L’influence de l’art occidental dans les mangas (I)

First part of a big topic I wrote, in french, about occidental art influence inside mangas.

Les mangas regorgent de symboles, citations et références à la culture nippone au travers de leur folklore et leurs mythes, à la culture occidentale, mais aussi au cinéma de manière générale,

Tutorial: Making the cover of the comic book Euri

English is not my native language. If you find any errors, please let me know by email, I will correct!

Achieve an illustration requires a minimum of reflection, not only of the art. You need to know for what purpose it is done, what you mean … To do this, sketching , do some research to find inspiration , and finally get to work are essential.

I will explain here the path to implement the comic book cover of Euri - Shadow of past.

This illustration-whose purpose is to serve as a cover-should highlight at least the main heroine, Euri and his opponent, the evil vampire priest Ricardo. I could add all the secondary characters, but it seemed a little complicated and might be too messy.

I confess that I brainstormed some time to find my idea … By surfing on the web, and especially on this blog that I had an awakening!

The cover art of Batwoman - an excellent comic book which I recommend reading - interested me. SBrewing images on the web, especially on Tumblr is a good way to find inspiration.

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The artist, JH Williams III, drew heroin in red and black, contrasting sharply with a hate green face in the background. A simple but effective idea of duality.

I took my idea.

Caution! Far from me to copy the cover! This is a working basis.

I wanted the bottom of Euri’s becomes Ricardo’s canines. After several sketches on the same sheet in small sizes (stamp …), I got this, although I thought it was too static.

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I searched for pictures of poses armed with sword or katana in stock characters, and other things that may interest me. I have no weapons with me, and I do not know anyone with a sword to ask (and I do not see me take myself with a broom …). I do not have no more time, so I prefer to build photo databases as references.

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I liked this picture.

And go to the drawing! I draw every map on separate sheets: the background with the face of Ricardo and the foreground with Euri.

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When I’m satisfied, I will return to clean the sketch over a new leaf with black tubular tip pens (Pigma micron).

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I scan my image in 1200 dpi, black and white. I save it in. Tiff.

In Photoshop, I open my bitmap file and I resize at 600 dpi, and then I pass grayscale: Image -> Mode -> Grayscale.

I save the file. Tiff.

The created layer is called lineart and I put in Multiply blending mode.

I create another layer from below that will be a colored background. I filled with paint. Arbitrarily, I chose a purple …

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Then, on separate layers (still below the Lineart layer), I filled successively the skin, hair, boots … of Euri and Ricardo. I group the layers about Euri on one side and the other Ricardo : CTRL + G. In the Layers panel, Euri’s layer set is above Ricardo’s one.

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Above each created layers, I created another layers that I bind by pressing the Alt key between two layers. This shows two bubbles (black and white). Linked layers are positioned offset in the Layers panel.

These new layers, which correspond to the shade-are all set in Multiply blending Mode. I take every color of the previous layer, I filled with paint buck tool. Then above each Shadow layer , I create a layer mask. Using the brush, the Smudge and circular gradient, I paint shadows on layer masks! Above the shadow layer of the demonic face, I create another layer I turn in overlay mode. I filled it with yellow, which brings a little light overall.

Successively, always using the same method as above, I stack layers to get the correct shade, additions lights… Do as you feel.

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I change the drawing between the eyebrows Ricardo, I was not satisfied, I shade the hair Euri and I look after the teeth.

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I added the lights on the face of Ricardo. I work on the mouth of the devil.

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Reflections are placed on layers above layer sets Euri and Ricardo.

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I fix the lights on the Euri’s suit.

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The bottom slice with the heroine, a hot/cold colors duality is installed. However, I added a red layer above layer set Euri to give to the character some bounce light from Ricardo. And you’re done!

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This video is an extract from a demo of a serious game. I drew some arts for it, especially the Green Planet you can see here.


Halloween _ She was there (elle était là)
Finally, I did it ! I spent one hour to scan this picture, because my scanner is A4 and the picture A3 (I used Photomerge inside Photoshop to make a good looking picture)… It’s not totally looking the same as the original. Gouache and watercolors.
Characters are from my online comic book : Elle était là (she was there)