15 tips for bet­ter char­ac­ter art

Artists from Sin­ga­pore’s Col­lat­eral Dam­age Stu­dios walk you through the key steps of cre­at­ing and then refin­ing your manga char­ac­ters

ImagineFX - - Issue 163 August 2018 -

Re­fine your manga de­signs with CDS.

As Ja­panese an­i­ma­tion grew in pop­u­lar­ity, artists around the world started tak­ing up the gen­eral ba­sics of the art form and mak­ing it their own. We’ve all seen many out­stand­ing works of art with clear manga in­flu­ence that orig­i­nated out­side of Ja­pan.

Col­lat­eral Dam­age Stu­dios (CDS) is an illustration stu­dio from Sin­ga­pore. We em­ploy some of the best manga art tal­ents in Sin­ga­pore to pro­duce an ex­ten­sive port­fo­lio of manga art. Be­yond just pro­vid­ing key vi­su­als for anime con­ven­tions or mas­cot de­signs for video games, our artists en­joy cre­at­ing char­ac­ter art and sto­ries to call their own.

For the as­pir­ing artist wanting to cre­ate your own char­ac­ter, it can be tempt­ing to just fol­low the manga tem­plate whole­sale. It’s im­por­tant to note that ba­sic art and sto­ry­telling fun­da­men­tals are still nec­es­sary in the cre­ation of good manga art.

Here, three CDS artists will share their ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to cre­at­ing and refin­ing manga char­ac­ter art. From how to clean up your char­ac­ter sketches, pick­ing the right colours and how to craft a story for them, there’s plenty to in­cor­po­rate into your own manga work­flow.

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