Be in­spired by a manga clas­sic

Toni In­fante taps into the in­flu­ence of Akira, and uses colour, con­trast and com­po­si­tion to cre­ate a strik­ing cover im­age

ImagineFX - - Issue 163 August 2018 -

Toni In­fante taps into Akira’s in­flu­ence.

I’ve been a huge manga fan since child­hood and it’s im­pos­si­ble to hide the in­flu­ence that pas­sion has on my art. In my quest to learn how to paint pow­er­ful and dy­namic im­ages, I’ve learned a lot from my favourite manga artists through ob­ser­va­tion, and trial and er­ror.

Yet as il­lus­tra­tors we can also make use of a range of vis­ual tech­niques – com­po­si­tion, colour, light­ing, per­spec­tive – to help us achieve such goals. Peo­ple rarely spend more than a few sec­onds look­ing at some­thing be­fore mov­ing on. So in the case of art that also serves a com­mer­cial pur­pose – such as a mag­a­zine cover – it’s even more im­por­tant to en­sure those tech­niques are all work­ing to cre­ate an eye-catch­ing com­po­si­tion. It may feel over­whelm­ing at times, but the trick is di­vide up the work­flow, fo­cus on one step at a time and solve any prob­lems as they arise.

Be­cause it’s a static medium, I al­ways try to cre­ate dy­namism by play­ing with and ex­ag­ger­at­ing these tech­niques. Use of com­ple­men­tary colours, di­ag­o­nal shapes and forced per­spec­tives are some of the el­e­ments I re­peat­edly use in my work and I’ll talk about these and more in this work­shop. From the ini­tial rough sketches, cre­at­ing more de­tailed line art, adding colour and fi­nal touches, I’ll dive into this neon world to ex­plain you my choices dur­ing the process and pass on some tips or ob­ser­va­tions that hope­fully will help you in your own work.

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