Make your manga art pop!

Bright colours that work well to­gether help to bring Paul Kwon’s con­fi­dent punk duo to shim­mer­ing life

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Bright colours help to bring Paul Kwon’s con­fi­dent punk duo to shim­mer­ing life.

My goal in this work­shop is to pro­duce a cool im­age of a chro­matic punk duo for Imag­ineFX’s manga is­sue. To achieve this, I want to chal­lenge my­self to use a range of colours co­he­sively to cre­ate th­ese char­ac­ters, then give them a con­fi­dent out­look and a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to life. I’ve al­ways been a fan of anime and manga and the unique art styles on dis­play, so this il­lus­tra­tion as­sign­ment should be a ton of fun!

I’m keen to make the most of my colours, and I’m pre­pared to spend time ex­per­i­ment­ing with them to get it right. I imag­ine that the two char­ac­ters are part­ners, who share some vis­ual char­ac­ter­is­tics. This will be my first time paint­ing an adorable rain­bow uni­corn, so go easy on me! It usu­ally takes me a bit of time and prepa­ra­tion to re­ally get in the mood to cre­ate a par­tic­u­lar piece, be­fore div­ing into the paint­ing process. For this il­lus­tra­tion my re­search com­prises look­ing through anatomy images and ref­er­ences of ma­te­ri­als, and watch­ing some anime. I want my hu­man char­ac­ter’s dress sense to re­flect her char­ac­ter, and a good ex­am­ple of this will be her col­lars, which will be ex­ag­ger­ated and very pointy! I’ll also be fur­nish­ing my char­ac­ters with stylish ac­ces­sories that act as in­ter­est­ing story el­e­ments.

Okay, that’s enough pre­am­ble from me – let’s get paint­ing!

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