Step 6-7: color the hair with the base colors(violet, yellow and light brown) and start creating layers of colors. Use white colored pencil to burnish it resulting to smooth and silky texture of the colors. color the hair part by part and don’t hurry.

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I realise I need to justify why there’s rim light on the character. Art doesn’t always need to make sense, but in this case the colourful environment means I definitely need to show the cause behind the effect. What better way to do this than by painting, a giant stylised sun to match the rest of the background? 

Step 11: use black colored pencil to make contrast and shading. It will make you drawing more realistic

TIP#6: take your time when coloring with colored pencil. because colored pencil demands time when using it.

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Here’s the preliminary gesture for the final image. At this stage you can be as gestural as you want. Go ahead and be messy, use construction lines and energetic lines until you find the pose you’re looking for. Sometimes you’ll find new and interesting ways of constructing a scene through these unplanned lines.

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Step 10: start applying the dark colors and burnish it white colored pencil to smoothen the colors.

Note: making a contrast make the color more realistic a little bit similar on shading for example making a contrast between two things to make a effect the they overlap each other while shading gives a darker tone on the object and shadow effect.

Step 14-15: darken the color make it smooth. Use black colored pencil on shading making contrast and burnish it again.

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I started sketching using mechanical pencil but its just optional. You can use any kind of pencil!

Colors that i used: white, dark blue, violet, dark pink, red, pink and black

Although I’m keeping this illustration pretty simple, it never hurts to carry on detailing (at least, up to a point). I prefer to detail using highlights.

Of course, with every splash of colour you need an element of glow. Using an Exclusion layer, I remove the green channel so I can have a green knockout glow effect behind the character. This helps lift the main character off the background and make her pop off the page.


TIP#4: “Blending” always blend colors it gives a good effect on the colors. For example when coloring a grass don’t use green only try blending it with blue and yellow to gives you different tones.

Colors that i used: white, light flesh, dark flesh, brown and black

Step 8: use the dark color(black and dark blue) to make contrast between hair strand it will make the hair more realistic. After that burnish it with white colored pencil to smoothen the texture.

Step 18-19: darken the colors then burnish it. Use the black colored pencil on making contrast and shading. It will reveals the folds on the clothe making it more realistic.

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TIP#2: Applying different pressure on the same color will give you different result for example applying hard pressure on the colored pencil will give you rich color.

I want the background to pop and feel real, even though it’ll eventually have a two-dimensional, stylised look. So I begin messing with Photoshop’s blending options, filters and inverted controls. While doing this, I never know where it’s going to end up. Experiment with different layer effects until something magical happens.

Step 3: use the black colored pencil to darken or to shade an areas. Similar on shading using pencil to give contrast light source is important.

I always draw plenty of anatomical details during the initial sketch stage. Even though they’ll probably fade away during the rendering stages, such subtle details will still leave an impression. For example, most of the lines in the character’s back in my initial sketch are rendered out in the final design, but the impression of underlying musculature remains. Accurate, low-key anatomy will set your manga art apart from the crowd.

To connect the character to the background’s overall palette, I change her shirt to a deep orange. Even though it’s tonally correct, her shirt was blending with the background clouds too much. It’s never too late to make these kinds of adjustments. Don’t settle for what you’ve painted until your eyes agree with the overall image.

In this tutorial I used two custom Photoshop brushes: a square brush (which I use to sharpen the edges of solid forms) and a render brush (which helps me draw and render without having to switch brushes). You can download them for free here.

Note: using light colors to darker one will make the tone lighter and gives a shiny effect.

Colors that i used: brown, light brown, yellow, gold, violet, black, dark blue and white

TIP#5: “Burnishing” is using white colored pencil or other colorless blending material to make your colors smooth, silky and realistic.

Note: “Burnishing” is using white colored pencil or other colorless blending material to smoothen the texture of the color and gives it a silky look.

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After sketching i use a regular pen for outlining. Then use eraser to remove unnecessary pencil lines!

With all the colours laid out, it’s time to start transforming my manga art character’s features and adding details. This character needed to have a Jet Set Radio-like underlying theme. So I render out the face with similarities from the game’s unique style while trying to maintain a manga likeness at the same time.

Note: building up layers of colors or “Layering” is applying the color gradually and burnish it with white colored pencil doing it repeatedly will result to a good texture of the color and making it more realistic.

Note: you can use light brown instead of light and dark flesh.

Step 9: color the ribbon with base color(dark blue, violet, red and dark pink) then start building up layers of colors.

TIP#3: “Layering” is applying the colored pencil gradually to make layers on color. do not rely on single application of color layering will bring good texture making your colors more complex and more realistic.

To do this, select View > Proof Setup > Custom… and apply the settings that are shown above. Now every time you press Y you can see your work-in-progress as a greyscale image.

Step 4: draw first the pupil of the eye and color it with violet and yellow. After that i use dark magenta on the upper eyelids instead of black just to make it more colorful.

The best manga art is colourful and expressive. In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll explain how I work with colour and form to make my manga art characters shine. I’ll also go through the basic rendering techniques I use in my manga illustrations.

It’s important to separate lights by colour. Here, the red circles are the primary warm highlights – notice how these highlights are almost purely white. The blue circles are areas that take on the yellow light from the background. This helps the viewer easily distinguish between the different lights being used (essentially, it’s directional light versus rim light). I use a Darken layer for this process. 

Colors that i used: yellow, pink, light magenta, dark pink, violet, dark magenta and black

For my background I’ve used a smooth transition of colour, despite there being contrasting elements, such as the buildings against the clouds. In everything you paint, you should be looking for ways to implement colour gradients. Think of the whole image as one big abstraction of colour, and then find ways to bring certain areas of colour together.

Step 12-13: color the inner clothe with the base color(dark magenta, red, pink, and dark pink) and start creating layers of colors then burnish it with white colored pencil.

At this point I need to check the tones within the composition to make sure that I haven’t pushed the contrast too far. I strongly believe you should be constantly toggling between colour and greyscale views throughout the entire painting process. 

Note: i use pink colored pencil on making lighter tones and burnish it with white colored pencil to give a shine effect on the ribbon.

Note: i used the dark colors (black, dark magenta and dark pink) on the upper part of the iris to make a contrast to the lower part of the iris. It will make the eye more realistic.

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TIP#8: Practice and love on what you doing can make everything possible.

Colors that i used: white, gray, black, dark magenta, dark pink, pink, yellow, gold and red

Note: i use many color to make it more complex and more colorful.

Note: using and blending many colors will give a huge impact.

I’m not that good on explaining things but I hope you still understand my tutorial (ノ_

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I hope you learn something new i tried my best explaining it even i’m bad at it.

Step 5: use color pink, violet, yellow and light magenta to color the whole iris. Color the lower part of the eyelid with black colored pencil to make it more realistic.

TIP#1: Using lighter color on the dark one and burnishing will gives you lighter tone and a shine effect.

special thanks to my bestfriend LUCINA she helps me a lot doing this tutorial.

Step 16-17: color the outer clothe with base color (gold, yellow and dark magenta) and build up layers of colors. Then burnish it with white colored pencil to smoothen the texture.

Step 1-2: first color the skin with base color (light flesh) then start building up layers of colors, then Burnish it with white colored pencil.

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For my final highlights pass, I use a separate Overlay or Color Dodge layer and draw out a thick highlight with Transparency turned on. Then I use an eraser to create the highlight shape. This is similar to masking but a little more intuitive, and because it’s on a separate layer you can adjust the colour with the Hue slider.

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