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How to draw digital manga and anime

Anime Without Pens

All of the popular anime and manga in the world are inspiring young people to take up their pens in pursuit of their own titles. But has anime left pens and ink behind?

Last Friday, the producers of the anime series Sazae-san announced that they would transition from hand-drawn cel animation to digital animation, making it the final anime series in Japan to do so. This milestone is even more significant in light of Sazae-san’s status as the longest-running animated series in the world, airing since 1969.

Digital illustration often requires a drawing tablet and stylus, though there are countless computer programs for using digital illustration tools. The teen center at Richland Library Main has four drawing tablets for use in our creative lab in the teen center as well as several books that can guide you through digital illustration.

Who knows? Maybe your creation will survive for decades like Sazae-san.


Amazon Says: A comprehensive practical guide to digital manga and anime, suitable for both complete beginners and experienced digital artists. An informative introduction covers all the eq more...
Amazon Says: A comprehensive practical guide to digital manga and anime, suitable for both complete beginners and experienced digital artists. An informative introduction covers all the equipment you will need, with step-by-step guides to using the tools of Adobe Photoshop to create different effects. It also covers the translation of manga characters to the screen in the creation of anime, including the software you will need, pre-production and animation. less...
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Amazon Says: This practical book provides a detailed guide to drawing manga. It offers budding artists the chance to take step-by-step lessons, and learn essential skills from professional more...
Amazon Says: This practical book provides a detailed guide to drawing manga. It offers budding artists the chance to take step-by-step lessons, and learn essential skills from professional artists. less...
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Amazon Says: Manga is the world's most popular visual art—and within it, there's a subgenre dedicated to teenage girls about teenage girls—shoujo manga.   From serialized soap operas more...
Amazon Says: Manga is the world's most popular visual art—and within it, there's a subgenre dedicated to teenage girls about teenage girls—shoujo manga.   From serialized soap operas about everyday girl drama or a high school swim team that transforms into magical warriors fighting for love and justice, there's no limit to what you can write or draw about, though typically there's a main heroine, a cute love interest, a best friend, and a geeky guy who has a crush on the main character. All of the characters are supremely adorable, with the trademark big, expressive manga eyes and cool outfits.   Now, creating this popular genre is easier than ever with this ultimate guide that includes a CD to help you draw your own shoujo stories. From background scenes, speech balloons, color choices, accessories, tones, and effects (like speedlines), the CD offers a huge variety of templates you can work with in Photoshop and Illustrator and customize to your liking and your unique story. Whether you're a beginner who prefers to work with the line-art and accents provided, or a more experienced shoujo creator who adds her own flourishes, you'll get a complete explanation of everything, with tips and illustrations on how to use the programs effectively.   Covering topics like dreaming up an interesting story line or concept, writing simple but compelling dialogue, creating page layouts and drawing hairstyles, outfits, and accessories—this is the first book to distill all the elements of shoujo into one easy-to-use guidebook. less...
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Amazon Says: At last–the first guide to drawing comics digitally! Artists! Gain incredible superpowers...with the help of your computer! The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics s more...
Amazon Says: At last–the first guide to drawing comics digitally! Artists! Gain incredible superpowers...with the help of your computer! The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics shows how to give up pencil, pen, and paper and start drawing dynamic, exciting comics art entirely with computer tools. Author Freddie E Williams is one of DC Comics' hottest artists and a leader in digital penciling and inking–and here, in clear, step-by-step directions, he guides readers through every part of the digital process, from turning on the computer to finishing a digital file of fully inked comic art, ready for print. Creating a template, sketching on the computer, penciling, and finally inking digitally are all covered in depth, along with bold, timesaving shortcuts created by Williams, tested by years of trial and error. Step into the digital age, streamline the drawing process, and leap over the limitations of mere physical drawing materials with The DC Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics. less...
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Amazon Says: The definitive guide to the growing discipline of illustrationIllustration is a hot subject, and professional designers, illustrators, and students are all looking for a well-researched, informative, and practical guide to this area of design. Continuing on from the best-selling Digital Illustration, Secrets of Digital Illustration develops themes and features work from countries with emerging graphic design industries, such as China, Singapore, and India. It uses the same format as the previous book, accommodating step-by-step tutorials, but this time it includes working sketches and thumbnails to provide a greater level of depth. Each chapter includes a brief introduction into the subject area, moving on to portfolios of leading image makers, and concluding with a step-by-step tutorial, making the book an informative, and highly enjoyable, exploration of this popular area. less...
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Amazon Says: The unique Japanese cartoon style known as manga, with its exaggerated stylistic characters and vivid colors, has caught the attention of America. Now, with the advent of digi more...
Amazon Says: The unique Japanese cartoon style known as manga, with its exaggerated stylistic characters and vivid colors, has caught the attention of America. Now, with the advent of digital tools like Photoshop and Painter, manga artists have discovered new ways of bringing their artwork to life and onto the computer -- with astounding results!This complete guide presents a wealth of information by exploring the digital possibilities of creating manga-style artwork. It details the entire process, from initial rough sketches, to the finished color image, with in-depth instructions and illustrations that demonstrate the intricacies of each technique. It also deals with a variety of inking and coloring styles.revealing the secrets of how to achieve smooth, highly detailed line art directly on screen, how to recreate the appearance of traditional animation with cel-art techniques, and how to achieve a soft, dreamy, or traditional look with airbrush, watercolor, and painting tools. It also explains how custom backgrounds, special effects, and the use of filters can add the finishing touches that exemplify professional results. less...
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Shonen Manga: Action-Packed! by Kamikaze Factory Studio
Amazon Says: The ultimate guide to drawing action-oriented Shonen manga, one of Japan’s most vibrant and exciting illustration styles—now featured in comics, books, toys, television sh more...
Amazon Says: The ultimate guide to drawing action-oriented Shonen manga, one of Japan’s most vibrant and exciting illustration styles—now featured in comics, books, toys, television shows, films, and video games, from Naruto to Yugiyo, Akira to Dragonball Z, Avatar: The Last Airbender to X-Men Anime and beyond. An easy-to-use, step-by-step guide, Shonen Manga reveals all the techniques you’ll need to create your own dynamic fight scenes and eye-catching manga characters. less...
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Shojo Manga: Pop & Romance by Kamikaze Factory Studio
Amazon Says: A step-by-step guide to all the tricks-both freehand and digital-to create the best manga characters! Here is an amazing manual of manga for artists of all ages! Concentrating more...
Amazon Says: A step-by-step guide to all the tricks-both freehand and digital-to create the best manga characters! Here is an amazing manual of manga for artists of all ages! Concentrating on Shojo Manga and anime (a genre targeting female audiences), Shojo Manga is a practical, hands-on guide to learning the skills of Shojo drawing. It includes detailed information on how to apply digital colour, 3D designs, vectorial drawing, and a host of other fascinating and useful design applications. And each project in Kodomo Manga includes step-by-step instructions specifying software, tools, and professional tricks to achieve the big eyes, tiny noses, and love torn expressions central to Shojo Manga characters.Shojo Manga takes manga artists, illustrators, and graphic designers from initial black-and-white sketches to a vibrant, fully costumed collection of characters. In five chapters, its content will be broken down as follows:Vintage RomanceLove and PopGothicMagic LoversHistory and Legends less...
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