/saturation/lightness in photoshop to drop that color

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Inking tools – tech pens& brands such as micron, copic, pitt, rapidograph

& lots of sizes

& will give you a consistent line weight – good for lettering, mechanical/architectural objects

& easiest to transport, easiest to learn

& do not give dynamic lines without extra work

& some tips very fragile/easy to break

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Inking tools – ink and nib& the nib, holder, and ink are all separate items

& types of ink: water-soluble, india ink, acrylic ink

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Inking tools – ink and nib& many different kinds of nibs – drawing, sketching, architecture, calligraphy, lettering

& drawing nibs allow for a wide variety of line widths

& sketching and architecture are good for fine details

& calligraphy and lettering nibs (a, b, c)

& most manga-ka use “g-nibs” - highly flexible drawing nibs

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Inking tools – ink and nib& require a lot of practice

& not very portable

& ink does not dry fast/tends to smear

& will shred or spider on cheap paper

& often very slow process

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Inking tools – brush& most variation of line weight, fast filling in of black

& great for emulating sumi-e painting

& other techniques such as dry brush for texture

& can be very difficult to learn, good brushes very expensive

& not portable

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Other tools& ruler/t-square/triangle/straight edge

& french curves

& circle and ellipse templates

& eraser (vynl, plastic, kneaded)

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Computer programs& adobe photoshop – considered the standard

& adobe illustrator – difficult to learn

& corel painter – better for illustration

& manga studio – offers a lot of templates, screentones, used by many professionals

& paint tool sai – cheaper alternative, also good for coloring

& free alternatives such as gimp, open canvas

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That's a lot of stuff!Relax!

You don't need all of those things

Start simple. Find what works best for you. It isn't the same for everyone!

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Now we have stuff, so lets make some comics!

Where do we start?