Here it is, the long awaited manga coloring tutorial! This will be split up into three separate parts; covering the supplies, covering the process itself, and additional helpful tips. By request, there will be a manga coloring tutorial for each main girl.
Secondly, I apologize for the photo quality because I took them with my phone. Still, I think they’re fine.
So, let’s get started! :D
The supplies I use to color manga are the incredibly versatile colored pencils. I use a combination of Prismacolor (high-grade artist quality pencils) and Crayola. Prismacolors are fantastic, but are very expensive. However, when used properly, Crayolas can be just as good and a fraction of the price! Luckily, Prismacolors are often on sale so it’s a good idea to see if you can find any coupons to use in your local art store. It’s a great idea to load up on Crayolas or hunt around for any old ones you may have lying around. I recommend getting a 50 pack for the diversity of colors! Like I’ve said before, they’re very cheap and affordable.
I also use a clipboard to provide a flat surface while I color. You can always just do it on a table or a desk if that doesn’t suit you.
To find high quality scans, look no further! Miss Dream has the BEST scans! Go to the raw downloads page and download volumes of the manga (I personally recommend the reprint scans). You will need Winrar (Windows) or UnRarX (Mac) to extract the files.
Once it’s downloaded, it’s time to find some good panels to color! Browse through the scans until you find a page with a panel that catches your fancy.
Now, at this point, unfortunately I can only help Mac users. Go into the application iPhoto and import the page. Click on the photo and go to “edit” on the bottom (shaped like a pen or pencil). Then click “crop” and crop the desired panel out of the page. Once you’re done just drag it to your desktop and print!
Once again, I unfortunately do not know of any Windows applications that have the same photo-editing capacities as iPhoto. But I’m positive there must be one! :D
Alright! You’ve got your panel and you’ve got your pencils, now it’s time to get down to coloring!
Step 1: Color the eyes
For some reason, I always like to color in the eyes first! Usagi has very beautiful, deep blue eyes. To achieve this color I first color them in with blue and then mix in purple.
Step 2: Fill in the shading
Oftentimes the panel will have shading already outlined, but it’s still a good idea to add additional shading where you think the light would hit. Some key shading points are always under the neck, under the bangs, and inside the ears.
Step 3: Fill in the highlighting
Shade in Usagi’s highlights with a pale yellow pencil. Sort of go in a zigzag pattern.
Step 4: Shade the hair
For the shading in Usagi’s hair, I use Crayola’s “Harvest Gold” color. Any kind of goldish color will do, just make sure it isn’t too dark! Shade in the bangs (under the highlights) several strands of her pigtails, part of her odangos, and other miscellaneous areas.
Step 5: Color in the rest of the hair
Time to color in the rest of the hair! For Usagi, I use “Golden Yellow”, a darker shade of yellow. When coloring in the hair, make sure to keep everything evenly blended.
Step 6: Darken the highlights
The highlights stick out too much, so darken them by going over them with a yellow pencil.
Step 7: Color in the skin
For some reason, the peach colored pencil tends to be very streaky. To avoid these streaks, go over the skin area lightly. It’s very important not to apply to much pressure. However, I have a trick I do all the time if these streaks occur; just go over the lines with an eraser! It will remove the lines while still leaving the color.
Step 8: Color in the clothing
Color in Usagi’s sailor collar! Don’t worry about how it shows up on the dark ink; if/when you scan the coloring in, it will show up much better!
Step 9: Shade the bow
Using a dark red pencil, shade in the darker areas of the bow.
Step 10: Color in the bow
Now, color in the bow with red. Sometimes I’ll add in some magenta to add a pinkish hue.
Step 11: Color in the brooch
Now, color in her brooch!
And you’re done!
- Here are some tips: When coloring large areas like the skin, use a lighter color first, but use a blunt pencil. OR, use the side of the pencil, but on a separate piece of paper first to wear it down, then apply it to the piece. It’s all about building the layers of color. For your hand; when doing detail, grip the pencil closer to the tip; when doing a large area, hold the end of the pencil and use long, wide, and and light wrist movement.
- You can create a softer/more natural effect by blending in the marks with a tissue or your finger. If you use a duller tip, you won’t be able to see each individual mark.
- Skin and hair are comprised of a variety of shades, so don’t just stick to one color. Experiment until you find the perfect blends.
- Try shading and coloring by moving in soft ovals or in a circular motion; if you do this smoothy and with the same amount of pressure it will look nicely blended.
- Try starting off light where your highlights will be. Then gradually darken the layers around those foreseen patches of light as you color. Since you can’t put light over dark, start light and then add dark.
- Sometimes when I feel like I’ve made the skin too streaky, I take an eraser and go over all the skin. This will erase the streaks but at the same time the color will remain (albeit lighter)
- For me, skin is the hardest. It streaks easily and takes a lot of practice to make it look natural.
- For skin shading, I normally use a tan pencil. For shading in general, make whatever you’re shading a tone lighter or a tone darker than the main color.
If you have a scanner, it’s a good idea to scan your colorings so that you can share them online! :D Scanning tends to dull the colors, so I bolden them in iPhoto. You go to Edit—> Adjust—> Saturation. There you can adjust the level of saturation. It’s also a good idea to crop out any excess space in the coloring. Once again, I don’t know if Windows has anything like this so you’ll have to do some research.
There you go! You’re well on your way to becoming a pro in manga coloring! ;D
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