SIX STEPS TO… MAGIC MANGA
Paint art that pops, with fresh art skills from Taiwan’s Han-Yuan Yu!
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!