SIX STEPS TO… MAGIC MANGA

Paint art that pops, with fresh art skills from Tai­wan’s Han-Yuan Yu!

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This work­shop will guide you through the paint­ing process that I use most of­ten in my pro­fes­sional work. Af­ter sev­eral years of be­ing a free­lance il­lus­tra­tor, I’ve de­vel­oped a log­i­cal process that I find ef­fi­cient for cre­at­ing an il­lus­tra­tion from scratch. The process com­prises ini­tial sketch, colour scheme, de­tails, light and shadow, am­bi­ent light, and fi­nal pol­ish. I’ll ex­plain each step in de­tail as we go along. I like to cre­ate com­pelling il­lus­tra­tions by us­ing bril­liant colours, in­ter­est­ing com­po­si­tions and dy­namic ges­tures. My work also fo­cuses on sto­ry­telling; I want my au­di­ence to con­nect with the work on a deeper level and dis­cover mean­ings be­neath the sur­face. My favourite sub­ject to de­pict is beau­ti­ful women in Taiwanese abo­rig­i­nal cos­tumes. This is what I’ll draw as an ex­am­ple for this work­shop.

I’m in­flu­enced by manga, anime, clas­si­cal paint­ing and Chi­nese cul­ture, but I try not to limit my­self when draw­ing. The key to cre­at­ing a suc­cess­ful manga char­ac­ter is know­ing how to sim­plify and then ex­ag­ger­ate hu­man fea­tures, es­pe­cially fa­cial fea­tures.

I mainly use Pho­to­shop CS6 for paint­ing; not only is it re­li­able, but also the Ad­just­ment layer and the Blend­ing mode are pow­er­ful tools. I’d like to share my draw­ing ex­pe­ri­ence by teach­ing and I hope my art­work can share my hap­pi­ness. I hope you find this work­shop use­ful!

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