Paint a manga en­vi­ron­ment

Malaysian illustrator FeiGiap shows you how to get in­spi­ra­tion from el­e­ments around you to paint a nos­tal­gic manga scene

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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.

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