Paint a manga environment
Malaysian illustrator FeiGiap shows you how to get inspiration from elements around you to paint a nostalgic manga scene
FeiGiap gets inspiration from around him to paint a nostalgic manga scene.
Before we start any kind of painting we always need an idea or inspiration. Wherever I go, I’m always thinking about whether I can turn the surrounding street or even the whole city into a fantasy scene – a city in the sky, a tower formed of different houses… something very cool.
Here I’ve decided to paint a scene of a seaside stall, based on a photo I took a few years ago at Chew Jetty, Penang, Malaysia. I like the composition and subject of the photo, but instead of simply copying the photo I’m going to add some imaginative elements. I want to create a scene that has a very nostalgic look and captures the freshness and calmness of the seaside jetty.
Normally before I start painting I’ll gather some photo references that have similar subjects to what I’m painting. Although I already have a photo as my starting point, for this painting I’ll need more photo references of a little shop and a jetty and so forth, so that I can have more ideas for the objects and designs that I need to include to make the scene look interesting. I also have some art works for reference and I’ll study the way they use colour, the way they paint different objects and so on.
In this workshop, I’ll show you my painting steps, from sketch to colour rough and detailing, and explain some of the things you need to be careful about in painting a scene like this.